Government’s Propensity Towards Evil

Most governments’ insidious slide towards evil works can be directly correlated and attributed to the regressive path away from morality as expressed in many religions. At a time in our nation when values and morality were more highly prized, John Adams once said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” That means that self-governing people can only stay self-governing when they exhibit a moral compass, a conscience led by tenets of morality, right and wrong, as expressed in most religious belief systems. Once a country loses that compass, the Constitution is unable to restrain evil because the Constitution is upheld by men, and if men are immoral, the Constitution gets trashed. The trashing of morality trashes our laws and the things America used to live by. Men make their own rules and do what is right in their own eyes. We are seeing this played out every day in the things our Congress and news media are doing. It appears now that Government’s main emphasis is to keep itself alive and growing.

I have recently learned of some things concerning the gaming industry’s embrace by small towns. This is encouraged by the State of Illinois and let me tell you what I have ascertained about that.

First, as I examined the gaming activity of funds compared to the amount paid out, I realized the gap between the two was low. I immediately perceived this high payout amount must be in order to KEEP PEOPLE PLAYING. I find this to be a nefarious motive on the part of the state. The second thing that I have pondered is why the state requires that alcohol be sold in the establishment along with the gaming. They are coupled together, so the establishment must first appeal to the village to receive a liquor license that requires a fairly good fee to acquire. One establishment in our small town hasn’t even sold one beer in almost a year of having a gaming room. The establishment actually stated in the beginning of the venture they weren’t interested in selling alcohol, but wanted the gaming customers. I also find this to be an egregious requirement on the part of the state, as it seems fairly obvious that the more one might drink, the more one might spend on gaming.

Is this really what our government is supposed to be doing? Coming up with atrocious schemes to encourage destructive behavior? Let’s face it, with the temptation in the minds of gamers that they might actually “hit it big,” who are the people who game? Are they the poor among us? Does it really benefit the state of  Illinois to tempt the poor among us to give up what little they have, and possibly in the process, deny their families and children the necessary things they might need to exist? Is this really our government’s place? I am appalled to think this level of corruption could possible exist.

I watched a representative of a gaming company insist repeatedly that a small town of 200 people will actually pull in $14,000 per year in taxes for the village. And like a hypnotist swinging an expensive watch in front of his subject, he persuades them. There is no way this little town is going to make that much in gaming taxes. I have compared the gaming taxes of other small villages in the area. They might make that in 5 years. And people keep falling for it.

I fear we have much corruption by corrupt people in our government. Government is too big and I am afraid they lie all the time. Are we at a revolutionary moment? The time when a form of government has become destructive and must be changed? What do you think?

Update: Just to be perfectly clear, I really don’t take issue with the form of government we have. I think it is the best ever devised on the planet in the midst of fallen men. I re-iterate, when morals and standards fail and are no longer valued, there is no government that can be trusted to care for its people.

 

 

Really, Nancy?

Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recently informed the nation that July Fourth isn’t just for fireworks and independence any more. It is also the day we should “celebrate” Obamacare.

Sure July Fourth is traditionally celebrated as the day we declared independence from Great Britain, an action that preceded the Revolutionary War and set the tone for our nascent nation. But now it has another significance. As far as Pelosi is concerned it is “health independence” day, too.

From the San Francisco lady herself. Do we need any more proof that progressives really want us to forget the history of our country? Here’s what she said in a press briefing recorded by CSPAN….

“Pretty soon we’ll all be leaving for the Fourth of July recess. Next week, when we celebrate Independence Day we’ll also be observing health independence.

This week marks one year since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. It captures the spirit of our founders. The spirit they wrote in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Affordable Care Act offers just that–a healthier life and the liberty to pursue a person’s happiness to be free of constraint, be job-locked, because they’re policy-locked and so if you wanted to be a cameraman, a writer, you want to be self employed, if you want to be, start a business, if you want to change jobs, whatever it is you want to do you are free, you have the liberty to do.

So, we’ve had Social Security, Medicare, and now health independence, and that’s something our members will take home to celebrate over this Independence Day.”

Yes, Nancy, I will certainly be celebrating health independence…independence from an oppressive, tyrannical federal government that deserves all the de-funding I and every other red-blooded, freedom-loving  American can and should muster. Godspeed to you.

I’d post her photo, but I don’t want to. Instead I will post this…

What it's really all about.

What it’s really all about.

….as the list of the People’s grievances continues to grow…..

Words From Winston

On questions of economic law it does not matter at all what the electors think or vote or say.  The economic laws proceed.  (1929)

“All men are created equal,” says the American Declaration of Independence.  “All man shall be kept equal,” say the British Socialist Party.

——-Winston Churchill

(H/T to powerlineblog.com)

Who Should Be Our Next President?

I am reading Glenn Beck’s book on the Federalist papers.   The Founders expected that, for the highest office in our land,  people would give the candidates a lot of thought and inspection.  As for guidelines on that choice, they made minimal requirements, expecting that the wisdom of the People would be sufficient. The candidate had to be at least 35 years of age, a resident of the country for at least 14 years and be a natural born citizen (not the same as  just a citizen or naturalized citizen).  This was important to the Founders so as to prevent foreign influence in the top office of the country.

The GOP had another debate last night. I didn’t get to sit and watch it in its entirety.  I had, however, seen an earlier debate and had eliminated two candidates just from that debate.  I was left with three whom I could not choose between at the time.  I loved everything they said.  I like Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Tim Pawlenty. I loved everything they had to say. I think Newt Gingrich is very smart.  But this morning as I think upon my quandary of choosing, I have added some new requirements of my own.

I feel, that in the light of the current train wreck that we have in the Oval office (masquerading as a leader) that it is imperative in this next election, that we elect a successful former or current governor.  The mess that we currently have, called government, will require someone with governing experience.  No learning on the job this time…the hour is too late for that.  I think this is wisdom.

My other personal requirement is that this successful former or current governor also have a stable personal life…no multiple marriages.  I also think this is wisdom.

So, where does that leave me?  I have three candidates to choose from and I am eliminating all of the rest.  Not because I don’t think they’re wonderful candidates, because I do think most of them are.  I am going for an experienced governing candidate this time, so my field of candidates to choose from will be Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, and Rick Perry, who is currently slated to announce his entrance into the race soon.  And should any other successful former or current governors choose to come into the race, I will add them to the roster of choices.

Now I have more thoughtful consideration to do.

Federal Government to the Court

Quarter of Arizona
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“How dare Arizona try to take away that job we’re not doing?”

In a nutshell and on the surface, this is what’s going on.  Beneath the surface there is much more.  Today starts the Federal government‘s challenge to Arizona’s immigration law which is just like the federal law, except AZ defined the parameters much more stringently whereby illegals can be questioned.  I do think this is very much a political move by the Obama administration as well as an unbelievable waste of taxpayer funds in a time of dire economic straits.  But spend, spend, spend we will.  Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Or something like that.

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