Tuesday, February 26, 2013

“A Wake up Call”

by John Alexander Madison
February 24, 2013

Sir Winston Churchill said it best: “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Perhaps the time has come for our schools to replace classes on “Self-Esteem” with more American and World History classes; perhaps the time has come to stop awarding trophies to every kid who participates in an activity with trophies for just the winners and runners-up; perhaps the idea of no term limits for some politicians must come to an end.  Change has come to America while we were sleeping.  Isn’t it time to change back to teaching the core values and principles of our Founding Fathers…limited government and a strong national defense; the pursuit of life, liberty and religious freedom; individual freedom along with personal responsibility; fiscal responsibility?  

Ayn Rand (Alissa Rosenbaum, 1905-1982) opined: Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation’s troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen.  

This quote from Any Rand, famed author of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957), is as appropriate today as when she uttered those words more than six decades ago. And today’s scapegoat is clearly the businessman. The businessman, big and small business not our government, is evil...or so we are told and lead to believe. The businessman is the one to bear the blame of others. Bigger government is the answer.  More government control over our lives is the only way to freedom and prosperity.  Or is it?  You aren’t buying that, are you?  If you aren’t, let me break it to you gently…you are in the minority.

The “politics” of government is now officially out of control.  How much longer will the citizens of the United States have to tolerate the politics of government, the blame game, the failure to lead, the status quo or, perhaps more accurately, a government in reverse, in severe decline? The answer: Apparently, four more years. How dumb have we become? Big government is getting bigger by the year, the month, the day, and by the hour…like an out of control locomotive on a downhill track.  It bears worth repeating our nation is spending one trillion dollars more per year than it generates in revenue.

And now for some breaking news…an official government ruling now declares that we can no longer describe people here in the United States illegally as “illegal aliens.”  They are not here legally, mind you, but your President has ordered that these people must now be classified as “out of status.”  It means we must be more politically correct, more compassionate and we must not label them as being here illegally (although they are). They are just “out of status.” What the heck does that mean?
Food stamp recipients have more than doubled in the last four years and free home and cell phones are now the norm.  So are free condoms, but our thoughtful government seems to have forgotten to include a book of instructions. This is the norm for those who cannot afford them because they have no education, they have no incentive to work, but they do have seemingly endless unemployment and medical benefits, and free breakfast and lunch and after school day care for their kids.  What’s next, free tattoos and body piercings for those who cannot afford them, beginning with professional athletes?  

Let’s face it, the community organizer approach to government is not working. The politics of government has taken an ugly turn while the business of government is in shut down mode.  Our politicians wallow in the mud while feeding at the trough  of government largesse…lifetime pensions and medical benefits to name just a few.
Wake up America, , is anybody out there? Congressional term limits anyone?

It stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there’s someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master. Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. Rand characterized Objectivism as "a philosophy for living on earth", grounded in reality, and aimed at defining human nature and the nature of the world in which we live.

More from Ayn Rand…

“My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”
“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”

“Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).”
“I am interested in politics so that one day I will not have to be interested in politics.”

“Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production. “
“Freedom is the first requirement of “the public interest”...achievements rest on that foundation—and cannot exist without it.”

 “The goal of the “liberals”—as it emerges from the record of the past decades—was to smuggle this country into welfare statism by means of single, concrete, specific measures, enlarging the power of the government a step at a time, never permitting these steps to be summed up into principles, never permitting their direction to be identified or the basic issue to be named. Thus, statism was to come, not by vote or by violence, but by slow rot—by a long process of evasion and epistemological corruption, leading to a fait accompli. (The goal of the “conservative” was only to retard that process.)”
“Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals—that it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government—that it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen’s protection against the government.”

Here endith the lesson.

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