Problem here may be part definition, but if one argues that conservatives are more brittle in their world views, who is to say that those brittle views are truly more brittle.
Is Conservatism Our Default Ideology? - Miller-McCune
Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-
Problem here may be part definition, but if one argues that conservatives are more brittle in their world views, who is to say that those brittle views are truly more brittle.
Quote of the day.....
A legislative body trying to write a health care law for a country like ours is like a neurosurgeon operating, drunk, with one hand holding a chainsaw and the other in a boxing glove.
How centrist, rational or reasonable is this clown?
Hayek warning on the slippery slope of legislation that chips away at personal liberty....
Not only is liberty a system under which all government action is guided by principles, but it is an ideal that will not be preserved unless it is itself accepted as an overriding principle governing all particular acts of legislation. Where no such fundamental rule is stubbornly adhered to as an ultimate ideal about which there must be no compromise for the sake of material advantages—as an ideal which, even though it may have to be temporarily infringed during a passing emergency, must form the basis of all permanent arrangements—freedom is almost certain to be destroyed by piecemeal encroachments. For in each particular instance it will be possible to promise concrete and tangible advantages as the result of a curtailment of freedom, while the benefits sacrificed will in their nature always be unknown and uncertain.Human innovation has created gigantic strides in technology and technologies that have allowed people to raise the standards of living around the world. Government's job is to allow for an environment where these innovations can flourish and allow for the millions of decisions made by people as to what is valuable and what is not. However, under the cover of looking out for the people, governments have effectively intervened in the normal distribution of information embedded in market transactions and are intimately involved in deciding who are the winners and losers, what we have access to and what we do not and what we need and what we do not.
I am so very sad at the decline of the nation when it comes to the liberty of the people. Past and present Congresses and Presidents have created an environment where they think that they have the right to intervene in almost anything and can compel a citizen to do what they would not do or object to. And as this article elaborates, it is unfortunate that the Supreme Court has upheld these interventions in American's liberty.
This is your brain on socialism....
To quote psychiatrist Zvi Rex: “Europe will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz.” Europe doesn’t want to live under the psychological burden of Auschwitz forever. The Jews are living reminders of the moral failure of Europe. This leads to the projection of guilt on Israel and the remaining European Jews.Nihilism is not an easy life to live I guess. But having no backbone and no traditional morals is easier for Europe these days.
The servitutes of the people will happen if we allow it to happen too....
Time and time again throughout history as once great empires accelerated their declines, governments have taken steps to protect their interests against the people.Socialism, central planning, communism and central government controls have always been destructive and deadly. They will be destructive and deadly in the USA too.
In the past, they have imposed curfews, disarmed the population, curtailed civil liberties, and declared national emergencies, usually against some great faceless enemy from abroad who threatens their way of life.
As it turns out, though, our great faceless enemy is not some mythical boogeyman living in a cave, nor some angry brown person who hates us for our freedoms… but the very people within the system who’ve taken an oath to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’
Harry Callahan: I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?
I am not a gigantic fan of Glenn Beck but he is a voice that is worth considering. But this is a story about Paul Harvey, the iconic radio commentator and his prophetic words from 1965.....
“If I were the devil, I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree—Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first—I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.” To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is “square”. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to pray after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…’Churches have played a critical role in bringing Marxism and progressive ideals to American society, particularly in the Northeast. Supporters of central government interventions in life, they have supported and promoted not only the reduction of responsibility of the people but have made themselves irrelevant by replacing God with the neo-God, leviathan Washington and the head of that leviathan, the Obamessiah.
And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors on how to lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.
If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches that war that themselves, and nations that war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flame. If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, and neglect to discipline emotions—just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.
Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography—soon I could evict God from the courthouse, and then the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.
If I were the devil I’d take from those, and who have, and give to those wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. What do you bet I could get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich? I would question against extremes and hard work, and Patriotism, and moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging more fun, that what you see on the TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure. In other words, if I were to devil I’d keep on doing on what he’s doing. Paul Harvey, good day.”
This is the kind of nonsense that is so embarrassing for Americans. Its not as if the Obamessiah flew there himself on his magic carpet or anything and its not like the American military hadn't been looking for him for 10 year or whatever, but to try to call this the most audicious plan for the past 500 years is mind numbingly stupid......
Biden's comments, made at a Democratic fundraiser in Morris Township, NJ, ranked the May 2011 assault that ended the Al-Qaeda chief's life above the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944, the surprise landing at Inchon in 1950 that turned the tide of the Korean War or, going back a bit further, George Washington's daring night-time crossing of the Delaware River before the Battle of Trenton in 1776.This is basically the only star on this idiots cap that is worth anything from a foreign policy perspective but to call it the most audacious plan of the past 500 years..... Bwah haahahaha. Are these clowns serious?
"You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48% probability that he was there," Biden said, hailing the raid as a shining example of President Barack Obama's leadership.
Al Qaeda rates Fox News lowest and the other leftist media outlets much higher. Seems like a badge of honor to me. Since most of the traditional media has taken to bashing Christians since there is no risk of retribution and have almost completely ignored Muslim fanaticism not out of respect (otherwise they would respect Christians too) but since I think that they are scared of Muslims.
A must read for all of you boneheads that are fans of socialized medicine.
NICK GILLESPIE: When Wall Street Makes Crap Loans, It’s a Crisis; When DOE’s Steven Chu Does It, It’s Green Energy.When government disperses funds it takes these resources from the productive economy and invests these funds into investments that the productive economy thinks are not worthwhile to invest in.
Euro-style socialism, such as that pushed by American Democrats, as I have argued in the past, is a demographic indulgence. Nations that have adopted socialist programs that unfortunately have been largely unproductive are now paying the price for over-indulging. Central government resources have reached a point now, where they can no longer reasonably service the debt that they have run up in paying for these wasteful programs.
This could be titled; Fecklessness, stupidity and incompetence is no way to prosecute a war. Why the dopiest President to walk the halls of the seat of American power was ever even considered qualified will be something that I will never understand. Why 40+% of Americans think that this clown is doing a adequate or good job is mystifying. Other than being considered 'black' and therefore historic, a genetic trait, this dumb as rock speech reader is an embarrassment to anyone that considers themselves Americans.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.."This is the philosophy of the Democratic party and the current occupant of the Whitehouse. Why people with any brains at all embrace Marxism is complete mystery to me.
Worth a read.....
"The most important thing is honesty. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made."
Central planning and Marxism promoted by the central government leviathan will eventually destroy the way that commerce has been carried out previouslym in this case healthcare but it will be the model for all over interventions. This is the intent since destroying the old way and replacing it will create total dependence upon government and the largesse that it will deliver to the citizens. American citizens will no longer have options, choice or the freedom to make those choices for themselves. Lenin would be very proud how American Democrats managed to grab so much power.,,,,,
Last week, after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claimed the private insurance market was in a “death spiral” long before ObamaCare came along, I pointed out that ObamaCare itself is the paramount modern example of a high-speed death spiral. Whatever one might say about the structural deficiencies of private health insurance – which are, in no small part, due to government interference – it’s taken decades for them to reach their current state. ObamaCare, by contrast, began falling apart the minute it passed. Literally billions of dollars have been dropping from its leprous bulk with every passing month.Failure of centrally planned healthcare will destroy the ability of the market to deliver a reasonably priced product. The intent of the Marxists is to then step in to save the nation. This is dangerous and deadly game that they are playing with your lives.
Indoctrinating and forcing the rest of the world to embrace progressive ideals.....
Last December, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a landmark speech at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, proclaiming that "gay rights are human rights" and announcing the U.S.'s first government-wide policy to push for the decriminalization of homosexuality overseas (the speech coincided with a memorandum issued by President Obama). She vowed "to ensure that our foreign assistance promotes the protection of LGBT rights" but was light on specifics. Within days, newspapers in Liberia -- one of America's closest allies in the region -- were condemning the policy in particular and homosexuality in general.Democrats are really the extremists here. Holding out foreign aid to poor peoples and shoving these progressive ideals down these people's throats. Why is this important? When Iranians took to the streets years ago during the Arab Spring/Jasmine Revolution, the administration said and did almost nothing. So the old Democratic party as framed by JFK
"We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."Today's Democratic party is not the Democratic party of previous generations. Today's Democratic party is a party so invested in whacky progressive nonsense and socialism that it will risk destroying the fundamentals of individual responsibility, respect for the family and liberty that made this nation the greatest in the history of man.
Reagan who, in 1961, observed that “One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project.”
American universities have become the Maginot Line of liberal defenses against free speech. The university system in the US has become more of a indoctrination in effete liberalism than in true repositories of truth, dialogue and thought.
Thought of the day....
People could live with big. It's too big that's getting to them. Under the Obama presidency, something outside the norm happened. Amid ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, the $800 billion stimulus injection and a federal spending boom, something snapped in the steady-state relationship between many citizens and Washington. A lot of people feel the government, finally, is really starting to crowd them. It has made them uneasy. For the Santorum audience, the call-and-response word to push back against the unease is "freedom."Government will ALWAYS grow to big. This is what revolutions and civil wars solve. The current resident of the Whitehouse is not just the face of the leviathan but the embodiment of everything that is wrong with the United States. If he gets re-elected then the nation deserves everything that it gets.
Just a cut and paste from Zero Hedge.....
Maria Bartiromo: "What are the alternatives?"
Jim Grant: "Capitalism is an alternative for what we have now. I highly recommend it."
Maria: "We all do."
Grant: "No we don't."
Maria: "The Federal Reserve may not."
Grant: "We ought to be discussing an intelligent move to a sound currency by which i mean a currency that is based on a standard and not at the whim and the discretion of a bunch of mandarins sitting around Washington D.C."
Missouri has not gone hysterical and is going on with normal business like honoring Rush Limbaugh with a bust that commemorates famous Missourians. For those that think that Limbaugh should be executed, this was said about the commemoration....
“Keep this in mind: It’s not called the Hall of Universally Loved Missourians,” Tilley said.”We’ve inducted people like John Ashcroft, Warren Hearnes and Harry Truman. They certainly had their detractors.”Limbaugh to be inducted to the Hall of Famous Missourians - Yahoo! News
Robert Shiller says that housing prices declined in real terms (adjusted to inflation) for the first half of the 20th century due to changes in technological capabilities. No one knows which new technologies will change the price of new home from both materials and manufacturing standpoints and what new technologies will be offered as a new home. This may create a situation where old homes become less valuable.
Thought of the day....
The Moral Sense is far from being anti-intellectual. But it is, in part, a cautionary tale about the dangers of taking intellectuals, especially academic intellectuals, too seriously. Given the presumption that education will broaden one’s perspective, it is curious that the chief danger is a narrowing of horizons. The peculiar combination of arrogance and despair that seems characteristic of homo academicus today breeds a remarkable obtuseness about many important questions. Wilson puts it thus: “Someone once remarked that the two great errors in moral philosophy are the belief that we know the truth and the belief that there is no truth to be known. Only people who have had the benefit of higher education seem inclined to fall into so false a choice.” It is a sobering thought that last year in the United States, some thirteen million students partook of that benefit.Roger’s Rules » James Q. Wilson 1931-2012
The morally bankrupt left, who the Democrats completely embrace are the party of death and advocates of depopulation. I remember going to Museum of Natural History in New York with my hard-left brother-in-law who wanted the children to see a specific exhibit, an electronic map of population growth over the past thousand years or so. I remarked that it is wonderful that we can support this many billions of people. He was shocked that I thought this.
1. Philosophers' claim over moral right to kill newborns sparks outrage; here.This is not an exhaustive list. But imagine the philosophical moral chasms that have to leaped in order to do these things. Its mystifying to me why these people think that they know what is better for the long-term success of humanity and what directions we should take now to achieve these mystical ends.
2. Climate ethics and population policy; here.
3. The United Nations Wants To Crash The World Economy In Order To Save The Environment; here. The united Nations is nothing but a bunch of clowns performing in a circus.
4. Eugenics In Action: 3 Year Old Girl Denied Kidney Transplant Because She Is “Mentally Retarded”; here. I argue that a human is a human.
5. Euthanasia squads offer death by delivery; here.
Central banks, Sellers of gold at $00 and ounce and then buyers at $1,200 to 1,700 and now buyers of equities? So now we are going to have a global monetization of equities? Its seems like a really really bad idea. If the debt is not goo enough to hold of g-8 countries then how good is equities going to be? Or maybe they think that corporate cash flow is more reliable than the abilities of governments to pay their obligations without trying to debase their currencies? This is not a good sign for prospects around the world and how desperate these government actors are and even how more desperate it will become when their central planning to get the economies turned around fails.
Pundit: The term originates from the Sanskritic term pandit, meaning "learned". It refers to someone who is erudite in various subjects and who conducts religious ceremonies and offers counsel to the king and usually referred to a person from the Hindu Caste System of Brahmins.