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I'm a simple man, not a simpleton. The worst thing any of our leaders can do is to get those two things confused. I'm a warrior for those things I believe in. I stand up for my friends, family, God, and country. All I truly want is for the government to stay as far out of my life as I can get it. Oh and just in case you haven't guessed it; I'm conservative in my bones.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Foxes Cleaning the Chicken Coop

Never so true a statement has ever been made as the title of this rant. The very people that are now busting everyone in the chops for voting against the financial bailout bill (thank God!) are the very ones that blocked the regulators from doing their jobs or taking action on information brought to congress in 2004.

Check out the video on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs It shows a 2004 hearing on Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae and the lengths and breadths that the Democrats went to demonize the poor schmuck that tried to blow the whistle on what was truly going on. Now, those same sad-sacks are telling us that they have the answers... All we have to do is try to choke down the 700 billion dollars that bailing out the banks would take.

They are the ones telling us, also, that the reason that all this is happening is because of Corporate greed on Wall Street. Truth is, they had the opportunity to stop it 4 years ago and didn't. In fact, this was a time bomb set by Jimmy Carter and then primed by Congress in '94. Well, the bomb has gone off. Now we have to decide how much more of our private sector we're willing to let the government steal. They are systematically taking more and more companies over and more and more companies are showing up at the Capitol steps with their little tin cups, hoping for more of the free money that Congress has decided to spend. Too bad all that money belongs to US.

How many people out there are truly surprised that this has turned into a political event, rather than the joining of forces of the statesmen in each party that it was supposed to be? Come on! After they politicized our troops' efforts and tried time and again to wave the white flag and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, are you truly surprised that they would go this route with a financial emergency? I'm not. Nothing that group of bottom feeding mud suckers do will ever surprise me. With the possible exception of the remote possibility that they might, some day, try to do the right thing. Just once. No... I didn't hold out much hope either.

On the positive side, there is more and more strength being found in the phrase "We the people..." This is the third time the American people have stood up and said, "I really don't think so. Trust me. It's not gonna happen!" First time we exercised our power was the Harriet Myers nomination by G. W. Bush to the supreme court in 2005. Next was the Dubai Ports deal that they tried to cram down our throats in 2006. And finally, we have this travesty of a deal that, once again, they have tried to ram down our throats. Huzzah to all who have been calling, emailing, and writing your congressmen. Keep it up because they will try again, trust me.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Financial Meltdown: Then and Now.

I feel like I am waking up this week in September 1929, instead of 2008. Major financial institutions are failing and the government is going to unprecedented lengths and depths (into our pockets) to head off a financial meltdown that could be on the scale of October 1929. Most of the problems then, at least, couldn't be laid at the feet of our benevolent government.

The major underlying cause of the Great Depression is that we had grown faster in our ability to produce than to consume. Technology had made production grow faster than wage earners and farmers could buy. At the same time, the savings of the middle and upper class was being drawn into out of control speculation in the stock market and real estate. When the implosion of the stock market occurred it was the first of many triggers that would send the American economy into a spiral that would take 10 years to come out of.

The stock market crash sent the banking industry into the tank and resulted on a run on all banks. The first thing the government did was to close all banks and not allow them to reopen unless they were solvent. That was just after the election that resulted in F. D. Roosevelt becoming president, and that resulted in the New Deal and the start of the socialist movement in the Unites States as a permanent policy.

That was then. This is now. The thing that is similar between now and then is the fact that companies that have engaged in frantic speculation are getting hosed, again. The problem is, unlike last time when the government interceded on behalf of the common man, now the government is interceding on behalf of the very companies that have put us in danger with their greed ridden policies. If you haven't kept count we've had three different major bail outs. First was the Citi-bank bail out by Dubai. Then you had the government take over Indy Mac due to a run on the bank. Next was the take overs of Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac, the price tag of which is still in question. Now we have a bail out of AIG, which some say has merely postponed the depression-like fall that is still on the horizon. It was that big a deal.

The other thing that similar is that the government is not monitoring financial institutions. In the cases of Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac the lack of monitoring and regulation was more of an active blocking of the regulators from doing their jobs. At one point, there was even a filibuster to block it. Now our Federal government owns a new bank, two mortage brokers and a major insurance company. Starting to get closer and closer to the socialist model of the old USSR.

Is anyone, besides me, scared totally out of their minds?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wizard's First Rule-- Art Explains Politics

One of my favorite authors, Terry Goodkind, wrote a series called "The Sword of Truth". The first book in the series is called "Wizard's First Rule". It's amazing to me how astute the observations, of politics and human nature, that are found in this book have turned out to be. I'm currently listening to it as an audio book. Being a truck driver gives me lots of time to listen. At any rate, the premise for the title is that the wizard's first rule is the most important rule of all, "People are stupid." That statement is one of the most profound that I've ever encountered. And I know that the people that read this are immediately offended and have their back up at such a statement. To that I must ask that you just here me out and think about what I have to say. Then we'll apply it to the current events and you tell me if I'm that far off the mark.

First of all, the rule that states "People are stupid" illustrates how easy people are to control given the right circumstances. Given the proper motivation people will believe almost anything. They will believe a lie because they want to believe it IS true, or because the fear it MIGHT be true. People's heads are full of facts, beliefs, and knowledge. Most of which are patently false, but that they believe to be true. They can rarely tell the difference between a lie and a truth but are confident that they can, indeed, tell the difference. Therefore, they are all the more easily fooled. They need an enemy to give them a sense of purpose. It's easier to lead people if they have a sense of purpose. A sense of purpose is more important, by far, to ruling than the truth. In fact, truth has almost no bearing in it.

OK. So now let's put this into context with our lives, right here, and right now. Look at the political campaigns. Each side is saying "OOH those EVIL Conservatives ...." or "OOH those damnable Liberals want...." Because we WANT to believe that our side is right and the other wrong we believe almost anything that gets spewed at us in their respective talking points. Most don't even know how to question. For most people, a sense of purpose is more important than the truth, they will gladly accept a lie if it gives them a sense of purpose. Often the truth is hard to sell because it gives no sense of purpose. Black liberation theology is a very good example. Most people don't question. They believe what they are told because they want to believe or are afraid something MIGHT be true, and for most people the truth isn't what's important; it's the cause that's important.

Successful leaders give their followers a cause (change, change, change! sound familiar?) to rally behind. In this way, politicians get elected, countries are freed from oppression and are born, and despots lead armies into genocide. People will do whatever is necessary for "The Cause", because they are given a sense of purpose. The term that fits the most successful of these leaders is "Cult of Personality". They use charisma and lies to suck people into their cause. They pull people in by playing on people's fear, guilt, or pride and once a person joins "The Cause" they tend to absorb and regurgitate the party line and ignore or rebuff anything that tries to interject truth. Mostly, because they don't WANT to be proven that they are wrong. I've noticed lately, that the most ardent believers in supposed free speech and equality have in recent years become the most militant in suppressing opposing views. They resort to violence, individually, and demand state-sponsored censorship of opposing views, collectively.

I personally find it interesting how often art imitates life. Or goes a long way to explaining it. As I listened to Mr. Goodkind's book today, the above opinion came to me in what I would almost call an epiphany. From now on, I hope that regardless of the side you are on, you find yourself filtering what you hear. Learn to question what they say. Do research and don't just accept what you are given.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

9/11 relived

Every year I watch or listen to some account of the 9/11 attacks. Every year I am brought to my knees with grief and loss. Each year I relive where I was and what I was doing. For seven years now I have continued to watch, continued to commemorate the brave people that died in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.. I will continue to do so for as long as our men and women fight against the religious radicals that continue to perpetrate their evil and hateful attacks on peoples around the world that reject their form of religion.
Currently I'm watching the History Channel's revisiting of the 9/11 attacks in New York and their description of how and why the Twin Towers and World Trade 7 fell. Again I feel those days creeping back up in my mind. Again I remember the phone call from my wife telling me that we have been attacked. I remember my disbelief and shock as I turned on the news at my Mother-in-law's house and watched as the building's burned and fell. I remember hearing that a plane had hit the Pentagon and I kept thinking, "HOW!?!?" I remember hearing, later, that a plane had been taken down by passengers in a Pennsylvania field. All I felt was shock that first day. I just couldn't bring myself to believe that it had actually happened. I didn't sleep that night at all. The next day, was when the rage set in. I called my wife at work and told her that I was planning on going back into the Army. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on whether you talk to me or my family, they rejected me because prior service people are held to higher physical requirements than are new recruits. I was full of rage at the people that I couldn't fight. These people that dared to attack my people. Innocent people that were just trying to live their lives. It was two more days before I finally went to sleep. It was over two months before I got over the depression that followed the rage. Apparently, I don't do helpless well.
Well, here we are, seven years later, and I still don't handle this day well. There are those in the media that would have the videos of that day locked away never to be viewed. Personally, I feel that we should see it at least once a month. It should be forced home that just as we had to fight for freedom in the past, we must do so again. And we must not blink in the face of absolute evil. That is one lesson I hope that this country has learned. Learn it, and then live it. And whatever you do, don't forget the ones that died in those buildings, on the planes or in DC. And don't forget why they died.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

9/11 I Still Remember!

At the RNC they had a video tribute to 9/11 and in the whole thing, the only line in it that mentioned ANYTHING about the President was that they would have a president that would keep it from happening again. Or something similar. Immediately the incredibly asinine Keith Olberman decided that it was a moral outrage that the RNC would show that video. That it was reprehensible to remind people of that wound that still has not healed in the heart of NYC. First off, Keith Olberman is a political prostitute that has no place telling ANYONE what is reprehensible. He's a hack that has a hard time saying anything that is not from the liberal talking points. Each time I hear him give an opinion on something I feel like I should go in for a series of anti-biotic treatments. I am afraid that whatever robbed him of his wits might be contagious and transmitted via sound. You never know. Colleges have been spreading liberal tripe for years by yelling into young peoples ears where the brains are more mush than anything firm enough to hold a decent conviction or principle.
Personally, I think they should show the 9/11 attack from beginning to end at least once a month. Every time someone says we shouldn't be engaging Al-Qaida in Iraq. By the way, that's their name: "Al-Qaida in Iraq". Hmmm. Almost sounds like a terrorist group, doesn't it? Oh well, that's old news. If you don't realize who we are fighting there and why I'm afraid that there is nothing that I or anyone else with a sane thought process can say to show you the light of day. Keep your head down in your hole. Just do me a favor and don't vote. God knows we've got enough blithering idiots voting who shouldn't be.
Sorry, I get sidetracked sometimes. The point of this rambling little rant is that I believe that, in this, the Republicans are spot on. These insanely religious fanatics STILL want to hit us again. They STILL want to make their next attack dwarf 9/11. And by all that's sacred to God-fearing Americans we cannot allow a coward or a fool to occupy the Oval Office. Lord knows I don't have much positive to say about Pres. Bush any more, but that is one thing I have never faulted him for. Taking the fight to the middle east and keeping it there was the best thing he could have done. And at least McCain will finish the job before he pulls our men and women out.
I've told my children time and again, "When dealing with bullies, there are worse fates than coming home with a black eye. Worse things than being hit." To a larger degree, there are worse things than having military people die on foreign soil. To keep them here and then bury 3000+ civilians on our soil, for instance. We must make sure that the President that takes office in July will stand up to the people on this planet that forsake the rules that civilized people live by. We can't negotiate with them like killing every Jew or Christian is a valid idea.
Leave the domestic scene alone for a minute. Let's pretend that we aren't teetering on the brink of a major recession(which if you read your dictionary on the term you see we are definitely NOT in one. No matter what the media would have you believe). Let's pretend that no one is panicking over the 2% of housing loans that have defaulted or are in danger of defaulting. Let's say, for the sake of argument, that our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are the only things we got going against us, can we afford to have a President that doesn't understand the basic idea of Good and Evil?
God forgive us if we don't get that straight in our minds and keep it there. Come on folks, do your Internet searches, take your ADD medication and try and keep a focus on the things that threaten our way of life. God will have to be the one to have mercy on us, because the Islamo-fascists won't. And they WILL come here as soon as they've consolidated their power in Iraq.
Thanks for reading this( if you made it all the way through). And if you disagree, please send me something or post here. Let's talk about it and maybe, hopefully, someone can show me that it isn't as bleak as I fear.
And finally, a reminder: All authority comes from the Father. We have the Authority over who comes to power. That authority is exercised by our making an educated choice on election day. To make it arbitrarily or not at all is to throw down a task given to us by God and makes us, if nothing else, a very poor steward of his trust. Just a thought.

America As I See Her

I was just sitting here wondering what I would write about tonight and I came to the conclusion that whatever it was going to be, it wasn't going to be about the election. So I got to thinking about what is fundamentally wrong and right with America and thought I'd try and work through some of it. This won't be a complete picture, by any means. And I'm not saying that I've got ALL the answers. That is more brass than even I have. But here's a S.W.A.G at some of the landscape as I see it.
First of all, I'd like to say that I still believe that this is the greatest country on the planet, or in all of its history for that matter. No place has given so many so much in such a relatively short amount of time. We, as a country are just a little over 200 years old. We truly have come a long way. It's amazing to me how forward thinking our founders were when they set up this great republic. Reading some of the thoughts of Jefferson, Washington, Franklin and others, you get the idea that they really did know how we could be sent off the straight and narrow as a country and tried to give us warnings of what to watch out for. chief among the hazards that this new type of country would be the exclusion of God from our governing.
John Adams said, "...Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
Furthermore, Fisher James (framer of the 1st Amendment) had this to say, "Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits . . . it is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers."
I could go on at length about how our founders always refered to their faith in making governmental decisions. The idea of a wall that shuts religion and government away from each other was a product of this last century. And no where in any government paper or law is that set down until the early 1900's.
Well, my eyes don't want to focus anymore so I'll stop for now and see what I can come up with tomorrow. And if any of you have questions about what this great country was supposed to be in the eyes of our founders send me a question and I'll see if I can get it answered in the documents and letters that our founders left us.
God bless you and keep you.

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