About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Responses - The Fate Of Sam Donaldson's Country

Below are three responses that add to the original discussion – two of which focus on the 47% of people that Mitt Romney described as "dependent on government, believe they are victims entitled to government handouts, & pay no income tax."  BO won the 2012 election with only 51% of the vote against the most flawed candidate I have ever seen – meaning BO was vulnerable but the hapless establishment Republican Party pitifully could not capitalize on BO's poor record in office.  As you read the responses below just imagine if BO had faced an opponent who could have sincerely & effectively reached out to the 47% & reduced their numbers from 47% to 42% for starters - you would have an entirely different inauguration story.
Thanks to everyone who has responded to the question from a long time subscriber who asked "How in the world can we ever get back to that mindset?" referring to how Americans handled catastrophes without government aid for many decades after our founding. See Sandy's Victims Should Look To Themselves For Help for details.  The responses below regarding the 47% are part of the answer.  I am working on an even more complete answer & welcome your contributions.
---Response #1---
You had a lot for us to think about in this posting but I want to address the 47% issue. Convincing these people that government is not really helping them but is enslaving them won't be easy. Keep in mind that this has been going on a long time and many of them are 3rd generation welfare receivers.  (I personally knew a family in that situation.)  They have lived this life so long they don't know any other way.  They have no idea what it's like to provide for themselves or their children.

You are right that we need to help these people see the truth.  We need to show them there is a better way to live, but most won't believe it.  What will work is finding those who have broken the cycle and are willing to come forward and tell how they did it and how their lives were changed.  That could be a way to break the welfare mentality that is so prevalent now and growing every day.
---Response #2---
Doug - I agree with all your points and applaud your challenge to work with the 47% Mitt referred to.  This 47% may grow to 52% and with same mindset if BO has his way.  So yes we must work extra hard on their mindset as you suggest.

In the very short term though we have a critical opportunity.  We must NOT increase debt ceiling without substantial cuts.  To do otherwise would greatly increase the harm we will all experience but especially the poor when the ultimate debt restructuring occurs.  I have been blogging extensively for weeks that it is much better that we ourselves restructure our debt.  Else Chinese financial executives, Arab sheiks, and IMF accountants will harshly restructure our debt and severely cut entitlements.  If we stay on our present course this is inevitable.  Our conservative politicians must explain this in ways that especially the 47% will understand.

A bare minimum compromise on debt ceiling increase should be to allow only $50 billion per month for a year.  This will cut annual deficit by half and force us to better prioritize spending.

I also liked comment below (which I read directly online) about how little we know about BO compared to other presidents.  It really is possible most citizens have no real clue of BO's Radical Left and likely Alinsky variant Marxist ideology.
---Response #1---
Doug - You bring up a very interesting point regarding background checks. It is my understanding they are not able to do a comprehensive background check on BO i.e. where he was born, who his parents are, friends, college grades, etc.  Funny thing about BO, nobody knew him when he was a kid. With Carter, Reagan, & Bush the media was able to go back to their childhood days, talk with their friends, teachers and employers. (Carter the peanut farmer, Reagan the lifeguard, Bush the college cheerleader.)

One more point, these "Donaldson types" are dinosaur liberals who retire to their 1000 acre farms only to resurface ten years later to poke their finger in the eye of the Republican Party.

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