Our Responsibility

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.” – John Adams

“[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend of the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen onto any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.” – Samuel Adams

“…if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded.” – Noah Webster

In reading the above quotes and looking back on the almost six years of the Obama Administration, I cannot help but reflect upon the truthfulness of the statements made by three of America’s sons.  Indeed, We The People have chosen poorly.

One can only look at the multitudes of scandals plaguing this once touted as the “most transparent administration in history” and compare it to a brick wall.  Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS, NSA, Bureau of Land Management vs. Bundy, Veteran’s administration, and the total failure of the United States foreign policy are only a few of the embarrassments of the incompetence of this administration.

And then there is the absolute bungling of the nation’s economy, the takeover of the healthcare system, and the funding (and demise) of “green jobs”.  All of these have failed miserably.

And what is the President’s reaction?  Take a vacation, play golf, or send his Press Secretary to spin whatever he can out of the present manure impacting the rotating air device.  What he will not do is take direct responsibility – it is always delegating off to some minion.  What is not happening is something that I wrote back in 2009 on the eve of Obama’s swearing in:

I also hope that when (not if) Obama screws up, he takes responsibility and the associated criticism as well as the outgoing President Bush.  No matter what your political affiliation, you should at least respect President Bush for trying to do the right thing, even though you may not agree with what he did.  And yes, I have criticized some of President Bush’s actions where necessary.

There will be criticism, and the Obots will defend their leader, their hope with rabid fanaticism.  To which I say, grow up, because Obama is only a man, a person, a human being, and as such, will make mistakes.  The time for fantasy is past, and the real world awaits.  History will be the ultimate judge of Obama’s Presidency, not a ginned up media that can turn on a dime at the whim of editors, nor a blind bunch of followers.  The harsh light of the past will be turned on all past Presidents, and only then will true greatness be determined.

The reality is here:  This Administration with the associated Congress is woefully inadequate to serve the American People that elected them in the first place.

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In a few short months, the midterm elections will be held.  Are you going to vote for the status-quo, which isn’t working and is the lazy way to vote, or are you going to do the research, ask the hard questions of the candidates, and make an informed decision?  You should always cast a vote with this thought in mind:

How will this vote affect my life and that of the country?

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Two Americas

A friend of mine, Mike, sent the following to me.

In early January 2014, Bob Lonsberry, a Rochester talk radio personality on WHAM 1180 AM, said this in response to Obama’s “income inequality speech”:    

Two Americas – The Democrats are right, there are two Americas.  The America that works, and the America that doesn’t.   The America that contributes, and the America that doesn’t.  It’s not the haves and the have nots, it’s the dos and the don’ts.  Some people do their duty as Americans, obey the law, support themselves, contribute to society, and others don’t.

That’s the divide in America.  It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility.  It’s   about a political party that preaches hatred, greed and victimization in order to win elective office.  It’s about a political party that loves power more than it loves its country.  That’s not invective, that’s truth, and it’s about time someone said it.

The politics of envy was on proud display a couple weeks ago when President Obama pledged the rest of his term to fighting “income inequality.”   He noted that some people make more than other people, that some people have higher incomes than others, and he says that’s not just.  That is the rationale of thievery.  The other guy has it, you want it, Obama will take it for you.  Vote Democrat.  That is the philosophy that produced Detroit.   It is the electoral philosophy that is destroying America.  It conceals a fundamental deviation from American values and common sense because it ends up not benefiting the people who support it, but a betrayal.

The Democrats have not empowered their followers, they have enslaved them in a culture of dependence and entitlement, of victim-hood and anger instead of ability and hope.  The president’s premise – that you reduce income inequality by debasing the successful – seeks to deny the successful the consequences of their choices and spare the unsuccessful the consequences of their choices.  Because, by and large, income variations in society is a result of different choices leading to different consequences. Those who choose wisely and responsibly have a far greater likelihood of success, while those who choose foolishly and irresponsibly have a far greater likelihood of failure.

Success and failure usually manifest themselves in personal and family income.  You choose to drop out of high school or to skip college – and you are apt to have a different outcome than someone who gets a diploma and pushes on with purposeful education.    You have your children out of wedlock and life is apt to take one course; you have them within a marriage and life is apt to take another course.  Most often in life our destination is determined by the course we take.

My doctor, for example, makes far more than I do.  There is significant income inequality between us.  Our lives have had an inequality of outcome, but, our lives also have had an in equality of effort.  While my doctor went to college and then devoted his young adulthood to medical school and residency, I got a job in a restaurant.  He made a choice, I made a choice, and our choices led us to different   outcomes.  His outcome pays a lot better than mine.  Does that mean he cheated and Barack Obama needs to take away his wealth?  No, it means we are both free men in a free society where free choices lead to different outcomes.

It is not inequality Barack Obama intends to take away, it is freedom.  The freedom to succeed, and the freedom to fail. There is no true option for success if there is no true option for failure.  The pursuit of happiness means a whole lot less when you face the punitive hand of government if your pursuit brings you more happiness than the other guy.  Even if the other guy sat on his arse and did nothing.  Even if the other guy made a lifetime’s worth of asinine and shortsighted decisions.

Barack Obama and the Democrats preach equality of outcome as a right, while completely ignoring inequality of effort.  The simple Law of the Harvest – as ye sow, so shall ye reap – is sometimes applied as, “The harder you work, the more you get.”  Obama would turn that upside down. Those who achieve are to be punished as enemies of society and those who fail are to be rewarded as wards of society.

Entitlement will replace effort as the key to upward mobility in American society if Barack Obama gets his way.  He seeks a lowest common denominator society in which the government besieges the successful and productive to foster equality through mediocrity.  He and his party speak of two Americas, and their grip on power is based on using the votes of one to sap the productivity of the other.  America is not divided by the differences in our outcomes, it is divided by the differences in our efforts.

It is a false philosophy to say one man’s success comes about unavoidably as the result of another man’s victimization.  What Obama offered was not a solution, but a separatism.  He fomented division and strife, pitted one set of Americans against another for his own political benefit.

That’s what socialists offer.  Marxist class warfare wrapped up with a bow.  Two Americas, coming closer each day to proving the truth to Lincoln’s maxim that a house divided against itself cannot stand. 

My friends, the war of the Left upon the American People is in full swing.  It is up to We The People to change the course of this nation by electing people that will restore the principles set forth by the Founders through the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the rest of the Amendments.  After all,

And just in case you need a reminder of which Party is actually for the American People:

Obamacare, brought to you by Democrats, not Republicans.

Finally, for those of you who think all is lost: