All Things Great and Small

December 28, 2009

Stop the Insanity

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — darthopto @ 8:14 pm

Susan Powter, a wacked job “health” nut had a program for losing weight with the catch phrase of “Stop the Insanity!”
I want to borrow this phrase for this post.

I belong to several news forums and it has pretty much boiled down every single day to liberals and conservatives all spouting the same old talking points that their respective camps keep spouting.
There is the conservative side of everything the liberals do is evil and then there is the liberal side of everything is so much better than it was the past eight years.

STOP THE INSANITY!
STOP THE INSANITY!
STOP THE INSANITY!

When will people realize that they are doing exactly what their respective camps want them too. They are being led like sheep to a place where no one truly wants to go.

The two party system which has developed has weakened our country. We the People have been duped by those whom we have chosen to represent us. Rather than representing their constituents, many representatives dating at least 100 years have been representing themselves and their lobbyists friends rather than the concerns of their constituents.

I say that We the People need to take charge of our government. From the city and municipality level to the Federal level, there is rampant corruption. We need to start electing people who will represent us and not a lobbyist organization who lines their pockets.

Better yet, we need to watch what our representatives do and vote them out should they not address what their constituents want. Unless an incumbent is doing what they campaign on, and actually represent their constituents they need to not be employed.

STOP THE INSANITY!
Get informed. Ignorance is not an excuse. With so many resources at our very fingertips, there is no reason why a nation as great as ours should be torn down party lines and divided as we are. Open your eyes America. Wake up from the deep sleep which you have been in. Hold your representatives accountable. If they do not respond, get rid of them.

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November 26, 2009

Watch and Pray

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , — darthopto @ 8:53 am

Jesus Christ during his suffering in Gethsemane asked his apostles to “Watch and Pray…” with him, “that ye enter not into temptation” (KJV Matt. 26:41).

During the ratification process for the Constitution an author to the Daily Advertiser in September 24, 1787 offered the following:

Let difficulties, if any unhappily arise, be no longer laid to our charge –and let us all, who are friends to order and good government, in the language of the scriptural injunction, “watch and pray.”Watch, and, with open front, manfully oppose every ambitious demagogue, however high in office, who may attempt to form combinations, with a wicked intent to destroy the labors of those distinguished worthies; and pray to the Governor of the world to avert, and finally disappoint there nefarious purposes. — If the change, which genius and patriotism has presented to us, as the most advisable to be received, should be rejected, and if (which God avert) such evil minded men should prevail, what is the alternative? Gorgon-headed anarchy, or a miserable aristocratic domination; all the wretchedness and wickedness of an aristrocracy, without a single particle of its dignity.

What are some things we need to watch for?

Representatives who don’t.
Representatives who line their pockets and base decisions on the interests of their party or a lobbyist rather than the concerns of their constituents.
Representatives who seek to destroy the work of those who chose to work and enrich themselves for those who do not wish to avail themselves of opportunities.
Representatives who manipulate an overly-complex tax code to help their friends gain positions of power.
Representatives who actively strive to destroy the fabric of society, even the family unit.
Representatives who undermine our security by weakening and demoralizing those who have chosen to protect us and the Constitution.
The list could go on and on.

The second part of that directive is to pray. I do not care if you pray to God, Allah, or any of the other host of deities worshiped by people in this country. I do not even care if you are an atheist. We need to be praying.
Praying for what?

Pray that our elected leaders will have the wisdom and guidance that they need to govern properly this country.
Pray that our representatives will remember those whom they have gotten their positions from.
Pray that the family can survive.
Pray that the efforts of those who have shed blood for the freedoms which we take for granted will not be in vain.
Pray that the nefarious efforts of wicked men will be thwarted.
Pray that true leaders and true patriots will arise from the masses to help lead us.
Pray for the men and women who everyday place themselves in harms way to protect our Constitution.

I am thankful for this country. I am thankful for the freedoms which we have. I am ashamed that for so long I have taken for granted those freedoms. I am thankful that I had a chance to serve my country.

The directive to “watch and pray” is still applicable as it was 200 years ago and 2000 years ago.

Watching means more than simply looking out for irregularities. It also means that we take action. A neighborhood watch program is only effective if the people watching also call authorities to action should the need arise. This places a responsibility on us.
We need to know what our rights our. We need to know what our Constitution says. We need to be able to think critically. We also need to be turn that knowledge into a watch. Then by watching we will know if something is amiss, and with our vote take action.

We also need to rely on whichever Creator we worship and through prayer ask for his divine help. This means not only relying on our own merits, but realizing that without divine help we are nothing. This means not relying on the arm of flesh, but on the divine arm of God to help and direct the leaders of our country.

For too long, we as Americans have been asleep on the tower. Enemies have and our infiltrating the ranks of our representatives. We need to find them and root them out.

WAKE UP! Stand tall, watch and pray.

November 6, 2009

Slippery Slopes

Filed under: Politics — darthopto @ 7:52 pm

In his address to the Continental Congress, prior to his signing of the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin gave a speech. In that speech he said that although he saw fault with some of the provisions of the Constitution, he recognised that “a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well administered;…” So recognising faults he signed his name to the Constitution.

He then stated “I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need a Despotic Government, being incapable of any other” (emphasis added).

Despotism: a system of government in which the ruler has unlimited power (M-W.com)

I would submit that we are on those slippery slopes to a despotic government. This did not begin with Obama, nor did it start with Bush as some would have us believe. This has been going on for a very long time. Our representatives, those who we elect honestly think that we are stupid and will just go along with anything. The latest in our slide to despotism is the current debate regarding health care.

Should the health care industry be reformed? You will not hear a dissenting opinion about that from me.
Are the current bills being considered in the House and Senate the way to do it? NO!
The House bill has provisions which state that ALL Americans will purchase health insurance or face stiff penalties to include up to a 250,000 dollar fine and up to 5 years in jail. I do not believe it is Constitutional to force Americans to buy a product which they may or may not want. It is wrong and I urge everyone to get informed and tell their representatives that they do not want this bill.

This is just one example of what is going on.

The American people are not stupid, we just seem to have been asleep. We have let others drive who did not have our best interests at heart, only their own. We let others drive who have been quite frankly drunk at the wheel. We need representatives, who do not for lack of a better word, whore themselves out to the highest bidder and their parties.

So let’s wake up and find men and women to represent us who have honour and integrity.

We are not stupid. Divided, as the parties would like us, we are weak and easily led like sheep. Standing together for true representation we as a nation are strong.

Reference:
The Debate on the Constitution Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle over Ratification Part 1. The Library of America. Copyright 1993.

November 4, 2009

So What…

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — darthopto @ 4:51 am

FoxNews posted this evening that GOP Gains Could Hurt Obama Political Capital, If Not Agenda

My response: “SO WHAT!!”

Yeah the Republicans won, so what. Both parties are beyond morally corrupt. The races in New York got interesting because Independents chose to run.

I am so fed up with the partisan crap. This is what the George Washington, who despised the thought of political parties, warned us about when he said the following:

“All obstructions to the execution of the Laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They [political parties] serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels, and modified by mutual interests.

“However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

While I agree that we need political parties and they will always be there as not everyone is going to agree on everything. Also people have different ideas about the common good and what needs to be done to achieve the common good. I think that they serve their purpose only so far as they support the will of their constituents, which today does not happen.

We as Americans have not taken our responsibilities to ensure that our voices are heard seriously enough. We stand idly by as Republicans and Democrats pursue their own agenda, we complain about it, and then we don’t do anything about those complaints. We keep re-electing the same fools who we are complaining about.

So when I hear news like above, my reaction is So What. Nothing is going to change. Nothing will change until We the People stand up and let our voice be heard. The tea-parties are a start, but lack real direction and seem to be aimed at just the Democrats although I have seen that there were members of both parties at some.

Face it, the members of both parties are simply out for themselves. They promise and promise and deliver nothing. Stand up let your voice be heard.

Let’s move away from our laissez-faire attitude and get involved.

November 1, 2009

Entitlements

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — darthopto @ 5:22 pm

This topic has been bothering me for awhile now.
What exactly am I, as a citizen of the United States of America, entitled to?
The Declaration of Independence provides an answer. I am entitled to my God-given rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
The Constitution in the Bill of Rights gives me additional entitlements which help define how I can go about getting that Life, Liberty, and Happiness.
For instance;
I am entitled to being able to worship in the manner which I see fit according to my faith.
I am entitled to being able to speak my mind within the rule of law
I am entitled to being able to have a free press.
I am entitled to petition the government for redress
I am entitled to these things and many others.
I am however not entitled to a free lunch.
I have to work for the life which I have. I have to work for my liberty. In my pursuit of happiness I have to work. I am entitled to fail in these endeavours as well.

So what has happened in our country? I am seeing people who choose to not work and live off the efforts of others. When did we become a welfare state?

The purpose of the dole should be to get people off of the dole. Not to base their entire existence on the income from the dole. Once again, no one in this country is entitled to a free lunch. We need to teach people to work.

The work ethic in this country is deplorable. That is right, as a whole, our collective work ethic is non-existent. This is a result of our collective acceptance of mediocrity as being good enough. If you do not believe me, take a trip to McDonald’s. The people who are employed there, could care less about the work that they do and pass that ethic onto their customers. When we accept the “quality food” from McDonald’s we are perpetuating the mediocrity.

Another example? How about those pilots who overshot their destination by more than 150 miles, and cost the taxpayers money by having to have jets deployed to intercept them. All because they were breaking company policy, FAA regulations by messing around with their laptops. No work ethic.

The victim mentality and lack of work ethic are bringing this country down.

So let’s get to work. We are not entitled to anything except what we are born with, those rights which are guaranteed us in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

October 31, 2009

On The Declaration of Independence

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — darthopto @ 5:33 pm

In 1776, the colonies had been trying desperately to resolve differences with England. They had been trying frantically to get representation in Parliament, but to no avail. The argument was that they were represented in the House of Commons, albeit without anyone from the colonies there to voice the opinion of the colonies.

There simply was no way to get through to those in England, the desires of the colonies. Petitions to the king were largely unheard, and the representatives in the House of Lords who had financial interest in the colonies wanted to tighten the screws to get higher profits out of the colonies.

Times were desperate. The Continental Congress met and decided that a split from the mother land was the right thing to do. Out of that congress came the Declaration of Independence.

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

These men, with this document opened the door for the end of slavery, women’s rights, and paved the way for the Constitution to come about. They also set the rally cry for the revolution. They did not go into this lightly or for transient causes. They felt that all efforts had been made to rectify the injustices that they felt were made by England. Once those means were exhausted, they had no choice but to split.

Some things which stand out to me about this document of freedom.

…All men are created equal… at the time of the writing of the Declaration, this meant a white, anglo-saxon, protestant male. By including this statement into the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers were setting the stage for the end of the slave trade, the emancipation of slaves, the women’s suffrage movement, and the Civil Rights movement. Not to mention countless other acts which have helped to increase equality in this country.

They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Whether you believe in God, Allah, Buddha, Ganesha you have been endowed or gifted with the rights of Life, Liberty, and your personal pursuit of Happiness by your Creator. The Founding Fathers believed in God and His divine influence, as well as his gifting to us these rights. We are all equal in the sight of God, have certain rights endowed to us, and that according to the Founders That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Our government wants us to think that our rights are endowed from them and not a divine source. Our rights do not come from a government, they come from God. Even if you do not choose to believe in a God, your rights are still something which you are born with inside of you. Our rights are not because of our government, but because each human is innately born with these rights. It is the ultimate of hubris for our representatives to believe that they are the sole source of our rights.

That is the purpose of our government. To secure our rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I would submit that for a very long time, the representatives which we for some reason keep electing have ignored their constituents, and are using their roles in government to promote their own pursuit of wealth.

When framing the Declaration of Independence, the founders listed grievances performed on them by the Crown. One of these was:

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Our own representatives are ignoring our petitions. They listen to the lobbyists with the deepest pockets. They create problems, just so they can “fix” them in ways which limit the power of “We the People” and raise their powers.

Because of the issues which we have with our representatives, the Founders in the Declaration provided us a means to overcome misrepresentation. it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. It is our duty and right which has been endowed by our Creator to appoint new guardians of our rights and freedoms.

I am not calling for violence, that is stupid. I am saying that we need to use our rights which we do have to throw off the oppression which our representatives have imposed upon us and elect men of honor, who will do what they say rather than pander to the crowd to get a vote.

So the next time that you have an election in your town, in your county, state or country that you do not waste your vote on the incumbent. Research the incumbents voting record, research the statements made by the incumbent, and then if their stance has been consistent in views which you hold then re-elect them. If not, then vote for the other guy. Then if that person does not hold true to their campaign promises, throw them out. Do not just vote blindly for the incumbent, because that is what is easiest. Do your homework on those you wish to represent you.

October 30, 2009

The Constitution Of The United States – An Assignment

Filed under: Politics, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — darthopto @ 10:13 pm

My first stop in my quest to spread learning and information about our rights and freedoms, is the Constitution. I will be re-reading it soon, and and I would like to challenge anyone who reads this to read it too. I have included a link to a site where you can read it online.

Please, please read this document and comment with your thoughts. Everyone should know there rights and what is in the Constitution.

By reading the Constitution, learning what our Founding Fathers wanted our Federal Government’s role to be, which by the way was limited leaving most of the decisions to the States themselves. By also learning what our individual rights are under this most precious document, we can finally dump the party line talking points, and become UNITED as a people and make some better decisions about who we vote for.

Also, the link to the Constitution web site is on the right hand side under the links section.

Inspired

Filed under: Politics — darthopto @ 3:57 pm

I just finished reading Common Sense. It was a real eye opener.

No I am not a Glen Beck fan boy. I find him to be interesting at times, and can at times I can even agree with him. This was one of those times.

In this book, he says that we as Americans need to wake up. We ourselves have caused the problems in this great country, by delivering our God given rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness over to the government. Glen calls for a second revolution in this country. Not one with guns, but with people waking up, reading the writings of our Founding Fathers, throwing off the chains of oppression which both parties have put us under, throwing away the labels of Democrat and Republican, and standing up and demanding that ‘We The People’ get listened to. The only change in Washington that is going to come about is by us standing up to our slave drivers and making our voices heard, and if necessary kicking them out of D.C..

This is something that I can get behind. I log in nearly everyday to Newsvine and everyday I see the same partisan bickering, the same tired talking points and crap being spewed from both sides. This is how they want us. Divided. As a nation we cannot stand divided. This is how our representatives, those whom we have elected to represent our God given rights want us. They wants us fighting over which side is right, when both sides are the exact same coin.

So I am inspired. I am reading the works of our Founding Fathers. I am reading the works of revolutionaries, and men of honor and truth. I am reading and learning and will post my learning here. Hopefully, this website can be an inspiration, an ensign if you will of sound learning, and of quiet, peaceful revolution to make the change which we need. To give back hope to this country.

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