The Myth of the Greater Good
by Wendy McElroy
The Myth of the Greater Good
by Wendy McElroy
As we all know, the House of Representatives voted 244-188 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, yesterday. Although this is good news, the fight is not over. The measure must be passed in the Democratically controlled Senate, as well. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has vowed to block any attempt to even vote on the bill in the Senate. This is a blatant disregard for the law and the voice of the American people, once again, by those in Washington. The latest Rasmussen poll shows now 53% of American citizens want Obamacare to be repealed. One Fox News commentator said, “I have to wonder what representative democracy means when elected representatives refuse to even consider what their constituents want.”
Although it may be futile at this point to make our voices heard in this matter, I still want to do what I can to do my part. The following petition comes from the ACLJ and has 29,200 people who have signed as of this post. Click the link below to sign. http://aclj.org/obamacare/obamacare-repeal-vote-senate
Here is another site that offer a petition that will be given to the Senate to demand a repeal vote be taken. http://www.foramerica.org/
I express my thanks to any and all who take the time to sign the petition. God bless.
One quick fact I came across today that I find relevant was in a Daily Caller article in which a recent report has revealed that 83% of American doctors have, “considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association.” Obamacare’s effects on the economy, the deficit, and the American people is hard to fathom; however, the following article offers great insight into this disaster of a bill.
Whiskey & Gunpowder
by Jim Karger
July 5, 2012
“Medicare tax is 2.9% of wages, 1.45% each for employer and employee. If the typical worker makes $30,000 a year for 35 years, then lifetime earnings are about $1 million. If we take the $40,000/year average, then that rises to around $1.4 million in lifetime earnings. The 2.9% Medicare tax thus totals about $30,000 to $40,000 in lifetime contributions for the average worker. The average benefits extracted from the system run from $393,000 to $525,000 (due to the benefits extended to non-working spouses, benefits for never-married people may be somewhat lower). Average annual costs per beneficiary run as high as $18,000, though expenses typically rise significantly in the last year of life.”
This is a VERY important article laying out what the Obamacare ruling really means. It can be read here, but I will post it below for convenience. Please pass this on. I have yet to read a better explanation of Obamacare.
Go watch this segment again:
Now consider this — the PPACA sets forth a “fine” (tax) of $2,000 per employee for a business that has 50 or more and does not provide “at least” the minimum “insurance” to all.
There is no health care plan I’m aware of that a business can buy today that costs less than $2,000 per employee per year, and which also meets the requirements in the law. None. That was almost impossible to meet back in 1995 for a healthy, 18 year old insured single male. It’s flatly impossible now and it’s doubly-so if your workforce has other than 18-year old single, healthy males in it. I know this to be factual because I was responsible for buying it for our employees as a CEO of a company.
Therefore the incentive is for all businesses to drop health care.
Second, your choice is to either (1) buy and have said plan (whether through employment or individually) or pay a “fine” (tax) of 1% of income (increasing to 2.5% of AGI in 2016.) The minimum “fine” is $95 starting in 2013, rising to $695 in 2016. The average family income is about $50,000/year, which means that the fine (tax) will be $1,250 in 2016. It’s less now.
You cannot buy health insurance at their “minimum level” for anything approaching $1,250 a year no matter how healthy you are at any age.
The law prohibits insurance companies from charging you more if you’re sick, or refusing to cover you at all. They must accept everyone on equal terms.
Both will buy the “insurance” only when they get sick, since they cannot be upcharged.
The cost of “insurance” will thus skyrocket to 10x or more what it costs now, just as it would if you bought auto insurance only after you wrecked or homeowners insurance only after you had a fire.
At the higher price nobody will be able to afford to buy the insurance at all, since that will be indistinguishable from just paying for whatever is wrong with you, plus the insurance company markup.
In very short order the entire medical system and health insurance scheme will collapse, leaving only two choices — either a return to free market principles (including all I’ve argued for since this debate began) or a single-payer, fully-socialized system ala Canada.
You can bet the government will continue to try to change the terms of the deal — including ramping up the tax/fine and other games, to prevent this outcome, but they will fail.
Now the question becomes this:
Which Presidential political candidates have told you the above, and what are their answers to this dilemma?
Let’s go down the list.
So we have three Presidential candidates, none of which will do a damn thing to fix what’s wrong with health care. All three are promoting a path that will bankrupt the States, bankrupt the Federal Government, bankrupt you or all three.
All three are promoting mathematical impossibilities. All three are protecting monopolistic behavior and refusing to address specific laws that were passed to protect that behavior and special government-granted privilege; without those protections that monopolistic behavior would immediately collapse.
And worse, none of them has proposed a damn thing to deal with what the Supreme Court just did, which is grant a permanent ability to the Federal Government to compel any behavior by linking it to a tax. Some examples of where this can (and might in the near future!) go include:
You probably think I’m kidding on this. I’m not. This is what the Roberts Court held. There is literally nothing that Congress cannot mandate that you do, or not do, under penalty of paying a tax. All that was unconstitutional before the ruling now is explicitly constitutional if the only “compulsion” to do (or not do) a given thing is that you will be taxed if you refuse. The court promised to review “reasonableness” of any such taxes in the future, but note that at the same time the court ignored two other problems with the Health Care law, making a lie of their claim of “future reasonableness” tests right up front:
In short the USSC has become no more legitimate than the North Korean government and is unworthy of your respect.
Unfortunately, as things stand right now on Health Care, none of the Presidential Candidates is worthy of your vote as none of them have put forward any of the above facts, or solutions to these problems, in their campaign positions.
I’m waiting for one — just one — to put forward a platform plank with regard to health care that I can actually support.
Posted 2012-07-01 15:04
by Karl Denninger
I was exceedingly disappointed to find that only ten of my two hundred and two Facebook friends mentioned Independence Day yesterday. Three of those individuals were currently serving in the military. I didn’t expect to see everyone write a page long status about our country’s founding, but a short sentence wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July would have sufficed.
Has America completely taken for granted what we have here? We are the longest lasting Constitution in the world for a reason. We are blessed beyond measure; yet, when one finds themselves logging into Facebook on Independence Day, they can’t offer up a small, “Happy 4th of July! Thanks to all the troops fighting for our freedom!”? Is it really too much to expect? Do I stand alone in finding this not only disappointing or embarrassing, but offensive?
In all honesty, I am terribly embarrassed by my list of Facebook “friends” who cannot take ten seconds of their time to comment on the holiday. The moment Justin Bieber smacks one of the paparazzi, the world of Facebook lights up with statuses and comments. The moment someone finds a comical picture, the status is written and the comments begin rolling in. But the one day of the year when we have the opportunity to celebrate the founding of our country, it is Facebook as usual?
Again, I do not expect some lengthy speech with quotes from the Founding Fathers or pictures of the Declaration of Independence as their profile picture; however, if we truly find something to be special, significant, or important, don’t we take note? Do we not comment on our love for someone on their birthday? Do we not reflect on how thankful we are to know that someone on their birthday? Do we not tell them, “happy birthday! I love you!”? Why should it be any different for our country? It is not because of her that we celebrated with grilling, fireworks, beer, entertainment, boating, food, sports, and people yesterday? Is it not because of the brave men and women serving in our military that we were able to freely celebrate? Yet, only ten (seven if you subtract those who are currently serving) of my peers could offer up a remark about Independence Day?
Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset telling our children and our children’s children what is was once like in the United States where men were free.”
The lack of respect, consideration, and regard for Independence Day made me very sad. I fear Americans will end up securing their own fate with this kind of attitude towards our country, its service-members, and our liberties. And you know what? Those who hold this neglectful, uncaring, forgetful, ungrateful attitude, deserve what is coming to them.
There is a plethora of information available to those who desire to know more about current events, elected officials, history, legislation, candidates for office, government procedures, etc. It is not that difficult to get informed. Unfortunately, Americans don’t seem to care. They just won’t give a dang if it isn’t exciting, easy, amusing, scandalous, dramatic, cheerful, or entertaining. “Figuring out who to vote for is just too confusing.” “Politics is boring.” “Talking about it just creates arguments and it’s just annoying.” “I just don’t have the time.” “Oh…that’s why everyone was wearing the ‘I Just Voted’ stickers…” “F*** America!” ‘I hate politics.” ”There’s too much information. I can’t decide.” “I don’t care, it’s not like it actually affects me.” “Politics just gets everyone mad.” “I don’t know, I’ll vote for the best candidate.” “Well, I’ll probably just end up voting for whoever my parents tell me to vote for.” ”Ya, I guess I’ve never really gotten into politics.” ”Anarchy!” “Wait, we’re still in that war?” “Isn’t George Bush still President?” “Elections are when?!” “Ya I like him, I’ll probably end up voting for him!”
I remain confident anyone who is reading this has heard at least one of these excuses. It is unfortunate that Americans are not more interested in who is supposed to be securing our freedoms. That mistake will cost them dearly in the coming months and years.
I end with some relevant quotes:
“[The Declaration] ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”
“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” – Thomas Paine
“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.” – John Adams
“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.” –John Adams
“The Declaration of Independence [is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” – Patrick Henry
“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States.” –John Adams
The following letter was taken from the Patriot Post’s Special Edition for Independence Day. The author is a patriot currently serving in Afghanistan. Please give his remarks a few moments of your time as we celebrate our independence and liberty today. I would also encourage my readers to lift up a prayer for America’s brave men and women currently serving in our military to protect our beloved Republic. May we never take our freedom for granted. God bless!
“All that I have, and all that I am and all that I hope to be in life I am now ready to stake upon it; and I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the declaration.” – John Adams at the signing of the Declaration of Independence
Wisdom from the Warfront — Enemies Foreign and Domestic
“As an officer who faces combat challenges daily, and who has experienced my share of heartache in defense of our great nation in accordance with my oath, it pains me to see our elected ‘leaders’ so willfully defy their oaths to support our Constitution. But, war has taught me that we just take today at our best, because we never know what tomorrow will bring.
The seemingly insurmountable battle to salvage what is left of American Liberty simply means God will provide a great movement and great leaders to get the job done in His timing. While we may see no solution, it’s undoubtedly already in the making and I can only pray that He continues to use me in His service, along with all the other great Americans Patriots across our country.
Battles would not be great and triumphant if they were easy. The more the Left undermines Rule of Law, the more glorious the reconstitution and restoration will be, the mightier the battle, and the mightier the men who will fight it. I simply pray that I continue to grow to fight that war, just as I am fighting this one, and that God preserves me to do so. God provided us with the means and the personal example to triumph over the greatest of evils, He has provided us with the solutions to our own problems, we simply must trust it is within His plan.
Keep fighting the good fight, do not despair on the 4th of July, but celebrate that Providence provided us with the greatest blueprint for governments among men in 1789, with the spirit of 1776. As Alexander Hamilton said, ‘The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the Hand of Divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.’ Our rights are only referenced by the Declaration, but endowed by our Creator, and as such, are self-evident. Obama cannot erase them and long after we are dead and gone, the rights of man will be preserved in the essence of God’s creation available only through reflection in His gift of reason. Evil ultimately will not prevail — we are blueprinted with Victory.”
I have observed the constant appeal to quash dissent for some time now. It is not limited to my generation, as it affects all age groups. It is this mindset that infers that having any sort of passionate discussion, political, social, or otherwise, is something to be avoided at all costs. It is the idea that any dialogue involving the sharing, defense, or explanation of opinions is reprehensible. It is as if sharing one’s position or outlook is something to be suppressed. It is a curious concern, for diversity in opinions is important and, we are given the right to express ourselves freely in speech in the First Amendment. As Americans, we pride ourselves on our freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, and power to elect those we deem fit.
Common explanations as to why debate or discourse should be silenced or reduced is that someone might feel irritated, uncomfortable, or offended. Other rationals as to why dialogue pertaining to any subject (social, politics, relational, philosophical, economics, etc) should end, is that there might be tension, friction, or potentially hostility. ‘Political Correctness’ trumps any further discourse.
These is no reason to evade discussions, especially pertaining to serious matters such as whether to go to war or to remain neutral, whether someone broke the law or is innocent, or whether an act is sinful or not. These are all important issues in which many people will naturally have differing views. This is okay! It is not wrong to get enthusiastic or passionate about one’s convictions. Nor is it sinful to become angry or frustrated with those who do not accept, understand, or respect your beliefs.
Jesus became angry and expressed great emotion in Matthew 21:12-13 when he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and animal-sellers. The Word also says Jesus became angry with the Pharisees who refused to answer His questions and “He looked around at them in anger, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts” (Mark 3:5, NKJV). Anger itself is amoral, it is still an emotion until acted upon. It is not sinful until one takes their anger and sins by physically or verbally assaulting someone. This is not to say anger should be sought after or encouraged. We should all seek to be slow to anger, but if we do it is not a sin and is a naturally occurring emotion. The potential for anger or passion to occur in a discussion is no reason to not have discussion at all.
Oral arguments are not limited to the court room, nor should they be. For ”It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it” (Joseph Joubert). How can one protest an injustice if the very thought of getting into a discussion is shunned or feared? As Polish-born British mathematician Jacob Bronowski once said, “Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.” Should those who heard and saw the genocide of the Jews, gypsies, and homosexuals in the Holocaust refrained from expressing their disgust and outrage, because it might have caused people to become uncomfortable or the discussion heated? Should an exchange of views not take place over whether abortion is moral or not, merely because people have passionate convictions? Should a conversation regarding political matters be concealed, solely because people have differing opinions?
One can hold lengthy and even intense debates on the Xbox versus Playstation rivalry, whether the Whopper is superior to the Big Mac, or who would win in a face-off between Spiderman and Batman, but debates on important issues such as the church’s role in politics, the extent of executive privilege, and the effects of potentially harmful legislation, are shunned? It is mind boggling what people are more interested in talking about. It is also saddening that the American public more than likely can name at least three members of the TV show Jersey Shore than who holds the positions of Secretary of State or the Speaker of the House. Or the release date for Call of Duty: Black Ops II rather than when the elections take place this year.
Democratic hero Hubert Humphrey once said, “Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent and debate.” These types of issues need to be talked about. Debate is nothing to be feared, but something to be encouraged. It creates, if done correctly, an atmosphere of learning, solutions, and understanding. Could it simultaneously create an atmosphere of discord? Potentially, yes; however, as Abraham Lincoln once said, “To sin by silence when they should protest, makes cowards of men.” It is cowardly to avoid a discussion just because it is centered on a potentially divisive or emotional subject in which people hold strong positions. We must be bold and speak out against injustices. Liberal radio commentator Jim Hightower spoke similar truth when he said, “So now is the time, more than ever, for those who truly value all the principles of democracy, especially including dissent, to be the most forceful in speaking up, standing up and speaking out.” If we want to be free, we must be bold. If we want to make a difference, we must speak out.
If we suppress history, we are bound to repeat it. Likewise, if we suppress those who fear repetition of history, we are destined to repeat it. In a recent poll conducted in January 2012 showed that, “more than a fifth of young Germans [did] not know the name of Auschwitz or what happened there. Twenty one per cent of people aged between 18 and 30 quizzed about the most notorious Nazi extermination camp [did] not heard of it.” Similarly, in a Marist poll conducted in 2010 showed that 26% of Americans (1 in 4) did not know which country America declared independence from. A few months ago, a prominent Japanese mayor denied the 1937 Nanjing Massacre where 300,000 people were murdered.
Should these important pieces of history be hidden or not talked about because of their controversial nature? Should illegal immigration, same-sex marriage, abortion, drug usage, or Islamic terrorism, not be discussed because they too are controversial? No. Author Fay Foshell spoke to this very thing when he said,
“Conservative timidity amounts to an acceptance of the premise that ‘fair and balanced’ discussion includes giving the legitimacy of debate to moral outrages that should be repudiated outright. Why accede to a ‘fair and balanced’ debate about partial-birth abortion or sex-select abortion? Tell the supporters of such barbarities that they are moral monsters. Why politely discuss the right to infanticide or the sexual exploitation and/or enslavement of children? Call the persons what they are: murderers and perverts. Why talk over the right or wrong of sucking out the brains of unborn babies during so-called ‘partial birth’ abortions? Tell the doctors performing such ‘operations’ and their supporters that they are the equivalent of Joseph Mengele.
Moral monstrosities are not matters deserving polite talk, but evidence of societal pathologies and deformation of moral character so horrific that they deserve to be scorned, repudiated, and outlawed outright. Why encourage so-called “civil” debate on such issues and thus give some credence to pure evil?”
Be bold. Speak frankly. Always cite your sources.
Veritas vos Liberabit
The Truth Will Set You Free
Most Americans know by now that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare was upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012. The individual mandate states a private citizen must engage in commerce by purchasing a product the government has decided you require. Besides the loss of individual liberty, other consequences from the ACA include: imposing eighteen separate taxes on citizens (costing $503 billion), the potential for up to 46% of doctors to leave their practice, 20 million private sector employees to lose their health care coverage, 75% of Obamcare costs will fall on those making under $120,000 a year, increase the costs of college health care plans by as much as 1,112%, and will end up costing taxpayers $1.76 trillion over a decade according to the CBO.
Along with this ruling, a new definition of the word “tax” has emerged. Now, according the SCOTUS, if one does not engage in an activity (purchasing health insurance) the government can penalize you and that fine is a labeled as a “tax.” The government now has the ability to “tax” inactivity or the absence of a behavior (purchasing a product). In other words, the almighty United States government has decided, by passing and enforcing Obamacare, that the Americans can now be “taxed” for merely existing. It is a “tax” on your body. Evidently, choice only applies to abortion . . . as we have no choice in this. It’s mandatory. It’s whatever the hell they say it is. The perversion and distortion of words in this horrible act of lawlessness is obscene. However, everyone should be aware Obama during the 2008 elections told people he was against an individual mandate. He said by forcing the uninsured to purchase health insurance in an effort to get everyone insured equated to forcing the homeless to purchase a home in an effort to solve homelessness. He is correct of course, but he has once again lied to the American public.
The individual mandate was introduced to SCOTUS and the word “penalty” was used to describe the consequences for failing to meet the “requirement” of purchasing health insurance. Now, the Supreme Court has, instead of interpreting the law (their job), they have decided to re-write (create something more to their liking) the law and rename the “penalty” a “tax.” Currently, we have not been informed as to what exactly is being taxed.
On a brief side note, Barack Obama’s health care reform bill was passed in the Senate on December 24, 2012. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution states, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” Therefore, because the Supreme Court ruled that not purchasing health care is a tax, the bill had to have originated in the House of Representatives. Those pesky Constitutional statues!
People are ticked off. They are sick to death of waking up in the morning, turning on the news, and learning of a new government intrusion, scandal, lie, or regulation. I would like to think the American people have woken up to find the chains of slavery on their wrists and ankles; however, I remain unconvinced.
The question, “where does it end?” has been answered: it doesn’t. The overreaching of power remains unbroken. The constant lying from politicians running for office has continued. The rules, regulations, orders, and mandates are incessant. The hand of a TSA agent is continually being thrust up our asses for our own “good.” The effort to dictate every detail of our lives (from what food we eat, what car we drive, where we sit, what we say, how much water pressure is in our shower-heads, what we drink, etc), is relentless. The attempts to remove God from our schools, our homes, and our government is unwavering. It does not end.
This author believes that God has weighed this country in the balances and found its wanting. There is a great justice to be done by the Lord if we do not turn from our evil ways, repent, and return to Him. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Developing . . . More to come.
I will be posting more on the recent developments in our nation soon. I apologize for my lack in posts this week. The following is written by Ann Barnhardtand it outlines exactly my current sentiments. Please read it all the way through. The video of Patrick Henry’s Speech is extremely relevant. This is it folks. Please pass this on.
It isn’t just Lindsey Graham that is a stupid, stupid jackass. If you’re buying any of this, “Everything’s fine! We actually WON on ObamaCare, and Roberts is a genius!” jackassery, then go look in the mirror and behold the Sombrero of all Asshats.Are you detecting ire? Are you getting the sense that I’m just a LITTLE pissed off? It’s one thing to watch a bunch of godless, drug-addled, moloch-worshiping Marxist dumbasses spew mental diarrhea, but to have to sit and watch pretty much everyone on the right do the same thing is just too much. Do you people not have functioning brains? Is there truly no capacity for any intelligent thought or the ability to recall and parse objective facts and evidence? Really?
Let’s start with an analogy. Defending this week’s SCOTUS decision is directly analogous to the following:
Ann’s Omelet Recipe:
1. Gather every egg in your kitchen. Throw them all down the garbage disposal. (This omelet is going to be so good. Trust me.)
2. Go out to your breaker box and turn off the electricity to your entire home. (No, really. It’s going to cook up better than anything you’ve ever had before.)
3. Burn your house down. (This omelet is going to be delicious. You’ll see.)
4. Find a handgun. Load it, cock it, put it in your mouth, pull the trigger and blow your brainstem to kingdom come. (Can’t you almost smell how delicious this omelet is going to be?)
Roberts is not a “Machiavellian genius.” Roberts is a moral degenerate lifetime Washington D.C. politico, who is well known in the beltway to be borderline obsessed with his image. In other words, Chief Justice John Roberts emotionally operates on the same level as the average twelve year old girl, and just sold out not just the Republic, the Constitution and the entire American populace, but really the entire planet, because now that the United States is no more, the forces of evil will run absolutely rampant over the rest of the planet. And Roberts did it so that a bunch of coke-snorting sodomites and psychopaths in Georgetown will pretend to like him – for about five minutes.
Roberts just ratified the “right” for the government to tax people on their existence. Either you purchase a service commodity, thus paying a tax which is collected by the insurance company itself, or you will pay a tax to the IRS directly. Insurance is, for all intents and purposes, an innovation of the last fifty years, meaning that almost no one carried any insurance of any kind, and insurance was itself in some places ILLEGAL (and now we know why, because if allowed to cover anything other than large disasters, insurance will, by mathematical definition, destroy any market that it comes into contract with and end in fascism.)
All of this ObamaCare mandate is a pure function of being a living human being. My required car insurance is a corollary to my totally optional decision to own and drive a car. The requirement that I carry “full coverage” insurance instead of the minimum liability-only insurance is a corollary to the fact that I freely choose to lease my car, and thus there are additional conditions that I must meet. Income tax was tied to the fact that I chose to work and generate income – not on my existence itself. Property tax is a corollary to my decision to buy real estate. The gasoline tax is a corollary to my free decision to drive a car, and a car that runs on gasoline. Yes, I think that income and property taxes in particular are intrinsically morally dubious, but that is not the debate before us. The debate before us is whether the Federal government, or ANY government can ever, ever licitly tax human beings on the very fact that they EXIST.
The obvious answer is NO. We do not choose to bring ourselves into existence. Human life is the property of God Almighty, who has of His own goodness, charity and perfect will deigned to gift us with free will so that we might exist in His image – sovereign, reasoning and thus capable of authentic love, the freely chosen gift of self to some “other”. And even at this, God only asks that in return we worship Him at His Mass on Sunday, and that we *voluntarily* tithe ten percent of our income, or whatever we can manage. But the tithe is *voluntary*, not coerced.
The state, fully ratified by the emotional schoolgirl John Roberts, has now elevated itself above God, and has done nothing less than declare itself god. The state now sees itself as the source and arbiter of human life, demanding and coercing tribute in exchange for permitting human life to continue. Fail to pay tribute to Moloch for your very existence, and your property, your liberty and eventually your life will be forcibly confiscated.
Oh, but all of the dumbasses out there swear up and down that this step in the battle for the Republic had to be lost so that we could later, in some grand strategy, win the war.
Listen dumbasses, the war is already lost. YOU JUST LOST IT. You didn’t just sac your queen in order to set up a checkmate. Your ass just got checkmated and Barry Obama is sitting on the couch lighting up a joint, and texting Reggie Love to come over for a little celebratory sodomy.
Which brings us to Barry Obama. One of the big arguments I see is that Roberts’ decision “catches Obama in a lie, so we’ve got him now!”
I don’t even know what to say to this. It is so stupid it just makes me want to give up on the entire deal.
Listen Jackasses, everything Obama has said and done for his entire adult life, his entire political career, his entire campaign, and in his entire regime is a lie. For the love of God, EVEN HIS NAME IS A LIE. He passed an obviously forged birth certificate last April. Every single thing he has said, promised and done has been total, complete, objectively proven lie after lie. And you think you’re going to checkmate him with THIS? You think that a point of semantics between “penalty” and “tax” is going to bring him down in this nation of Snooki-watching imbeciles? Are you on drugs, or just merely stupid?
And now the argument that if we just get a few more “republicans” into Washington D.C., we can stop him!This plane of stupidity makes me the most irate. What in the hell is wrong with you people? Do you not have any recollection of anything that has happened? How did those 2010 elections work out for you? Boy, that really put the brakes on the Obama regime, huh? Wake the hell up. Obama has not been slowed down in any way. His tyranny and destruction has not been held up or checked in any way. It has only accelerated since the day he usurped the White House.Remember the Debt Ceiling fiasco? Remember how Obama utterly rolled everyone, and I had to explain that we didn’t win, but instead got prison raped while everyone on the right was celebrating the great victory over Obama? Remember that clusterbungle? You know what the Congress managed to do with regards to the debt ceiling? Um, yeah, they gave Obama EVERYTHING he wanted, plus some. Obama said, “Raise the ceiling.” They raised it. Obama said, “Increase taxes.” January 2013 will mark massive tax hikes kicking in. Obama said, “Increase spending.” Done. Obama said, “Give me carte blanche spending authority with no Congressional oversight so I can loot the Treasury and embezzle and write billion-dollar checks to my oligarch cronies.” Done. Automatic spending cuts, called “sequestration” were written into the debt ceiling negotiations. Obama has just said, “Blow the sequestration cuts off.” Done. In September, Obama will say, “Just eliminate the ceiling altogether.” Nancy Pelosi has already said that is what is coming. Guess what will happen?
Obama just declared by executive fiat de facto amnesty. What have your precious little Tea Party freshmen done to counter that? Nothing.
Obama has by executive fiat declared same-sex marriage the “law of the land.” What have your precious little pants-pissing Tea Party congressmen done to counter that? Nothing.
Obama has started wars and entered the United States military into new combat theaters with ZERO congressional approval, and has told the congress through Leon Panetta that congress will no longer even be CONSULTED OR INFORMED of new wars. No. Obama MIGHT notify them, after he has consulted the U.N., if he has the time and feels like it. What have your mighty, mighty Tea Party freshmen done to counter that? Exactly nothing.
Obama has intentionally armed narco-terror armies in Mexico with the expressly stated intention of using firearms found at scenes of mass murder in Mexico to engage in sedition against the Second Amendment and thus disarm the American people. I count at least THREE capital offenses in that: mass murder, shadow war against a sovereign nation, and sedition against the United States. What have your precious little Tea Partiers done? Written a few letters with some mildly strong language? Sat and watched while the Attorney General LAUGHS at them? Take a purely symbolic vote to “shame” people who are murderous psychopaths and have no shame?
Arrest Holder, Hillary Clinton, and Obama, try them for mass murder, making war against Mexico and sedition against the United States, convict them with due process, put them against a wall and shoot them until they are dead, and then you come back and give me your little rah-rah speech about how “everything’s gonna be fine.” But not one second before.
And for the last time, spare me any of your truly, truly demented and psychotic fantasy-weaving about Mitt Romney, the father of ObamaCare and vociferous defender of the mandate, riding to the rescue and repealing his own precious, beloved demonspawn.
Watch the video below. I recorded it back in January and almost forgot about it. I listened to it this morning, and hearing Patrick Henry’s words again now in the context of Roberts’ decision, the escalated and unfathomable lawlessness of the Obama regime just since January, and the complete state of insane denial of reality from the right makes Henry’s speech positively SPOOKY.
Bottom line, if you continue to argue that Roberts’ decision was anything less than the end of the Republic, then you are either a total jackass, or you are despicable liar looking to keep some stream of revenue or power concentration flowing. And may God forgive you for whichever sin you choose to wallow in; unrepentant cowardice, unrepentant willful stupidity or unrepentant greed; because, knowing what’s coming, I’m not sure I can.
POSTED BY ANN BARNHARDT – JUNE 30, AD 2012 3:29 PM MST
America’s internal crises — of faith, of spiraling crime, of massive debt, of moral and spiritual void — could lead to an implosion and the best hope for preventing it is a spiritual great awakening, author Joel Rosenberg told Newsmax.TV.
Rosenberg new book “Implosion – Can America Recover From Its Economic & Spiritual Challenges in Time” addresses the enormous internal threats America is facing. Rosenberg told Newsmax that he usually writes about the external threats to America and Israel, such as radical Islam but that “we’ve got internal threats that are enormous and they’re building so rapidly that it concerns me as an American.”
The author says that because America is not mentioned in the last days as prophesized in the Bible, “something happens to neutralize us, to sideline us, or at least to paralyze us from projecting influence and force into the world at large and into the Middle East specifically where most end times prophecies will happen.”
“Bible prophecy talks about very specific countries: Israel, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Russia, Turkey, Lebanon, and others with very specific plans and purpose for them in the last days,” he said. “What’s extraordinary is, United States does not show. Here we are the wealthiest, most powerful country on the face of the planet in the history of mankind and we don’t show up anywhere in end times Bible prophecy. And the question is why not, what happens to us?”
Rosenberg said the scriptures do not mention what has happened to America but the evidence might be found in what’s happening to the country now, pointing to the circumstances the country faces: “$15 trillion in debt, $65 trillion worth of unfunded promises that the government has made towards us with Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid all coming due with no way to pay for that and the financial trouble we’re already in. On the economic side, people on both sides of the aisle, Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, are talking extensively about how much danger we are of collapsing or imploding.”
Alongside the financial woes, Rosenberg said “if you look at the moral and spiritual side, we’re even in more trouble.” He cites the high divorce rate, infidelity, unwanted pregnancies, drug abuse among young people, and violent crime in small-town America.
“Even in small town America, the FBI just reported – I don’t have it the book ‘Implosion’ because it just happened – the report shows from the FBI that in small town America, we’re seeing a murder wave up 18 percent. Murders. Up 18 percent in small town America. The place where we say, ‘That’s where are values are strongest, you know. That’s Andy Griffith and Barney Fife country, you know. Aunt Bee and Opie.”
One chapter of the book addresses natural disasters and how God tries to send messages with such events.
“He will use earthquakes and tidal waves and all kind on natural disasters to shake people and get them to start thinking less about the sins that they’re involved in and start thinking about their only hope being in Jesus Christ,” Rosenberg said.
“We’re seeing meltdowns in small towns, in major towns and then you add to that rampant pornography, the pornography industry’s making more money than ABC, CBS and NBC combined annually, and abortions,” Rosenberg said.
“We’re at 53 million plus abortions in the United States. We are rapidly approaching 60 million human beings murdered . . . How long until He either removes His hand of favor on our country or proactively begins to judge it?”
The book focuses on this question and explores whether a “third great awakening” could happen, “a spiritual revival so sweeping that it would rival or surpass the spiritual awakening of the Great Awakening in the early 1700s and the second Great Awakening of the early to mid-1800s,” Rosenberg said. Failing that, he added, “I don’t see, based on the evidence, economic and moral, that we can make it that much further.”
Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 03:23 PM
By Patrick Hobin and John Bachman
© 2012 Newsmax. All rights reserved.
Oh they had pint-sized wide-mouth jars all right… for $17.62 a case! My bottom lip hit the floor with a thud and I about fell out. $17.62 a case? What in the world was going on?
It’s the economy, just like I said. More and more people are beginning to see the signs of the times and have decided that a garden and Mason jars are a pretty wise investment. Folks are beginning to read their pocketbooks like a gypsy fortune teller reads tea leaves, and they don’t like what they’re seeing. What about you?”
This is a great video showing the utter madness of the current bailouts occurring in Europe. See below.
Some quotes on debt:
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But the vision of the Club goes far beyond distributing literature…
Have you been reading about the government’s attacks on the Internet and how this is has alarmed advocates of free speech?
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In the moment of relief, when you think you’ve heard it all and it could not get any worse, something like this shows up.
Please watch the following 30 second clip:
Sponsored by the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD), the Un-Fair Campaign seeks to “achieve ’racial justice’ by raising awareness of ‘white privilege.’” With slogans such as, “Is white skin really fair skin,” “we’re lucky we don’t get stared at every single time we walk into a room,” “we’re privileged, because society was set up for us [whites],” and “we’re privileged, and that’s unfair,” I wonder if this isn’t an example of reverse racism. Well, I don’t wonder . . . I know it is.
Their premise is that being white is unfair. Obviously, that is absurd; however, this ad-campaign is pushing the notion that because of MY skin tone, it is somehow unfair to those of different skin tones. Reverse racism. Where is the criteria for determining the unfairness of “whiteness”? If a Caucasian is visiting a country such as China, Japan, or India, are they still being, “unfair?” Is a white person only being “unfair” in America? Basically, others can take pride in their race, but I cannot. Caucasians must now look themselves in the mirror with shame, because others have different skin tones? What happened to tolerance? What the hell happened to celebrating diversity? What the hell happened in the first place? This doesn’t cause unity among all humans, this creates division.
I am Caucasian. I did not choose to be. I have not been racist towards anyone. I am proud of my heritage, my color, and my values, as should every other individual. I believe we are all created in the image of God. I will not for one minute feel guilty because of the color of my skin. Are there those who are racist? Yes. Is that my fault? No. I thought skin tone didn’t matter (it doesn’t) and that everyone is the same (they are)? Yet, this ad-campaign is saying it does matter and that everyone is not the same. They are almost inadvertently advancing the (false) notion that whites are supreme above other races! Oops. Although they are apologizing for being white, they are simultaneously agreeing they need to be sorry, because Caucasians are somehow “dominate.”
According to The Blaze, “The Un-Fair campaign also held a series of lectures and events on campus last semester. One included a presentation by Tim Wise, author of Dear White America. In his book, Wise confesses a ‘longstanding fantasy’ where he turns to a man with a ‘Bless the USA’ button and asks him, ‘why can’t you just get over it?’”
How tolerant, permissive, and open-minded!
There are individuals in every racial group who hold intolerance and hatred for another race. Furthermore, there will always be people who are racist, discriminatory, or prejudice. Is it wrong? Of course! But to insinuate that the Caucasian race needs to apologize or feel guilty, is wrong. It isn’t just wrong, it is satanic. Why? Who hates us more than anybody? satan. Who loves us more than anybody? Jesus. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.” Psalm 139:13 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Therefore, whether one is Caucasian, African-American, Native-American, or Mexican, we are all created in God’s image. satan (lack of capitalization purposeful) on the other hand is the father of lies. He wants nothing more to divide us, encourage self-hatred, and persuade us that we will never be “good enough.” This is what that ad-campaign does. It attempts to make one of white color feel bad about who they are. Again, satan would enjoy nothing more than to feed us the idea that we are not made in God’s image, we were not “fearfully and wonderfully made,” and we must change ourselves for other people. God loves us just the way we are. He made each of us for a purpose. We must learn to embrace who God made us to be and celebrate the uniqueness of others as well.