Friday, December 12, 2008
The proaction demonstrated by the Dallas City Council yesterday in passing an enhancement of the ban on public smoking was impressive. They moved swiftly in unilaterally deciding what was in the best interest of The People. The issue was clear and they somehow already knew what The People wanted even without putting the issue to a vote, so they skipped that time-wasting exercise and took action.
After all, this IS a public health issue. It is becoming more and more obvious that We The Sheeple are woefully inept at caring for ourselves or our health on our own, so we are very lucky to have our government acting quickly and decisively on issues like these. The move by the council is the equivalent of the knight in shining armor, coming to the rescue of us and those poor, helpless employees of bars, pool halls, restaurants and other public venues who clearly have no choice but to work there and endure all the nasty horrible smoke.
This is a wonderful development for those who don't smoke and don't want to be around it. Before the government stepped in, nonsmokers had no choice but to go eat, drink and be merry at establishments full of smokers and the product of their nasty habit. And let's not forget about those dumb business owners, who are undoubtedly singing and dancing with joy in the wake of the government's decision to assume the responsibility of helping run their businesses. They were obviously failing miserably at doing so on their own.
Last but not least, those nasty smokers are having to face the fact that, although buying, possessing, and smoking cigarettes is perfectly legal, the tax dollars that the sale of cigarettes generates, isn't really wanted or needed. They're having to understand that they are a lower class of people whose behavior must be dictated by the government and that they have no choice in the matter.
Personally, I'm thrilled to be freed from the responsibility to choose whether or not to work in a bar that allows smoking, or whether to patronize establishments that allow smoking. After all, it was evidently too great a burden for nonsmokers to have those choices and act accordingly.
I look forward to living in a nirvana where worries like these are a thing of the past, and the government shoulders all of the burdens of choice and responsibility on my behalf.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Well, you'd better believe there's going to be change. Sadly, the things that truly need to change will remain the same.
A long and tiring election season lasting nearly two years has finally come to an end. Since the mid-term elections in 2006, it has been a relentless countdown to November 4, 2008. And here we are.
Barack Hussein Obama, a junior Senator with a mere two years' experience in government, is going to be the 44th president of the United States. Thankfully the Congress will not be providing him a blank check as the Democrats were unable to capture enough red seats in either house.
Below is some Change we are likely to see in the next four years:
- Bigger government. Obama is determined to expand the role and reach of government. As an example, he wants the same government that can't manage to properly care for the health and well-being of our military veterans to involve itself in health care. This, of course, will require a huge bureacracy which will cost taxpayer dollars to maintain. This brings us to...
- Increased taxes. There is simply no way to pay for the bold, new Marxist social programs and tax cuts that he has promised without a tax increase. It just won't happen.
- Less national security. Obama is a liberal Democrat and wants to cut defense spending by 25%. He has already said he will shut down development of new missle defense systems. In addition, he plans to reward illegal immigrants and let them stay in our country with no meaningful penance - and without supporting concrete steps to secure our borders.
- A lesser sense of personal responsibility. Being a liberal Democrat, Obama believes in "spreading the wealth" and socialist practices. He believes that the state should bear the responsibility for the well being of The People, oftentimes at the expense of The People. Obama and his ilk believe they are smarter than everyone else and that The People need to be protected from themselves. This will serve to douse the flames of inspiration, innovation, and freedom.
What disappoints me the most is that the majority of The People, the sheep, were starstruck by Obama. They were dazzled by the colorful and shiny speeches which distracted them from what he was actually saying. They heard the words but didn't listen. They didn't think. The People are IGNORANT.
Many "man on the street" interviews laid bare this embarrassing ignorance. "What is something Obama has done as a Senator that impresses you?", asked the interviewer. The answer was usually silence, drivel about his time as a "community organizer", or some other non-answer. This is because the man has accomplished NOTHING as a Senator. Only two years in the Senate and the majority of his votes are simply "present". That is not leadership.
But the sheep didn't care.
The Howard Stern show took to the streets to interview Obama supporters during the campaign. They were asked if they agreed with specific proposals, and they enthusiastically voiced their endorsement. What they didn't know was that the proposals were actually McCain's - not Obama's.
Obama happily attended the same church with the same racist and hate-filled pastor - Reverend Wright, who also married the Obamas - for over 20 years. But, The People inexplicably believed him when he disavowed any knowledge of, or agreement with, Rev. Wright's sick positions. That Obama would count on such ignorance among The People is an insult to the intelligence of all thinking Americans.
The People heard him stand up and proclaim he would not use private donations to finance his campaign, yet it wasn't long before he had his hand out, completely reversing his position, and The People didn't think twice about what that says about his integrity and character, and how that will carry over to the presidency. They just filled his hands with money for his campaign.
That Barack Hussein Obama was elected is a travesty. I am embarrassed for our society.
How about some Change like this?
- Secure our borders!
- Require ID to vote!
- Don't meddle in the free market!
- Let people be responsible for their own actions and well-being!
- Life isn't fair. Let it be!
That's the change *I* want!
“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816
“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” — Thomas Jefferson
“With respect to the two words ‘general welfare,’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” — James Madison in a letter to James Robertson
In 1794, when Congress appropriated $15,000 for relief of French refugees who fled from insurrection in San Domingo to Baltimore and Philadelphia, James Madison stood on the floor of the House to object saying: “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” — James Madison, 4 Annals of Congress 179, 1794