A couple of weeks ago a lady asked the question on the editorial page “What do you know?” (in order to get people to vote responsibly). To answer her I began questioning myself.
I was born into a Democratic family with a father who went door-to-door to request votes for political candidates. My mother was a stay-at-home mom and her favorite saying was “To do better, you must know better.”
That’s what all of their children pursued; to do better. Two girls became school teachers (one with a master’s degree). The eldest son became a successful farmer, and the youngest son a civil engineer with a master’s degree in Environmental Health (that’s me).
With this background, I want to share important information for your readers to think about. After considering the following information and the choices available to them, I am hoping they will do the right thing when they vote.
Let’s start with some definitions:
1. Capitalism: In a free market it is earning money by providing a service, a product, or money for others to invest.
2. Socialism: A state in which the government, on behalf of the people, owns and operates the means of production. In Marxism, socialism is the transition between capitalism and communism. According to Lenin, justice under socialism means: from each according to abilities, to each according to work.
3. Communism: According to Marxist theory, the final stage of social development, where capitalism is overthrown and a classless society is established, goods are distributed from each according to ability, to each according to need. (Sounds like spreading the wealth).
4. Fascism: Government system in which nation and community are placed above the individual and are ruled by a strong, dictatorial government. (Think of Hitler, maybe North Korea, China, Iran … I bet you can think or know of others.)
5. Federalism: A division of sovereign power between a central government and several constituent units (like our 50 states).
6. Share the Wealth: Take from those who have and give to those who don’t.
7. Deficit Spending: Government spending what they don’t have and placing a present and future debt on the population.
8. Tyranny: The accumulation of legislative, executive and judicial power in the same hands. Example, King George and his treatment of early American colonies by England.
To further your knowledge of tyranny read the Declaration of Independence. It was written by Thomas Jefferson and adopted on July 4, 1776.
Our Founding Fathers adopted the U.S. Constitution in 1789 after considerable thought, discussion and consideration about the nature of man
(greed, charity, fear, love, corruption, etc) . The Constitution compliments the Declaration of Independence, that’s why the founding fathers in their wisdom arrived at the division of government power -- legislative, executive and judicial -- with each having power to check the other to avoid tyranny. The Constitution is the highest law in the land.
Almost without our realizing it, a whole new level of government has emerged in America. It is composed of a combination of lawyers and bureaucrats who have come to dominate federal, state and local government. Nobody likes it, except its practitioners. It is a government by regulation.
It is now the fourth branch of government. It functions as lawmaker; though unelected. Its rules and regulations have the force of law. It functions also as both judge and jury in cases involving its own rules. The accumulation of legislative, executive and judicial power in the same hands is the real definition of tyranny (according to Dixie Lee Ray). And it has become the essence of the Administrative Bureaucracy. Examples: EPA, DOE, DOJ, almost all government agencies.
We have a real problem.
Abe Lincoln said: You can fool some of the people some of the time and all the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”
What do you know?
Lincoln’s advice could easily have been to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” Pelosi, you might remember said of the Obama health care bill, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.”
Lincoln would most likely direct Nevada’s Sen. Harry Reed to produce a national budget and stop the nation’s wallowing in debt.
So what do you know? Who will you vote for? What advice will you give to your government representatives? Can you find an honest person to fill the highest offices in our government.
How can we ensure voting is without fraud? (Example: the senator from Minnesota in the last election received enough votes from fraudulent voters to win. If he were a statesman he would resign, however he is a comedian.)
I hope this is a start on answering the question.
Is it hope and change or corruption and debt?
Maybe “Forward” (the new theme of the Democrats) is more of the same and less liberty for all or do we go back to the Constitution as conservatives encourage. I hope you will make the right choice.