Posts Tagged ‘common sense’

Isn’t funny how people can figure out what kind of person you are, how you grew up, etc just from one political comment? It’s uncanny how accurate they are!

For example: during the 2008 presidential campaign I made a comment on a blog on Myspace that I didn’t support Obama because I don’t agree with his stance on several issues (for the record I supported Ron Paul. When he didn’t get the nomination, I voted McCain *ugh*). Well this one reader of the blog took it upon herself to call me out. And rightfully so. I never would have seen the light if not for her.

Turns out it wasn’t because I believed in a different political/economic ideology because of all the research I had done up to that point. No, it was because I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth, I’m rich, have had everything handed to me on a silver platter, and I don’t care about the little people or those that are suffering.

How very accurate! At that point, I dropped to my knees & prayed for the Lord to forgive me for my sins!

Ok, if you’re not getting the sarcasm by now, seek help. Also, read on to learn about my childhood.

I was born in 1979. If I remember the story correctly, I was 2 or 3 weeks premature (got my picture taken with Miss Tennessee, though, so it was worth it). I spent a couple weeks in an incubator because my lungs were underdeveloped & I would forget to breathe.

My dad, albeit jokingly (I hope), has credited my hospital stay as part of the reason my parents filed bankruptcy (also, the economy sucked back then, too). I vaguely remember living in a trailer in the middle of town, briefly. When I was 4, we (me, Mom, Dad, & my brother) moved in with my grandparents, who lived in a very, very small house. 

There was a living room, kitchen, (I think) 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom…for 6 people (was used for several more when Dad was raised there. Big family). I didn’t care how big it was or the condition it was in (the uneven floor made roller skating, in one room, easy). 

I didn’t realize it at the time, but Mom & Dad took out loans for a Christmas or two, just so me & my brother would enjoy it (I miss my little yellow 4-wheeler). We never wanted for anything. We had clothes, a roof, loving parents, food…but we were far from well-off.

I made friends at school & little league. I fought with my brother. Got in trouble. Blah blah blah.

Am I leaving some stuff out? Yeah. But you won’t get my life story here.

My point is: don’t think you know someone from one comment they make about anything. I have friends who make racist jokes. Are they racist? No. Insensitive, maybe, but not racist. I have friends/family who are Democrats. Are they facist, socialist, commie pigs? Of course not. Though we disagree politically (which makes for great conversations), we know we are both good people. We’ve just had different life experiences that led to different conclusions.

So obviously I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Things aren’t handed to me on a silver platter. I’m most definitely not rich (I’ve been unemployed for 11 months now). I do care about the poor, which I am, and those that are suffering. I just believe a truly free market is the way to promote income mobility & alleviate suffering. Will there be assholes who take advantage of the disadvantaged in a free economy? Of course. But the market, IMO, would deal with them. 

Yes, Ayn Rand is the source of my main belief that “Man—every man—is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others. He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moral purpose of his life.” (from The Ayn Rand Institute). This belief fuels my other beliefs.

In conclusion: I am not a Godless heathen who cares only about himself. I am a God-fearing man who believes rational selfishness and adherance to the truth benefits everyone, not just the one. For future personal attacks on me, please refer to this post before being an anonymous hit-and-run commenter.Haters

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People ask me, when I complain about government health care,what I would do to fix the problem. Well, here’s my solution: follow Dr. John Muney and a group of physicians in Seattle. What Dr. Muney started doing was charging a flat rate of $79/month and a one year contract. Dr Muney says he can make more money by doing business that way because he eliminates the middleman. He doesn’t have to deal with insurance companies, for the thousand people who signed his contract. He still accepts insurance from other customers, but prefers the flat rate because there’s no hassle. Unfortunately the insurance companies didn’t like this so they got the state involved. They are forcing Dr. Muney to charge $99/month and if you’re REALLY sick you have to pay an extra $30 (just an example of what’s to come from Obamacare).

A group of doctors in Seattle is doing something slightly more radical: charging based on age – anywhere between $39 & $99. So far, to the best of my knowledge, the state isn’t getting involved… yet.

These practices would curb and even lower costs while increasing access to care. The amount of uninsured going to emergency room would drop dramatically which in turn would lower the cost taxpayers would have to reimburse emergency rooms for lost income from patients who couldn’t pay. Problem solved. Am I wrong? Is Obamacare better (with its $1.5 TRILLION price tag)? Dr. Muney’s concept is simple, and to paraphrase Thomas Paine: the simpler something is, the better it’s likely to be. That’s why he used plain language when he wrote Common Sense. He knew the easier it was to understand the more likely people we’re to agree. Let’s use more common sense solutions like Dr Muney’s health care solution.

So far I’m about 100 pages into American Progressivism and what I’ve learned up to this point is amazing. The central idea behind progressives seems to be society. Our founders believed in individual inherent rights. They believed we were endowed with certain rights by our creator from the moment our lives began. Rights which no man, government, or entity could ever take away. They believed we had the right to life, liberty, and property (which was later changed to the pursuit of happiness for reasons I won’t go into here). Progressives believe that society should determine what rights we have, when we have them, and when they can be taken away.

It occurred to me that this is where the abortion, or right to choose, movement started. If we aren’t endowed by our creator a right to life from the moment our lives begin (which, in my opinion, is at conception), then what right does a fetus have to live? Perhaps that’s too big of a leap for some of you, but it makes perfect sense to me.

Woodrow Wilson once said that in order to understand the true meaning of the Declaration of Independence, you shouldn’t read the preface. The biggest problem with that, however, is that the preface is the foundation of our independence. And it’s a solid foundation. Without that, this experiment we call a republic (and what I like to call the greatest nation on Earth) would be built on nothing and would have collapsed long ago. Are not all men created equal? Do we not all have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

Progressives also promote a “true democracy” while also promoting government control of business. Is it just me or does this seem oxymoronic? I just can’t wrap my head around this idea. How exactly would this work?

They believe that the Constitution was good for its time, but it needs to change as society evolves. That’s what’s known as a “living” Constitution, which I didn’t understand until about a monthago. This is another idea which I disagree with. Our Constitution is and exquisite work of art. It can be amended. Amendments can be repealed. But the foundation on which it was built is still strong, still relevant. It’s also been said that the Constitution was written in such a way as to benefit and protect the framers financially before anyone else. This is just preposterous speculation which cannot be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.

They don’t believe in our system of checks and balances. Wilson compared our system to the inner workings of our bodies. He said you can’t have one organ working against another. When that happens, you die. It’s a good analogy. It’s completely wrong, but it’s a good analogy. The fact of the matter is that our individual organs can’t become more powerful that the others. Our individual branches of government, however, can. That’s why we need checks and balances (it’s also why we need to stop creating czars, but that’s another story).

Another of their beliefs is that all children need to overcome the “prejudices” of their parents, the prejudices being small government, individual responsibility, natural rights, etc. This is an idea that has been argued recently (to elementary school kids) by Al Gore in regards to the environment. I understand that many parents are set in their ways, which can be bad, but they also have much to teach us. We can’t just turn our backs on them.

They believe in massive government expansion. They compare it to the expansion of the American frontier and how beneficial that was to the country. But I don’t believe that an over-reaching, ever-expanding, nanny-state government is what our founders had in mind. As a matter of fact, I believe that was the whole reason for declaring our independence from Britain.

I started reading this book because I’ve heard many people blame progressives for many problems in this country. I wanted to understand their philosophy before I pointed my finger. Although I’m less than halfway through the book,  I can already see that progressivism is just a pretty word for socialism, borderline fascism. Perhaps as I continue my studies I’ll change that opinion, but not at this time. And just so you know, American Progressivism is a compilation of speeches and writings by early 20th century progressives such as Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, among others. There is no interpretation of their writings by a biased conservative pundit. The writers only voice their arguments in the introduction and explain the importance of each person to the progressive movement at the beginning of each chapter. Other than that it’s open to interpretation by the reader. Also, it’s a resource for students and professors (and anyone else interested) to better understand the beginnings of the progressive movement.

On a side note, an avowed socialist senator, Bernie Sanders, has co-sponsored a bill in the Senate with Republican Jim Demint, S 604, which is a companion bill to H.R. 1207, a House bill which would allow for the audit of the Federal Reserve. When a self-proclaimed Socialist is worried about the power of the fed and wants to make sure they don’t implement policies which would endanger the dollar, we need to listen. Call your senators and representatives and make sure these bills are passed and made into law.

I just finished reading Glenn Beck’s Common Sense and I was actually brought to tears. Although not quite as good as Thomas Paine’s, Mr. Beck hits the nail on the head throughout the six chapters. He sets the tone with the introduction:

“In 1776, Thomas Paine’s words sparked a revoluti0n. Today, a new revolution of thought begins right now, with you…

You might find yourself wondering what can be done to change our nation’s course. I lay out several options, but I want to be clear that none of them include violence. Thomas Paine and his fellow revolutionaries shed their blood so that future generations would have access to weapons immeasurably stronger than muskets or bayonets: the weapons of democracy. Those are the tools that we will use to usher in a second American revolution, a revolution that won’t be fought on battlefields, but in the hearts and minds of the three hundred million people lucky enough to call America home.”

I will warn you: if you consider yourself an “early 20th century Progressive”, you won’t like this book. If you’re  a politician, Republican or Democrat, you won’t like this book. But if you see that the vast majority in Washington are taking us down the wrong path, a path leading farther away from our founding principles, this book is a must read. If you’ve read Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, you should read this book. If you haven’t read Thomas Paine’s version, it’s included with Glenn Beck’s.

You probably think he just wrote this to capitalize on the history of Common Sense. Would it surprise you to learn that he originally planned to release it anonymously on the internet for free? While the cover lists the price at $11.99, my cost was just $6.58 from Books-A-Million. Does selling a book at half-price sound like a good way to make money? I have no idea what it costs to publish a book, but I’m guessing he won’t see much profit from this. Maybe he’s just trying to get his message out there. I believe the initial printing was 980,000 copies. I ordered mine two days before it went on sale and had to wait ten days later. It was on back-order for nine days. There are now 1.1 million copies in circulation. It would appear as if his message is getting out there.

He ends his part with a look at the 9/12 Project, an ending note, and books he recommends.

“Let Your Journey Begin Here

I hope this book serves as a solid starting point in your journey to learn more about your country, its history, and what needs to be done to put her back on course.
But this book can be only that: a starting point. You must continue your education and learning so that you will recognize those people whose plans and policies promote personal freedom and responsibility, along with the danger signs of those whose policies will do the opposite.”

I highly recommend this book, whether you like Glenn or not. Especially if you don’t.

Do we really need it? Is it fair? Is it legal? No, no, and no!

Let’s see, we have the first black president in U.S. history. Was it affirmative action that got him there? Nope. It was his rhetoric, not skin color, that got him elected.

Is it fair to hire someone based on the color of their skin or their ethnic background instead of their qualifications? Um, that, too, is a no. Let me tell ya, if I owned a business and had one position open with three candidates: one white, one hispanic, and one black, who do you think I’ll hire? It depends on who the most qualified person is. That’s the way the majority of companies operate. Face it, they’re in the business of making money. Sure fifty, even twenty years ago they might’ve hired based on race. But profits are so important now, they’re going to hire the most qualified.

All affirmative action is is government-sponsored discrimination. Plain and simple. Anybody that thinks they deserve a job because they’re black, brown, red, yellow, whatever, needs a reality check. The fact of the matter is that sometimes a white guy will be more qualified that a hispanic, and vice versa. So can we please do away with the politically correct anti-discrimination discrimination and get some common sense back in our lives?

I’ve recently finished reading Common Sense and for the life of me I can’t see how anyone can support the current (and previous) administrations “ambitious” spending. Take this quote from Paine: “…security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears more likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others.” Least expense and greatest benefit…

Oh, how about this quote which can be used to argue against the recent stimulus, omnibus, and FY 2010 budget, among others: “the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered.” Well, Mr. Paine thought simplicity was best. Too bad our congressmen and women have forgotten this common sense argument. Take the recent 900+ page bill where Chairman Waxman hired a speed reader to read the bill. The highway act in the ’50’s, in comparison, which transformed the country, was just over 20 pages.

Perhaps these politicians should pay close attention to these next two quotes: “Of more worth is one honest man to society, and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.” Honesty, what a concept. There are no honest politicians anymore. Just politicians. I really like this one: “…he will not put off the true charcter of a man, and generously enlarge his views beyond the present day.” Look past the now and into the future…present actions have future consequences.

How about this: “Is the power which is jealous of our prosperity, a proper power to govern us? Whoever says no to this question is an independent, for independency means no more than whether we shall make our own laws, or, whether the king, the greatest enemy this continent hath, or can have, shall tell us, ‘there shall be no laws but such as I like.'”

Another favorite: “He that will promote discord, under a government so equally formed as this, would have joined Lucifer in his revolt.” This goes for all Democrats (Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, Obama, etc) and Republicans (Limbaugh, Hannity, W., Cheney, etc.) who pit one party against the other. Here’s an idea: instead of pointing the finger at the other guy, why not actually try to fix the problems facing this country? “The science of the politician consists in fixing the true point of happiness and freedom. Those men would deserve the gratitude of ages, who should discover a mode of government that contained the greatest sum of individual happiness with the least national expense.”

“The present state of America is truly alarming to every man who is capable of reflection.” “Our present condidtion is, legislation without law, wisdom without a plan, a constitution without a name, and…perfect independence contending for dependence.” Never were truer words spoken. We have an intrusive, or progressive, government who acts like they want to dictate our every move, from what kind of car we drive to what job we have to what kind of healthcare we have. Let the private sector do what it does best, and that is take care of itself.

These are just a few quotes from a masterpiece written by Thomas Paine, Common Sense. Every argument against what our government is doing, and has been since Teddy Roosevelt, is in this book. The reason our ancestors left England was to escape power hungry rulers whose only interest was ruling over their subjects, not ensuring their happiness. What we have now, and have had since Teddy, is that kind of government, with a few exceptions along the way.

Of the three unalienable rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, two have been violated by the current and previous administrations, Bush and Obama. Our right to liberty no longer exists. The government spends our money @ an alarming rate without our consent. They’re also spending our childrens and grandchildrens money. California woke up the other day and told the state “Hell no, you’re not taking any more of our money. As a matter of fact, you’re not getting a raise.” I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but we should follow California’s example.

Our right to pursue happiness is gone as well. Because of the massive spending by the government, meant to save jobs, I’ll be unemployed by August or September. The government has added over 70,000 jobs. Just so you know, our tax dollars pay for those jobs. I have some questions: How will they pay for those jobs when unemployment tops 10%? With the government adding jobs while the private sector sheds jobs, how are they going to pay for those extra programs and workers? You don’t think they’ll raise taxes do you? How am I free to pursue my own happiness when I’m paying for others to pursue theirs?

I’ll leave you with this: How can you solve problems caused by too much borrowing and spending with more borrowing and spending? “…by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully.”

One the surface this video is funny. But then you think of how true it is. Then you cry a little on the inside. Common Sense has died. All you have to do is look at what’s happening in D.C. to figure that out.