"The gap between Americans who want to govern themselves and politicians who want to rule over them may be as big today as the gap between the colonies and England during the 18th century." — Scott Rasmussen (In Search of Self-Governance)
"The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism." — President Washington (Farewell address)
PEOPLE WHO LOVE POWER SIMPLY HATE OUR FOUNDERS. A Harvard University study says that liberals even hate 4th of July parades. I wonder what was their first clue? Perhaps it was the fact that our public schools can't stand to teach the American Revolution.
I've met three grads of the high school I attended in the 1950s who didn't know what July 4th commemorates. We gave them a clue, "England," and they all said the same thing: "The Beatles?"
Many of today's teens can't identify the countries we fought in World War II. When told, one kid asked "Who won?"
I asked a young person who had been admitted to a college "Who was James Monroe?" She said, "Marilyn Monroe's husband?"
Put me down as "stuck in the fifties" (when the celebrity culture was minimal. And clean). You ought to either throw out your TV set or pray for a return of Mortimer Snerd and Charlie McCarthy.
"SEVEN SOCIAL SINS THAT WILL DESTROY A SOCIETY" (attributed to Gandhi)
- Pleasure without conscience
- Knowledge without character
- Science without humanity
- Business without ethics
- Religion without sacrifice
- Wealth without work
- Politics without principles
BTW, a funny thing happened to the President on his way to the forum. He held a press conference. He thought his teleprompter was making perfect sense. He said, "You can still fly your jet, but it's going to cost you a little more."
I thought that was a mean-spirited, back-handed way to comment on his wife's trip to Botswana. Or was he referring to his own record-breaking number of frequent flyer miles? This couple reminds me of the way Carol Mosley Braun flew around the world in her one term as Senator from Illinois.
It has been reported that the White House limousine fleet now numbers 412 limos (up 73% in two years). Is that a result of having the mother-in-law living under the same roof or what? At least their veggie garden has been a success (without even getting any dirt under their finger nails).
This Prez has added three trillion to the national debt in only two years. Not to nit-pick or anything, but hey — Let them drink Guiness, eh?
This guy was helping run the state of Illinois just a few years ago. Now it is is debatable which state is in worse financial shape: New York, Illinois, or California. This is your future, Uncle Sam, on steroids — along with Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Spain, and Turkey (PIGSTY). Socio-economic Liberals all the way!
Anyway, this week attention returned to the "Debt Ceiling" in DC. The liberals will probably propose once again "100 million" in budget cuts — 33 cents for every man, woman, and chile — while balancing that with another 1 1/2 or two trillion dollar federal "budget" (that all depends on what you mean by budget — or "trillion")!
Our 14 trillion dollar national debt equates to about $46,666 for every man, woman, and chile (and they talk about "cutting" 33 cents in spending?). Yes, they DO think you're stupid. Cass Sunstein says that there's "a lot of Homer Simpson in us."
Anyway, have a nice 4th of July weekend. The Prez sez you can come along for the "ride," but "you gotta sit in the back" — if you're stuck in the fifties where we admired our Founding Fathers.
PPS: One more closing quotation:
"Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket."
- Barack Obama (2008)
Remember that one the next time you turn on your air conditioner!
Oh, and just one more thing, Mr. President -
"Don't quit your day job to go into teaching economics. That's way above your pay grade!"