I think one fundamental difference between constitutionalists and leftists, perhaps THE fundamental difference, is pure selfishness.
As proof of this I offer only one example. Think back in your own experience. How often have you heard someone utter these words in response to the mention of a politician’s name:
“That SOB didn’t do anything for me!”
Too often I hear that as a heated, hate filled response to a conservative politician’s name.
It is evidence of an attitude that reflects 1) A gross ignorance in the way our system of government was meant to work and 2) A desire to use said government to benefit the individual.
Does said politician owe you something from the coffers of public funds? Because it sure sounds as if you think you are owed more than the rest of your fellow citizens.
How can anyone feel the legalized pilferage of your fellow Americans’ hard earned property is acceptable?
They have been taught to separate the machinery of confiscation from that of redistribution and they’ve redefined charity so as to let the government decide who receives the “benefits.” Here’s a little news flash for ya, pal: Your tax dollars are purchasing votes through the bureaucracy of the Welfare system, the IRS, the EPA, the HHS and countless other alphabet agencies designed to distribute hard working Americans’ cash/property to a huge majority of those who don’t deserve it and if you are OK with that as long as you get your little piece of the pie, then you’re as guilty as they are.
It’s a sad but very telling state of affairs that some Americans’ attitudes have transformed from the immortal challenge of JFK “Ask not what your country can do for you! Ask what you can do for your country.”
to the immensely selfish
“That SOB didn’t do anything for me.”
If this is your idea of just governance, then you are part of the problem. You need to rethink your priorities and quit putting yourself ahead of our future generations.
People like you make me sick.
Perhaps one day, we can ditch the Me! Me! Me! bullshit and get back to what made America great: Hard work and Sacrifice.
We have a language barrier, an impasse to communication born from necessity of the left to continually deny their penchant for the utopian dream. Or, in some instances, if not deny the wish for utopia, to deny they are leftist at all. For them, the confusion of terms must ever remain a fog of understanding; for once the curtain is drawn back, once the light of reality shines upon the mind of an independent, the spell is broken. Because the truth is that socialism must, by design, segregate the individual into classes and factions in order to divide and conquer, must infuse distrust, dissent and hatred for our fellow men to subjugate a free and civil society to those who know better, to the elite, and once that realization dawns on a person, their argument for socialist solutions for an improving society breaks down. It is for the greater good, we are told. And it is the greatest lie ever propagated on a free people.
The free individual must, under leftist thought, subjugate himself unto such a regime for their plan to work. It is not compatible with America as founded and so America must be transformed.
I am ever reminded of this lie masquerading as language barrier when conversing with some who are offended to be labeled a leftist but ascribe to policies that are clearly socialist and it causes me to ponder – At what point on the line between left and right can one legitimately be labeled a leftist? Even if no such line exists, say their philosophy is so scattered across the spectrum as to defy category, what positions must they support to attain the Leftist label?
How many leftist policies would someone have to agree with in order to legitimately earn the “Leftist” label?
Do any carry more Leftist weight than others?
To help answer this question, please take this entirely scientific and utterly meaningless poll.
Consider the policies in the list below. Please choose only the ones that, when put in combination, would place the person who ascribes to them in the category of Leftist. But pick only as many as required to qualify. If only one will break the leftist barrier, then choose only that one.
The question also arises; can a leftist be absolved of the label by supporting some other libertarian or conservative principle? Can one cancel the other out?
What combination might that be?
Feel free to discuss in the comments.
Note: Image found at Flopping Aces – It’s Time for Leftists to Get Real About Taxes
In perhaps the most important op-ed published in my lifetime, Thomas Sowell perfectly describes Barack Obama and the slow erosion of our rights that we in the blogoshpere have been crowing about for years.
The America that has flourished for more than two centuries is being quietly but steadily dismantled by the Obama administration, during the process of dealing with particular issues.
I don’t think that can be emphasized enough.
He goes on to say:
If laws passed by the elected representatives of the people can be simply over-ruled unilaterally by whoever is in the White House, then we are no longer a free people, choosing what laws we want to live under.
When a president can ignore the plain language of duly passed laws, and substitute his own executive orders, then we no longer have “a government of laws, and not of men” but a president ruling by decree, like the dictator in some banana republic.
I’ll not waste your time or sully his words by trying to add to them here. Professor Sowell’s article deserves to be read in it’s entirety.
Hat Tip – Mark Levin
UPDATE: Further thoughts can be found at TCN: Obama Seizes and Congress Cedes Ever More Power… while the band plays on.
Interesting collaborative invention between Dave Mears (@dave_mears) and yours truly today on Twitter.
I use the term “invention” loosely because it appears we all have a pair of these things. We just may be unaware of it.
Shhh. Don’t tell anyone until we patent our common-sense invention that everyone has in their possession.
Nah. I’m sure it will go completely unnoticed until the next century or so, when some archaeologist finds them, puts them on and proclaims the last hundred years have been a complete drain of socio-economic and political wisdom and that the world leaders must finally renounce their stranglehold on the peoples of the world, admitting that capitalism is indeed the key to prosperity. Then they shoot him, pronounce him a heretic, lock up the glasses in a warehouse with the Arc of the Covenant and go on about their merry, utopian, business.
Yea. That’ll be about right.
Senatorial Candidate Ted Cruz speaks at FreePAC.
“We need leaders who will stand up and fight to repeal every single word of Obamacare.” – Ted Cruz
“God bless Freedomworks. God bless Texas, and God bless the TEA Party.”
God bless America.
God bless Ted Cruz.
It’s the economy, stupid.
Thanks to Bobby for the email.
I think that is a conservative estimate. I also wonder about the secrecy of it. After all, most democrats openly support the Progressive agenda and Progressive is just a friendly name for Communist.
Anyone who doesn’t see the similarities between the 10 tenets of the Communist Manifesto and the objectives of the modern Democrat Party is most assuredly ignoring the facts or lying.
Hat tip – Weasel Zippers
Marxists in our Congress? How does this happen?
Here’s a recent example:
Need further proof?
Yuri Bezmenov (ex KGB Agent) Discusses Psychological Warfare Techniques. Subversion & Control of Western Society in 1983 Lecture:
Blog note: Originally posted on 4-11-12.
This battle cry fueled the Texans victory against tyranny at San Jacinto.
The spirit of the Alamo lives on as we fight against a modern day government growing ever larger and hindering our freedom and prosperity. ~ Daniel Miller – Conservative candidate for Texas House of Representatives, D21
In 1836 a small number of Texicans and their like minded brethren drew a line in the sand around an old mission. They defiantly dared Santa Anna to cross it, and as a result, gave their lives so that Texas might be born. Â Those Texas heroes refused to back down to tyrannical rule.
Itâ€™s our turn to honor their sacrifice.
Like Santa Anna, our federal government is lobbing liberty killing mortars across the mission walls and like Colonel Travis and the Texicans defending the Alamo, we need to load our cannons with that unexploded ordinance.
Many Americans take for granted Texas is a Republican state. Iâ€™m here to warn you that, like the national Republican Party, the Progressive termites have also been busy in the Texas legislature and they are both in dire need of fumigation. For proof, one need look no further than the Progressive States Network or The Texas Truth Team or our own RINO Republican TX House Speaker, Joe Straus.
In order to remove Straus as Texas Speaker and regain an effective conservative majority, we need more conservatives fighting in the trenches. It’s that simple.
One such man is Daniel Miller. A Constitutional Conservative and true lover of Texas who will defend the rights of Texans in honor of the Texicans before him.
We need your help to get him there.
Your contribution of $18.36 could provide us with the powder and shot needed to repel the attacks on our personal freedoms and the sovereignty of Texas.
Of course, all donations of any amount are welcome.
Please consider our earnest plea for assistance and come to our aid with all haste.
I encourage all to take the short questionnaire “How Would You Vote?” to see how your views rate vs. Daniel’s and his Liberal opponent.
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Remember the Socia.List? That menagerie of miscreants comprising the 1000 State Legislators who signed the PSN letter urging passage of Obamacare? Don’t think for a minute they’ve been eradicated. In fact, they’ve recruited quite a few more to their ranks. See, these new recruits recently signed on to be surrogates for Captain Apology under the guise of…
[Queue ominous, badly played, western diminuendo...]
“The Texas Truth Team”
Inspires confidence, doesn’t it? I guess maybe it could, if one ignored the party affiliation and the fact they are propaganda ministers for Dear Leader.
Hey. Guys. Seriously. Next time you decided to form a new band, for heaven’s sake call me for some name suggestions.
Here’s a few off the top of my tin-clad head:
Social Justice League
Tools of the Tirade
Death Cab for Baby
The Keystone Keynesians
Foetus Non Esse
Of course, you’re encouraged to add your own suggestions in the comments.
As an example of the dangerously misguided, wacked-out messianic complex the Dem’s have for their chosen one, I offer their own national Truth Team logo, spotted by Glenn Beck’s personal truth team, who astutely point out:
So, just for fun, what say we pay a visit to the Texas leader of these truth-telling vestiges of virtue, shall we?
Texas Democrat Party Chairman, Boyd Richie:
Mr. Richie recently announced his decision not to seek another term as TDP chair in order to run for another office, or something. While making that announcement, Richie had no qualms issuing a few histrionic comments disparaging those with opposing viewpoints and encouraging his fellow lemmings to unite…
Interesting wording, Mr. Richie. except for the fact that it’s hyperbole, innuendo and lies.
With all due respect sir, you’re a shameless demagogue and thus, accurately represent the rest of your party.
I submit that your statement does however, accurately describe the Democrat party and the Obama regime’s record.
Can you say projection? Sure you can.
It is the democrats who had control of both houses for the first two years of the Obama regime and it is with them that any blame lies for not passing a budget for the past three years. Three more “historic” firsts for those of you at home keeping score.
It was also the democrats who threatened to shut down government, withholding of Social Security checks, withholding of pay from active service troops, cutting healthcare services to veterans, cutting healthcare funds, and more. And they do so out of fear mongering.
The tools of tyrants and dictators throughout history is writ large in the democrat playbook and wielded against the people who’s rights they claim to protect, enslaving us all to exorbitant debt while the party panders ever more to their cronys, barely challenged by the sycophantic media.
Like Obama, Pelosi and Reid, these truth team surrogates must go. If for nothing but the fact they’ve turned the definition of truth on it’s head. They’ve jumped aboard yet another demagogue wagon instead of engaging in meaningful discussion about the constitutional restoration that Texas and America so desperately need.
The members of our merry band of misfits is as follows. Those with an asterisk are included on the Socia.list page. The 11 others are awarded spots on that list as well.
The Texas “Truth” Team:
TDP Chair Boyd Richie, (Good riddance)
US Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas),
Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso),
Rep. Alma Allen (D-Houston), *
Rep. Roberto Alonzo (D-Dallas), *
Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas), *
Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston),
Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth),
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio),
Rep. Garnet F. Coleman (D-Houston), *
Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin), *
Rep. Joe Farias (D-San Antonio),
Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston),
Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio),
Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), *
Rep. Marisa Marquez (D-El Paso), *
Rep. Elliott Naishtat (D-Austin), *
Rep. Mark Strama (D-Austin),
Rep. Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio),
Rep. Armando Walle (D-Houston).*
Note: I’ll do my best to update this list with opposing conservative candidates for the upcoming election, just not today, it was too pretty outside and my tin can needed a tan.
UPDATE: Linked @DougRoss. Thanks!
UPDATE II: Linked @Theo Spark. Thanks!
I recently saw an image of President Obama exchanging a high-five with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from the black and white beyond.
After considering the image and what it represents, I think the photo-shopper got a couple of things wrong, so I fixed it.
That’s more accurate.
Here’s the original.
While I’m sure that Dr. King would be happy to see a man of color inaugurated President, I cannot believe he would condone much, if any, of the actions of this unconstitutional president. Judging by content of character, I think he would be ashamed of the legacy Barack Hussein Obama leaves behind.
Happy President’s Day.
UPDATE: Awarded “Blog O’the Day” by the Jedi Princess! – Thanks! *blush*
Not that it would have done any good, but…
Every step in the right direction,
is a step in the right direction.
Curmudgeon from the blog Political Clown Parade has been busy lately putting together three motivational videos regarding the 2012 election. I would encourage you to watch them all.
First, a take-down of Obama’s lies from the State of the Union address:
Soros The Puppetmaster Sees No Difference (Between Romney and Obama):
God, please bless America again.
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