Next Sunday is my 51st birthday. I won’t be here on that day so I’m “celebrating” a bit early. For the first time in my life I’m scared of my government. That’s a first I never wanted to experience.
In every life there is always some uncertainty and insecurities. We can get angry at some of them or we can be depressed or run a gamut of emotions over turmoil.
Jaded says that race relations have not been this bad in decades. Obama was supposed to be a post-racial president. He was also supposed to be a bi-partisan president. In fact, he promised to be a lot of post- somethings. Instead, he went in the opposite direction. Who could have seen that coming? (A lot of people who were deemed racists for saying so.)
It’s not racial tensions that have me frightened. Racial tensions ebb and tide and there’s a limit to how much rage can be spewed before it dissipates, although it could get bloody before that limit is reached. We’ve been bloody before and while worrying it does not bring me to full terror.
It’s the whole monstrosity of government.There’s a segment of the country gnashing their teeth at the Republicans, insulting them with the “Party of No” nom de plume and insulting the people who oppose this complete takeover of the country that signals the death of our Constitution.
Some want that death, yet seem to have little understanding that it is the only thing standing between the government and our civil rights. Given the numbers who want it they may well achieve their goals and that is what scares me.
The federal government is made up of three parts and it seems two of those parts are in collusion to effect that change. The “Party of No”, in times past a part of the collusion, at others standing against it, has withdrawn and shed light on what happens in the shadows. It’s not pretty and I had not realized that we were so far gone until they did step back.
The other side wants its cover back so they can continue to work in the shadows and resort to bullying to get it. We’re called hate-mongers by people who hate us and what we stand for. If we dare question their premise or their statements, we’re accused of questioning their patriotism. I used to question their patriotism but not anymore. It’s just their patriotism is for something that isn’t this country in its original inception but for their own conception of what this country should be.
No, it’s the government that has me scared. Laws are permanent things. Once enacted they’re rarely repealed. That is why there is the hot and heavy debate over the health care bill. Some of us have actually read it and know more about what is in it than the Congress that purportedly wrote it.
In just the health care bill alone there are mechanisms of control that will be permanent and subdue (if not completely kill them) our civil rights under the Constitution. And there is other legislation coming down the pike that will cement those controls in place. For anyone who has read any part of these upcoming bills, they realize that it is more about control and very little about the thing they’re promising to fix. And they’ll lie and lie and lie, ad infinitum to achieve their goal which is power and control.
To show you what I mean here’s a small list of indignities (their so-called myths):
SEC. 152. PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE.
22 (a) IN GENERAL.—Except as otherwise explicitly per
mitted by this Act and by subsequent regulations consistent with this Act, all health care and related services (including insurance coverage and public health activities) covered by this Act shall be provided without regard to personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services.
In addition, in the early pages of the bill, pg 170, HR3200, it specifies that any nonresident alien is exempt from individual taxes.
What that says to me is that illegal aliens will be provided for under the health care bill. Now, that’s to be expected considering what who wants it. The issue is: Why Do They Have to Lie About it?
The pols say abortion isn’t covered in the bill but neglect to mention that it’s in there by definition pgs. 769-770, HR3200.
The health care bill provides for government sharing of your personal data, including bank records, between departments that have absolutely nothing to do with health care, pg 735, HR3200.
I’ll stop there otherwise I’ll be here for the next week outlining that bill. However, the pols say these things aren’t in there and, yet, here they are. When that doesn’t work, they say the bill hasn’t been written, yet. So, they lie. Why do they have to lie if it’s such a good deal?
Even if you’re willing to give them the benefit of the doubt because you support Obama or one or another member of Congress, remember what I said: Laws are typically permanent things.
I’m not just scared of my government. I’m terrified.
Crossposted to Redstate.
This officer said so.
It seems that it really isn’t America anymore. When the BushHitler pictures, the burning effigies, the flags being crapped on, the name calling (which still continues), were rampant on the left, it was okay. If anybody had dared stop them, it would have been a scandal of massive proportions. But now, it’s not okay.
That’s a representative of the law saying that. It must be so.
This one is a little near and dear to my heart since it directly concerns the well-being of my husband and our financial future. When the construction industry died because of bad federal policies and the financial meltdown with the banks, hubby sat up all night one night and realized that he had to change careers. Given our circumstances, there was no way we could survive a 4 year degree’s time to achieve so he went into trucking.
Truck stops reduce idling to clear the air (emphasis mine)
Nashville and three neighboring counties have too much pollution in the air, and the state hopes to make it cleaner by getting truck drivers to turn off their diesel engines.
Davidson, Wilson, Sumner and Rutherford counties have failed initial tests to meet federal standards for ozone, a pollutant created when sunlight reacts with vehicle and industrial emissions. Diesel fuel from freight trucks, especially when they are idling, is a contributor to poor air quality.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation received a $2 million grant Monday to equip six to 10 truck stops with technology that reduces diesel fuel emissions from trucks by allowing drivers to turn off their engines but stay cool during rests.
Long-haul drivers, who are required by law to rest for 10 hours after each 11-hour shift, can pay to plug their trucks into a machine that offers air conditioning, heat, electricity, cable television, phone and Internet access. […]
An initial state report released in March showed that the Middle Tennessee counties did not meet new federal air quality standards set last year to reduce health risks, including heart attacks and asthma, problems that are associated with breathing smoggy air.
The EPA will finalize the state’s air monitoring results by March 2010.
So, they won’t finalize their results for almost another year but it’s important that we proceed with the rape of the economy and the trucking industry in the meantime. Oh, did I mention the truckdrivers will have to pay for this new service? It sounds great and all that but 3 hours worth of electricity for $10. Are truck drivers made of gold or something? For the record, hubby is averaging around $500/week being a new driver. He’s on his truck 24/7 except for the occasional times he gets to come home for a day. Truckers are required to take a 10 hour break, so 10 hours divided by 3 hours times $10 dollars is roughly 33 dollars per day to park at a truck stop in Tennessee… or half hubby’s paycheck.
I can imagine the lawsuits that are going to ensue when the first death occurs from exposure from extreme heat or cold because of an inability to pay for the “hook up.”
The article goes on to talk about what a great thing this is, including one lone truck driver from San Antonio, TX as a spokesperson. This truck driver has a 10 year old truck with 100,000 miles on it. Hubby was assigned a truck that’s 1 year old with 180,000 miles on it. Do the math.
Yes, folks, this is our tax dollars at work. My new mantra is Jim Cooper has to got to go. I’ve threatened a gibbon from the Nashville Zoo, even running myelf if I have to although like I never thought I’d be a political activist, being a politician is laughable. I will, however, do what it takes to get a sane government in place.
That’s what I think of what happened Friday. I watched the debate myself on C-Span. It has taken me this long to get past the fury engendered by the shenanigans. The Democrats pulled every card from their sleeves they could whip out, including the race card. Another thing that really bothered me was the voting on an unfinished bill. It was literally unfinished because it contained a placeholder for material to be written later and an amendment that hadn’t been inserted into the bill at the time of debate conatining a whole lot of things we can and can’t do unless the federal government says we can.
Now, let’s get to a few particulars. One of the Republican Congressman talked about the job losses that are going to result from the legislation and who would suffer the most: the poor. Rangel rebutted with a snide remark about how Republicans are concerned with the poor all of a sudden. Yes, the same Rangel who is under investigation for ethics violations. Another Democrat talked about how the science was settled as they move forward on the legislation. I found that remark ironic considering that the day before and increasingly the day of the debate, there was news of repression of a report from the EPA, no less, that questioned global warming existed.
The highlight of the entire debate was when Boenher took a full hour to read parts of the amendment that had been added at 3 a.m. that same morning. But then, Pelosi got to finish it off with her “jobs, jobs, jobs” slogan. She neglected to mention that it was jobs that would be lost more than jobs gained that was at issue, not to mention that people wouldn’t be able to sell their homes anymore without an energy rating that certifies it as “green” unless you pour money into it to make it “green.”
I believe the thing that bothers me the most, however, is the simple fact that simple questions went unanswered. Such as the fact that wind and solar technology have been around a long time now. If they were viable, why does the government have to step in? American ingenuity would have solved the problem long ago if they were as marketable as the government would have us believe they are and those developing it would have incentive to make it more affordable to be able to sell more product. The market would take care of it the same as any other product. Henry Ford didn’t look for government funding to learn how to mass produce and sell cheaply, his cars when many before him said it was a foolish endeavor. How about Thomas Edison? Benjamin Franklin? The Wright Brothers?
Now that the government is stepping in, there’s no reason to do any of that, is there?
When the first CAFE standards were legislated in the mid 70s they signaled the death of the steel industry in this country. It simply became cheaper to set the scrap metal overseas and then ship it back to the states. The steel industry has been on life support since. CAFE standards have been tinkered with ever since and Friday the House of Representatives voted for a massive power grab over the nation’s energy and individual people’s lives unprecedented in this country before. I can only hope and pray the Senate decides not to follow the House’s example.
If I were an enemy to this country, I could not conceive of a more complete way to destroy the nation from within. yet, we’re not to question their patriotism. Alright, I won’t question their patriotism but merely conjecture that their patriotism is not reserved for this country but some other who is no friend to us.
Next up: Death by nationalized healthcare.
It’s one of the stupider comments coming from the media to congratulate Americans for now owning car companies. We don’t and won’t. The government owns them which is, and has been for awhile now, a totally separate entity from the people it’s supposed to be serving. If there is money made, which is doubtful, it goes to the government first. It won’t be coming back to us, except in the form of congratulating us for pandering to government greed. No, they’ll justify spending the money on anything and everything rather than return it. Have I mentioned lately how much the government is beginning to resemble medieval robber barons?
The Value Added Tax debate rears it’s ugly head again although the government says it’s unlikely. Now, when the government says it’s unlikely, I have a tendency to think that’s exactly what they’re going to do. Obama said he wasn’t intending to nationalize car companies, banks, or insurance companies but that’s exactly what he did. We’re living in opposite land now, where everything that is said means the opposite of what it used to mean. I remember playing that game as a child but apparently the government has not outgrown such childish games. So, if the federal government adds a national sales tax to everything we buy, in addition to the income tax, fees for various services such as utilities, gasoline for your automobiles, internet service, phone service, and so on, how much is left over from your paycheck?
I must be a more moderate conservative than I thought because I’m not all up in arms over the Sotomayor nomination to the Supreme Court. Quite frankly, I can’t understand why anybody is. It’s not as if it is a surprise. Instead of agonizing over it, those same people doing the agonizing should have been busy planning how to block it before it happened. Too little, too late, as is usual for either side of the partisan divide.
Is anybody else tired of the phrase “gravely concerned”, yet? Every foreign incident nets the same response: “gravely concerned.” It’s a meaningless phrase unless followed by meaningful action. North Korea detonates an atomic bomb and fires missiles. In addition the country declares that it is no longer subject to the 1953 accords(or armistace. I forget which). Japan and South Korea want to do something about it. Our government is “gravely concerned.” Iran is full steam ahead with their own nuclear program. Our government is “gravely concerned.” Israel is set to act on its own. Our government is “gravely concerned.” The government seems to be a little light on the action side.
Health care is not free nor will it ever be. I don’t understand why people don’t get that. Tax dollars will pay for a nationalized health care system, which is one of the reasons why the VAT is now being considered. The healthcare industry is a business just like any other business. Can anyone point to any time when the government has efficietnly run a business, including their own since they have become one of the largest employers in the nation?
Why do we keep taking their words at face value when we’ve been shown time and again that they mean the opposite of what they say?
We need someone who will challenge all the nonsensical politics with a simple question: Is what they’re doing Constitutional? Only in opposite land because what the Constitution says means the opposite.
The Tennessean estimates 2,800 to 3,000 people attended the rally, according to Metro spokeswoman Kris Mumford. The highest estimate is 7500. Only once was it tense during the entire 2+ hours I was there. I don’t know who was speaking at the time because I couldn’t see or recognize the voice but the announcer mentioned that some of the state legislators had joined us at which point someone behind me started booing. Someone else piped in to cut it off with a USA chant which everybody on the plaza joined in, then a singing of the national anthem. Some fellow looked at me a little funny because I was singing along. Well, I am one of those crazy hillbillies, after all, and he was in a suit. Or perhaps it was just my singing voice, which I’ll be the first to admit isn’t that great.
I talked to a lot of people and took a lot of pictures. Unfortunately, my stupid cheap camera kept only 26 of them so I picked out a few to upload.
Of course, Fred had to be there, if just in spirit.
A real scary terrorist.
This guy has the right idea.
A partial view of the crowd who showed up. There were more on the side from which the picture was taken. Plus, this was early. People were still arriving.
One of the pictures that wasn’t saved was a group of teens with bandanas covering their faces. I sidled up to one and asked what all that was about. He said it was a school thing; their way of making a statement about what they believe government is.
One of the signs there said: “Born Free, Taxed to Death.” I had to disagree with that one. They’re taxed from the second they’re born now. As I was fiddling with images, I was listening to the Fox news coverage of the protests. As they often pointed out during that coverage, this was not a conservative movement but an American movement. There were Republicans, Democrats, and Independents in the crowd. It was the same with this one in Nashville. Nor was it a racist endeavor. There were quite a few races and/or cultures represented in the group. I had a conversation with one fellow about his sign and I wish I still had that picture because it was a looooong statement and I fear mangling it. However, from the conservation, I’ve encouraged him to start blogging. I also gave him this web address. If he gets over his fear of technology, I’ll certainly link to his blog. He said he just now learned how to email.
There was a lot of horn honking from passersby. There were also a couple of antique trucks going round the block repetitively with big signs and big flags. I also didn’t save a picture of a man dressed in a kilt holding bagpipes with a sign attached that simply said: Freedom. Some of us weren’t carrying signs but we helped add to the masses. Others were dressed in Revolutionary and Civil War garb. Not many, but enough to be noticed.
Marsha Blackburn was there. She seemed to be the only politician welcome as she was cheered heartily during her small speech. Overall, people didn’t want to see or hear from the politicians. There were a lot of signs that said: Fire Congress.
The hardest to watch were the young veterans, and there were quite a few, with signs declaring vets are not extremists. On the previous post there is a bit of dialogue about that but I’d like to continue it here. Since before the 2006 Congress, our military has been villified. Murtha called some of them murderers and never retracted in spite of the fact they exonerated. In the previous post a commenter pointed out there was also one against left wing extremists. A reading of both documents show the stark differences. If opposing Obama’s and Congress’ confiscatory policies makes me a right wing extremist, I’ll wear the name with pride. “When government is big enough to give you everything, it’s also big enough to take everything away from you.” Only God should have the ability to do that. Never government.
Anyone who opposes the tax, spend, and borrow policies of Washington is now a right wing extremist. That includes anybody who didn’t vote for Obama last November, veterans who may or may not have voted for him but are now disillusioned, all the tea party protestors and any other assorted voters who may or may not have voted for him and are now disillusioned. I’d guesstimate that number probably reaches around 60+% of the country, regardless of the polls that swear he has 66% approval rating. The fact that ACORN is planning to disrupt the protests with their own plans is just icing on the cake.
I just have one question: How stupid are they? At this point in time, I rather take it as a compliment that these dumb shills consider me a right wing extremist if the alternative means to blindly accept radical change to things that made this country great.
Change you can believe in, yes, indeed! All the way to the bank… oh, sorry, no, we can’t because the government has taken over them, too.
AIG did and now they reap the results. How many more will follow Mr. Jenkins lead, now that Congress has decided to play moral dictator over .1% of the bailout money going to people who it seems, for the most part had nothing to do with AIG’s meltdown? If enough of them do, I think the end result of such a movement within the company will be clear: complete government takeover.
Watching this travesty play out in the media and in Congressional hearings, makes Secretary of the Treasury Geithner’s move to gain authority to seize business that are “at risk” all the more chilling.
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke pressed Congress yesterday to give the federal government unprecedented new power to seize financial firms beyond banks whose collapse could jeopardize the world financial system.
Nowhere is there a description that defines what they mean by “at risk.” Geithner just wants the power to do it and right now, he does not have it.
Last month I wrote a post about the herding toward communism. In that post I desribed it as a gentle herding. Not anymore. The federal government under the triad of Reid, Pelosi, and Obama are stepping up their movements, probably in hopes of accomplishing their agenda before the American people wake-up to the fact that we’re now a communist country.
To date, we have the insurance giant AIG, auto companies, banks, and now, there’s a move to resuce newspapers; all the while, they’ve been trying to gain control of energy, either through excessive taxation or regulation. In short, all the things that make the economy go. Control the economy and control the message to the people, you control the people at all levels of their daily lives.
What more is there to be said?