In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
GOOD. ON. YOU. Only those who have ears will hear it. Most of the young people I see have Ear Buds in their ears, however. Those of us who have done exactly what you have done (worked our fannies off, given to charity of our choice, and helped someone pull themselves up) are sick and tired of the Nanny State. I'm for one extremely frustrated with the current state of affairs regarding the 2nd Amendment. Apparently, I'm not the only one.
I see a lot of young people with not only ear buds in their ears, but those weird hole things in their earlobes! You just have to wonder about someone who will mutilate themselves like that.
Amen to that column. The farther people move from morality (and God, some people would say); they more they want what they don't feel like earning.God bless. ♥
A little long - sorry. My computer is 8 years old and very slow. It took me almost 30 minutes to open this blog, link to the article, read the article, come back here, open the comment block and begin typing. Then I spent another 20 minutes composing.I wish I could have the article in one window to refer to while I write this comment in this window, but I'm one of those who earns my own way and cannot afford a new computer. The first thing that came into my mind as I approached this piece was that the word "democracy" in the subhead needed modification. "Mutated democracy" or "degraded democracy" might have filled the bill.Then I remembered an old quote from one of the founders. Something like: "Democracy is nothing more than 51% of the people telling the other 49% what to do." I think it might have been G. Washington, but I don't know now. Then I knew what this article was going to be about.I loved this piece. It may be one of those pieces that we look back on and realize it was a turning point: The difference between a Republic and a Democracy. I hope I still feel this way if I'm ever part of the majority.Just Me
I want to be clear…..Entitlements are PAID FOR by the people and are NOT handouts. In Spain, I witnessed first hand poverty on the streets.....virtually starving, emaciated individuals begging for food. Personally, I would rather have the safety nets we enjoy now in this country than to ever have to witness that kind of human suffering again....but maybe that wouldn't bother someone who has "made it on their own". This concept of makers and takers is redundant...just ask the people who have suffered immense loss during all of the recent storms and devistation....(many of whom also worked hard and some that were wealthy). I’m sure their hearts filled with emotion when they saw truck loads of food, medical,warmth and the where with all from their government to rebuild their infastructure. No one goes through life without needing some form of help at one time or another (unless they are immune to life’s many surprises.) There is much corruption in this country, but the best thing we ever did for “We The People” was to create Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. You have to have a heart of stone to take that away from human beings. I am forever shocked at this hardened attitude...but then again...I realized we are all entitled to our own opinions and I respect yours. BJ
BJ, did you ever wonder why that individual in Spain was in that situation? And don't tell me it doesn't really matter.... Our founding fathers, with the Lords guidance, provided a great Nation of moral, loving, compassionate patriots who worked hard to assure our form of government provided equal opportunity, not equal outcome. People are responsible for taking care of people, not the governments responsibility. With the decline of Christian values, comes the necessity of more control and laws of government to make up for the "no conscience" of society. BJ, how many laws, controlling societies behavior was on the books in the 1700s? 1800s? Far, far less than today. With the loss of values comes the increase of governments need to mandate and control. They accomplish this through laws and regulation,(not so well). Society used to take care of the child molester, horse thief, and peeping tom....(and I mean take care of!!!!), they also took care of the widow, orphan, and less fortunate. If we, as Spain, continue to look for the government to "do all", then you too may find yourself "begging on the street"(looking to government) for food, medical care, housing, equal outcome.... but not security??? governments primary original intent? Oh, that's right, a nation without values does not need the second admendment, just government to protect us.... just like Spain!!! Our founding fathers gave us, the individual, a linear line of hope and opportunity, our current government is providing us a circle of moral decline and dispair!!! dbn I apoligize for mis-spellings!!
I am not supporting being lazy and I still believe we should all do what we can to help ourselves....but wake up man....we are in a recession if not a depression!! People need help and they ARE getting help with what is left of our corrupted government.....(this due to money in politics and the passing of Citzens United.) I believe we are all doing the best we can (except for a small percentage we will always have to support). There is enough for everyone if we can weed out the cancer in our politics.We should never forget the spirit in which we call ourselves a nation.....and I don't believe it lies in the words of..... wimps, victims and cowards. BJ
There is enough of what for everyone? Public assistance? So enough of other people's money? I'm not sure I understand your reasoning BJ. "There is enough for everyone if we can weed out the cancer in our politics" indicates enough money for everyone, is that right? But you do understand that the government has no money except what it taxes from earning citizens. Since the government makes nothing, sells nothing and earns nothing, the enough for everyone is still taken from those people who earned and were taxed.
"There is enough of what for everyone?"That is so similar to something I heard a member of OWS say, I think she said "there's enough money out there to pay for medical care for everyone" or something like that.Out where? Other people's tax money? Even if there was, and there isn't, how is that right? Your "need" does not mean that you can take from what I have without my permission. The reverse is also true.
You wrote in WND: ”One such person left a comment on my blog last week. “The whole idea of government,” they wrote (presumably with a straight face), “is to help people when they are down and to give them a leg up towards leveling the playing field of prosperity.” Oh. My. Gosh. My eyeballs nearly fell out when I read that line. I don’t think I have ever seen a more succinct and concise misunderstanding of the purpose of government in my 50 years of existence on this planet.”I wrote that post on Patrice's Blog.I am not sure that those were my exact words….but in my defense of this subject, I believe it needs a response after such a condescending portrayal of what I was trying to say.WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT! If the government IS the people, then why was it created it if not to SUPPORT the people? When there is no government, there is only chaos.Don’t think that there isn’t one of us that hasn’t relied on government at one time or another: Did you ever apply for a college loan, or enjoy the benefits of a grant, or vacation in our beautiful parks, or use the roads and the internet or our libraries or be employed by the government (8%) or feel comfort knowing that our defense is watching our shores, or enjoy the security in our old age from the Big Three?Of course there has been corruption infiltrated into this system, but the idea and purpose of government has never changed.It was created to find a way for millions of people to thrive and live together in the pursuit of happiness under one law. That means the country's ability to support its people allowing EQUAL OPPORTUNITY for all. Contrary to what you believe government is, I believe that THIS is what our founding fathers had intended for us when they created it. I just don't see it any other way....but you have a much different interpretation of what that was all about over 230 years ago.
YEAH, WHAT SHE SAID! BESIDES, HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE NOT RELIED ON THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE FOLLOWING: #1 A total of $3 million has been granted to researchers at the Univ. of Cal Irvine so that they can play video games such as World of Warcraft. The goal of this "video game research" is reportedly to study how "emerging forms of communication, including multiplayer computer games and online virtual worlds such as W.O.W. and Second Life can help organizations collaborate and compete more effectively in the global marketplace."#2 The U.S. Dept of Ag. gave the Univ. of New Hampshire $700,000 this year to study methane gas emissions from dairy cows.#3 $615,000 to the Univ. of Cal at Santa Cruz to digitize photos, T-shirts and concert tickets belonging to the Grateful Dead.#4 $239,100 to a professor at Stanford Univ. to study how Americans use the Internet to find love. One of the key findings of this "research" is that the Internet is a safer and more discreet way to find same-sex partners.#5 The National Science Foundation spent $216,000 to study whether or not politicians "gain or lose support by taking ambiguous positions."#6 The National Institutes of Health spent approximately $442,340 to study the behavior of male prostitutes in Vietnam.#7 $1 million of U.S. taxpayer money was used to create poetry for the Little Rock, New Orleans, Milwaukee and Chicago zoos. The goal of the "poetry" is to help raise awareness on environmental issues.#8 The U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs spent $175M during 2010 to maintain hundreds of buildings that it does not even use. This includes a pink, octagonal monkey house in Ohio.#9 $1.8 million of U.S. taxpayer dollars went for a "museum of neon signs" in Las Vegas.#10 $35M was reportedly paid out by Medicare to 118 "phantom" medical clinics that never even existed. Apparently these "phantom" medical clinics were established by a network of criminal gangs as a way to defraud the U.S. gov.#11 The Conservation Commission of Monkton, VT got $150,000 from the fed. gov. to construct a "critter crossing". Thanks to U.S. gov. money, the lives of "thousands" of migrating salamanders are now being saved.#12 In Calif., one park received $440,000 in federal funds to perform "green energy upgrades" on a building that has not been used for a decade.#13 $440,955 was spent this past year on an office for former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert that he rarely even visits.#14 One Tennessee library was given $5,000 in federal funds to host a series of video game parties.#15 The U.S. Census Bureau spent $2.5 million on a TV commercial during the Super Bowl that was so poorly produced that virtually nobody understood what is was trying to say.#16 A professor at Dartmouth Univ. received $137,530 to create a "recession-themed" video game entitled "Layoff".#17 The National Science Found. gave the Minnesota Zoo over $600,000 so that they could develop an online video game called "Wolfquest".#18 A pizzeria in Iowa was given $60,000 to renovate the pizzeria's facade and give it a more "inviting feel".#19 The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave one enterprising group of farmers $30,000 to develop a tourist-friendly database of farms that host guests for overnight "haycations". #20 Almost unbelievably, the National Institutes of Health was given $800,000 in "stimulus funds" to study the impact of a "genital-washing program" on men in South Africa.SEE!!! SEE!!! You rely on the government for EVERYTHING!!! and if your gonna complain about it, you're just a bunch of whiny cry baby hypocrites who need to shut up cuz you don't know whats good for you!!! *apologies to the the Economic Collapse Blog
You actually make our point. The government SHOULD NOT be paying for all those things.“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.”– Robert A. Heinlein, “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”
BJ wrote "Entitlements are PAID FOR by the people and are NOT handouts."Point of fact:Some are and some are not. The difference matters greatly. (..especially to those who actually paid into the system and who in many cases still do.) The Founding Fathers were very clear about what they intended, and why, when they set forth the US Constitution and its Articles of Amendment. They further expounded on their intentions and reasoning in the many writings that have survived the years. Clarity means knowing the difference between opinions and facts, between beliefs and reality, and basing one's arguments accordingly.You can believe what you want about what the Founders intended or you can actually read for yourself and study what they took such great care to record in the clearest of terms.Holding forth with sloppy thinking and wishcasting can't help but presuppose 'condescension' in the presence of factual logic and reason. This applies to us individually but more importantly it applies to us as a nation. Unless and until the conversation ceases to be dominated by the noisy distortions and opinions of the ill-informed and unwilling, there's simply no discussion to be had. It's not possible. The government's job is not what you or anyone else believe or wish it to be, and recognizing this fact means the difference between the rule of law and anarchy.A.McSp
Patrice,Good to see such a lively conversation on the subject in your blog.The Preamble of the Constitution, "...in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity."These words may have lost their original meaning or had their meaning misconstrued. IMHO, the original colonist had come from a society where everyone was a subject of the Crown and that being the case were as children of the King. Under that society it was the King's responsibility to care for his subjects and this was part of what was being rebelled against. Under that society there was no room for individual growth so when they had finally thrown off the yoke of that kingdom, the colonist wanted to make sure it was not replaced with another one. The Preamble shows me that the new government was to provide an environment where the individual could grow and prosper allowing personal expression and prosperity. This personal expression is what eventually allowed for the explosive growth and relative success of America.
Dear Patrice-just stumbled across a website called theintelhub.com and saw that you were mentioned in a list of 50 Best Prepper Websites and Blogs.
Dear Patrice -- your column today hits right at the core of the problem. I marvel at your clear thinking and your ability to write it. I would wish you into a high-level government position, but I know you would hate it. Yet we need to somehow get this type of clarity into positions of authority, where it can make a difference.Any suggestions?
Yes you're right, I would HATE it. I have no desire for power, not even the slightest inkling. It's a cruel irony that those who want government positions enough to get into them, are there because they like power.I have no solution, I'm afraid. At least, none that I can IMPOSE on others (like taking personal responsibility for one's life).Sorry.- Patrice