Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Liberty and Tyranny

Before I start this particular post, I want to apologize for leaving the Independence Day message to the end of the last post. As I said in it, to me it was the most important message. However, everything else I put in the post are the very things that are threatening the independence that so many have fought to preserve.

Now, let me start with a quote.

"We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name ---liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names---liberty and tyranny."
-Abraham Lincoln, 1864

This quote is on the back of the book "Liberty and Tyranny" by Mark R. Levin. Reading the book, I know why. This man could have very well written the political agenda for the Democrat Party. He understands it that well. He is, however, conservative. I am not quite finished reading this book, but, I can tell you this, if you are at all concerned with the well being of this country then you should read this book.

Here is my take on everything that is going on.

I must first take a trip back in history to the Civil War. The northern states wanted to do away with slavery. The southern states did not. It was a vital part of running their plantations. Where the north became mostly industrial. The Civil War came down to this, the north wanted to stipulate that any new state in the Union had to be a free state. The south contended that it should be up to the states to choose. So, even though slavery was the underlying issue, the real issue at stake was the states' right to choose. Ironic how the Democrats (south) were on the right side of the main issue. They wanted to keep the majority of the power in the hands of the states. In the South, however, the power belonged to few people. The rest were dependent upon those that held the power to be prosperous.

Now, when the North won the War, and outright slavery became something of our past, the Democrats began to change the battle front. They saw this as an opportunity to use the Federal Government to expand their own power. This expansion has been very subtle over the course of the last 150 years.

Income tax is one way thing they use. Another is the fact that judges "set policy", to quote a certain nominee for the Supreme Court. They use the schools to advance their agenda. Professors teach the lawyers their political views. They in turn become judges who are not at all concerned with the rule of law, but rather what is fair. The view that a judge should be sympathetic with someone when they are determining law is ridiculous. It shouldn't be about what a persons background is, but, what the rule of law is. That is the only way that the laws are to remain fair. If they apply to everyone, no matter what their background or current situation is. The idea that a "Latina woman would make a better decision, because of her experiences, than a white male" is not only ludicrous, it is outright racist.

They followed the income tax with something called the "New Deal". This was Franklin Roosevelt's big plan to get out of the Great Depression. Economists that have studied this, have since determined that the New Deal, with all of it's government spending, prolonged the Depression by about seven (7) years. Social Security was born of this. Shoot, Roosevelt himself even admitted, "Those taxes were never a problem of economics. They are politics all the way through. We put those payroll taxes there so as to give the contributors a legal, moral, and political right to collect their pensions and their unemployment benefits. With those taxes in there, no damn politician can ever scrap my social security program." To me, this sounds like someone who is more concerned about their own political agenda than with the welfare of the people he was elected to serve. They sold Social Security as insurance, even though, there is no insurance model that even remotely resembles the Social Security plan.

Next, came the Great Society from Lyndon Johnson in 1965. He actually used the Social Security Act to establish Medicare and Medicaid. These two programs were designed for the elderly and the underprivileged who didn't have health insurance. Lyndon Johnson called it "the most important addition to the structure" that was started with the cornerstone of the Social Security Act laid by Roosevelt. He went on to explain, "Through this new law...every citizen will be able, in his productive years when he is earning, to insure himself against the ravages of illness in his old age. This insurance will help pay for care in hospitals, in skilled nursing homes, or in the home. And under a separate plan, it will help meet the fees of doctors." A noble enough cause, however, in doing so, and by not giving the American people the choice of participating, he, as Roosevelt before him, took a huge chunk out of the liberty that every American enjoyed.

Next, came Jimmy Carter. He did nothing more than to hand over the worst economy since the Great Depression to Ronald Regan. And, he did his damage in just four years. During his presidency, unemployment rose to double digits, and the tax brackets were through the roof. Regan came in and actually cut taxes. The result was an economic boom that lasted about 25 years. Yes, the stock market corrected itself in the late '80's, but, it is what happens in a free market. There are corrections.

Now, we have the king liberal and all his cronies. They have done nothing but spend, spend, spend. They have gone out and told us that it is up to us to tighten our belts and start to live within our means. However, they do the exact opposite. They spend money like there is no tomorrow. They haven't even come up with a way to pay it back. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that our national deficit will be as high as $10Trillion. The current administration is using class envy to try and sell us on a bunch of new taxes that no one seems willing to call them on. The Cap-and-Trade crap that they are currently trying to shove down our throats, by the king liberal's own admission, will, necessarily, cause our utility bills to skyrocket.

The one major thing that the liberals don't want us to put together is the fact that consumers pay taxes. We pay our taxes, then, when we buy something, we pay that companies taxes. So, if you raise the taxes on a company, they pass that cost along to the consumer. So, even though Obama can say that he gave a tax cut to, however many, Americans, at the same time he is raising taxes on the companies who then pass it on to the consumers, Americans. The problem is, that when he raises the taxes on all of the companies, we end up paying more. So, in reality, he is raising our taxes because our dollars don't go as far.

If we look at history, there are two common threads that run through all of these events. One is that it is all about grabbing more power for the people in charge, at the expense of individual freedom and liberty. The second thing is this, the Democrats use crisis to further their agenda. As Rahm Emanuel once quipped, "every crisis is an opportunity." Yes, it is. An opportunity for the Democrats to take advantage of. An opportunity for them to wedge more animosity in the hearts of Americans and to seize more power for themselves. An opportunity for them to make the average American more dependent on federal government than ever before. Exactly the opposite of what the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written for. In other words, make us slaves to the federal government.

Either way you put it, the Democrats have always stood for slavery. It has only changed forms.


Krys72599 said...

So glad you liked the book!!!