I’m never going to win a popularity contest. It’s not my goal to be liked. I’ll probably never be a “Fox News contributor” or even broadly recognized as a dutifully compliant cog within the greater, GOP-heavy “conservative” political wheel. That’s because I say things like this: There is no political fix to America’s death spiral.
When the news is so often bad, we could all use a laugh. Let's laugh about the news a little...
Fundamental transformation Almost complete, You plot, you position, you sow, you reap, Children and wife are by your side? But will you sleep tonight, A change of course A guilty plea, It’s not too late to make amends
Thomas Jefferson, in his draft of the Kentucky Resolutions, explained “[i]n questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Can we honestly say that our contemporary elected representatives, comprised of Democrats and Republicans, in Washington, D.C., are bound from their mischievous actions “by the chains of the Constitution”? No, it appears that the chains have been broken.
Despite our obsession with political systems and processes, the quality of our lives ultimately flows from the behavior of individual human beings and not from any meticulously designed political system. The best any political system can do is to assure political freedom. But it cannot assure what individuals choose to do with their freedom and the values that will define their lives.
Pundits, so I am told, on or about, December 31st, are expected to make predictions for the coming year. Normally, I don't do this, preferring to make all sort of wild predictions throughout the year, most of which turn out to totally wrong. Howsoever, never let it be said I did not do my part to muddy the future waters of the new year 2014.
If 2013 was any indication, 2014 and subsequent years will see the continuation of institutional retaliation against not only the tea party, but of a wider anti-establishment sentiment prevalent on both the political right and left.
Politics is the art of governing or the practice of exercising control over a community. What separates political control from simple persuasion is the threat or use of force. Most people don't think much about the tyrannical nature of politics when force is combined with the thousands of pages of federal law on the books. Every law limits our freedom. For the oppressed in the society, it matters little if the rule of the government is based on the divine right of kings or a 51% majority of one political party.
The vast majority of human action reflects the thoughts, beliefs, and feelings of the actor. There have always been and there will always be those whose actions are erratic or divorced from reality. The actions of this small minority are best ascribed to pathology not philosophy. For the rest of us we think, therefore we are. What we think about today, we act upon tomorrow.
I’m probably one of the biggest "Andy Griffith Show" fans that ever lived! The good news is, there are honest people out there, like the character of Aunt Bee. Though they're becoming harder to find, there are still people out there that are willing to change their minds...if the evidence is compelling enough; and if they're open to truth. (That one is extremely important. If they don't care about truth... you're wasting your breath.)Next Page »
"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the party over to the so-called moderates wouldn't make any sense at all." - Ronald Reagan, Nov. 10, 1964