|“It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” -Samuel Adams|
Obama has been in office for a month and a day now. Combined with his scandal-plagued transition, it is apparent to anyone possessing even half of their cerebral cortex that we are witnessing amateur hour at the White House. It would be a tiny bit fun to be in the opposition–if I didn’t think that the country is in the process of crumbling around the feet of our new president at his command. With increasing cries of racism for dissent, people being arrested and having their houses searched by the secret service for displaying anti-Obama signs on their vehicles, the passage of a pork-filled, 1,000 page, $1 trillion stimulus bill that no one in Congress has even read in its entirety, I’m a bit concerned.
For the record: Rod Blagojevich, Roland Burris, Timothy Geithner, Bill Richardson, Nancy Killifer, Tom Daschle–all have had strong ties to team Obama or have been a part of Obama’s “most ethical administration ever.” “Ethical” must have a different definition to Mr. Obama.
Even newly appointed Republican commerce secretary Gregg has resigned, due, basically, to irreconcilable differences. In a statement, Gregg said (via Watchdog Politics Examiner):
…it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me. Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and ofther potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.
But, take heart. The public is not, in fact, perfectly fine with the goings-on of the new administration. There are “brushfires of freedom” being set all over the country. People are, according to Dan Gainor, mad as hell. Contrary to Mr. Obama’s position, and the media at large, the people in this country who mind their own business, work hard, play by the rules, and make responsible decisions, simply want the government to leave them alone. Those who have made responsible decisions don’t want to pay for others’ bad decisions. It’s not American. Says Gainor:
No wonder we’re angry. While most of us were doing the right thing, some others –- foolish homeowners, stupid bankers, house flippers, idiot politicians and more –- were taking their cues from the movie “Good Fellas” and robbing us blind.
Now we are supposed to bail them out.
So far we’ve dumped several trillion dollars into that bucket and we’re still bailing with no end in sight. No end to what it’s going to cost us, that is. There is an end in sight -– an end to our savings, our retirements, our jobs, our future, even our children’s future.
Who wouldn’t be angry?
Obama is succeeding, before our very eyes, in following through with his promise of “fundamentally changing the United States of America.” We might pause to ponder what those words mean. Those of us who pay attention are troubled by that promise. Every action that Obama has taken thus far has been to move this country toward socialism. Ever-expanding government means less freedom. Period.
I implore others—who apparently aren’t paying attention—to kindly pull their heads out of their nether regions and start realizing what is happening here. In particular, I’m talking to the younger crowd; the demographic that has traditionally shunned authority and fought for freedom and autonomy. In this case, a sizable portion of youth have become so addled that they cheer a man who is doing his very best to strong-arm this country into a place where the achievers are punished, freedom is contracted, and everyone—in the name of “fairness”—will be equal—equal in misery.
The beauty of capitalism is that it allows everyone to try–even if it means failure. But it’s the freedom to try that is there. To live without capitalism is the equivalent of living without the freedom to try to achieve in the first place. Without capitalism, there is no incentive. No incentive means no drive, and it ultimately leads to stagnation. History has shown this time and again.
The good news is that people are starting to wake up and open their eyes to what’s going on around them. The recent rant of CNBC’s Rick Santelli is the perfect example of the flame of anger by the frustrated public that is being fanned. There have been organized, sizable protests against the stimulus package taking place all over the country. People are mad. And in this case, the anger is good. It is a righteous indignation. We the people will not sit idly by and let Barack Obama strong-arm us and bring this country to its knees.
As Dan Gainor said in his article:
The very change that swept Democrats into D.C. will surely sweep them away again if they squeeze ordinary citizens too much to pay for the failings of others.