I am taking a few moments this morning to wish anyone who stops by a Happy Thanksgiving. Please don't forget to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. And, please, continue to pray for my family and this country.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This post is going to be a little history lesson. Mainly about the Constitution of The United States of America. The first two paragraphs are straight from Wikipedia. The entire Constitution can be read there.
The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. It provides the framework for the organization of the United States Government. The document defines the three main branches of the government: The legislative branch with a bicameral Congress, an executive branch led by the President, and a judicial branch headed by the Supreme Court. Besides providing for the organization of these branches, the Constitution carefully outlines which powers each branch may exercise. It also reserves numerous rights for the individual states, thereby establishing the United States' federal system of government. It is the shortest and oldest written constitution of any major sovereign state.
The United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787, by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and later ratified by conventions in each U.S. state in the name of "The People"; it has since been amended twenty-seven times, the first ten amendments being known as the Bill of Rights. The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union was actually the first constitution of the United States of America. The U.S. Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation as the governing document for the United States, and transformed the constitutional basis of government from confederation to federation, also making it the world's oldest federal constitution. The Constitution has a central place in United States law and political culture. The handwritten, or "engrossed", original document is on display at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.
No where in this original document does the government have the power to tax the people. The 16th amendment, ratified on February 3, 1913, took care of that. Under this amendment, Congress has the power to impose a tax on any income made here in the United States. It doesn't limit the amount of tax the Congress can levy. How scary is this?
In 1819, the state of Maryland tried to levy a tax on the Second Bank of the United States. James McCulloch, head of the Baltimore branch refused to pay it and a suit was filed. The Supreme Court of Maryland upheld the tax so it went to the Supreme Court of the United States. In the decision, Chief Justice John Marshal said, "The power to tax involves the power to destroy." There is nothing I agree with more.
Now, I understand that the Federal Government needs some income in order to provide for the things that the Constitution says they are to provide for. But, can't they just make it simple? I mean the tax code requires a warehouse just to house it. You need a lawyer to translate it, and you might not even get it right then. Politicians don't hesitate to use taxes to try and win your vote. The Democrats are positively masterful at this.
The Fair Tax is the only truly fair way that the government can get the money that they need to pay for the things that they need to. Read about it. Educate yourselves. And then, let your Congressmen/women know that this is what this country needs.
Posted by The Man on the Edge at 8:41 PM
Monday, November 24, 2008
You know, I have never actually looked into OPEC and figured out who, exactly, OPEC was. Well, now I know. OPEC stands for Organization of Petrolium Exporting Countries. It has 12 members. They are Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. Now, I don't know about you, but I always thought that this was a middle east organization. Little did I know that there were countries in this hemisphere that were members. Venezuela is the one that worries me the most (after Iran, of course). Hugo Chavez is brokering deals with Russia and other communist (or former communist) countries. They are planning on buying military weapons and such in exchange for help in developing their own country. Russia is even going to help them develop a nuclear reactor. If you have been watching the news at all then you know that Chavez hates us. Almost as much as that radical in Iran. So, all of this has been eye opening to say the least.
Now, some other random thoughts.
Let's turn to the auto industry. We all know that they are asking for $25billion so that they can stay in business. Congress is asking for them to come back to the table with a plan as to how they are going to turn their businesses around (in other words, Congress wants more oversight). I have an idea, get Congress the heck out of their business. Stop the idiotic meddling that they have been doing over the last several years. Stop giving foreign companies concessions to import their cars. And give our companies tax breaks for employing local people. (This is where I would normally give the Fair Tax a plug, but, you can read about that and decide for your self here). Let these companies either succeed or fail of their own accord. They have been doing pretty well so far, even with our government messing with them. It is just getting to be too much for them to overcome. I know I sound like a broken record sometimes, but, I can't emphasize enough, everything that the government tries to run has failed, or at least is operating at such a high cost that if it were a private company, they would have failed a long time ago. I mean, look at the list, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Welfare, even the Military. Why do people in this country insist on thinking that government is the answer for everything? They think that the government needs to step in and make sure these companies are being run properly. They can't even run the things that they are supposed to. How can we possibly expect them to ensure the success of any other venture. More government is not the answer. Less is. The list I gave is just a couple of the ways that government interference has caused the American auto industry to be where they are now. It has nothing to do with the car makers not responding to the public. It is simple economics, if the people stop buying something, make something else. That is what they have been doing form many, many years. That's why other companies have failed. It is why GM, Ford, and Chrysler will continue to operate. Get the government out of our businesses and let people succeed or fail of their own accord. THAT IS WHAT HAS MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT!!
Posted by The Man on the Edge at 10:14 AM
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Along with the rest of us.
I heard Rush going over a Zogby poll today. I actually blogged before about something that Howard Stern had done on his show that showed that there were quite a few people who truly had no clue why they were voting for Obama. But, this poll just floored me.
The poll was taken after the election. From Nov 13 to Nov 15. This is what they found. The people polled all voted for Obama. 97.1% were high school graduates. 55% were college graduates. 57.4% didn't know which party controls Congress. 88.4% did not know that it was Obama who said that his policies would bankrupt coal industries. 71.8% did not know that Biden had quit a previous campaign due to plagiarism. 56% did not know that Obama started his political career in the home of two previous members of the Weather Underground. 56% didn't even know who Bill Ayers is. 86.9% thought Sarah Palin said that she could see Russia from her house. Tina Fey said that on Saturday Night Live. Only 2.4% of the people got at least 11 correct. Only 0.5% got all the questions right.
What does all of this mean?
The ignorant shall be punished. Along with the rest of us.
Posted by The Man on the Edge at 11:57 PM
Monday, November 17, 2008
I just got finished reading two stories that I wish to share my views on.
The first is a letter from Chuck Norris (yes, you read that right and it is him) to President-Elect Obama. Read the entire letter here. In it, he congratulates him on his victory in the election and wonders how he can work for our new president to better America. Then, he realized that the President works for us and quickly changed his tune. Now, I ask you, do you really think that our 44th President will actually care what we think or how we want him to run his administration? I'll give you a clue, Vice-President-Elect Biden already has given that one away. He actually told a group of supporters during the campaign that there was going to come a time when something serious was going to happen and that the decisions that were made would not seem like the right ones. That people would have to remember the support they have given him up to this point and continue to support our President even though they didn't agree with what he was doing. This kind of blind support is not how it is supposed to work. Do they want us to support them the way that this country has supported Bush? The Congress, in prticular, who were all on board a few years ago, are now totally against any idea that Bush has. Now, they again have all the power. We'll see how it all turns out until 2010 when we get to vote on the members of Congress and the Senate again.
The second thing a read was that Al Franken is heading to Washington. He hasn't even been elected yet. He is going to meet with Harry Reid and other Senate leaders so that if the recount comes out in his favor, he can hit the ground running. He said that he wouldn't be attending the orientation that the Senate has for their newly elected officials because that would be "presumptuous". First of all, if anybody has been watching this Senate race in Minnesota, then it would raise all kinds of red flags as to the validity of anything going on up there to begin with. The incumbent, a Republican, was ahead by over 700 votes. Granted, it was close. But, then all of a sudden, there were some more votes found. The number was down to 500. Then, some more were found. The number now stands somewhere between 200 and 300 votes. The recount is this week. However, if you look at the map I posted in my last post, guess where all of these votes were found. That's right, in the northeast portion of the state. That area that is predominantly blue. Now, guess how many votes were found in favor of the incumbent. That's right ZERO. When combine all of this with the fact that some pretty major instances of voter fraud have been found out and accused in other states, why shouldn't we question the validity of this race and of Al Franken, who happens to be one of the most liberal people running for a seat this year? And presumptuous, Mr. Franken, is the idea that you have any business at all in Washington until the election results are final and you, if your voter fraud supporters, have manufactured a victory.
Plain and simple. The Democrats have bought this country. Obama, by refusing to accept public funds he had promised to take, was able to throw so much money into his campaign that McCain never stood a chance. Although I was hoping that there were enough people in this country who could think for themselves and see through all the hype. The Democrats have supported and thrown so much money into the state elections to get their left wing liberals voted in, in any way they could fathom, that we are headed down the path of socialism.
This is what the people said they wanted. Voter fraud that leads to unbridled corruption and power to the very people that are seeking to destroy the very foundations that this country was built on. This is what we have to look forward to.
Posted by The Man on the Edge at 10:47 AM
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Now, I am not typically a sore loser. However, if you look at this map you may see red (pun totally intended). This is a map of the Presidential election results by County. If you really look at this map, you will see that the majority of the Country actually voted for McCain (well, at least by number of counties). The map is almost totally red. The blue areas are around the fringes for the most part. Most of the areas have large cities within them. New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and San Francisco to name just a few. Shoot! Look at Illinois! It is pretty much split by counties.
The thing that bothers me the most about this is the fact that it seems like the Republicans just let the large cities go to the Democrats. They don't seem to worry about them. Now, I will agree that the greater Los Angeles area seems to be a lost cause at times, due mainly to Hollywood (the same could be said of San Francisco but only because that community is way out on the left as a whole to begin with), but, if McCain could have taken just one of the larger cities, such as Philadelphia or Miami, then the whole election would have changed.
Has anyone ever wondered why the Democrats campaign mainly near the larger cities? It is extremely obvious to me just by looking at this map. That's all they need to do. If they can take the larger cities, then they can carry the whole election. No matter what the rest of the country does.
So, Obama will be a President voted for by the inner cities and those that are way out to the left way of thinking anyway.
Posted by The Man on the Edge at 12:58 PM
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I know that I haven't been writing here too much lately. I decided to take a little break after the election. But, don't worry, I have been doing a lot of reading, however, so, I will continue.
But, tonight, I have a different agenda. Today is Veteran's Day. The one day a year where we tell everyone who has served our country Thank You.
As most of you who read this blog know, I currently serve in the US Navy, so, some of those thank you's today have been for me. However, I want to thank all of the people who have served before me, THANK YOU.
I have been serving for 19yrs now. I am proud to do it. There is nothing that I could have done differently. I will admit, when I first came into the Navy, it was for money to go to college. I had only planned to do six years and then get out. But, as my life progressed, a desire to serve grew inside of me. It is not something I do for the money (anybody who has served, or is married to someone who does or has knows that). I am proud of what I do. The very idea of "upholding and defending the Constitution of The United States of America against enemies both foreign and domestic" is what keeps me going. It is about preserving a way of life. A way of life that is the envy of every other country in the world. This is why Al Qaeda doesn't like us. We are a threat to their way of life. Iran is the same way. People see the way that we live and they want to be more like us. The leaders of these countries know that if they let their people live the way we do, then, they will not be able to control their lives anymore. Their way of life will go by the wayside.
I love this country and the people who live here. Even if I don't agree with their beliefs or their points of view. That is one of the very things that I have spent a lifetime defending. The right of everyone to have their own points of view.
However, I would be remiss, if I didn't thank those who have gone before me. The one's who served before me. The one's who are the reasons that I have the opportunity to do what I do. So, to my father, father-in-law, all of my cousins who have served, grandfathers of both me and my lovely wife, all of the people at our church back home who have served, and everyone else who has served, I SAY THANK YOU for the opportunity to return the favor.
The last people I would like to thank are the ones who are currently serving, both home and abroad. Especially those who are engaged in the War on Terror no matter what front you are holding. THANK YOU for doing your part to make this world a safer place for all of us.
Posted by The Man on the Edge at 8:48 PM
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I am going to do something that I have only done once before. I am going to post an article that I found on Yahoo.
President Obama's First Step: Reset Expectations
Posted Nov 05, 2008 12:15pm EST by Henry Blodget in Newsmakers, Recession, Election
From ClusterStock, Nov. 5, 2008:
If President Elect Obama were the incoming CEO of a corporation, he would now be preparing for the first act of his tenure: A massive write-off of the mountains of rotted junk buried on the company's balance sheet and an announcement that recovery will take a long, long time.
This flush would clear the way for several years of better than expected results. It would also take advantage of the new leader's one chance to blame the sorry state of the organization on his sorry predecessor.
President Obama began this process last night, in his victory speech, when he noted that restoring the country's health might take more than a term. In the next few weeks, he should go well beyond this:
The deficit will be more than $1 trillion a year for several years
The country needs a massive new fiscal stimulus
The housing market will continue to decline through at least 2010
Interest rates and taxes will eventually have to rise (after the economy stabilizes)
Weak corporations have to be allowed to fail
Millions of homeowners will lose their house
Unemployment will probably rise to 10%
The government simply cannot "bail the country out" -- not because it lacks the will, but because it lacks the power
In short, Obama needs to acknowedge reality, erring on the side of overstating the problems and challenges, and he needs to prepare the country for several tough years. Because if he doesn't, within six months of his taking office, the country will have forgotten all about the prior administration and will instead be blaming everything on him.
It's me again. I found this interesting in light of all the promises that Obama has made over the course of his long campaign. I truly believe that most people who voted for him are expecting an immediate improvement in the economic situation. But, truth be told, it isn't going to go away over night. As he said himself on Tuesday night, it is going to take a lot of work. Those of us who actually have a clue knew that already. The funny thing about all this, is that the faces on the people who attended the victory celebration in Chicago actually looked stunned when he said that.
Again, just keep praying and hold on for the bumpy ride.
Posted by The Man on the Edge at 8:33 AM
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
First, let me congratulate all of those people out there who supported Barack Obama as well as the man himself.
I truly didn't want to have to say that, but, I am humble enough to know that this is what the majority of people in the United States voted for yesterday and that is that. So, all we can do at this time is congratulate him, pray, and get ready for the next election.
There are two things that worried me about yesterday. It was two things that really resonated within my soul.
First, one of the commentators said that there were more people who voted for Obama because he was black than voted against him because he was black. This indicated, to me, that one of the main reasons this man won the election was because of his skin tone. This is not right. You combine that with the second thing I heard, and that was that Obama got about 67% of the vote in the age group 18-29 and McCain won almost 65% of the vote of people over the age of 60 and you soon begin to realize that this election wasn't truly about the issues at hand. That the majority of the people made decisions on misinformation or downright ignorance.
The second thing I want people to realize is that when it became apparent that Obama was going to win, McCain/Palin very calmly came out and conceded the race. No big drawn out fight that would take the election into December (remember 2000 and 2004). They were very gracious and promised to continue to serve the people of this great nation. This is something that neither Al Gore nor John Kerry did.
And, go ahead and read my wife's blog and you will know why I am so worried about this decision.
So, congratulations. America has spoken. I just hope that we avoid too much damage from being done.
Posted by The Man on the Edge at 9:12 AM
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I have been thinking, and reading, trying to come up with something to write about. I was actually going to post something last night, but, I truly didn't know what else I could have said before the polls opened today.
Just some things to remember about how important this election is (let's set aside the fact that no matter which side wins, it will be history. On one side, the first Black President. On the other side, the first female Vice-President).
First, let's look at the different views the candidates have. I have pretty much made it clear how I feel about Obama's views. He is a socialist in his thinking. He will not come right out and say that because it would have totally cost him this election. He wants to expand the government so that people will become even more dependent on government. He wants to "nationalize" health care. He wants to expand Social Security and Medicare. He wants to give a tax break to people who don't pay taxes. He wants to raise taxes on people who make too much money to pay for all of this. He has said himself that he wants to spread the wealth. McCain wants to keep the tax cuts that have been put into place by Bush and make them permanent. A little known fact, is that while Obama may give you a credit now, when the Bush tax cuts expire in 2010, EVERYONE'S taxes will go up. McCain also supports less regulation by the federal government. He has almost always supported this. There are times when he has felt that we needed to have more regulation (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2005). McCain wants US to be able to do the things that we do to make this economy grow and continue to make this country great.
Second, let's look at the contradictory remarks that have been made by the Democratic ticket. Biden has said himself, that Hillary Clinton would have been a better choice for Vice-President than he himself was. Between him and Obama, the level of money that one has to make to ensure that their hard work is punished by higher taxes is somewhere between $150,000 and $250,000. They have actually used three different figures, the lowest being $150,000 and the highest $250,000. Which is it?
Lastly, let's look at something else Biden has said. He guaranteed that within the first six months of his presidency, some international crisis will happen that will test the mettle of Obama. If that statement alone doesn't scare you, here are a few things that I have read in the news that might put this into perspective. Iran (you know, that little country that isn't a threat, according to Obama, even though they continue to pursue nuclear weapons) is putting naval bases along their southern border. This is right at the mouth of the Straits of Hormuz, the only passage into Arabian Gulf. And, if that isn't scary enough, remember Libya and Moammar Gadhafi? Remember Russia? Russia invaded the country of Georgia during the Olympics. Now, Gadhafi is in Russia trying to negotiate deals for weapons. He is actually going to allow the Russians to build a naval base in Libya. Also, the report says, that he is interested in buying air defense systems, combat aircraft and warships from Russia. There are some serious things going on in this world. I truly don't want someone in the White House that people around the globe feel the need to "TEST".
The election that is happening today is extremely important. Not only for the near future, but for generations to come. My wife and I have voted. I encourage everyone who can, to vote. Don't sit this one out. Even though it is NOT a Constitutional right to vote, it is our obligation, as citizens of this great country, to do so, but, to do so with knowledge about what we are voting for. I am sure I will prayers just about every waking moment of the day concerning this election. I know what I believe, and in whom I believe. What about you?
Posted by The Man on the Edge at 8:18 AM