Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Will the Washington Elitists Require Us to Buy Health Insurance?

Have you heard about this? Making health insurance mandatory is now the latest idea to come out of Washington's desperate search for a national health care solution that will solve "crisis" in health care. The elitists in Washington would love for all of us to be beholden, financially, to the Federal Government. They want all of us to be a part of their system—in which they are at the top.

What if you don't want help from the government? What if you just want to work, be left alone, and do your best to pay your own way? I suppose that will not be tolerated. The elitists within the Federal Government treat us as through we were children. But I suppose that's our own fault isn't it. I'm not going to buy health insurance if I don't want to buy health insurance. And I don't want to be forced into the system because I can't afford to buy health insurance. I don't want/need anything from the government except that I do want my money back.

The elitists, you see, think the money that you earn is theirs to do with as they see fit, while allowing you to keep a portion of it for yourself. But I think the money that I earn is mine. And I resent the fact that my federal taxes are so high. Tell the elitists that I don't want or need their help. I just want my money back.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Out of Afghanistan

As of today, President Obama is reconsidering the idea of sending more U. S. soldiers to Afghanistan. Last week, he was going to send more troops; as requested by his commander in the region.

I was listening to NPR last week and someone was asking if Afghanistan was becoming a quagmire, like Vietnam. "Becoming
a quagmire?" I said, to the radio. The war in Vietnam lasted roughly from 1965-1975 and the war in Afghanistan has lasted from 2001-2009, which is about the same length of time.

I work with a man named Leon, who is on inactive reserve status with the Marine Corp. He's been to Afghanistan three times and he told me they want him to go back again. Leon is a field commander, and he said they offered him a promotion if he goes back. He isn't required to return to Afghanistan, but the Marines want his expertise. Leon's been in combat many times, and he's never been hurt. "Not even a scratch" as he says.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

On Protesting Abortion

"Do you remember how you felt after 9/11? When all those innocent people, over 3,000 of them, were killed in that vicious act of political violence? Do you remember how you felt seeing the posters of the loved ones who were missing? It broke my heart, and I'm sure it broke yours too. Well, I feel exactly the same way about the 4,000 babies who are viciously killed in abortion clinics every day throughout America. It's shameful, it's disgusting, and I don't understand why more people's hearts aren't broken by it." (A.J. MacDonald, Jr.)

"The Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intervene…" (Isaiah 59:15-16).

Non-violent sit-in style protests were outlawed for the first time in America in 1994, when the U.S. Congress passed the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. Antiabortion activists who were practicing sit-in protests in order to block the entrances of abortion clinics—who were being removed, cited, and fined around $100.00 for trespassing—were, after passage of the F.A.C.E. Act in 1994, subject to a $10,000 fine and six months in federal prison for their first offense.

The large scale, effectual, non-violent sit-in protests engaged in by the antiabortion group Operation Rescue is what led to the passage of the F.A.C.E. Act. The group would peacefully block clinic entrances in order to shut down the abortion clinics' baby-killing business.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Decades-Long Campaign of Violent Antiabortion Extremism

So I'm doing research for my next book, looking for books and articles on the history of social/political violence in America, and I come across the following article in the Los Angeles Times:

A History of Violence on the Antiabortion Fringe

"Dr. George Tiller's slaying is the latest in a decades-long campaign of shootings, bombings and vandalism carried out by extremists from the mostly peaceful movement.

Reporting from Atlanta — Bombings. Butyric acid attacks. Sniper shootings. Letters filled with fake anthrax. These are some of the tactics used over the years by antiabortion extremists.

The slaying of Dr. George Tiller in his Kansas church Sunday was part of a decades-long history of domestic terrorism aimed at abortion providers, carried out by a small minority of the much broader and generally peaceful movement that opposes abortion." (A History of Violence on the Antiabortion Fringe, Richard Fausset in the Los Angeles Times, June 01, 2009.

Is he talking about me? Am I really part of a decades-long campaign of shootings, bombings and vandalism carried out by antiabortion extremists? That's cool; sort of like being an abolitionist during the nineteenth century. In those days, most people thought the abolitionist's campaign to win the freedom and dignity the Negro slaves were entitled to, by virtue of their humanity, was an extremist campaign too (especially when someone like John Brown was a part of that campaign).

Why the Left Matters

Over the years, the Left has had very limited success in the U.S. But its influence, especially for the American blue collar worker, has been invaluable. Because the Left was instrumental in the organization of unions, which stood up for the rights and the dignity of the American worker, we have the eight hour work day, the forty hour work week, Workman's Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. None of which I would enjoy being without.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Debate Over Universal Health Care

The debate over universal health care in America highlights the ideological presuppositions of both the liberals and the conservatives: the liberals believe people are like dependent children, whereas the conservatives believe people are responsible adults. Being able to provide universal health care for every American is simply one aspect of the Left's great utopian fantasy. And like all great utopian fantasies, the Left's promotes the coming of a better world in which all people will share all things equally. But people's individual health care needs are far from equal: some people need very expensive health care treatments while other people—most people—do not. In America, the strong, the healthy, and the hard working already support the weak, the sick, and those who cannot—or will not—work. And I have no desire to see this already entrenched policy extended to include a new universal health care provision, because I simply can't afford it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Conservative America

America has always been a very conservative nation, and the Left has always had great difficulty making any real headway in America (as it has in Europe). Two books that are well worth reading about this subject are: Right Nation and The Rise and Fall of the American Left.

Make no mistake; the recent controversy between liberals and conservatives over universal health care in the U. S. (at government expense) says more about the left than it does the right. I think it also says something about the widening economic divides between the poor, the middle class, and the wealthy in America.

In my opinion, the current political climate is similar to that if the late nineteenth century. Many Americans were blaming the big New York banks for making huge profits from money earned by the American worker. The New York bankers were engaged in what was called non-productive work (e.g., loaning money at interest, manipulating stocks) while the American worker was engaged in productive work (e.g., agriculture, manufacturing).

Friday, September 18, 2009

All You Really Need to Know About American Politics

I've long said the next book I write will be about politics: American Politics. And the most important thing anyone really needs to know about American politics, which allows us to see through to the bottom of virtually every political issue, is that governments only have two schools of thought concerning how a government should govern its peoples: treat them as children who are dependent upon you, or treat them as adults who not dependent upon you.

America has always been a very conservative nation politically. It's that sense of liberty, independence, and freedom America has always held forth as its ideal which has drawn so many people to it. America, by nature is very individualistic, libertarian, and conservative. People basically want the right to be left alone by their government. This is why liberal politics has never been able to gain much ground here in the U. S. (as it has in Europe).

As I said, my next book is going to be about politics, so, while doing research for this book, I'm reading an old textbook on political theory: A History of Political Theory, Third Edition, by George H. Sabine (Holt, Rinehart, Winston, Inc., 1937, 1950, 1961), and the author, in discussing the different philosophical schools of thought concerning rulers and their subjects found in Plato's Statesman and in Aristotle's Politics, says that:

"The question, of course, is whether subjects shall be assumed to be dependent upon rulers, as children must be dependent upon their parents, or whether they shall be assumed to be responsible and self-governing" (pp. 72-73).

In America, it should be obvious to us which of our political parties assumes we are children and which does not. The more liberal Democrats assume the people are like dependent children, and the more conservative Republicans assume the people are responsible and self-governing. Not much has changed in the past 2,000 years.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Publishing in the Digital Age

Now that it's nearly 2010, we are finally beginning to see the changing face of the publishing industry, which is changing due to technology. We've all heard the hype about this for years but it's now slowly becoming a reality.

The invention of the printing press and movable type (during the early sixteenth century) created a technological leap forward in communication allowing for the greatest proliferation of ideas that the world had ever seen. These ideas could now be written, printed, and widely distributed in a very brief amount of time, which created an ability to influence many people's thoughts concerning the relevant issues of the day. This was impossible before the technological development of printing with movable type, and it was the technological development of printing itself which fueled the societal changes that later occurred (e.g., the Reformation, the Renaissance) due to the widespread proliferation of ideas via the new print media.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Have A Heart Free Thinkers...

I've been posting on a couple of threads recently in a free thinker/atheist forum, which dealt with the abortion issue, and started one thread myself.

Sadly, I wasn't surprised by the responses I got. But it's amazing how unscientific and how uncompassionate some pro-abortion free thinkers can be.
Read the thread for yourself...and weep.

Have a heart guys!