Seventy-two years ago, Japan attacked the United States Navy at Pearl Harbor, and plunged the United States into World War Two. Our citizens responded in droves, awakened by the attack on the country, and by extension, upon the citizens of this country. They fought and died in defense of this country, our freedoms, and the principles that make this country one of the most unique in history.
Let us all now pause and thank these soldier / citizens, both living and deceased, those that came home and those that did not, for their service to their country and countrymen.
One must say that those that joined and those that stayed behind during this world-wide conflict were connected by a sense of intense Patriotism, a love of our country, and the belief that if you worked hard, had some luck & opportunities, one could get ahead and not only better themselves, but their families as well. This was different that Europe and other countries where one could not jump from one income class to another. This, my friends, is one of the benefits of being a citizen of this country.
Our country’s Founders created a system of government unlike any other. Attached to the Constitution is the Bill of Rights, thus defining not only how the government is to function, but the Rights of the Citizens which supersede those of the government. However, those in government have forgotten this, and We the People have let them get away with it.
While I have been giving an inordinate amount of attention to the Affordable Healthcare Act (aka Obamacare), we also need to understand that this legislation is but one more law that our elected leaders are using to chip away at what little freedoms they have deemed to let us keep. Remember,
Every law or regulation that is passed must be funded by the taxpayer in one way or another, and will most likely take away either a freedom of choice or infringe upon a right. – Tom Roland
For instance, our freedom of speech is restricted. Before you get all bent out of shape with that statement, think about the following: You cannot stand on the steps of your local City Hall and give a speech without a parade permit and not be warned by the police to disperse. Same with launching a protest down Main Street. You are only given a few minutes during a city council meeting to state your case, and if it is something that the Council does not want to hear or if you go over time, you can be forcibly removed. Indeed, our ability to voice our thoughts is restricted by Hate Speech and Hate Crime legislation of which enforcement can be subjective to the political and ideological parties in power.
A far cry from the protracted debates and speeches that marked not only the founding of the country, but the input of the citizens upon the government that was to govern them. But it hasn’t stopped with limiting public speeches.
Last year, after the Newtown tragedy, greater restrictions were demanded for the purchase of firearms by various gun-banning groups backing sympathetic (or pathetic) politicians. It didn’t matter that none, and I do mean none, of the proposals that were made would have adverted the murder of children or teachers in the school.
But that didn’t matter to the gun-banning crowd. Several state legislatures including Colorado and New York rammed through legislation with increased gun control measures with the statements that it would make people safer, and would prevent mass murders. Nothing was further than the truth.
New York’s S.A.F.E. Act was passed in the middle of the night without opposing debate. It was stated that this law was for public safety, nobody’s rights are being violated, and would not end up in gun confiscation for legal owners of guns. Now New York City Police are sending out letters to registered owners to turn in their guns.
In Colorado, during a hearing on gun control legislation, then State Senator Evie Hudak …
…told rape survivor Amanda Collins back in March during a hearing about concealed carry on campus that a gun wouldn’t have helped her when she was attacked and lectured her by saying, “statistics are not on your side.” Collins was raped at gun point in a gun free zone in 2007 while walking to her car at the University of Nevada-Reno. Due the University’s no weapons policy, Collins was in possession of her concealed carry permit at the time of the attack, but not her firearm. Her assailant went on to rape two more women and killed one of them, Brianna Denison, who was just 20-years-old.
Hudak has resigned in the wake of two of her fellow Democratic Party colleagues being recalled over their anti-gun votes.
Regardless, of the fallout, the politicians needed to make a statement, needed to do something, needed to make it known that they were tough people that needed to be in control. And they, the politicians, want to be in control because they do not trust the people that elected them.
Perhaps there is something to that. From the comments section of WatchBlog.com:
Some polls of some voters yield dismal 10% ratings for Congress, but it really does not mean much when the majority of voters repeatedly reward Congress with 85%-to-90% re-election rates.
The election rates are more meaningful than polls of Congress persons’ approval ratings
Therefore, the majority of voters must have what they want, since they repeatedly reward Congress with 85-to-90% re-election rates, election after election?
- most voters don’t even know who their state and federal senators and representatives are, much less their voting records.
- 40% to 50% of voters don’t even bother to vote at all.
- most voters pull the party-lever (i.e. vote straight ticket); many not even knowing who they are voting for … just that they are in THEIR party (abdicating the responsibility to vote wisely to THEIR party).
- most voters, 90% of the time, elect the candidate that spends the most money.
- 99.85% of all 200 million eligible voters donate $2 per person (on average) to a federal campaign, while a tiny 0.15% makes 83% of all federal campaign donations (of $200 or more).
- most voters have no idea what Article V of the Constitution is, or that it is being violated, despite 400+ requests to make amendments by 49 states
- 20% of students in American public schools can’t identify the United States on a world map.
- most voters think the problem is the OTHER party.
- most voters think THEIR politician is grand. Most voters believe MOST politicians are crooked, but they think that THEIR politician is great. Look at the voters that repeatedly re-elect politicians that have committed one or more crimes (and later convicted)
- most voters bitch and complain and give Congress a low approval rating, but repeatedly re-elect and reward the same incumbents, giving them a cu$hy 90% to 95% re-election rate since 1996.
- most voters are easily bribed with their own tax dollars; especially the older voters lobbying for entitlements. Too many voters have fallen for the myth that we can all live at the expense of everyone else.
- most voters don’t know what the National Debt is, much less the total federal debt, Social Security debt, or the nationwide personal debt.
- most voters fall for the partisan warfare, because it is easier to blame the OTHER party than work to solve problems; foolishly emphasizing minor differences rather than working on unity to solve the many things most of us all already agree upon (the problem and the solution).
- most voters (if not all) can not name 10, 20, 50, 100, or 268 (half of 535) in Congress that are responsible and accountable. But then, perhaps that’s because there aren’t any?
- most voters blame Congress and the President, but fail to understand that the voters (the largest group of 200 million eligible voters) have the government that they repeatedly re-elect and reward. The voters are the one largest group responsible for their own problems. But, again, it’s easier to blame politicians, rather than take responsibility themselves.
- too many voters are one-issue voters, making them easy to manipulate.
- most voters think the nation is on the wrong track, but most voters reward incumbent politicians with re-election for keeping us on the wrong track.
- most voters simply don’t care … at least, not until the consequences of that disinterest motivates them to become more interested. Perhaps more voters will become much less complacent, apathetic, and lazy when they are jobless, homeless, and hungry.
At any rate, the majority of voters have the government that they elect, and re-elect, … , and re-elect, at least, possibly, until repeatedly rewarding failure and FOR-SALE, incompetent, arrogant, and corrupt incumbent politicians with perpetual re-election finally becomes too painful.
So we, the Citizens of the United States, elect and re-elect the same morons that shaft us over and over again. But really, who are the morons? And no wonder that the politicians think that the citizenry need taking care of. They are no longer afraid of the citizens voting them out unless they do something really, really stupid.
And why should government be afraid? The elected officials keep getting reelected no matter what, the government bureaucrats are not held accountable for much of anything, more and more people are becoming dependent on the government EBT dole cards to live, and personal responsibility & accountably with decency is more of a liability than an asset.
Is this what our veterans of all our conflicts fought for? Is this what our Founders wanted for this Country?
I think not.