What a week! No snow accumulation! Hooray! But the effect of the simply *lovely* weather was kind of the same; it was too cold to venture outside with the kids, so luckily David came in last evening and announced that he and I were going out to eat. I felt like an escapee. Of course, I ate too much, and was miserable for it. I’m recovering from a vile stomach bug from the weekend, and my stomach is still a little finicky. Note to those caring for anyone with an upset stomach: DO NOT proceed to open and devour a bag of corn nuts in a confined space–such as a car. It is a grave mistake.
I’ve been feeling kind of restless and apprehensive lately, owing to the political landscape. I find myself somewhere between sheer disbelief and futility. The Constitution does not matter anymore. When the person in the Oval Office is a moral relativist, and a large portion of his supporters are the same, that founding document in meaningless, because it was created based on the assumption that its adherents would be moral people. That is apparently not the case. Obama is overreaching beyond any socialist’s wildest dreams. He has crossed the line between the public and private sector so fully that there’s no doubt in my mind where he is going to lead our nation. And the most insane thing of it is the unabashed and manufactured rage of Democrats and DL over the AIG executive bonuses–which Chris Dodd himself wrote into the (unread) stimulus bill and that Geithner fully knew about a week before they realized they should gin up populist rage and act enraged themselves.
ACORN is arranging bus tours of the executives homes, who are also receiving death threats and threats to their children and families. I have a question: where’s the rage toward the government who is spending our country and our children’s futures into oblivion?
No one should be surprised to know that Geithner and Frank want the power to decide all employees wages for any company that received bailout funds. It’s all starting. How long will it take before they can step into all private businesses and dictate compensation and all sorts of other decisions?
Again, THIS is the reason I and fellow conservatives don’t want ever more government. More government means less freedom. Period. We are witnessing Exhibit A.
Meanwhile, our pathetic SecState is wheedling the N. Koreans to call her on national television while they’re industriously setting up a long-range missile launch. I now see she says “there will be consequences” if they follow through. Why am I not comforted?
I ran across this article by Walter Williams, who surmises that the root of our country’s great problems, including our economic one, boils down to a decay of morality. And it’s true. No one wants to hear the word anymore, but I think it’s necessary to consider it now. Williams:
Unfortunately, there is no way out of our immoral quagmire. The reason is that now that the U.S. Congress has established the principle that one American has a right to live at the expense of another American, it no longer pays to be moral. People who choose to be moral and refuse congressional handouts will find themselves losers. They’ll be paying higher and higher taxes to support increasing numbers of those paying lower and lower taxes. As it stands now, close to 50 percent of income earners have no federal income tax liability and as such, what do they care about rising income taxes? In other words, once legalized theft begins, it becomes too costly to remain moral and self-sufficient. You might as well join in the looting, including the current looting in the name of stimulating the economy.
I am all too afraid that a historian, a hundred years from now, will footnote America as a historical curiosity where people once enjoyed private property rights and limited government but it all returned to mankind’s normal state of affairs — arbitrary abuse and control by the powerful elite.
Read the whole article, it’s not long.
I just can’t seem to say it enough: Once self-ownership is destroyed, it’s game over. And it’s happening before our very eyes. Those looking for a handout don’t stop to think of the repercussions, but they should. It boils down to this: Those on the left place their faith in the government; those on the right place theirs in the individual. And, as Rush pointed out yesterday, the smallest minority on Earth is the individual. Who’s looking out for the individual? Hint: It ain’t Obama. I truly feel that, if we can’t pull ourselves out of this quagmire in four years, I will tell my children one day what it was once like to be truly free. Know that I’m not overstating things or trying to be sensational, either. We are increasingly becoming a nation of willing slaves to the government.
I could, of course, go on, but I won’t for now. I just wanted to add that for all this pessimism I’ve been feeling politically, none of it will succeed in dragging me down spiritually. Politics, after all, is of this world, and not the one that’s to come. I’m getting really excited for Easter. And I feel great sorrow for those who don’t have the hope of Easter. I imagine that it is a rather meaningless existence, and I pray that everyone would come to know that joy.