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Thomas Sowell has a great article this morning over at Townhall. But then, Thomas Sowell almost always has great articles. I suggest you read the entire thing without conservative or liberal ideological blinders on.

Fifth paragraph in:

We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society where no one is responsible for what he himself did but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past. 

 Everything seems to be someone else’s fault. Okay, even if it is, so what?  Is it going to change your life one iota to blame it on somebody else? Only if, once you assign blame, you learn the lesson being taught instead of wallowing in the blame pool.

What does “economic justice” mean, except that you want something that someone else produced, without having to produce anything yourself in return?

Perhaps the way President Obama will reduce the deficit is by making more presidential appointments of people who will pay the back taxes they owe, in order to get confirmed by the Senate.

Liberals seem to think that they are doing lagging groups a favor by making excuses for counterproductive and self-destructive behavior. The poor do not need press agents. They need the truth. No one ever said, “Press agents will make you free.”

If I were Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, I would not sign any long-term lease on a home in Washington.

Socialists believe in government ownership of the means of production. Fascists believed in government control of privately owned businesses, which is much more the style of this government. That way, politicians can intervene whenever they feel like it and then, when their interventions turn out badly, summon executives from the private sector before Congress and denounce them on nationwide television.

One of the things that bugged me most about the “Tour” and the G-20 summit is how so many people seemed to be laughing and smiling because they got away from all of it without having to take responsibility for any of it. Obama got a celebrity’s welcome but little else, however, the celebrity welcome is enough that he’ll be able to spin it into a win.

There are some things you cannot redefine. The war on terror is one of them. No matter what semantical games you play to allay people’s fears, some will still be killed by Islamic terrorists. But, of course, that’s our fault for being arrogant, you know. We’re changing. Yes, we are!

Others have posted articles about Obama’s apologizing for America so I won’t go into detail about it. Suffice it to say, some people don’t know the difference between debasement and humility. Whether he likes it or not, the U.S. has been put in the position of guardian of everyone else in the world, most especially Europe. They haven’t stepped up, manned up, or whatever you call it because that’s not their responsibility anymore. They abdicated it. They also abdicated any responsibility for helping allies as Bush evidenced during the 9/11 tragedy and for Iraq and he has been villified for his “with us or against us” comment.

If the fact that if America fails, Europe fails makes us a little arrogant, well so what? Shoot us for being imperfect humans. We have warts just like every other country but we’ll still stand strong against the enemies of liberty. We have nothing to apologize for unless/until Europe lives up to its own responsibilities and I am ashamed that President Obama felt the need to debase his own country to secure personal adulation from European nations. Adulation without respect is very fleeting and the U.S. will pay the price just as we’ve paid the price at home for government takeover of businesses.

I would say the Republic is dead but it isn’t. The soul of this country still thrives and it’s becoming ever more apparent that the scales are falling off eyes when there are tea parties galore coordinated to take place on a single day. I’ll be at the here but not for the entire time. I have to pick up my grandson from preschool by 1:30 and that’s a responsiblity I can’t abdicate.

13 Responses to U.S. Today

  • BB-Idaho says:

    Sowell cannot be too brilliant. He enquires, “What does “economic justice” mean, except that you want something that someone else produced, without having to produce anything yourself in return? Economic justice means if you work your butt off, YOU
    get a raise, instead of your company president getting a $5 million bonus. Economic justice is if you put in 60 hours a week, you should be able to afford health insurance. Economic justice is being able to earn a living, rather that seein your job sent to Mexico, or taken by an illegal immigrant. Mr. Sowell, THAT is economic justice. And that is why the GOP is on the sidelines. Dunno, about you, HB, but I ‘produced’ a hell of a lot of stuff in my career, am absolutely insulted by Sowell’s comment…..oh, and don’t drink tea. 😉

  • StephC says:

    You’ll have to elaborate the “you get a raise” part, but for the rest of it, conservatives on more on your side than you think.

    It depends on how they got that 5 million dollar bonus to be honest. If they put in the work to get the contracts that made the kind of money that kept you and countless others in their jobs instead of the unemployment line, then, yeah, they deserve their bonuses.

    The GOP? Conservatives don’t have much of a voice in it these days. McCain is not conservative. Bush is not conservative. That’s another story since it thinks we need to go more left but the more left the party goes the worse things get.

  • StephC says:

    Oh, and tea is not being served as far as I know but what will be served is a strong dose of American ire. And… it’s not a politically partisan event. If you’re mad as hell at the government then you’re welcome. Nobody has said you have to an R to be that.

    We can wallow in the blame game about who is at fault but realistically, both sides are at fault. It’s time to stop worrying about whose fault it is and stand up to say, “No more.”

  • Syntax says:

    We need more patriots like the guy in Pittsburgh!!! He rose up and took action! FIGHT SOCIALISM!!! As great patriots like Beck, Malkin, Hannity and Michelle Bachmann have made it crystal clear, we need to meet this threat with a revolutionary force and fight them head on just like in Pittsburgh and these tea parties are the perfect avenue to do it and WE WILL DO IT!!! The poor chap in Pittsburgh was a hero! A Revolutionary! A true patriot and how dare the leftist liberals and their obedient media smear his good name because they’re threatened by our cause. THE 912 PROJECT HAS PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE IN PITTSBURGH!!!

    RICHARD POPLAWSKI IS A MODERN DAY JOHN GALT, PAUL REVERE, JOHN ADAMS thanks to the revolutionary leadership of Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Sean Hannity and Michelle Bachmann. These Liberals should guarantee that there is going to be a lot more Poplawskis at these tea parties and we’ll be heavily armed and ready to fight the revolution to take back our nation.

  • BB-Idaho says:

    Richard Poplawski? The cowardly cop-killer? Settle down, Syntax..Bech, Malkin, Hannity and Bachmann did not wear our country’s uniform…like (you?) and I did. Great patriots? Hardly, Syntax. Go back to reading your Jr. High Ayn Rand. *sigh*

  • StephC says:

    We need more patriots like the guy in Pittsburgh!!! He rose up and took action! FIGHT SOCIALISM!!! As great patriots like Beck, Malkin, Hannity and Michelle Bachmann have made it crystal clear, we need to meet this threat with a revolutionary force and fight them head on just like in Pittsburgh and these tea parties are the perfect avenue to do it and WE WILL DO IT!!! The poor chap in Pittsburgh was a hero! A Revolutionary! A true patriot and how dare the leftist liberals and their obedient media smear his good name because they’re threatened by our cause. THE 912 PROJECT HAS PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE IN PITTSBURGH!!!

    RICHARD POPLAWSKI IS A MODERN DAY JOHN GALT, PAUL REVERE, JOHN ADAMS thanks to the revolutionary leadership of Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Sean Hannity and Michelle Bachmann. These Liberals should guarantee that there is going to be a lot more Poplawskis at these tea parties and we’ll be heavily armed and ready to fight the revolution to take back our nation.

    Yawn…

    Obviously you don’t listen to Beck, Hannity, Malkin, or Bachman but have grabbed your talking points from a site that says that’s what they’re preaching.

    In fact, if you had listened to Beck yesterday he made a point of saying he does not advocate violence and there are 3 different kinds of civil disobedience.

    In addition, the guy in Pittsburgh was a white supremacist. Are you telling me you’re one, too? If you equate our conservative talkers with a white supremacist, you’re sadly mistaken because neither they nor I believe anyone… ANYONE is superior to another.

    This is the land of opportunity, equal opportunity for all. You just have to be willing to work for it and I don’t care if you’re white, pink, purple, yellow, green, blue, red, or black. It ain’t the outside that counts, it’s the inside and people like you… claiming to be a conservative give the rest of us a bad name so take your anti-American tirade somewhere else until you learn what being a real American is all about.

  • xsd4tex says:

    StephC, “It ain’t the outside that counts, it’s the inside and people like you… claiming to be a conservative give the rest of us a bad name so take your anti-American tirade somewhere else until you learn what being a real American is all about.”

    But Syntax, like Popolawski, really thinks that it’s O.K. to kill those with whom he disagrees. If you think about it further, there are those in statehouse legislatures who advocate “shoot first” laws that allow you to shoot anyone on sight if you think that person provoked the gun violence. Therefore, it’s important to make sure the other person is dead since it would be impossible for any jury to prove who actually provoked the shooting.

    Violence is becoming more and more a way of life for people on our planet. With 280 million guns in the U.S., there is no way on God’s green earth that passing laws will prevent it. The recent shooters in Binghamton, New York, Pittsburgh, PA and Skagit County, Washington all had legal permits.

    As far as “the Libs want to take away all our guns” incessant whining, that has never been more untrue than it is today. There are at least 65 Democratic Party members of congress who have said they will reject any legislation to revive the ban on assault weapons or for any other weapons for that matter.

    But, it’s a popular NRA jeremiad, which whips up the frenzy and paranoia of those like Syntax who have become totally desensitized and immune to these massacres.

    What’s next, carrying holstered guns into any public area including hospitals, churches, courthouses and schools? If you think that’s farfetched, then you need to read what Texas Governor Rick Perry advocates. In May 2007 Perry is quoted in the Dallas Morning News, “It’s time for us to have that debate in Texas from the standpoint of whether or not a law-abiding citizen in the state of Texas can take their appropriately licensed and permitted weapon anywhere in this state, whether it’s on a college campus or wherever,” Mr. Perry said.

    Asked whether such a wide- open weapons policy would include bars and courthouses, Mr. Perry said: “A person ought to be able to carry their weapon with them anywhere in the state if they are licensed and they have gone through the training.” Perry added, “The idea that you’re going to exempt them from a particular place is nonsense.”

    At the rate random and indiscriminate shootings have been occurring, maybe we all ought to demand not only guns everywhere, but the right to launch nuclear-tipped, shoulder-fired missiles anywhere we want. After all, who can prove that you weren’t provoked first?

    If the gun issue is dear to the conservatives’ hearts, then they won this battle years ago. However, it doesn’t appear that the Democrats are going to lose votes over this issue, the NRA notwithstanding.

  • StephC says:

    xsd4tex, I’m sorry. I’m either especially dense today or that whole comment made no sense.

    You choose which it is but would you please explain how any of it had to do with the punk calling the cop killer a hero?

  • xsd4tex says:

    StephC, I thought I was making the point that people like Synatx justify acts of violence while calling themselves conservatives.

    Actually, I quoted you as a way of agreeing with you on that point. Sorry for the confusion, but it seems that the guns, guns everywhere message only encourages and incites extremists like Syntax to commit more violence.

  • StephC says:

    I see. Well, I am preoccupied today and I really didn’t get it. I just kept looking at it and couldn’t figure it out. Preoccupation is causing me to have a lot of “homer simpson” moments lately. Sorry about that.

    As far as the message of guns, guns everywhere, well… it’s like this: The law can’t seem to be competent enough to protect everybody and with some of the what you’d probably term laxness of gun laws, there are going to be some crazies in the mix.

    I don’t own a gun and haven’t shot one since the mid70s but I’ve been thinking more and more that it might be prudent to have one around because last weekend there was vandalism in the neighborhood, which, to me is just another form of violence. Last fall there was a retribution killing that directly involved the neighbors beside me who were also illegal aliens.

    If I see something or hear it at the wrong time, who’s going to protect me? Nobody but me.

    There are no easy solutions to the gun issue but taking away some people’s rights because somebody else did a bad things and abused that right is not an answer, either.

  • BB-Idaho says:

    I see y’all are getting a stretch of awful weather your way. Hope your roof is holding up!

  • StephC says:

    One of my husband’s old work buddies had some of his windows blown out. He lives in Murfreesboro which is where the worst damage happened. That’s about 20 miles south of me.

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