Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Playing Freedom Cheap

Thomas Sowell completely, and utterly nails it! He exposes the game being played by ObaMAO and his Cabinet made up of crooks, cronies, cheats, criminals and Marxist, Islam-sympathizing cronies. Throw in exposure of the mess being perpetuated by most of the Democratic/Progressive Congress members; (especially the ill-gotten so-called "leadership" who are guilty of spewing hatred of one group against the other and then using such disgusting tactics to steer America right down into a swirling cesspool hole towards oblivion), and we have the ugly truth of the matter right in front of our eyes; splattered against the wall for all to finally see.

Progressives? Your terrible, awful, despicable agenda is no secret anymore. WE THE PEOPLE are on to you! Your Marxist beliefs are meant to destroy our most cherished Documents, like the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Your greed for power is meant to destroy our Constitutional Republic, Capitalism, and ultimately, our freedoms guaranteed by our Founding Fathers here in the United States of America.

With writers like Sowell, more Americans each day are awakening and realizing what the Progressive nightmare really means. We are on to your horrible schemes and KNOW what you all are ultimately trying to do. YOU HAVE ALL BEEN EXPOSED!

Christine


If eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, incessant distractions are the way that politicians take away our freedoms, in order to enhance their own power and longevity in office. Dire alarms and heady crusades are among the many distractions of our attention from the ever increasing ways that government finds to take away more of our money and more of our freedom.

Magicians have long known that distracting an audience is the key to creating the illusion of magic. It is also the key to political magic.

Alarms ranging from “overpopulation” to “global warming” and crusades ranging from “affordable housing” to “universal health care” have been among the distractions of political magicians. But few distractions have had such a long and impressive political track record as getting people to resent and, if necessary, hate other people.

The most politically effective totalitarian systems have gotten people to give up their own freedom in order to vent their resentment or hatred at other people— under Communism, the capitalists; under Nazis, the Jews.

Under extremist Islamic regimes today, hatred is directed at the infidels in general and the “great Satan,” the United States, in particular. There some people have been induced to give up not only their freedom but even their lives, in order to strike a blow against those they have been taught to hate.

We have not yet reached these levels of hostility, but those who are taking away our freedoms, bit by bit, on the installment plan, have been incessantly supplying us with people to resent.

One of the most audacious attempts to take away our freedom to live our lives as we see fit has been the so-called “health care reform” bills that were being rushed through Congress before either the public or the members of Congress themselves had a chance to discover all that was in it.

For this, we were taught to resent doctors, insurance companies and even people with “Cadillac health insurance plans,” who were to be singled out for special taxes. Meanwhile, our freedom to make our own medical decisions— on which life and death can depend— was to be quietly taken from us and transferred to our betters in Washington.

Only the recent Massachusetts election results have put that on hold.

Another dangerous power toward which we are moving, bit by bit, on the installment plan, is the power of politicians to tell people what their incomes can and cannot be. Here the resentment is being directed against “the rich.”

The distracting phrases here include “obscene” wealth and “unconscionable” profits. But, if we stop and think about it— which politicians don’t expect us to— what is obscene about wealth? Wouldn’t we consider it great if every human being on earth had a billion dollars and lived in a place that could rival the Taj Mahal?

Poverty is obscene. It is poverty that needs to be reduced—and increasing a country’s productivity has done that far more widely than redistributing income by targeting “the rich.”

You can see the agenda behind the rhetoric when profits are called “unconscionable” but taxes never are, even when taxes take more than half of what someone has earned, or add much more to the prices we have to pay than profits do.

The assumption that what A pays B is any business of C is an assumption that means a dangerous power being transferred to politicians to tell us all what incomes we can and cannot receive. It will not apply to everyone all at once. Like the income tax, which at first applied only to the truly rich, and then slowly but steadily moved down the income scale to hit the rest of us, the power to say what incomes people can be allowed to make will inevitably move down the income scale to make us all dependents and supplicants of politicians.

The phrase “public servants” is increasingly misleading. They are well on their way to becoming public masters— like aptly named White House “czars.” The more they can get us all to resent those they designate, the more they can distract us from their increasing control of our own lives— but only if we sell our freedom cheap. We can sell our birthright and not even get the mess of pottage.


Hat Tip:

FrontPage Magazine: Playing Freedom Cheap

3 comments:

Kevin said...

Hi Christine,
You stated "Your Marxist beliefs are meant to destroy our most cherished Documents, like the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence." If that is true, then why don't these Marxist Communist Socialists just take over the government and declare these documents dead? Why doesn't Obama declare himself a dictator? I would think with all of his 'cronies' in power, they would have an easy time of it.

Your author states : "There some people have been induced to give up not only their freedom but even their lives, in order to strike a blow against those they have been taught to hate." Weren't the American people induced into giving up some of our rights under Bush after 9/11? Didn't he send over 100,000 troops to give up their lives to strike at people Bush hated? Bush called Iraq, Iran and North Korea the Axis of Evil. This directed some Americans to hate these countries. The U.S. is not that much different...

I also don't have to be 'taught' to resent insurance companies--have you heard about the latest increase of 25 to 39% in premiums for people who pay for their own health insurance? I don't know about you, but I can't see how small business owners and other individuals making a measly amount can pay for that. To dislike a company that controls people's health like that is pretty easy, if you ask me.

Gary Baker said...

Kevin,

More liberal crap in that comment than I can shake a stick at but that last line really made me laugh. You seem to have no problem with unions that control what jobs people can have, academics that control the politics taught on campus, unions that keep students in lousy schools, organizations that want to base college admissions on race, a government that wants to declare the very air we exhale as a pollutant and all of the associated energy, but you resent a health insurance company 3% profit because government regulation and the trial lawyers have made it so expensive. Yep, you have the "California Marxist" tude down great.

Kevin said...

Hi Gary,
Did you actually read what kind of profit this insurance company had last year? The parent company, WellPoint, made nearly 3 Billion Dollars in profit! I hope you read that correctly. And now why exactly do they need to raise their premiums by 25 to 39%?
Clearly Gary the plight of people who can barely live and eat, let alone afford insurance, doesn't matter to you. The plight of small business owners who won't be able to afford their own health care doesn't matter to you. Why don't we just forget the poor people for a moment and allow these companies to charge whatever they want. What will be the end result? Many people are not going to get health care. That doesn't bother you, but it bothers me. If that makes me a Marxist, I hate to think of what they makes you. If the goverment can regulate the price of food then the government can regulate the price of health care.
And Gary--please point out to me where Obama is trying to destroy the Constitution. Or maybe you forgot that that was the topic!