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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Woman who assaulted pro-life protester cancels her abortion

Regardless of which side of the argument you're on this is a remarkable story.  Now watch the pro-choice lobby demonized the repentant woman.

The Latest on Climategate

The "science" of global warming/climate change is ever changing.  What galls me is that Algore, Howard Dean and others say that people who question the global warming theory are anti-science.    On the contrary, questioning assumptions, hypotheses, and data is the essence of the scientific method.  Shutting off debate and declaring something to be "settled science" without the questioning and testing process is the antithesis of science.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Is Healthcare a Right?

The prevailing opinion on the left is that healthcare is a right therefore our country must establish universal healthcare.  This notion has gained some acceptance among many Americans.  Why?  Rich Hrebic answers the question in in THE AMERICAN THINKER in an article One Step Closer to Losing Your Right to Health Care .

Part of the problem is that most Americans don't understand what a right is.  A right is not a guarantee that the government (i.e., other people) will provide you something for free.  We have the right to engage in religious expression, but that doesn't mean that the government pays for the construction of the church.  We have the right to peacefully assemble, but the government doesn't promise to supply your transportation.  You have the right to keep and bear arms, but don't expect the government to provide you with a free firearm and bullets.  You have the right to free speech, but the government won't grant you free radio or TV air time. 

What makes something a right is not whether the government can force somebody else to pay for it.  What defines something as a right is whether the government can or cannot prohibit you from doing it.  (President Obama notoriously called these "negative liberties".) If the government can't stop you from doing it, then it's a right. 

We have a right to religious expression because the government is prohibited from suppressing that expression.  We have the right to assemble because the government must allow us to do so.  We can speak freely because the government cannot censor us.  Nor can the government take away law-abiding citizens' firearms.

I believe that as Americans we're entitled to only three things: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Free people who exercise these "inalienable" rights can achieve greatness.  From these three "entitlements" spring all the elements that constitute abundance.

Very interesting.  Please listen. » College Acquaintance: Young Obama Was ‘Pure Marxist Socialist’

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Why I Write

We live in interesting times.  In 2008 we elected the nation's first African American president--a truly historic occasion.   At the time I wrote that as a conservative I was disappointed but that as an American I was proud.  I also expressed my hope that President Obama would lead us on a new path toward racial reconciliation modeled after Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.  Such reconciliation, based on forgiveness, would enable Black Americans to move forward without the burden of bitterness and anger for past oppression.  My skepticism about Barack Obama was soon realized.  As I suspected, Obama is neither a King nor a Mandela.  He is not even a leader.  In all things related to governing, he has proven to be a run of the mill Saul Alinsky disciple and an empty suit.

Saul Alinsky, Neo-Marxist and father of the community organizing movement, became the icon of many academics and students of the '60s including Hillary Rodham Clinton.  His Rules for Radicals became required reading for all proponents of  a "social justice " agenda.  I myself studied Alynsky as part of my sociology courses in the '60's.  Back then, the fact that he was a Neo-Marxist added to his "cool factor".   To understand the Obama and modern Democrat playbook, study Alynsky.

The people rioting outside the Democrat National Convention in Chicago, 1968 are now in charge of the party.  Maybe not the actual people themselves, but the beliefs and ideology that drove them now drives the Democrats.  The party of JFK, LBJ, Harry Truman etc. is now dead.

That concerns me and it should concern all of us.  That's why I started this blog.   I want my country to remain true to its founding principles of individual liberty, limited government and free markets.  Adherence to these principles made our nation the most prosperous nation on earth in less than 200 years.  America is truly an exceptional nation.  It's becoming objectionable to many to proclaim America as extraordinary.  They ask if we think we're better than everybody else.   I say we're Americans.  We ARE everybody else.