Obama vs. America – Part 2

Posted in Common Sense, Uncategorized on August 27, 2009 by mikefromnc

Marxism is the extreme of socialism, whereby the state owns and controls all the means of production and thereby the entire economy of the state. Most forms of Marxism share the idea that capitalism is based on the exploitation of workers by the owners of the means of production. Marxism takes a view of history according to which class struggle, the evolving conflict between classes with opposing interests, structures each historical period and drives historical change. Marxist economics is based on the idea that capitalism is by nature exploitative and conflict driven, and will ultimately fail on its own. This failure will be brought about by a worker revolt against the ruling class, with the ultimate outcome being a classless society.

Liberalism in America has, over the last fifty years or so, successfully created the notion that there are two Americas. The haves and the have nots, the greedy rich and the oppressed poor. It is the working definition of class struggle and conflict. Liberalism has taught that the rich gained their wealth on the backs of the poor, by taking advantage of their effort and insuring that they were not able to rise out of their poverty. Liberalism has purported to be the means by which the poor and oppressed will gain equality with the wealthy. However, liberal policies attempt to force this not by adding wealth to the poor, but by taking wealth from the wealthy. If Joe Liberal has $10 and Bob Capitalist has $100, liberalism wants to take $90 from Bob, so that Joe and Bob are equal. Equal they are, but neither is better off. In fact they are both worse off, because now Bob no longer has the resources to invest so that he and Joe can gain wealth, or at least have a chance to gain it. The state is the only winner. Liberalism has been an abject failure in the arena of effective policies that work to elevate the condition of the poor and society in general. But it has been very, very successful in creating the class struggle and conflict which is necessary to move to the next step.

Enter Barack Hussein Obama, ultra liberal and radical, with an agenda to remake America. Marxism is big on state ownership of all means of production. So far there is at least partial state ownership of the major banking institutions, insurance companies and  automobile manufacturers. The current push is for state ownership of our health care system, or about 15% of the entire economy. Obama is closely aligned with labor unions (more us vs. them mentality) as is the democratic party in general. He is unashamed of his philosophy for wealth redistribution. (remember Joe the Plumber?) He is friendly with unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers. He is a disciple of Saul Alinsky. For twenty years he belonged to a church where Rev. Jeremiah Wright frequently and openly bashed America. Now he has appointed over 30 czars who are unelected and unaccountable to anybody but him. One of those czars is Van Jones; Green Jobs Czar. Van Jones has an interesting past. He was arrested in 1993 at the L. A. riots after the Rodney King incident. He was arrested again in 1999 in Seattle during the World Trade Organization protests. Note this excerpt from a Nov. 2005 interview in the East Bay Express: While describing his jail experiences, he said, “I met all these young radical people of color — I mean really radical, communists and anarchists. And it was, like, this is what I need to be a part of.”  Jones already had a job in Washington, DC and had rented an apartment there. He decided to stay in San Francisco even though he already had his plane ticket. “I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary. I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th,” he said. “By August, I was a communist.” In 1994, he and other young activists formed Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM, a socialist collective which held study groups on the theories of Marx and Lenin and dreamed of a multiracial socialist utopia.  (emphasis is mine)

Is Obama a Marxist? I don’t know. Let me rephrase the question – if it was a felony to be a Marxist, would there be enough evidence to support an indictment against him? Maybe.

Pay attention to what he does, his associations, and his appointments – not just what he says.

Another question – just for kicks, let’s say you were a committed Marxist, and that you had a vision of a Marxist America. Let’s assume you had the means, the time, and were patient. Just how would you go about making your vision a reality?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 21, 2009 by mikefromnc

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Obama vs. America

Posted in Common Sense with tags , , , on August 19, 2009 by mikefromnc

We are in the early stages of a war. There may be no military action, no bullets or bombs, but we are in a war none the less. This war is for the soul of America. This war is for the preservation of the principles our country was founded on and which have kept us free and prosperous since our beginning. President Obama and his allies do not like America, at least not as it is and has been. They do not believe that America is the greatest country in the history of civilization. They do not believe in American exceptionalism. They do not believe that we as Americans have a right to be proud of what we have accomplished and to be proud of the good we have done for the world. They believe America needs to be remade. They are wrong.

Obama and friends are wrong about what America believes and what America stands for.

America is a Christian nation. There may be arguments about the particular faith of some of the Founding Fathers, but the majority were undeniably Christians. One would have to “willfully suspend disbelief” to believe  otherwise after reading our founding documents as well as our history. The real history, not the revisionist history. We do not deny anyone the privilege to worship as they choose, or to decline any form of worship. But our country was founded under Christian principles and beliefs.

The God of our founders and the God I pray to is Yahweh, Jehovah God, the God of Abraham and Issac. The God of the Bible. He is not some generic “man upstairs”. He is the Creator of the universe and of mankind. Because of His deep love for us, He gave His son Jesus willingly as an atonement for our sin. He is boundlessly good and has all power. He is Love, but He is a jealous God. He will chastise and correct us as individuals and as a nation if we stray too far for too long. We have strayed far and long and we need to return to Him as a nation. Pray for His mercy, His blessings, His wisdom and His guidance. If ever we needed it, it is now. If you don’t know Him, seek Him and you will find Him.

We do not believe that America needs to be remade, as Obama has stated. We believe that instead we need to return to the ideals of our Founders. We need to return to lower taxes, limited, smaller government, and unfettered personal freedom.

We do not believe that America is arrogant. Strong, confident and proud, yes. Arrogant, no.

America does not stand for wealth redistribution. We are generous, compassionate people with our money, but our generosity is not for Obama to dictate.

We believe that capitalism is the best economic system. Socialism doesn’t work. Marxism doesn’t work. We believe in equality of opportunity, not in equality of outcome. Some people work harder, some people are smarter, some people have better ideas. When those people succeed, the country succeeds. When they become wealthy, the country becomes wealthy. Wealthy people buy things, they build things, they create jobs,  they start businesses, they invest in American prosperity. America would collapse without them. They are not evil and do not deserve punishment.

America does not believe in the punitive taxation of our achievers. We believe in encouraging and rewarding achievement. It is counter productive to tax successful achievers into oblivion. All Americans should pay taxes so that all Americans have a stake in keeping the system honest. Consider that the City of Chicago just closed for a day to save money, with more days scheduled for more savings. A productive business does not save money by closing. Businesses produce wealth by being open for business. The government only takes, while producing nothing. Financially speaking, they are far more efficient and productive if they would just stay at home. We know that poor people don’t get any richer just because money is taken from the wealthy.

America does not stand for federally funded abortion on demand. A large and growing segment of us believe that abortion is wrong. However, the law of the land allows it for now. But using our tax dollars to support it is unacceptable.

America does not believe in a weakened, ineffective military. We do not believe that our military should be used to enforce social experimentation. We believe in spending our tax dollars to equip and train the greatest fighting force ever known to mankind, then praying to God that we will not have to use it. We love peace, but we are not afraid to fight for  liberty. We know that we don’t make weak nations any stronger by being weak ourselves. Being the only remaining superpower is a good thing. A very good thing. We have no desire to weaken ourselves in the interest of “fairness”. Senator Barbara Boxer had the audacity to publicly humiliate a brigadier general for referring to her as “ma’am” rather than as “senator”. This is symptomatic of the arrogance and ignorance of many of our elected representatives. They have come to think of themselves as royalty. They think wrongly. I know of several fitting monikers for Senator Boxer, but decorum prevails.

We welcome legal immigrants, as we always have. But for those who have no more respect for our country and our laws than to cross our borders unlawfully, we are not welcoming. We certainly don’t believe in giving them the rewards of our hard earned tax dollars in the form of social benefits. We do not support amnesty for illegal aliens. Secure our borders and enforce our laws. English is our language. Learn it if you want to live here.

We do not believe in homosexual marriage. We believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. Period. That does not make us homophobic. That does not make us haters. We also do not support the concept of hate crimes. Any unlawful harm to a human being by another human being is wrong, and should be dealt with under our criminal codes. The fact that the victim may be a part of some minority doesn’t make the crime worse. It is just as wrong to harm a white heterosexual male as it is to harm a black homosexual female. The actions of the law breaker should determine the punishment for the crime, not the race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other social characteristic of the victim.

America is not a racist nation. There are some racists in America. There are also some murderers in America, but that doesn’t make us a murderous nation. We recognized the evil of slavery, and we abolished it. We have done more to eliminate racial bias in our culture than any other nation. When we disagree with a person of another racial or ethnic background, that disagreement cannot be dismissed by a cry of “racism”. Neither are our police officers inherently racist, as Obama implied during the recent uproar over the arrest of a black Harvard professor by a white police sergeant.

We do not believe that radical Islam is our friend. We do believe that Israel is our friend and deserves our support. We believe that Islamic jihadists that want to kill Americans should be called terrorists and not some ridiculous watered down, politically correct name. They should be considered our mortal enemies, without consideration of how they “feel” or why they hate us. We are not the cause of their irrational hatred of us and what we stand for. We do not need to change so they will like us. We do need to eliminate them.

We do not believe that our President should sit down with tin horn dictators from Iran, North Korea, Venezuala or anywhere else unless there are precursory agreements about the substance and outcome of those conversations. Anything less will be used against us and will be seen as a source of legitimacy and power for our enemies, and as an indication of weakness on the part of America.

We do not believe in a government run health care system. We do not want our personal health care decisions made by the same government that has run Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the Postal Service so ineffectively that they are all on the verge of bankruptcy. Reforms are needed, but the system does not need to be recreated and it most certainly does not need to be placed under government control. This has been tried and has failed in Canada and in Britain. Changing the name to “public option” or “co-op” doesn’t change anything. We don’t want it!

We do believe that as American citizens, we have the absolute privilege and right to attend town hall meetings, speak our minds, and ask questions. We are not un-American as stated by Nancy Pelosi and Steney Hoyer. We are not evil mongers as claimed by Harry Reid. We are Americans doing what Americans have always done – standing up against intrusive over-reaching government and demanding adherence to the Constitution.

We do not believe in the “fairness doctrine”. All Americans are free to express their opinions through any legal avenue available to them. Some are better at that than others. Some don’t care enough to expend the energy. Some  are better able to convince others. Some ideas are better than others. Some ideas are just plain bad. Some ideas are wildly popular and some have very limited or no support. The government’s definition of “fairness” is equality of all ideas, equality of the effectiveness of the presenter, and equality of the acceptance of the idea by Americans. This is nothing but government control of the market place of ideas, and the only way to force that to happen is to silence the best, most legitimate ideas so that the worst  ideas have equal legitimacy. Besides being stupid, this is un-American.

We believe in the 2nd amendment right to bear arms. This is not limited to hunting purposes, in fact it has nothing to do with hunting. The purpose of the 2nd amendment is to allow the citizenry to defend themselves against those who would harm them, whether that be a criminal or a tyrannical out of control government.

We believe that our elected officials work for us – not the other way around. We are their employers, not their subjects. As their employers, we retain the right to fire them when their performance becomes unacceptable. We as citizens loan them temporary power to act on our behalf. The power still rests with the people, not with the politicians. When they forget that, they must be reigned in. It is way past time for some serious reigning in. I would start with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Senator Reid, then proceed from there. They have clearly forgotten who they work for.

According to the Declaration of Independence, Americans are “endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,”. These rights did not come from the government and they cannot be taken away by the government. Any and all attempts to restrict these rights must and will be fiercely resisted.

I am proud to be an American. I am proud of our history, imperfect as it may be. I am proud of what my countrymen have overcome. I am proud of American ingenuity, American inventiveness, American determination, and especially American goodness. I thank God that I was blessed to be born American. I refuse to apologize for being a citizen of the greatest, most generous nation ever in existence. America has done more for many nations than they have done for themselves. American blood has been shed around the world in defense of justice and against tyranny. American dollars have been freely spent to aid those less blessed than we. I will not apologize for the greatness of my country.

Those of us who believe in America’s greatness, Her goodness, Her limitless future and potential, must fight and win this war. We must win it for our children, and for their children. We must win it for the Founding Fathers. We must win it for the thousands who have fought and died to preserve our right to fight and to live free. Generations past have lived up to their challenges. Generations future are depending on us to do the same. It is our turn, and history will judge us. Our generation now has  to stand and be counted.

We must win this war. Our weapons are our words. Our weapons are our votes, our participation in the system our fore fathers designed. Our ammunition is truth – factual information subjected to critical and honest analysis. Write letters to the editor, contact your representatives, attend town hall meetings, email friends…however you choose to participate, get in the fight! You, sitting on the sidelines, is what the other side is counting on. The stakes are too high to allow them victory.

The New Revolution

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , on August 7, 2009 by mikefromnc

Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, implies that the angry people who are showing up at town hall meetings are Nazis with “swastikas” and that they are not genuine. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs described the activity as “manufactured anger” and called the movement “AstroTurf”. (fake grass as opposed to genuine grassroots activism) Brad Woodhouse of the Democratic National Committee described the protesters as “angry mobs of right wing extremists”.  Rachel Maddow of MSNBC describes these citizens as “experts at fake grassroots campaigns that promote corporate interests” and “oil industry and Republican operative millionaires’ club” sponsored activists. ABC’s Charles Gibson attempted to minimise the protests by saying that “some of the criticism appears to be orchestrated”. Remember that Tea Party attendees were just a bunch of racist rednecks. Now the White house wants us to turn in our fellow citizens if they spread anything critical of Obamacare. Be sure to snitch out your countrymen to the White House if they send you an email of non-support. You really need to do your part to squash this uprising.

Where were these free speech critics when ACORN was committing fraud with taxpayer dollars? Where were the cynics and accusations then? They were silent because they are hypocrites. They could care less about the rights of every day ordinary citizens to speak out in opposition to an increasingly tyrannical government.

The White House is clueless about what is going on across America as every day citizens reject Obamacare and socialism in general. Also clueless are most Democrats in Congress and most of the mainstream media. They apparently can’t fathom the idea that people just aren’t buying what they are trying to sell. If there was ever any doubt about the disconnect between Washington and the real America, that doubt should be gone now. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Barack Obama, and the rest of the far left radicals really don’t realize just how far they are from real Americans in terms of ideology. Real people are showing up in large numbers at town hall gatherings all across the country and they are all saying the same things. They don’t want a government run health care system rammed down their throats.

Leftists perfected the art of political protest. They just can’t stand it when those tactics are used in opposition to their un- American ideas. America wasn’t built on big government but on freedom from oppressive government.

The great part of this is that the lefts refusal to acknowledge the unpopularity of their ideas with the American people just makes it easier to defeat them. Let them keep on believing that these are just contrived performances. Let them keep on believing that they are the enlightened class and that they know what’s best for the rest of us.  Let them keep on believing that these are just a few radical, orchestrated incidents. When the steamroller of American ideals, driven by the spirit of the American people,  gets through running over them, then maybe they will realize it wasn’t just make believe. It seems to me that the British didn’t take us seriously about 230 years ago either. Let the revolution continue.

Liberty and Tyranny

Posted in Reading List on August 2, 2009 by mikefromnc

“Liberty and Tyranny – A Conservative Manifesto” by Mark R. Levin (c) 2009

I know it’s said a lot, but this really is a must read. Well organized and well written. Point by point, topic by topic, Levin brings his usual insight in his usual straight forward unapologetic manner. This is essentially a “how to” guide book for the conservative. The last chapter is worth the price.

Who is the racist?

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , on August 1, 2009 by mikefromnc

Our President gave us an insight into who he really is with his comments about the arrest of his friend Henry Louis  Gates, Jr.  this week. The insight wasn’t through the infamous “police behaved stupidly” comment. That was bad enough, and it showed a real lack of understanding of how to behave appropriately, much less presidentially. Certainly the man with his finger on the proverbial button should have a better sense of why he should refrain from making  condemning and derogatory comments regarding topics about which he admittedly knew very little.

But the real peek inside came from his assertion that African Americans and Latinos were routine victims of racial profiling. He stated that “separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that’s just a fact”.  Well, no, it isn’t. It’s an opinion, a myth, an urban legend, whatever you want to call it, but it isn’t a fact. Granted, it is accepted as such by many, including some who should know better. However, empirical studies have shown it to be false.

In 2004 N. C. State University did a study of  stop and search practices by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and found no relevant evidence of race being a factor. Some areas had slightly less black and hispanic contact than might be expected in light of demographics. Other areas had slightly more, but those can be attributed to other factors in the area, usually related to behavior and local “hot spots”. Other similar studies have yielded similar results. I served as an officer in Charlotte for 20 years, and unfortunately became accustomed to being called racist (among other more colorful monikers) for simply doing my job. My colleagues were treated likewise. I can truly and proudly say that I don’t personally know any officers who make independent decisions based on race. Being accused of racism as a cop is common, but that doesn’t make it true. I learned to expect it in certain situations.

One would think that an educated man like Mr. Gates, a professor at one of the most prestigious institutions in the country, would be above resorting to such immature behavior and rationalization as accusing the police of only being where he was because he is a black man in America. His contention is so ridiculous that it really deserves no serious consideration. There was clearly no racial component in the entire incident until Mr. Gates chose to inject it. Without cause. His choice is sad and unfortunate in that he is in a position to do much good instead of perpetuating the accepted “fact” of police racial profiling. Unfortunately for his credibility, he should have at least picked a different case.

When the President injected his own comments into this incident, he went beyond sad and unfortunate and became totally unacceptable. His attitude of racial victimization and rationalization can not be tolerated, any more than a white President who discriminated against African American or Latino people would be tolerated. President Obama was elected by the American people, people of all colors and ethnicities. He, unlike Mr. Gates or countless others who cry racism falsely, must hold himself to a higher standard – namely the truth. The President owes Sgt. Crowley a personal and public apology, without conditions. He owes every police officer in this great land an apology. And above all he owes the American people, black, white, Hispanic, or otherwise, an apology. Soon.