Posts Tagged 'socialism'

Again: The Genius of Star Trek

If you don’t believe in the concept of time travel, you might want to start watching old reruns of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  I’ve already posted on other episodes that clearly showed someone from the nineties was eerily scripting science fiction that could be based on life in America as we now live.  Big Daddy was amazed at the prescient irony he was watching and called me in to listen to this conversation between Hugh, a former member of the Borg collective who shun all individualism, and some of the officers of the star ship Enterprise (including the Klingon security officer Worf):

HughYou probably can’t imagine what it is like to be so lost and frightened that you will listen to any voice that promises change.

Worf: Even if that voice insists on controlling you?

Hugh further expounds upon how the mastermind of the Borg creation “had no idea how to keep his promises.  He began talking about the need for us to make sacrifices.”

Eerie.  Creepy.  Sounds like now.

Unfortunately, I’m tired as death due to my work schedule and God knows what else.  I haven’t even had time to go over the new “health care” manifesto, so I can’t pick it apart yet like I know I should.  I did hear somewhere that any family making over something like $88,000 per year would be paying a 10% tax to help pay for this.  If this is true, you might as well say goodbye to the middle class of America.  I can only hope this isn’t true.

Please Don’t ASSume

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, “Please don’t ASSUME.  It makes an ASS of U and ME.”  Lately, I’ve noticed an ugly trend by certain people to dismiss others with different political views with a variety of horrible labels.  These assumptions are totally untrue in my case, and I am willing to bet equally unfounded in the case of the majority of people that want to defend the American Constitution as written and do not believe that Capitalism is inherently evil.

Assumption #1:  Capitalists are racist. Because our current President is half black, all of a sudden anyone with a different ideology is racist.  Did we all change our beliefs because he became President?  I hardly think so.  The racist word is usually tossed out whenever it becomes too hard to defend an issue.  It’s a cop-out, and racist in itself.  I must admit, though, that while I’m no racist, I am prejudiced.  I’m prejudiced against racist idiots, and low-lifes that abuse the system.  And these idiots come in many shades and hues.

Assumption #2:  Capitalists are rich greedy pigs. Most of the people I know that believe in capitalism are ordinary middle-class citizens.  They get up and go to work, save for their kids’ education, and donate their time and money to good causes.  As a matter of fact, an overwhelming majority of  truly wealthy Americans, our Hollywood elite, are the ones most vocal against our capitalistic system which has made them so wealthy.  If they really feel so strongly about the evil of capitalism, why don’t they sell their multi-million dollar mansions, quit flying first class, and redistribute their wealth to people that actually get their hands dirty at work.

Assumption #3:  Capitalists are unfair. This is a ridiculous assumption.  The very premise of capitalism is fairness.  You reap what you sow.  If you work hard, you can better yourself.  You will be rewarded for your efforts.  What is unfair is taking from those that are willing to work hard and/or educate themselves, and giving the fruits of their labor to others that are not willing to contribute or work hard.  There will always be those that can’t take care of themselves; those are the only ones that should be taken care of.

In His Own Words: Obama for Reparations and Redistribution of Wealth

Believe it or not, there are some people that still think Barack Obama’s “changes” are going to be good changes for the American people.  Here is the 2001 radio interview (before he was campaigning for Prez) that should give you a better look into his true intentions (just in case his racist, terrorist, and Anti-American associates haven’t given you a clue yet).  Of course, you will never hear this on CBS, ABC, or NBC news.  They’d rather dis Sarah Palin’s hair or criticize her for not having enough money to buy her own suits.

Of course, there are some people that would embrace Socialism–at least for a while.  These are the people that don’t mind being taken care of all their lives, people that have no hopes and dreams for the future and are happy to just subsist and have their most basic needs provided without having to actually work much.  Also, the ones in charge of doling out the goodies (and of course, able to take all they want from the top of the pile) are seeing a big opportunity here, too.  But I don’t think the majority of us Americans want to live like that.  It didn’t work for the Soviets.  The Cubans are still trying to get the hell out of Cuba.  And we certainly don’t need it here!

Maybe We DID Lose The Cold War

I attempted to comment to this post from An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings about the decline of education, but since I tend to ramble on myself about things I feel strongly about, it rejected my comment and told me I was sounding a bit too spammy.  But come to think of it, this thought deserves a post of its own.

First of all, I’m very happy that our society has evolved enough to seriously consider both a female (Sen. Clinton) and an African American (Sen. Obama) for President.  Of course, there are individuals that wouldn’t consider either.  And some that would discriminate on the basis of age, looks, or a host of other reasons.  But on the whole, we’re slowly realizing that people are people and should be judged by their character.

As a baby boomer, I remember the Cold War.  I remember people having bomb shelters and worrying that the Soviets would nuke us into annihilation.  We learned facts in school, from teachers who demanded our respect.  They taught us Math and Science and the History of our nation.  We also were taught manners, responsibility, and pride in our country and the freedoms we had here.  And we were a strong nation.  The leftists knew they couldn’t destroy us from afar; they spread their agenda from within.

They got their teachers into our schools and kept them there with their unions.  They weakened our education system by teaching touchy-feeley subjects and self-esteem exercises instead of the basics that would keep us technologically superior.  They tried to abolish competition and grading systems that would encourage true self-esteem through accomplishment and pride in one’s efforts.  Our kids were taught to be ashamed of our own heritage, while indoctrinated with global group-think garbage.  The gulags and human rights abuses were glossed over when discussing the “fairness” of wealth distribution.  Religious tolerance was only allowed toward religions that were a minority in this country so that Muslim awareness classes were fine while the overwhelmingly Christian majority were not even allowed to sing a Christmas carol.

This I guess is why so many of our young people are fawning over the Socialist agenda of Barack Obama.  They’ve been taught that Capitalism is a bad thing, synonymous with greed.  They were not allowed to see that competition spurs us on to greater achievements, creating things that will help solve global warming and cure diseases.  Creating wealth for our families creates jobs for others.  But a lot of these kids weren’t taught that.

We thought we won the Cold War when the Berlin Wall came down, and the Soviet Union dissolved.  We never could have pictured the day that the fruits of our labor would be distributed as our illustrious leaders see fit.  We underestimated our enemies.  And soon, we may have our own version of Chairman Mao grinning at us from the billboards of America.

Some Awesome and Totally Relevant Quotes

I made a list today of things I need to get done, and I just finished one of them. (Run 3 miles).  I’ve been lazy lately and so I actually had to walk a little up some of the hills.  But I was encouraged to see so many McCain/Palin signs up around the neighborhood.  And we are a very middle-class neighborhood.  No rich people here.  Just hard-working Americans who want our kids to be able to dream big and achieve and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

I’m taking the easy way out on another of the to-do’s on my list. (Post on blog).  I found these fantastic quotes on another blogger’s site, Political Housewyf, the other day, and I can’t get them out of my mind.  My favorites are in bold print:

‘If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the
newspaper you are misinformed.’
-Mark Twain

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress . . .
But then I repeat myself.
-Mark Twain

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a
man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
-Winston Churchill

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
– George Bernard Shaw

A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
-G Gordon Liddy

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
-James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
-Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
-P. J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live
at the expense of everybody else.
-Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases : If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
-Ronald Reagan (1986)

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
-Will Rogers

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs
when it’s free!

-P. J. O’Rourke

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as
possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

-Voltaire (1764)

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics
won’t take an interest in you!
-Pericles (430 B.C.)

No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
-Mark Twain (1866 )

Talk is cheap . . . except when Congress does it.

The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at
one end and no responsibility at the other.

-Ronald Reagan

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The
inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

-Winston Churchill

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the
taxidermist leaves the skin.
-Mark Twain

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
-Thomas Jefferson

Some things never change!!

Hillary & The New York Times vs. America

If somehow Satan got on the GOP ballot, and Hillary Clinton was his Democratic contender, well, the New York Times has just convinced me that I wouldn’t be able to vote. They (surprise, surprise) endorse Senator Clinton, which just proves how bad she is for the country. Because the New York Times is as anti-life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as the Communist Manifesto. And so is Hillary Clinton. I always thought Clinton was a little bit scary with her ability to lie about things that were clearly on record. Her desire to reinvent herself and say just about anything she believes will put her in a position of power is beyond frightening.When you’re trying to buy votes to get into power, you will say anything to get there. Because if you are in power, you are not going to have to live with the consequences. You will be in your ivory tower, with your deluxe health care and your guaranteed retirement nest egg.

I understand why Hillary panders to the get-something-for-nothing crowd. But I don’t understand why so many otherwise good-hearted Americans still fall for forced wealth redistribution. Communism/socialism does NOT work. There may not be many homeless people in a socialist society, but everyone else lives in a shack (except for the ruling elite). There is no incentive to create, explore, and invent. The bottom of the rung is where everybody is because there is no way to rise above it. In a capitalist society, there are, of course, going to be people at the bottom. But a lot of times, these people are just starting out. They can have dreams of success and work hard to achieve their dreams. And for the people that are truly unable to achieve a better quality of life on their own due to unavoidable hardship or disability(rather than laziness or a sense of entitlement), the altruistic nature of a happy and fulfilled society will normally ensure them a better quality of life than that provided by “forced altruism”. Remember how generously Americans responded to so many disasters.

So thank you, New York Times for convincing me that my instincts about Hillary were correct. No system is perfect because people are not perfect. But it’s always better to have the individual choice to strive for perfection!

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