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Michael Ramirez Cartoon

And if you don’t believe it, try this report on for size.

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The Other Side…

From the American Thinker site, a classic addition to the recent Times magazine cover:

Learning from history…NOT!

My thoughts exactly!

The inimitable Mark Steyn says it concisely and well:

THE STATE OF THE UNION 2011
Steyn on America

WEDNESDAY, 26 JANUARY 2011

The "new Obama"? All I saw was a dull dissembler, inadequate to the charge history’s given him. 2009 buzz word: "Stimulus." 2011 Clinton-era revival: "Investment". Either way, it means "massive government spending". On what? "Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80 per cent of Americans access to high-speed rail"?

Good grief, how can even the hackiest of Big Government hacks read that line with a straight face? Or think it has any meaningful contribution to make to the crisis we face? "Within 25 years"? There isn’t going to be a 25 years if the spendaholics don’t stop spending, and then cut it, drastically. Instead, President Blowhard tiptoes up to the edge of bold, decisive action:

Now, most of the cuts and savings I’ve proposed only address annual domestic spending, which represents a little more than 12 percent of our budget. To make further progress, we have to stop pretending that cutting this kind of spending alone will be enough. It won’t.

And then what does he propose? Nothing. This man looked the future in the eye, and kicked the can down the road. And, even in "discretionary" spending, he wants to blow even more dough even in areas where we’re already spending more than anyone on the planet: In education, America spends more per pupil than anywhere except Luxembourg, which at least has something to show for it, and the President says it still isn’t enough.

But at least it was "civil", and Republicans and Democrats sat next to each other, and some of them wore nice bipartisan ribbons… After all, what could be nicer than holding hands as the high-speed choo-choo plunges into the multi-trillion-dollar abyss?

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And of course, the cartoonists have been makin’ alot of hay out of it!

Political Cartoon

 

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My personal favorite:

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Another “good” one:

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All in the labeling?  or, he who controls the language controls the debate…

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A critical definition the Left doesn’t want you to recognize or know

One element of the current healthcare debate is brought to the forefront in a recent post by Nathan Sass over on his Dinner Table blog.  It is the fundamental question of whether or not universal healthcare comes under the category of an inalienable right as defined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  It is a well written reality check on the topic and points out some facts of which the Left would like you to be ignorant.  Some key points (all emphases in the following quotes are added):

Health care is not a right. Health care is a service.

It’s important to understand that Constitutional rights are not granted, but enumerated, by the Constitution because the founders acknowledge that these rights were natural, inalienable, and granted by the Creator (their words, not mine). No document, or government, can take them away. Any attempt to do so would be an affront to the Creator, and tyrannical.

This is the key definition around which the controversy swirls, whether the participants in that controversy know it or not.  Mr. Sass clarifies the definition by enunciating the critical difference between rights and services:

Due to this fundamental principle, every right in the Constitution has a single element in common. They are, without exception, non material and have no intrinsic value. No one can buy or sell them, and there is no price to pay for them. Speech, religion, the right to bear arms, the freedom from unreasonable search and the rest have no price tag on their own.

Furthermore, each element of the Bill of Rights protects citizens from the denial of these rights by the government. The Bill of Rights protects us FROM government, and has no relation to interactions between private individuals. I can deny your “right to free speech” in my house, for example.

What are the consequences of the progressive attempt at redefining a “right?”  Here is where the analysis becomes quite the reality check and reveals the underlying philosophy (or perhaps in some cases, to give the benefit of the doubt to our publically edjamacated government employees, unintentional consequences?):

In calling health care a right, the Democrats are declaring that no medical professional can ever deny claim to their services for any reason. Charging someone for health care potentially denies access to health care and is then by definition a violation of an individual’s rights and cannot be allowed. Therefore, doctors must provide their services for free and upon demand.

What are we really talking about here?

We had an institution like this once in our past. We required a certain group of people to provide their services free of any compensation and upon demand. We fought the bloodiest war in our history to eradicate it. Now the Democrats seek to recreate the institution with a new subservient class of individuals compelled to provide their services. This time the individuals subservient to society are not defined by skin color, but by profession.

Think about it (note I did not say, feel about it!).  Yes, this is slavery we are talking about here.  And as late as December, 2010, reports suggest that a huge percentage of doctors are not going to tolerate such involuntary servitude.

And where have we seen this kind of thing before in more recent history?  Again, Mr. Sass connects the dots for us:

Extending this logic to its reasonable conclusion illustrates the absurdity of this reasoning, and reveals its absolute Marxist origins:

Food is even more essential to life than health care, and since health care is a right, food must be also. Therefore all food must be free to anyone who wants it, whenever they want it. Farmers cannot charge for the food they produce, stores cannot charge for the food they sell, and restaurants cannot charge for food they serve. It all MUST be free or it violates the right to life. No wiggle room here. Anything less is a denial of constitutional rights.

Shelter is also far more vital to life than health care. Therefore no one can charge for any dwelling. Apartments must be free to anyone who wants one for as long as they like to live there. Houses cannot be bought or sold, either. If someone wants a vacant house, they can just take it. Charging any money to someone for shelter violates their rights and cannot be allowed. Again, no wiggle room here.

Using the Democrats own “logic” (I use that term very loosely), anything that is essential for life is a right and all rights are guaranteed and therefore delivered free of charge by the government. Food, shelter, clothing, water, and medicine can never have a price tag and the central government must provide them for everyone with perfect equity.

That was, and is, the central tenet of Marxism. The state provides all and owns all.

And this is part of the debate that really isn’t even being debated by most.  Everyone focuses on the people who allegedly “need” health insurance, and most of the opposition focuses on the unconstitutionality of forcing individuals to buy the Obamacare version, etc., etc.

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But what about the constitutionality of forcing the competent to provide their services for little or no compensation, a common component of many progressive policies.  Do not such men deserve their wages as much as anyone else?  Do they not have families of their own they need to support?  And what will we do if such withdraw their services under these conditions?  If that last question sounds imagelike something you’ve heard somewhere before, perhaps you’ve read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.  The plot of that work revolves around the departure from society of all the competent individuals who refuse to work for the looters of society.  Those looters create an atmosphere in which the incompetent demand their rights, their rights meaning the fruit of the labor of those who produce the tangible goods, regardless of and despite the looters’ own inability to produce for themselves.  It is a weight that eventually the Atlases of the book shrug off by disappearing (read the book for the rest of the story).  The results on society are catastrophic.

Again, I would encourage you to think about it.  We already have too many people on welfare who are not asked to produce (after all, they’ve been so bitterly oppressed) and who fit Rand’s definition of “looters.”  How much closer to fiction must fact become before we awake to the danger of such policies that reinstitutionalize slavery, just on a different part of our population?

Let me close with this thought, for many on the Left feel that such forms of government have a basis in Christianity, specifically, Christian love.  After all, did not the original Christians give all of their goods to each other and live in a socialist commune?  Um, in a word, no.  History shows that didn’t last long and it was entirely voluntary, not government mandated.  In addition, we do not throw out the rest of Scripture.  For one example:

For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.

(2Thess 3:10 [NKJV])

Which brings us full circle back to the Founding Fathers and their original intentions, which were biblically based despite what your college professor may have told you, and do not encompass socialist tendencies in any way, shape, or form.  Let us not give up our heritage of freedom on the altar of the enslavement of our fellow countrymen.

Ees to remember…

image With Globaloney Warming, I mean, Climate Change, serving up so many instances of record low temperatures lately, I offer the following words of wisdom, to be spoken in your most solemn, deeply accented from Mother Russia voice of which you are capable, complete with rolled ‘”r’s”:

Ees to remember…old Siberian proverb:

There is no such thing as cold weather

…only poor clothing!

And you know it’s true, because I heard it on a PBS special about Russia!

 

 

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Certainty

The PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from The Spurgeon Archive. The following excerpt is from "Faith," a lecture delivered at the Conference of Ministers and Students educated at the Pastors’ College, Tuesday 16 April 1872.

ear brethren, you and I believe in the doctrines of the gospel. We have received the certainties of revealed truth. These are things which are verily believed among us. We do not bow down before men’s theories of truth, nor do we admit that theology consists in "views" and "opinions." We declare that there are certain verities, essential, abiding, eternal, from which it is ruinous to swerve.

I am deeply grieved to hear so many ministers talk as if the faith were a variable quantity, a matter of daily formation, a nose of wax to be constantly reshaped, a cloud driven by the wind. So do not I believe! I have been charged with being a mere echo of the Puritans, but I had rather be the echo of truth, than the voice of falsehood.

It may be want of intellect which prevents our departing from the good old way, but even this is better than want of grace, which lies at the bottom of men’s perpetual chopping and changing of their beliefs.

Rest assured that there is nothing new in theology except that which is false; and that the facts of theology are to-day what they were eighteen hundred years ago. But in these days, the self-styled "men of progress" who commenced with preaching the gospel degenerate as they advance, and their divinity, like the snail, melts as it proceeds; I hope it will never be so with any of us.

I have likened the career of certain divines to the journey of a Roman wine cask from the vineyard to the city. It starts from the wine-press as the pure juice of the grape, but at the first halting-place the drivers of the cart must needs quench their thirst, and when they come to a fountain they substitute water for what they have drank. In the next village there are numbers of lovers of wine who beg or buy a little, and the discreet carrier dilutes again. The watering is repeated, till, on its entrance into Rome, the fluid is remarkably different from that which originally started from the vineyard.

There is a way of doctoring the gospel in much the same manner. A little truth is given up, and then a little more, and men fill up the vacuum with opinions, inferences, speculations, and dreams, till their wine is mixed with water, and the water none of the best. Many preachers—and I speak it with sorrow—have built a tower of theological speculations, upon which they sit like Nero, fiddling the tune of their own philosophy while the world is burning with sin and misery. They are playing with the toys of speculation while men’s souls are being lost.

Much of human wisdom is a mere coverlet for the absence of vital godliness. I went into railway carriages of the first class in Italy which were lined with very pretty crochet-work, and I thought the voyagers highly honoured, since no doubt some delicate fingers had sumptuously furnished the cars for them. The crochet work was simply put on to cover the grease and dirt of the cloth. A great deal that is now preached of very pretty sentimentalism and religiousness is a mere crochet-work covering for detestable heresies long since disproved, which dared not appear again without a disguise for their hideousness.

With words of human wisdom and speculations of their own invention men disguise falsehood and deceive many. Be it ours to give to the people what God gives to us. Be ye each of you as Micaiah, who declared: "As the Lord liveth, whatsoever the Lord saith unto me that will I speak." If it be folly to keep to what we find in Scripture, and if it be madness to believe in verbal inspiration, we purpose to remain fools to the end of the chapter, and hope to be among the foolish things which God has chosen.
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Emphases have been added.  It is interesting to analyze the view Spurgeon is arguing against, and it is not hard to see that truly, there is nothing new under the sun.  It is heartening to hear Spurgeon’s admonition to us.  There is Truth, with a capital “T” despite what your liberal college professor may have once told you.