October 18, 2010
February 7, 2010
Restoring the Republic is a chronicle recording the social, economic, and political decline of the nation of my birth. That nation that possessed The Precious Seed that when jealously guarded and reverently nurtured by freemen did feed, liberate, enrich, protect, and provide for many times this nations own number without edict, mandate, or decree but solely by virtue of freemen exercising the rights endowed to them by their Creator.
These United States of America did not, nor could it have succumbed to any acts of foreign aggression or Machiavellian plots of intrigue. If any dare threaten then I say, “Let them come” so that The Precious Seed may enrich their understanding, and our fertile soil with the pools of their blood, as to the resolve of the American patriot defending his own lands when he has not been deprived of that natural right in the “interest of your safety and your protection” by those who have categorically failed to protect him, his lands, or his rights.
That which made The United States of America great among nations does not reside in edifices, like the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon, or the White House. During the War of 1812, nearly all public buildings in Washington, D.C. were burned to the ground and we remained undaunted, suffering little more than a bruised sense of national pride. When sufficiently annoyed, we have been known to put our own buildings to the torch as an expression of our discontent. Nor is that which made The United States of America golden tarnished by the errors of our past, such as slavery, racism, or the continuing treasons and crimes of the rogues who occupy our government’s capitol. The British occupied every American city of consequence and controlled vastly superior forces both numerically and in quality during the Revolutionary War, yet much to their consternation they were defeated because The Precious Seed cannot be conquered by force of arms, only surrendered by those who fail to comprehend its priceless value.
We have allowed ourselves the indulgence of insidious and progressive amnesia about the principles and values that embodied the sum of all virtue, every dream, and each hope that the children of God whispered into His ear since the last time we permitted the Ancient Adversary of Man to seduce our conscience with blind ambitions and corrupt our reason with madness. The symbolism of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge has taken on concrete form in the contemporary false promises of security, safety, prosperity, protection, equality, convenience, medical care, and the countless other cradle to grave provisions for your wellbeing…all for the paltry price of relinquishing The Precious Seed.
Once more we have forgotten that man does not live by the standards of his own prerogatives, the error for which we were banished from Eden. Now, as then we must try to endure the cost of our arrogance or allow The Precious Seed and ourselves with it to be shackled into the beautifully and invitingly packaged serfdom offered by the scheming serpents who have shed their scales in favor of three piece suits. As an alternative we can atone for our relapse and answer the clarion call of the citizen soldier to protect The Precious Seed of Liberty or perish from the face of this earth in defense of it. When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.
January 29, 2010
Obama launches new push for healthcare overhaul
The headline is a typical case of deceptive minimalism, the vision of Obama is NOT an overhaul of the existing healthcare system. Over a very short period of time, the President’s multi-phased apparition is the removal and replacement of the healthcare system we have today. The President’s plan is nothing less than the road to another bloated and entrenched bureaucracy administered by another cast of unelected and unaccountable technocrats. There will be committees, counsels, directors, advisory boards, investigative bodies, designated spokesmen, legal advisors, and maybe even a Czar or two to demonstrate our deep commitment to freedom for good measure. We are talking about something like the eventual Social Security Administration of Healthcare with you paying 85% of the costs in additional taxes, and you will lose:
Freedom to choose what’s in your plan – Like most government programs you don’t get to choose you get what is allowed by the program. A single guy age 25 will pay for the costs of maternity care, which is a costly option in most private plans today.
Freedom to be rewarded for healthy living, or pay your real costs – Your individual choice to limit risk goes out the window as you will pay for inherent health risks of crack addicts, the morbidly obese, and skydivers equally.
Freedom to choose high-deductible coverage – Your opportunity to save by assuming a little more risk is gone. You will simply pay more that is your only “option.”
Freedom to keep your existing plan – If your employer offers a good health plan and you want to keep it, Obama says you can, but that is a lie for the most part. If the plan changes even in the slightest (e.g. – changing a co-pays, deductible, or even switching coverage for a single drug) you must drop out of the plan and use the government one. Most health policies are modified on an annual basis, so millions of employees will lose their plans within 12 months.
Freedom to choose your doctors – People have a lot of issues with HMO’s which was created by Congress to save us from rising health care costs in 1973. The law gave millions of dollars to HMOs, which, until then, had constituted a small portion of the market. HMOs multiplied rapidly with the new federal giveaways. Today, doctors practice medicine in an increasingly intricate web of rationing and regulations: Physicians are stripped of professional autonomy. As patients wander the maze of managed bureaucracy, costs rise and quality deteriorates. Every American dependent on a third party for health coverage is a potential victim of managed care, put Congress at the helm and you have a sure recipe for disaster.
If this apparatus of delivering compassionate universal access to medical services feels alien to you, that is you’re internal American patriot screaming, “Tyranny!” In order to make discarding what the United States is supposed to stand for (its freedom, if anyone forgot) less traumatic to you, the President’s plan has some familiar features built in. You will find the oversights, errors, overly optimistic projects, and critical omissions which have become the very hallmark of federal mismanagement. You can count on the highest level of incompetence and a complete lack of accountability by the administration managing your health care. Should there be significant cost overruns; any and all additional costs will be covered by you.
I am certain we will need to prove our mettle as the “Home of the Brave” once more when all those miscalculations lead us to decades if not centuries of the Social Security style political patchwork, predicaments, and panics we see as a direct result of federal negligence, malfeasance, abuse, and ineptitude which has been inspired by the gutless and corrupt leadership of the House and Senate. A common axiom says “You can tell what the future holds by looking at history.” Let’s look to the past and see how Congress and its progeny have served us in such matters…
- The criminal looting of the immoral and poorly implemented Ponzi scheme we know as Social Security.
Americans have been paying 15.3% on the first $97,500 in wages per year religiously since 1935. The program was so poorly implemented that it started paying benefits nearly immediately to recipients that had hardly paid anything in to the program. In 1940, Ida Fuller became the first monthly Social Security recipient. Mrs. Fuller had paid a total of total of $24.75 into the Social Security System. Her first check was for $22.54. Mrs. Fuller lived to be 100 years old and collected a total of $22,888.92! That’s right $24.75 became $22,888.92! Only the Federal government could create such a ludicrously inequitable system.
Rather than investing the contributions into anything that generates a return, Congress spent the funds as if they were general revenue replacing the cash with Treasury securities (IOUs) without regard for the future beneficiaries. To grasp this concept, let’s assume I am your retirement banker and I have promised you a certain fixed monthly payment per month once you reach retirement. You contribute a sizable percentage of your paycheck to me, I write an IOU to your account, and then spend your money on whatever I want. I’m counting on the fact that future contributors, many of which have not even been born yet, will provide the revenue stream to pay you in the future. Unfortunately, demographics turned against me and the birth rate declines significantly. There will not be enough future contributors to make up what I have already used to support untenable spending. I begin alternately increasing your required contributions, reducing your monthly benefit, and increasing the age required to retire and collect benefits. Still the system cannot last more than a few decades because the system is fundamentally unsound.
- The bankrupt empty shell designated the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
One thing that government does better than anyone else is misnomers. In this case “Insurance” leads one to believe that the FDIC acts like a typical commercial insurer such as Zurich. The FDIC is nothing like any insurance company on earth. While Zurich is backed by premiums that are based on risk, FDIC is backed with tax dollars and risk is not considered. There is a premium to be paid by banks of about 13 cents per $100 of FDIC insured deposits, but nearly none of the banks (95%) have paid a cent in premiums in 10 years. Could you imagine not paying your insurance premiums for a decade and then expect to be covered for your losses? That is exactly what happened, and the net result is the taxpayers will cover the cost. Had the banks been paying their premiums the FDIC could have had hundreds of millions in reserve to deal with the financial crises, instead you will pay for the additional cost.
Essentially, FDIC is taking your tax dollars to replace money that was lost in the very unsafe institutions that Congress is inducing you to invest in by offering FDIC assurances that they are safe. We are not only robbing Peter to pay Paul, we are robbing them both to pay for the propaganda that says Peter was never robbed and Paul never needed to be paid. Many claim that this is the fault of deregulation, but I disagree. Deregulation is a good thing for financial markets and the People in general, the issue is you cannot let banks invest in whatever they like and still back them up with taxpayer money. We cannot pretend that market risk does not exist in any investment including banks, which is what the FDIC tries to do. It is not only illogical to ignore the existence of market risk in banks, it is getting damn expensive.
- The insolvent and incompetent Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac)
Created by an act of the US legislature in 1970, the purpose of the FHLMC was to expand the secondary market for mortgages which would increase the money available for home mortgage lending and new home purchases. While not directly a part of the government, the FHLMC is regulated by regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and is another obvious “brainchild” of Congress. If there was a real need for an expanded secondary mortgage market, entrepreneurs would step up and do it without a quasi-government corporation to show them the need. Rather than trusting that the basic supply and demand of capitalism really works if you leave it alone, the FHLMC is now in receivership (which they call “Conservatorship”) as another failed bright idea from Capitol Hill. The cost to taxpayers…nearly a trillion dollars.
Through a convoluted path Congress and a special interest group known as ACORN caused the financial crises which resulted in the failure of the FHLMC. Banks were increasingly pushed by both Congress and ACORN to make loans that were not financially sound or guided by any reasonable lending practices. In the early 1990s mortgages became driven by an “affirmative-action lending policy” through legislation like the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). In the mid 90’s risky sub-prime and what had evolved into a quota based lending system were pushing banks to stomach much higher risks in the normally safer home mortgage sector. Home ownership did increase substantially among minorities and the working poor over the past 20 years as a direct result of these policies. Additionally, the relaxed lending standards fed a construction boom that fueled an otherwise anemic US economy during the same period. Unfortunately, you can only get away with breaking the rules of common sense for so long. These were the mortgages to go critical in massive numbers. One might consider these “affirmative-action loans” to be the hot air which inflated the housing bubble. For a complete history of the housing bubble and how Obama played a key role in its creation at American Thinker.
- The Environmental Protection Agency
Reviled throughout the 90’s as the finder of federally protected “wetlands” became the modern equivalent of federal claim jumping when it came to private property, the EPA was duped by bogus climate data on global warming. The entire agency was so easily fooled by one person, a Professor Michael Mann, who skewed the data points on a temperature chart by simply and highly selectively omitting roughly 98% of geological time from the sample data. It was at best an honest effort to deceive the human species into thinking itself culpable of attempted “Gia-cide” and inflicting lasting damage to the planets delicate ecosystem. In my opinion, the smoking gun of gross incompetence within the EPA quickly paled in the light of the apparent failure of the entire staff of the Agency and the majority of Congress as well to remember that carbon dioxide is what most animals exhale and plants inhale in the cooperative cycle learned in 5th grade science. Therefore, we can only conclude that all these individuals are not as smart as a 5th grader.
Another EPA critical fail occurred in 2000 when the agency required certain regions of the nation to sell gasoline that contains methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE), a gasoline additive that was supposed to help the environment by reducing ozone. Ignoring a 1999 National Research Council study, requested and funded by the EPA, which found that while MTBE “do reduce some pollutants from motor vehicle emissions, the oxygenates appear to have little impact on lowering ozone levels. MTBE’s ineffectiveness as an anti-pollutant was only the tip of the EPA’s regulatory miscarriage. MTBE poses significant health risks. The liquid is highly soluble in water and has been detected in approximately 20% of the ground water where the reformulated gasoline is sold, while there is only a 2% detection rate in non-reformulated areas. At least 10,000 groundwater sites throughout California are now contaminated according to a University of California study. The additive produces turpentine like taste and odor to water, and is believed to be a human carcinogen resulting in maternal and fetal defects in lab animals. It also causes headaches, nausea, vomiting, disorientation and eye irritation upon exposure. The use of MTBE in RFG has also been shown to increase formaldehyde tailpipe emissions (a human carcinogen) by 13%. Adding insult to injury the price of this EPA required noxious gasoline is 10 cents per gallon higher and results in a 2-3% reduction in mileage.
The Department of Education has achieved universal and equal access to regime sanctioned ignorance. In the 1970’s, Johnny could not read, but 40 years of Congressional oversight later and Johnny cannot even reason. On the positive side of the equation, we have instilled a superbly over developed and markedly undeserved sense of self-esteem in Johnny. He is so blissfully ignorant and totally unaware of how unprepared he is to cope with the rest of his life. It seems to me that our educational goals over the past thirty years have succeeded in reproducing what the Church of Scientology would call a state of “clear”. Achieving “clear” is an important step in clearing your mind of obstacles that might impede the Church of Scientology cult from furthering their goals of controlling your mind and your money.
- I been asked which side the Japanese were on in World War II by a high school Junior.
- Simple math such as $10.00 -$7.63= $2.37, is beyond many high school students without a calculator.
- Moreover people in Congress cannot read simple English such as the phrase, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” They seem to think the word “people” means “state “and that the Second Amendment is a calling for a National Guard.
Feel good legislation, such as “No Child Left Behind”, mixed with increasing federal control in setting educational standards has succeeded in alienating the parents and condemned the students to the lowest common denominator in education. “No Child Left Behind” resulted in no students moving forward. More poorly conceived and always underfunded educational mandates colloquially referred to as “initiatives” have waxed and waned in cult like popularity for decades. Many left only the increased administrative progress, compliance, and reporting burdens but little more as their only real product. Most of these quietly dissolved into more things of slogans than substance. Those programs that left bigger marks upon the map were generally the ones that failed in epic proportions like “outcome based” education. Education needs to be the synergistic result of three essential components Parents, Teachers and Students, nothing more and nothing less. If one of the three parts is missing the system will fail. Try to add more parts to it the system will fail.
- I been asked which side the Japanese were on in World War II by a high school Junior.
The latest shining stars upon the crown of “Classic Cons” is a dead heat (in the very literal sense) between the farce of the Afghan Interim Government and the sham of the Iraqi Interim Government. Perhaps I am mistaken in thinking that history will not judge our actions upon the ultimate success or failure of properly delineating the 12-foot tall cement barriers we have used to carve Baghdad into a dozen or so petty duchies reminiscent of medieval walled cities that any former East German could appreciate. At this point, this seems to be the strategy of the American military command at this time. We are fighting to build something more closely resembling a kennel rather than a free nation out of Iraq. If we gain northing from the lessons learned in the Middle East we should take with us the sports axiom that says, “If you poor strategy cannot win on the home field, your poor strategy won’t succeed on the road no matter how swiftly (shock and awe) you can the execution and how long you can logistically support that poor strategy.”
Here is when I ask the 4.3 trillion dollar question,
Given their long documented and consistent history of failure, fraud, and financial fiascos, are these the people you want controlling the future of your healthcare?
Perhaps we could extrapolate this query further to ponder the question are these the people you want controlling the future of your country?
December 2, 2009
I thought we could mark this December the 2nd, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being passed along by telephones, and men with guns will soon monitoring, documenting, interpreting and logging who visits this blog.
Because while intimidation and the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice in the form of torture inflicted by the hand of the government on defenseless people. Intolerable, no inhuman, things have been done by the authority of this once great and just nation, and most disturbing of all these heinous crimes against humanity, liberty, the rule of law, and our very own Constitution have been committed in our names. And where once we had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. Where once we had honorable men of conscience as leaders, we now have a consortium of self-interested and self-serving criminals in the employ of special interests that have bought and paid for their allegience.
How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease, economic uncertanty, technology outpacing our moral maturity to assess the difference between right and wrong, environmental disaster, doomsday harbingers. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to a higher authority to sort it all out, our government. They promised you order, they promised you security, and all they demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.
On this very soil more than 200 hundred years ago a handful great patriots wished to embed forever in our memory that when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their 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.
Today I withdraw my consent, and ask that you join me.
Today I end my silence. Today I sever and disolve all allegience with that unconstitutional and illegitimate government, to remind this country of what it has forgotten, to remind the world that fairness, justice, liberty and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives , they are paradigms, they are principles. While polotics may be the art of compromise, when we compromise our principles, then we abandon that which those brave few faught so hard and sacrificed so much to give humanity.