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This

or this

or these

or this

have not killed a single person, let alone have committed mass murder.

However this has

(particularly if it is the brain of a mentally deranged or mentally ill person.)

If we keep these

out of the hands of the likes of these

then we don’t seem to have a problem with mass murder perpetrated with firearms.

I hope this helps our liberal friends understand that playing with or truncating the unalienable rights of countless tens or hundreds of millions of law-abiding Americans will not save a single life if a deranged or mentally ill person has the will to obtain a firearm and use it for nefarious purposes. If folks in the Senate were serious about this issue they would do everything possible to insure that folks like in our rogue’s gallery above are identified and prevented from obtaining a gun BEFORE they use it. Violating my rights and those of every other law-abiding citizen in the US will not accomplish that end. It will only serve to make us hate and distrust our already hated and distrusted government even more. Is that really what we all want???

Let’s use the Constitution as our guide for once and punish the guilty instead of the innocent.

Since the ratification of the 16th Amendment in 1913, American politics has become all about money, money, money…rather than rights, liberties and freedoms. Citizens and their rights have taken a back seat to how much they make and how much they have. We are not individuals any more to our government (except when they want our vote, ha)…we are numbers much larger than one.

If you look at every other provision of the Constitution with the exception of the 16th Amendment, there is a limit to what the government may do, and the individual’s rights are paramount in the discussion. In fact, the federal government has very little power over the individual if one actually follows the authentic words of the Constitution…the federal government is SUPPOSED to be the protector and servant of the States. Not the controller and lord over individual citizens.  The 16th gives the Congress, and thus the government, nearly unlimited power over the income, and thus the property, of an individual. And by extension, unlimited power over the individual. If there were no 16th Amendment, the government would be forced to pay as they go…because there would be no income tax money tree to shake. And there would be no cross-aisle fighting about taxes and spending cuts, etc.

I firmly believe that the 16th Amendment is unconstitutional, because it renders each and every citizen of the US as a bond servant/slave to the government. Couple this with the requirement for automatic payroll deduction of taxes from a worker’s pay, and we have lost our ability to control OUR government through our free-willed actions — like withholding our taxes as a protest, etc. Much like the upcoming gun control debate which is actually an excuse to try and pacify the American populace, the 16th amendment has pacified us in terms of our ability to redress our grievances with our government. Instead, we’re stuck with this corrupt feedback loop in which we have to deal with “representatives” who have the power to tax us, ostensibly in our own best interests. Taxes always seem to go up to appease this special interest group or that one — and these taxes are indeed Progressive according to the provisions of the 16th Amendment. As a result, we’re left with covetousness and class warfare as part of our government…and national debate. And we can see from the last election, this strategy will certainly elect a president if he chooses to take this low road of politics.

If we are to become reasonably debt free and once again a nation of truly free men and women, the 16th HAS TO GO. This single action would make our representatives work for us once again and take the worship of mammon (or the use of it for political gain) from our governance. Remember, if there was no 16th, there would be absolutely no discussion about fiscal cliffs and debt ceilings. Period.

Do you know how you get out of a hole? You stop digging.

But after his election in 2008, Obama kept right on digging for the four years after Bush had vacated the White House. On Jan. 20, 2009, Obama had all the tools he required to correct any fiscal imbalances “caused” by Bush. He had a Congress comprised of a House and Senate Democrat majorities. They were a race car ready to rock-and-roll for whatever his whim was. But he chose to do his job in a car with only an accelerator for spending…and no brake pedal for cutting spending. He could have avoided the massive unemployment we suffered even today if he had shelved his ideology, ratcheted back regulations and significantly cut spending. Instead, he opted to waste his political capital on the liberty-sucking and debt-busting Obamacare as his signature accomplishment. I’m sure children will be singing paeans to him for this monstrosity generations from now. NOT!!!

See, we don’t have a revenue problem…we have a massive spending problem. Nobody wants to touch the very sacred cow of spending, as it is the very deadly third rail of politics. Craven politicians like Obama know that re-election chances approach 0% if government sending, particularly entitlement spending, is reduced. And if you think our spending problem begins and ends with the one point something trillion dollars being batted about in the lamestream, you’re more naive than you think. Cruise on over to www.usdebtclock.org if you want true enlightenment into the world of hurt our profligate elite masters have gotten us into. Take a look at the last box at the bottom for the true extent of our debt and profligacy…and tell me if we haven’t been duped by the most diabolical and sinister Ponzi scheme ever dreamed up…which by the way we’re on the hook to pay.

As a nation we currently have almost $122 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities. Any way you look at it it’s a lot of dough. YOUR part of this is a little over a million bucks. When are YOU going to pay up?!?!?! Seeing that many working stiffs won’t make a million bucks in their lifetimes, the answer for many is NEVER! Guess what? That debt, plus interest, falls to our kids to pay. Some legacy gift to the widdle tykes, huh?

Making matters worse, we only have national assets (you know, the real stuff that we can pay the debt back with) of just over $87 Trillion. This leaves a deficit in this liability of around $35 TRILLION. There aren’t enough millionaires and billionaires in the galaxy to pull our fat out of the fire on this one. But Emperor ZERO fiddles, and then goes on a lavish Hawaiian vacation after his re-election, while Washington runs up over $150 MILLION per hour in debt…just for the operational side of things. Honestly, the guy doesn’t have $50 worth of concern in his eyes regarding debts and deficits…let alone the countless trillions that we do owe. He’s proved this time and time again. He’d rather complain about his predecessor than do the hard lifting that is required to put our fiscal house in order.

So, although Obama didn’t run up all this debt, his party and his Progressive ideology are squarely responsible for it with their entitlement schemes and their historical profligate spending — since 1903. Obama would not be president today if it weren’t for 20th century Progressives T. Roosevelt, W. Wilson, FDR and LBJ getting the ball rolling and keeping it moving over time. [I saw a news report that since his election that Obama has spent more money than all the presidents that preceded him, COMBINED. Some legacy, huh?]

Our profligate Commander-In-Chief may argue about “fiscal cliffs” but he really should be worried about fiscal icebergs…because we’re going to hit the one with the teeny-tiny tip just above water and the ginormous mass just below the surface. It’s called unfunded liabilities…and it’s coming for us REAL soon. And soon we’ll get to meet the good buddy of unfunded liabilities as well…remorseless hyperinflation. All brought to you by the spendaholics in the Obama administration.

A common thread that runs through the 2012 political season is the sinfulness being encouraged by the Democrat party, through the Progressive, liberal agenda. The basis, the substrate as it were, of most Democratic candidates’ platforms are sin, sin and sin. Now I’m not some wild-eyed prophet or holy man preaching God’s Word from the hinterlands. A coat of hair is just too doggone itchy for me! But having been raised and educated in a parochial school setting, I know sin when I see and hear it.

Vote for me and I’ll give you this or that. Tax the rich because they have more than you. Vote for me and I’ll give you your fair share. Vote for me and I’ll spread the wealth around. Vote for me and I’ll make sure “the rich” pay their fair share. It used to be that all it took to get elected was for a politician to promise “a chicken in every pot.” Today, these brazen purveyors of sin capitalize on man’s lesser angels at every turn. Not only do they promise a chicken, but they also promise the pot, a kitchen to cook it in, a home and all the creature comforts to enjoy the meal…and a free cell phone. Sin is everywhere! Self-sufficiency, initiative and drive to succeed are almost nowhere to be found. Sloth, avarice, greed, covetousness and envy all fuel and dominate the political debate. And unashamedly so. However, the lead dog in the pack on our national road to perdition is covetousness. Covetousness is the most utilized tool to fire up the emotions of the masses. Covetousness is the fuel that powers most liberal political campaigns and it is a powerful fuel indeed.

Monte Millionaire has more money than you, therefore he’s able to pay higher taxes than you. A vote for me will mean that everyone making $250,000 or more will pay higher taxes, and their “fair share.” But fairness is in the eye of the beholder. We all know that desperate people will do desperate things. One need not look back in history very far to see the depths to which man will sink — because it is in our nature to do so unless we tow some moral line and obey some loftier life principles. When Moses toddled down Sinai with the stone tablets, they weren’t suggestions. They were COMMANDMENTS. Because an all-knowing God who created him knew man’s flaws. He knew that left to our own devices that we would certainly devolve into the worst case scenario in terms of human behavior — displaying our lesser angels of conduct as easily as smiling. Without Divine guidance and obedience to some code of moral and social conduct, man is just another animal…with basic animal desires and drives. We are creatures of sin and turpitude.

So, isn’t it expected that when a country, particularly one founded on Christian principles and with the highest regard for Divine Providence, abandons morals, virtues and righteousness that it will by default fall into sin and depravity? Why do you think that there is such a consistent push from liberal thinkers for a “separation of Church and State,” and that this concept of separation has replaced the authentic concept of First Amendment rights in the collective mindset of Americans? The Framers wanted this separation, but only in the sense that the people’s government would not meddle in the religious affairs of its citizens. They did not want a state religion like the one whose tyranny they fled in England, nor did they want politics driving what was spoken from the pulpit. In fact, the 1st Amendment couldn’t have been more explicit in it’s intent:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

Seems pretty clear to me. But Progressive and liberal thinkers seem to view this legislative prohibition a little differently. They seem to feel that although the government cannot prohibit the free exercise of religion, that that does not prohibit said government from discouraging religion or religious behavior in our nation and society. After all, an amoral society is a society open to almost any idea…and a population that is desperate to improve their lot in life will do almost anything to achieve that goal, not the least of which is trading their precious vote for the promise of goodies given to them by a munificent government. And so we come full circle to the employment of covetousness, envy, sloth and greed in the American political discourse. I cannot tell you how many folks I encounter who proudly declare that they are “good, practicing or devoutly religious” folk and that they furthermore describe themselves as morally upright. And a fair number of these individuals also self-describe themselves as dyed-in-the-wool Democrats and liberals. But I also see the ‘Mother Of All Contradictions’ in the way these folks think of themselves. There is a certain amount of moral and ethical hand-waving and moral relativism that must be employed in order to resolve the inherent conflict between Progressivism and liberalism and the strictures that God has placed upon us if we are truly devout and observant. It is perhaps a most propitious place at which to remind the reader of the “forgotten” Commandment; that being the Tenth:

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.”

And this also might be a good place to further jog the reader’s memory regarding the definition of the word “covet:”

“1. To desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others: to covet another’s property; 2. To wish for, especially eagerly: He won the prize they all coveted.”

We hear a lot these days in terms of social justice and spreading the wealth around but precious little on the cancerous spread of the sin of covetousness in our nation and society. This extends all the way to the USCCB, whose continued silence on this issue is deafening. We hear a lot about religious freedom and the sanctity of life, but we do not hear much regarding sin in all its forms from our clergy. But this silence or reticence to speak upon this topic does not absolve any of us from heeding God’s words. Just because we square in our own minds that the fruits of Progressivism and liberalism are OKAY, and there is no harm and no foul, that this is so. On the contrary, we each need to make sure that we toe the moral and ethical line required by our faith, and that we identify and reject sin and sinful behavior in all its forms.

Ostensible do-gooders forget that charity begins at home, and furthermore in their own pockets and wallets. To be charitable means that they directly participate in the act of giving, and that they sacrifice in order to do so. They also forget that charity by proxy (that means through the use of taxes confiscated by the government, to those of you who can’t bring yourself to say so) is not charity at all. Forcing others to do your vision of “good deeds” is antithetical to authentic religious charity. Yet, again, we have legion Americans of the liberal persuasion who regard casting their vote for the embodiment of  Robin Hood, for a candidate who promises to soak the rich in order to give to the poor and those “in need,” as absolutely nothing wrong in doing so. But based on His guidance to us, I can assure you that God does. I truly believe that He is taking account, and that furthermore nothing good will come of this regrettable, national transgression.

So I’d like folks to think hard about what is being said and promised to them in the political arena. I’d like them to analyze the words and the motives behind those words. We’ve heard a lot in the mainstream liberal media lately regarding political code words and “dog whistles’ — mostly attached to imaginary racism on the part of conservatives when they speak on all political topics. Well, there really are dog whistle words being spoken by Democrat candidates, from President Obama all the way down the line to local municipal candidates. These words include but are certainly not limited to “social justice”, “wealth redistribution”, “fair share”, “tax breaks for millionaires,” “progressive taxation” and “tax patriotism.” Whatever the catchy political sloganeering attached to these concepts, they have one thing in common: covetousness. And those who encourage you to participate are just as culpable and sinful as those who willingly cast their vote to engage in this affront to God’s law.

Democrats and sinners…REPENT! The time is nigh to save your soul and the fate of your nation. There may be a hue and cry for a separation of church and state…however, we cannot as a nation survive a separation between society at large and morals and virtue. It might also help to fall on bended knees and repent the error of your ways, and to petition God for forgiveness.

It honestly couldn’t hurt.

In that one profane tweet all the feelings and the underlying evil core of the agenda of the Democrat Progressives are laid bare for all to see. In the wake of the Supreme Court Obamacare decision last week, DNC executive director Patrick Gaspar summed up the treachery and perfidy of the Democrats vis-a-vis “healthcare” in one 29 character Tweet after the decision was read to the public. Besides being the prime example of classlessness, the words were quite revealing.

They speak of a Party and an ideology more interested and obsessed with “winning”…and ultimately with control of and domination over the individual. A party that has been infected by socialism in all its anti-individualistic forms, and a party that has become essentially blind to fiscal and authentic constitutional reality. See, you can’t chalk up the words in the Tweet as simply the author being overcome by the emotion of the moment. It’s a nice thought, but I would suspect that if Mr. Gaspar and his Progressive cohort were truly, really, actually happy for the American people because an essential piece of legislation was passed, then his Tweet would have been far more G-rated and humble. Instead, we in the opposition get in-your-face denigration and obvious contempt for being opposed to something that we see as the capstone on tyrannical, anti-constitutional legislation.

But beware Mr. Gaspar and command-and-control Democrats, those 29 characters may have awakened and stirred to great ire a sleeping giant…and provided a rallying cry for all those who have compromised their conservative, constitutionalist ideals and ideology for far too long. We’ll see if this is true come November. But in the mean time we who vehemently oppose Obamacare (and in light of this ruling, more properly termed ObamaTax) and all other contemptible legislation forced upon the American people against their will, will not let our anger diminish. We will not shrug and accept what is being told to us is the inevitable. We will not accept the obvious abandonment of the consent of the governed that is epitomized by ObamaTax. So begins our long, hard struggle to take back our ballot boxes and our political process!!

Last Thursday, the Supreme Court did all conservatives in the US a great favor with its decision to uphold ObamaTax as a tax. It slapped us into reality. The reality that the Constitution is no insurance policy and no guarantee. It made a lot of formerly-complacent folks realize that “the cost of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Whereas Progressives have been single-minded, unflinching and persistent in implementing their agenda since the early 1900′s, conservatives have been passive and on the defense — trying to counteract the death-by-1,000 cuts assault on our Constitution AFTER the damage has been done. Of course except when they’re doing their level best to imitate the Progressives with the creation of  “benefits” like the ill-conceived prescription drug benefit (thank you, GWB) or the creation of the Department of Energy (thank you, RMN.) The SCOTUS made us realize that the Tree of Liberty must be constantly nourished not only by blood spilled on the battlefield, but by blood, sweat and tears at the ballot box, and in all other aspects of a vigilant citizen’s daily life. The protection of our liberties MUST be job one, and prioritized by each of us as such.

Unlike past insults to our freedoms and liberties, the ObamaTax situation is different. It is an unambiguous assault on our (heretofore supposed) constitutional rights…and the results of its implementation will certainly chafe against the sensibilities of all Americans who cherish the Constitution not just in word but also in practice. So, in response to Mr. Gaspar and the now-proven untrustworthy, lying bunch of straw-grasping ninnies who now infest the Congress (as well as the White House and SCOTUS) I’ve got just one thing to say to you and your future political plans: I think November 2012 will be instructive as well as entertaining. A textbook case of Civics 101.

“It’s the Will of the People Coming for You. Bitches.”

The recent banning of baked goods, including cupcakes, at Massachusetts public schools by the Massachusetts legislature is the pluperfect example of nanny-state government gone awry, and a moribund ideology straining for relevance in the modern world. If the big-brained decision makers in the MA legislature think that this imperious action is going to help obese children shed a single fat cell then they are far dumber than even I imagine them. The only thing this legislative silliness does is engender anger and fury towards them. And it makes us question their decision-making abilities and motivations.

I cannot imagine the precious hubris of the folks who think that THEY, instead of parents, are responsible for the health and welfare of children. And furthermore that THEY can capriciously wield their legislative powers to enact laws such as this ostensible ban to perform do-gooding, PC actions that will keep them in good graces with the damn fools who see such measures as good and necessary.

With the myriad problems that engulf our state, these boneheads chose to spend precious time and energy on this “important” cupcake issue. I suppose in their minds they think that we really care about their phony-baloney agenda…and that casinos and cupcakes (two issues that have occupied much of the legislature’s time this year) are truly important in our lives. As soon as I heard the deliberations that went into the recent casino law, for example, to define when and how former legislators could dip their beaks into the promised gambling cornucopia, I saw that this was less about benefit to the state and more about self-aggrandizing special interests — the legislators themselves!

Banning cupcakes is just another way for our state government to place a stern, officious boot on our necks. It represents yet another erosion of our Constitutional rights that are neither valued or respected by those who believe they can relieve us of them with the stroke of a pen. I fear the rest of my fellow citizens here in the Bay State will wake up far too late, and consequently we will leave our children and heirs a restrictive place to live that not only sucks their wallets dry, but every bit of enthusiasm and initiative from their persons and their souls.

Barack Obama’s recent assault on the Catholic Church and the 1st Amendment proves that the man has no consideration for the deepest held religious beliefs of American citizens and that he couldn’t care less about the US Constitution. With the exception of the outrage displayed by Catholic bishops regarding this religious and constitutional affront, it was difficult to tell if any rank-and-file Catholics, particularly Democrat Catholics, share a similar outrage and anger.

All we need to do is listen to the “explanation” put forth that self-declared Catholic Nancy Pelosi offered:

“And so this is an issue, 98 percent of Catholics, they tell us, use contraception, overwhelming numbers of people in our country support the president’s decision, including, they tell us, at least you all tell us, a majority of Catholics,” said Pelosi.  “So I support it.  If it comes to the floor we’ll use this as a welcome debate to talk about the importance of women’s health.”

“And it’s not just about the women,” Pelosi said.  “It’s about their children and the health of their families as they make serious decisions and use contraception to determine, as I said, the size and timing of their families.  That will be a debate that we welcome.”

“It’s a sad one,” she concluded.  “We shouldn’t have to be to a place where people are saying—when the overwhelming practice is going in favor of women’s health—‘we want to pull that back.’  And use the excuse of religious freedom, which, of course, this is not.”

The problem with Ms. Pelosi’s analysis is that the opinions of individual American Catholics do not constitute Church doctrine. She knows that…but she is willing to place her fealty to her ideology before her faith. From the lead up to Obamacare, when Ms. Pelosi was House Majority Leader, we understand that this woman is an unprincipled liar and propagandist. And she will indeed unhesitatingly place her party before the United States, the Constitution and the American people she purports to “care” about.

After the bishops’ outcry, we see that Obama and Pelosi are satisfied with turning the debate away from a blatant government intrusion on religious freedom to the red herring of “women’s health.” And American Catholics may be just brainwashed enough to buy this hokum wholesale. Even Obama’s recent so-called “compromise” with the Catholic bishops to force the cost of contraceptives and abortions onto insurance companies was seen as acceptable by many American Catholics ostensibly concerned over women’s health.

This raises the question about the true faith of American Catholics and, again, Democrat Catholics. These folks seem comfortable with the likes of Nancy Pelosi speaking on their behalf from a position of political power. Yet she (in what must be a conscious decision) spits in the face of the Catholic Church with her words. As such, do American Catholics think that the Church is a democracy…whose deepest held doctrines and precepts may be changed according to the vagaries of public opinion (as Ms. Pelosi apparently believes?) If this is so, the Church in America and any hope of a return to constitutionalism are doomed because of the passive acceptance of such anti-Catholic viewpoints like Ms. Pelosi’s and government programs like Obamacare.

It used to be that Catholics worried about the fate of their immortal souls once they shed their mortal coils. That concept, it seems, is passé now. Because for over a century the government has enabled a free-for-all in terms of self-indulgence and self-gratification…all at no cost to the recipient. A free-for-all provided or aided and abetted by the likes of Ms. Pelosi. The following question begs asking: If one doesn’t have to worry about their next meal, shelter, cell phone, etc. because of a beneficent, generous government, why is there the need to thank a generous God for those necessities of life? After all, what did God have to do any of this? Better still, what did the Church and an individual’s faith have to do with the government’s largess?

In a statist, non-secular society God and souls don’t matter as much as voting for the “right” candidate. The condition and fate of an eternal soul pales in comparison to the instant, worldly gratification of “benefits.” So why worry? Why not live it up and exploit the ‘quiddiest’ of quid pro quos?

I betcha a lot of “good” practicing Catholics have more than a spark of doubt in the existence of an afterlife…so why not hedge those bets and make the most out of things while one can? This probably explains why Catholics have replaced God-fearing behavior with the craven idol worship of Obama and the federal government. Unfortunately they are Burger King Catholics…they want their faith and their religion their way. They also want  their “stuff” from the government, no strings attached.

Entitlements über allis…at least until God has his say…

President Barack Obama stands astride the American economy like a modern Colossus. Except instead of a beneficent and understanding giant holding a lantern and guiding ships into safe harbor, he is akin to a modern paperweight…pressing down upon business and prospective prosperity, atop a mountain of regulations and restrictions.

As this election year progresses look closely at Mr. Obama trying to cast himself as being a Colossus…looking out for the “interests” of the average American with his guiding light. You know, the “working” stiff with no other advocacy. Also look for the incredible yet predictable support of the Colossus persona by Obama’s lapdog MSM. They are poised to pull out all the stops in their support and image honing of this immensely flawed man.  The subtle and overt propaganda will be nauseating to the trained and careful observer.

Obama and Progressive minions…and the MSM may have their opinion of our struggling POTUS, and his accomplishments and capabilities.

The rest of us who have to live under the weight of his rules, regulations and restrictions will unfortunately see and feel a man more equivalent to a massive boat anchor than as an effective leader.

I read a news story today that the US budget deficit had “dipped” to 1.1 trillion dollars. Exceuse me if I don’t break out into my version of the “Happy Dance” but I can’t seem to get to thrilled with such ominous news. A deficit of that magnitude threatens our stability as a nation and our viability as a people. But the most frightening bit of analysis came later in the story when the author wrote:

The Congressional Budget Office report also says that annual deficits will remain in the $1 trillion range for the next several years if Bush-era tax cuts slated to expire in December are extended, as commonly assumed.

That statement represents the stilted thinking of a government-favoring progressive who sees tax cuts as harmful expenses that must be eliminated rather than as desirable and beneficial to citizens. The reason this thinking exists is because liberals/Progressives/Democrats think that government is immune to the vagaries of reality. In fallow times, when the rest of us tighten our belts and cut our budgets, government cannot be expected to do the same. It is impossible for us to imagine or, more boldly, demand that government downsize for any reason.

We now have government for government’s sake. Government has become a powerful god…a false idol that must be worshiped and accorded all power and glory. After all, if one treats government good, good things come from government. This is a particularly beneficial truism for those who have traded their vote for generous goodies…and their life’s sustenance. It is the ultimate symbiotic quid pro quo, and an unfortunate individual-government co-dependence. And it is the nourishing substrate upon which many political parasites feast. Self-serving pols who seek power, riches and glory insinuate themselves into this co-dependency, promising and then delivering more, and then reaping the rewards. Chief among these rewards is political longevity. After all, who is going to be foolish enough to bite the hands that feed them?

So, accordingly, politicians have rigged our system. They have configured social programs and “entitlements” as mandatory, untouchable spending. This is important because even considering changing these taboo expenditures is akin to sticking ones wet finger into a power outlet. It is tantamount to political suicide!! Just look at what has historically happened to courageous politicians who have suggested tweaks or, ohmigod, the complete elimination of these socio-political sacred cows. They are fist ridiculed by the Progressives…and then run out of town on a rail by “angry” (read: greedy) voters. Those lucky enough to survive the maelstrom never, ever broach that subject again.

What happens? We all suffer because government is treated as sacrosanct. It must never be changed or reduced, else all manner of evil will befall us. The implication is that there is a fair percentage of us who simply can’t take care of themselves without the doting of a nanny government. If we were to prohibit government’s role in social programs like Social Security or Medicare/Medicaid then the sky would literally fall. Because we all know that government is the fairest arbiter of services and has the purest of intentions. Right?

So rather than eschew the yoke of control placed on us by government or reject the liberty-stealing government dictates and regulations, we have become inured to being killed with kindness. But the only fatality is our free, independent spirit. Unfortunately, we’ve traded traded this spirit for a 1.1 trillion dollar deficit. It is the ultimate self-serving dirty deal that we’ve done. Why? Because we can never hope to pay off this intergalactic-sized burden, so by default that responsibility is deferred to our children and grandchildren (and perhaps great-grandchildren.)

Until we can change our thinking to cherish liberty in all its forms and reject statism in all its forms, then we are, I’m afraid, doomed. How unfortunate and perverse that there are a fairly large portion of our society that believes that a lowering of taxes is a bad thing, and a “cost” to our government. This is truly a form of mental illness…or the ultimate manifestation of greed, envy and covetousness. Because many of the folks who feel this way pay little or no taxes, and yet receive their livelihood from the government. They’re willing to do anything to keep this situation the same — so long as anything is defined as voting for vote-whoring pols who promise the recipients of government-confiscated largess that the gravy train will go on forever.

There are two ways that this sinful thinking will change: We can “educate” the freeloaders and over time hope that they see the error in their ways and in their thinking, or we can just wait until the defective system implodes and fails. If I were a betting man, I’d bet my money on the latter. But since I’m a realist…I’m putting my money into precious metals, supplies and water. Because old, ingrained habits die hard and an all-powerful government operates under the delusion that it can control everything, including the laws of nature and the realities of fate.

Unfortunately, the lesser angels of man’s existence tend to rule the day. Sin is always easier than virtue. And government is like a storage battery for the zeitgeist energy of the contemporary society. Right now our government is being charged by sin. It’s not a good situation of the upright and virtuous. Or for those who value the Constitution.

For your own sakes, keep your eyes open and your morals strong. It is going to be a bumpy, tumultuous ride to where we’re going.

Apparently our, ahem, Commander-In-Chief doesn’t take his responsibilities quite so seriously. Otherwise, why would he be pushing for such dramatic budget cuts and downsizing of forces in his plan to save money? Could it be that cutting the military is the political equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel? I mean, making hard decisions regarding cutting back social “benefits” and “entitlements” would only serve to inflame the passions, and not in a good way, of his core constituency — the layabouts and goody-grabbers. And in an election year, that’s like taking a big simultaneous gulp of NyQuil, Tylenol and Quaaludes. It just won’t end pretty.

So, our White House-bound Captain Courageous isn’t likely to suggest any cuts in social programs. None at all! It doesn’t fit with his “fundamental transformation” of America from a meritocracy to a cesspool of government-individual co-dependency, so why risk re-election chasing rainbows while all hopped up on phony virtue? But cutting the force size of the military and curtailing military spending — that’s a casual swipe at the ‘Easy Button’ of politics. But it seems that our misguided POTUS, and the Congress if it lets him do this, are shirking the only actual, authentic constitutional prerogatives that they have: The defense of our nation.

Now, Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution states: “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States…,” and nothing more regarding his powers is mentioned. There is no ability to cut the size of the force, nor alter the budget of the armed services. Only the Congress may do these things. In fact the majority of the actual, authentic duties and powers of the Congress relate to the military. Article I, Section 8 details these powers: “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States…To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water…To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years…To provide and maintain a Navy…To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces…To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions…To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress…To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

These very limited powers of the presidency and expansive powers of the Congress in regards to the military begs the question: Is Obama overstepping his constitutional authority when he ostensibly makes “cuts” to the military? We don’t need Supreme Court justices to come up with corrupt and contemptible “rulings” based on some specious and politically self-serving interpretation of the Constitution when we can trust our lying eyes having read the passages in question ourselves. We need our elected and appointed representatives to step up to the plate and act in strict accordance with the Constitution as well as in our very best interests.

I propose that gutting our military in favor of preserving the welfare state is not in our best interests. This action will serve to put us in double jeopardy: It will serve to bankrupt us in the long run by preserving programs and benefits that do not contribute to the financial viability of our nation and it causes us to be vulnerable and open to threats from foes worldwide. These two situation do not indicate to me that our president, Mr. Obama, takes his oath of office very seriously: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

If anyone can claim Obama’s faithful execution while holding a straight face, they are quite an actor or actress. I hope and pray that even the most ardent Obama supporters see this folly for what it is — the weakening of the United States and the commencement of our downward slide towards third-world mediocrity. My only hope is that we leave our children something that they can rescue and call a nation themselves, although each passing day I doubt this more and more.

God bless America. God bless our brave and courageous military. God help us all…

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