Actions Have Consequences

Ah, another political post.  I must be on a roll!  haha

The mid-term elections are coming up here in 9 short days.  I have come to a deeper appreciation of the freedoms our founding father’s intended for us as well as the sacrifice they paid to bring these to fruition.

Our constitution was not scribbled out thoughtlessly but was debated long by intelligent men of character and integrity.  And our republic is not a form of government that can be maintained by an amoral people.  We have squandered what was so hard won by the great men who came before us.

Why are we electing ignorant, self aggrandizing, careless people to be our leaders?  Why are we electing communists as our leaders?  Are we so ignorant of the vast differences between communism and Americanism that we will so willingly squander our vote on any individual who is against that very document that allows us our freedoms?

Back in 1848 (the year Karl Marx published his Manifesto), Alexis de Tocqueville captured the essence of socialism in this short paragraph:

“Democracy extends the sphere of personal independence; socialism confines it. Democracy values each man at his highest; socialism makes of each man an agent, an instrument, a number. Democracy and socialism have but one thing in common—equality. But note well the difference. Democracy aims at equality in liberty. Socialism desires equality in constraint and in servitude.”

Who will you vote for on November 2nd?  Elections have consequences.

And then there is the necessity for diligence on our part…

The Fatal Sequence – H.W. Prentis President of the Armstrong Cork Company 1943

“Paradoxically enough, the release of initiative and enterprise made possible by popular self-government ultimately generates disintegrating forces from within. Again and again after freedom has brought opportunity and some degree of plenty, the competent become selfish, luxury-loving and complacent, the incompetent and the unfortunate grow envious and covetous, and all three groups turn aside from the hard road of freedom to worship the Golden Calf of economic security. The historical cycle seems to be:
From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy; from apathy to dependency; and from dependency back to bondage once more.

At the stage between apathy and dependency, men always turn in fear to economic and political panaceas. New conditions, it is claimed, require new remedies. Under such circumstances, the competent citizen is certainly not a fool if he insists upon using the compass of history when forced to sail uncharted seas. Usually so-called new remedies are not new at all. Compulsory planned economy, for example, was tried by the Chinese some three milleniums ago, and by the Romans in the early centuries of the Christian era. It was applied in Germany, Italy and Russia long before the present war broke out. Yet it is being seriously advocated today as a solution of our economic problems in the United States. Its proponents confidently assert that government can successfully plan and control all major business activity in the nation, and still not interfere with our political freedom and our hard-won civil and religious liberties. The lessons of history all point in exactly the reverse direction.”
– Henning W. Prentis, Industrial Management in a Republic, p. 22

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

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10 responses to “Actions Have Consequences

  1. Mrs.R, we are staunch historians in our home. It is the same story over and over throughout the hundreds of years of history. From the scottish covenanters struggle for Reformation to the confederates struggle with personal freedoms being secured via the fight for state sovereignty. Oh and certainly we cannot forget our countries struggle for freedom to become a nation…All of those struggles seemed overwhelming to those who lived thru them. And all we have to do to secure our freedoms now is VOTE. Wow we have it easy! blessings, DanaA

  2. We haven’t elected any communists, you [removed by blog owner]. But a vote for a Republican is a vote for corporatism, otherwise known as fascism. And that is the reality of where our country is heading because of people like you.

    • Dear Mr. Hoffman,
      Why thank you so much for coming to my blog to comment on one of my posts! Due to the nature of your comment I wanted to give careful consideration to a well thought out, mature, adult reply.

      I first want to give notice to you, and anyone else who desires to comment on one of my posts that if any future comments contain foul language, such as your un-gracious referral to me, it will not be approved and you will be banned from commenting here forever. Fair warning given.

      Benjamin, you are mistaken. I will address the ‘points’ you brought up one by one. We have elected communists. They may not have run under that party affiliation, but if it quacks like a duck and it walks like a duck, it is a duck. Anyone else interested in further research on this very subject can always check out M. Stanton Evans’ excellent book, “Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies”. History has proven that Joe McCarthy was right all along, thought the commies were not under the beds but in our government offices. But check the facts for yourself.

      Next you say “a vote for a Republican is a vote for corporatism, otherwise known as fascism“.

      definitions from Wiktionary
      Corporatism:
      Political system in which power is exercised through large organizations (businesses, trade unions, etc) working in concert with each other, under the direction of the state

      Fascism:
      A political regime, having totalitarian aspirations, ideologically based on centralized government, government control of business, repression of criticism or opposition, a leader cult and exalting the state and/or religion above individual rights. …

      Republican beliefs (taken from the gop.com site):
      We’re fortunate to live in America
      The Republican Party believes that the United States has been blessed with a unique set of individual rights and freedoms available to all.
      You can be what you are, and become what you are capable of becoming
      The Republican Party is inspired by the power and ingenuity of the individual to succeed through hard work, family support and self-discipline.
      Helping those around you is worthwhile
      The Republican Party believes in the value of voluntary giving and community support over taxation and forced redistribution.
      Small government is a better government for the people
      The Republican Party, like our nation’s founders, believes that government must be limited so that it never becomes powerful enough to infringe on the rights of individuals.
      You know what to do with your money better than government
      The Republican Party supports low taxes because individuals know best how to make their own economic and charitable choices.
      Free markets keep people free
      The Republican Party is supportive of logical business regulations that encourage entrepreneurs to start more businesses so more individuals can enjoy the satisfaction and fruits of self-made success.
      Our Armed Forces defend and protect our democracy
      The Republican Party is committed to preserving our national strength while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.

      As you can plainly see, what the Republican party stands for is not corporatism nor fascism. So as I vote Republican it is to take out country AWAY from those very things you seemingly decry. Our country is heading in that direction NOT because of Republicans but because of the likes of Obama, Pelosi, and the liberal left.

      Benjamin, who is it who took over the major car industry? Not a Republican but Obama. Who has taken over the banking industry? Not a Republican but Obama. Who has taken control of a major portion of the GDP through ‘health care reform’? Not a Republican but Obama. Those are just three examples out of many others.

      Benjamin, you seem to be an angry man. I want you to know I will be praying for you.
      Blessings,
      ~Mrs. R –silent no longer

      • Oh, golly gee… Why don’t they claim to be for blue skies and puppies?

        Republicans are responsible for a lot of jobs lost to outsourcing. They’re responsible for the huge deficits due to irresponsible tax cuts. They’re responsible for the two unwinnable wars that have cost America some three trillion dollars and over 5,000 lives. They’re responsible for deregulation that destroyed our economy.

        “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power”
        – Benito Mussolini

      • Good Evening Ben,
        Sadly you have your cause and effects all wrong.

        Outsourcing is due to excess taxation and burdensome regulation which the Democrats are directly responsible for, not the Republicans.

        The huge deficits are a spending problem plain and simple. Oh and the tax cuts you decry, why when tax cuts happen the government actually realizes MORE in tax revenue. When taxes are cut on businesses, they can expand, do more product research, build &/or make more and thereby hire more people. All good my friend.

        The two “unwinnable wars” were not started by the Republicans. It is the Islamic terrorists who attacked our country. 9/11 was not the first time either. We have been fighting Islam in this country since the founding of our country in one sense or another. John Smith was a hero of one of the crusades when he single-handedly chopped off the heads of three of the Turkish warriors. There is a monument erected to him and this heroic feat out on Star Island, NH. This monument was erected by two ministers. A good reminder to our country that Islam is the enemy of freedom everywhere. Tomas Jefferson had a copy of the Koran in order to know his enemies better. Specifically the Muslim pirates who were terrorizing shipping along Africa. You may have heard of the Marine hymn with the line, ‘to the shores of Tripoli’? It is THIS very time period they are recounting. Yes, war is expensive in both precious lives and our hard earned money. Both of these wars, which are really one and the same as there is the common enemy of Islam in both, are winnable. But not with a de-funding of the military. Not with a military withdrawal.

        The deregulation did not destroy our economy. We do not need the government to tell us how to run out businesses or lives. Business is not evil. People are not too stupid to make their own decisions in life.

        You quote a fascist (Mussolini) to prove MY point about Obama and the current administration! Obama took over the car industry, the banking industry and is attempting a take over of the health care industry. He is a corporatist/fascist/communist.

        A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.

        Thomas Jefferson

        I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

        Thomas Jefferson

        Blessings,
        ~Mrs. R

  3. I always find it humorous when leftists blame deregulation for the economic ills of any nation.

    Deregulation is a wonderful tool when you are shopping for votes. Where I come from we call that equal opportunity home lending!

    Only when it blows up in your face (i.e. “no qualification loans”) in a scandal does it somehow becomes “Wall Street Greed”. We never hear mentioned the mortgage industry’s penalties when they did not meet the required percentage of high risk loans. They would have been labeled “discriminatory practices”.

    I can only pray a little discrimination (originally “wise choice”) comes back into everyone’s lives.

    I see Leftist deregulation in the same vein as Leftist Gerry Mandering. It’s a wonderful program until Conservatives try to use the same tactic. Then, and only then, does it become fascist or NAZI-like (re: The Texas Gerry Mandering Debacle)…

    A little perspective on the losses of our valiant troops in the current battle for liberty:
    Five thousand souls is a lot of love missing from this world over seven years of combat and I make no light of the sacrifice; however, it is estimated we lost eighteen thousand (18,000) men a day for three consecutive days at the Battle of Gettysburg during the War of the Insurrection. Conservative estimates put the grand total at six hundred and eighteen thousand (618,000) men killed in four years of combat…on our own soil.

    If we would have had a stiff spined leader to finish the First Iraq war, none of those five thousand folks would be missing today. You will recall the howling, tearing of hair and rending of garments associated with the peace demonstrations the first go-round?

    That is just one more perfect example of half-baked leftist meddling.

    Go get ‘em Mrs. R!

  4. Mad, Stupid and Confused Electorate?

    That’s what they keep trying to tell me I am.
    My wife would probably agree with one or more of those points; however, I personally have had it with folks trying to run my life, tell me what to eat, how I feel and then tell me I’m too stupid to understand how smart they really are and that I should just shut up and sit down in the back of the room.

    From time to time I get this treatment from my own party.
    I seem to get it constantly from the other party (even if I am already sitting in the back of the room and being quiet).

    Both parties reject and abhor the Tea Party movement, apparently for all the same reasons.
    Someone had better be paying attention or they will wake up one morning, scratching their heads, wondering what happened.

    I have been paying attention to my rising taxes.
    I have been paying attention to uncontrolled spending policies.
    I have been paying attention to the spiraling national debt.
    I have been paying attention to the record unemployment rate.
    I have been paying attention to declining property values.
    I have been paying attention to record high foreclosure rates.
    I have been paying attention to local government rejecting new industrial development.
    I have been paying attention to increasingly prohibitive regulations keeping small and large business from success.

    I also heard that it’s really not as bad as some media pundits would have me believe.

    I may be a little “too stupid”.
    I guess maybe I am a little mad.
    I am definitely not confused.

    • [I have been paying attention to my rising taxes.]

      Your taxes went down under Obama and federal taxes have never been lower. Maybe you’re hallucinating.

      [I have been paying attention to increasingly prohibitive regulations keeping small and large business from success.]

      Actually, deregulation has resulted in the monopolies that squash small businesses.

      • Ben, You have once again gotten the cause and effects attributed in the wrong places! The only reason our federal taxes are not higher than they are now is because of the wise Bush tax cuts (see my previous reply to your previous comment) which expire soon unfortunately. Our federal taxes have been lower in the past, and that is when the federal government is not recklessly spending other people’s money. The government is spending mine, my neighbors and your hard earned money without having to answer to anyone for how it is being spent. The government has no business in funding arts, education, research, social programs and more.

        I do not believe Mr. Lau is hallucinating, but in fact is quite lucid based on his thoughtful comments.

        Ah, deregulation has been good for small business, the economy and customers! It allows a small business to see an unfulfilled need and fill it creatively, earn money, pay the appropriate taxes and provide jobs all at the same time! Additionally excessive regulation hurts small businesses by making the regulations so expensive that they can no longer afford to stay in business thereby causing many to be out of jobs, no tax revenue being generated and customers suffer with poorer quality goods and services.

        Monopolies really happen when the government takes over the car industry (JUST like Obama has already done) and dictates to the public: what kind of automobile they will be allowed to drive and what exorbitant prices they will have to purchase said automobile.
        Monopolies happen when the government takes over the banking industry (JUST like Obama has already done) and dictates to the public: what they can and can not do with their own money, what interest they will or will not get (no other ‘bank’ for competition) and what outrageous conditions one will have to meet in order to (insert maniacal laugh here) borrow any money.
        Monopolies happen when the government takes over the health care industry (JUST like Obama has already done) and dictates to the public: what medical procedures they can and can not have, what they MUST pay (despite the care they will not get) & make it illegal to seek care outside the government system, who will and who will not live based on what they may cost the system not because they have value as a human being, that all will pay for any and all government procedures for others whether they have moral objections to them or not (there is no where else to go to get medical coverage), what activities one may participate in and what food you may eat.
        Blessings,
        ~Mrs. R

  5. I saw an interview with Sara Palin on the O’Reilly Factor last night.
    He, O’Reilly, maintains that electing “moderate conservative” candidates is a more prudent policy than trying to obtain ideological purity within the Republican Party.

    Say what you want about Palin, she had it right again!

    We know what happens when we elect Half-Baked Republicans (HBR), we get full-blown Liberalism (BS).

    Perhaps, the only thing I admire about liberals is the fact that you will never hear one of them suggesting compromise unless it is in their favor. Oh, and another thing…facts never seem to get in the way of a strongly held opinion.
    They at least stick to their figurative guns.

    I don’t know where our dear Mr. H. resides. I live in Washington State, solidly controlled by the Democrat Party. My taxes (i.e. property, sales, and fuel taxes) have all risen dramatically over the past four years and my pay dropped by twenty percent. They even raised taxes on “water run-off”. Yep, it falls from the sky, is legally a resource of the State and runs into the rivers and ocean but we pay for its passing through.

    If they could only get a handle on the carbon dioxide emitted by conservatives and tax that too.

    See…I told you they were trying to tell me it was all in my imagination!