Warning: This Is What Change REALLY Looks Like

March 24, 2010

 

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
–  Benjamin Franklin

And they will most likely lose both, as one variation of the above quote suggests.

Not one to miss an opportunity to gloat, President Obama proudly proclaimed, “This Is What Change Looks Like,” upon the passage of the monstrous pile of crap known as HR 3590 (“Healthcare Reform”).

While the bulk of the septic ooze doesn’t actually kick in until 2014, the part that is shoved up the back-side of American workers and  businesses will, unfortunately, kick in soon in the form of higher taxes (both overt and hidden).  But what else can we expect from the crap sandwich foisted on us by the Democrats?

Tragically, there’s far more here than meets the eye.

As David Hogberg pointed out in an excellent piece at Investor.com, we may be about to live the above adage by Ben Frankin. Franklin nails it when you take the time to fully understand just how much of our liberty has been snatched with the passage of this one piece of legislation.

Hogberg provides us with a verified list of “20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms.”  Here’s a sample:

You are young and don’t want health insurance? You are starting up a small business and need to minimize expenses, and one way to do that is to forego health insurance? Tough. You have to pay $750 annually for the “privilege.” (Section 1501) [All emphasis mine]

You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that reflects that status? Tough. You’ll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor. That’s because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person’s health status. (Section 2701).

Read the whole thing.

The bill also nationalizes the student loan industry, as Stoutcat mentioned in a recent rant. If you haven’t yet read about that little slight-of-hand maneuver, be sure to do so.

It’s happening, folks. Obama’s silent revolution is here. It’s occurring before our very eyes. Freedom, as we know it, is being taken from us, and it’s being done without so much as a shot being fired.

Yet.

Gerry Ashley


By Any Means Necessary

March 19, 2010

 

It’s simply a power-grab, by any means necessary, for our current crop of corrupt Congressmen. Remember, the ends justify the means. Do whatever it takes, even if that means a complete end-run around the democratic process. Rule of law be damned, just get it done.

For the first time, I truly fear for the future of America.

Stoutcat

H/T: The Other McCain, who has more good stuff.


Peaceful Transition of Power in Honduras

January 27, 2010

 
UPDATE: U.S. ambassador booed at inauguration.

Roberto Micheletti, interrim President of Honduras, steps down today to allow for the peaceful transition of power to the newly elected president of the tiny nation, Porfirio Lobo Sosa. You may recall that Micheletti was appointed after former President Zelaya attempted to overturn the country’s election process  (with the assistance of President Obama’s favorite thug, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela) and was promptly, unceremoniously, and constitutionally removed from office.

President Micheletti immediately went to work to ensure that a new president would be elected according to the Honduran constitution, which occurred without incident in late November of 2009. The result of that election is that Porfirio Lobo Sosa is being sworn into his new office today.

Meanwhile Micheletti, having vacated the Presidential Palace, attended a Mass today, held to give gratitude to God and to celebrate the survival of Honduran democracy throughout the crisis perpetrated by ousted President Zelaya. At the basilica, President Micheletti was greeted with a hero’s welcome and a well-deserved two minute standing ovation.

And where is the United States while all this is happening in a tiny democracy well within our sphere of influence? Why isn’t Joe Biden one of the dignitaries congratulating Micheletti for helping to save the democratic and constitutional process of his nation? And why isn’t Hillary Clinton standing front and center as Lobo Sosa is sworn in?

Once again America’s devotion and long-time support of democracy and freedom is ignored by our President in favor of being loved by thugs like Chavez and Ahmadhinejad. All through their constitutional crisis, America should have been standing by the side of constiutionality in Honduras. But we weren’t there. In fact, we were actively criticizing the ouster, the appointment of Micheletti, and Zelaya’s exile. We even cut off aid to Honduras, which in my opinion is shameful.

As a result, Honduras pulled itself through its crisis without any help from anyone, in what used to be thought of as a “thoroughly American way”. Perhaps it’s time for us to cede that high ground to Micheletti and the people of Honduras. They deserve the accolade.

And we do not.

Stoutcat


We Must All Be Sentinels, Lest We Lose What’s Left Of Freedom

November 10, 2009

 

Living history is more treacherous than merely witnessing it.”

Flag and Eagle

As a somewhat impudent young man when I was in school, I didn’t really apply myself to history class. After all, history was about things that happened in the past, and I was contemptuously obsessed with “now” and what mysteries lay ahead.  But when a “D” on my report card in history caught my parents’ eyes, they knew it was time to make sure I appreciated the significance of understanding history and, more importantly, our place in it.

My mother’s contribution was the short but time-tested phrase, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” I’ll get back to that in a moment. But my father chose to deliver his message in his own words, and those are the ones that ultimately haunt me to this day. He said, “We must all be sentinels to history, or else this fragile freedom we enjoy will be snatched away from us… and we won’t see it coming until it’s too late.”

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An Open Letter To The People Of Iran

June 23, 2009

 

To my Iranian friends in your time of struggle,  As-Salāmu `Alaykum.

It is vitally important that you know you are not alone in your struggle for freedom from tyranny. It is a journey fraught with danger, loss, setbacks, and incredible victories. This is a journey that is more tolerable when taken together as a group, knowing you have the support of yet others around the world who have made the journey successfully.  

You have heard from the leaders of France, Germany, Canada and other countries who have announced they stand with you in your quest. I wish to apologize for the slow response of our President, Barack Obama, who is probably the leader you thought would be the first to stand with you. Although he has failed in this opportunity to be a world leader for freedom, please know that there are millions of us in America who do not hesitate to stand unequivocally by your side to let the world know in no uncertain terms that THIS is what we stand for in America: Free, honest elections, and above all, the right to voice our discontent with our leaders without fear of reprisal. The beauty of our democracy is clearly illustrated in the fact that although our leader may have faltered, we, the people do not. For the power of our democracy originates within its people and its Constitution, not its leaders. There are times like this when we take great comfort in that.

The road to freedom for all countries is long and hard fought. Each country must chart its own course, as you now do. While the journey has its dangers and difficulties, it is also rich in reward. And although we cannot be there in person to march with you, we will share your struggle through technology, letters, emails, tweets, blogs, phone calls, faxes. As you continue the journey, know this: The world will bear witness to your struggle, so it need not be done in darkness.

A truly inspiring American President, John F. Kennedy once said:

“We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.“

It is in that spirit that I, on behalf of myself and all who live the dream of democracy, encourage you on your quest and remind you that you are in the hearts and prayers of freedom lovers everywhere. We stand before you as living examples that your goal of liberty is achievable.

May God be with you and protect you on your journey.

Gerry Ashley


Welcome To The U.S.S.A.

February 13, 2009


31 years ago to the day, I was teaching computer courses in the former Soviet Union at the Institute for High Energy Physics in the Protvino facility about 60 miles outside of Moscow. It was an exhilarating experience, and an adventure to say the least. As the first American allowed into this restricted region, I got to see the Soviet Socialist Republic from “ground zero.”  What I saw there was, at the time, of particular interest to a young man born and raised in the freedom of democracy. I saw the utter failure of socialism first hand.

At the time, I  was amazed and saddened at how such bright and wonderful people could be forced to live under such an inefficient system. But the Commuinist Party was in control and after all, they knew what was best for their citizens and, by God, they would make damn sure they implemented their vision, like it or not.

The result was depressing to this American even back then. They were at least 30 years behind the West when it came to not only commercial goods, but their entire infrastructure from highways to medical facilities. The nightmare of that society has been etched in my mind for all time.

When I returned to the United States, I had a new-found appreciation for all  that we have here; the freedom to strive for excellence in any chosen field of endeavor.

My mentor in the computer company I worked for was quick to correct me when I referred to what I had experienced in the (then) U.S.S.R.  as “the Communist system.” He pointed out that it was actually a socialist system that was being controlled by the Communist Political Party.

At the time, I didn’t fully understand the significance of that statement.  Sadly, today I do. I say “sadly,” because I am now seeing in my own country, a group of power-hungry politicians who are charging towards the same failed system of government. Only this time, the people and party who insist they know best how to run our lives aren’t called Communists. They are called Democrats. But the M.O. is the same:  They “know” what is best for their citizens and, by God, they are going to make damn sure they implement their vision, like it or not.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please note your surroundings. Note your living conditions. Much of what you know about life in the United States is going to change. This is not a wild. dramatic prediction by a sore loser from the opposing political party.  Not at all. I used to be a registered Democrat.  I am now a registered Independent. But if the Republican party will return to its core values and roots, I might consider joining with them.

Because the Democratic party no longer represents freedom, democracy, or the free enterprise system that has become the model used by the rest of the free world and that which has led to excellence in scientific achievement, technology, and commerce the world over. Rather it has become the playground of achievement for those who simply lust for power to control YOU by controlling our society. They do so by rushing to the failed concept that, on paper, sounds so inviting to the masses: Socialized health care, socialized housing, socialized everything.

This, sadly, is an historic time. And just as those of us who were alive when President Kennedy was assassinated, young people today will long remember what life was like back before democracy in the United States was replaced by the mediocrity known as socialism.

How has it come to this?  How is it that the once mighty United States of America has lost grip of its very foundation based on a free enterprise system where those who strive for excellence reap rewards while society benefits from their efforts?

Over the next several weeks, I intend to cite examples comparing what I found in the former Soviet Union to what I find today in the United States. There are similarities that are startling. More significant, however, there are stark differences that are just as distressing.

In the meantime, welcome to what will soon be known as The United Socialist States of America.

Gerry Ashley