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Friday, October 24, 2008

I Don't Trust Barack Obama

There are serious unanswered questions surrounding Barack Obama. It starts with his birth place. A birth certificate shows it to be Honolulu but which hospital? His paternal grandmother has said she "was in the delivery room of a hospital in Kenya when he was born". If the latter is true, he is not qualified to be President which requires the person holding that office be a natural born citizen of the country. If he has nothing to hide on this issue, why doesn't he provide proof of his birthplace?

Details surrounding Obama's parents have been sketchy at best. Some reports raise questions about the character of his mother, that she was a radical activist. If that is true, it is part of a disturbing pattern that includes Rev. Jeremiah Wright; Minister Farrakhan; Tony Rezko (an Arab); Bill Ayers (an anarchist bomb thrower); his activities as a community organizer in Chicago; connections to and campaign support from ACORN; his attitude toward the war on terrorism and Islamic extremism. Taken as a whole I cannot escape the belief that he is being controlled in the manner of the "Manchurian Candidate" and that we will be faced with an attempt to complete a conversion to a collective society if elected.

He speaks of spreading the wealth by raising taxes on the wealthy and giving the revenue to the poor and unemployed. He speaks of restructuring government along "redistributive" lines which is a clever way to describe the socialist principle of "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs". No one can convince me this man is anything but a Marxist and Muslim extremist sympathizer determined to destroy our democratic republic.

My beliefs are contrary to just about everything Obama stands for, to wit:

  • Charity should be voluntary and carried out in the private sector by churches and charitable organizations, not the government;

  • Government should be limited to national defense, law enforcement, the judiciary, the nation's essential facilities infrastructure, and a reformed public education system;

  • Social Security should be brought back to its original intent to provide retirement assistance only and the tax revenue it receives should be held in trust, not used to offset shortfalls in the general tax fund;

  • Other current services provided by Social Security; i.e., aid to dependant children, disability pensions and Medicare, should be included as part of private sector insurance programs;

  • Unemployment protection should also be a private sector responsibility;

  • Government oversight responsibilities should continue in all of the foregoing areas and be strengthened where needed;

Americans give billions of dollars to worthy charities every year. Those charities are fully capable of providing welfare for individuals who cannot help themselves and others who simply need to learn how to help themselves.

Our public school system has been in steady decline ever since socialists and Marxists began infiltrating higer education and labor unions in the 1930s. The downward trend accelerated when desegregation began in the 1950s, not because of desegregation itself was wrong, but because of what happened to academic standards as a result. "Social" promotion and graduation became the norm along with mediocre student performance. Gifted students were pushed to the side and denied the education they needed to take fullest advantage of their given brightness. This must change if we are to ever again reach the heights now being achieved in foreign school systems.

I fear for the future of the nation because we have allowed millions of people to become dependent on government virtually from cradle to the grave. Three generations of our citizens have fallen victim to the disease so much so that most of them want Obama to win the election so they can continue to live off the earnings of the rest of us. The government dole has become so engrained in them they have no desire to get off of it. Is it any wonder that socialism kills off any incentive to achieve something worthwhile in its victims?

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Bailout: Good or Bad?

The Washington politicians have weakened and passed the bailout bill. As a result, the Dow Industrual Average has fallen steeply and most stock portfolios have lost 30% or more from their peak. The politicians up for re-election in November caved and pushed the bailout legislation through Congress over the objections of many thinking Americans.

Using taxpayer money to "save" Wall Street brokerage houses and failing investment banks was wrong and it will be shown to be so in the days and weeks ahead. Moreover, it's a step toward government control of private business and a socialist state. It's an ideal condition for the collectivists to finally take over America.

Admittedly, there are folks in the board rooms of corporate America who have lost their moral compass. The CEOs of AIG, Merrill Lynch, et al and the heads at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac along with supposed Congressional watchdogs have been dishonest with the public and theiir shareholders. Others no longer care that the gap between their compensation and that of average workers down on their factory floors has grown beyond all reason.

The Coming Collectivist Society

The government controls our military, law enforcement, the courts and now the financial sector of the nation's economy. We are now dangerously close to a complete socialist system which is precisely the aim of many on the political left. The only thing remaining for freedom loving Americans are their property rights which are already in the sights of the collectivists through the abuse of emminent domain.

How long will it be before we find ourselves in a society where a person's every action will be dictated and controlled by centralized planners and secret police? It won't be long if we elect the wrong people to office on November 4, 2008. An Obama victory and likely enlarged Democrat majorities in both chambers of Congress will pave the way for a flood of legislation to further tighten controls over private enterprise.