Walking through the Library the other day I noticed that Van Jones has a new book released. “Rebuild The Dream”. Of course a Communist like Van Jones doesn’t mean the American Dream. Not the American Dream we all knew and accepted as a goal. No, without even reading it I’m pretty sure it goes without say that what Jones actually wants is to change what the American Dream is and change it to his own belief of a “Socialist/Communist” Dream.
Which stands to reason considering that President Obama tapped him for a major role in his Administration until Jones’ background was brought to light. I would call that “Birds of a Feather”, as it were. The President seems to be pushing the same philosophy with his phony “Fairness Doctrine”. In fact as long as we are looking at fairness, it is only fair to examine what some of the Founders considered fair when the Republic was created.
I’ve said this before but I am going to continue to say it until people understand it. The very first real kick in the pants of the republic was the 16th Amendment which allowed the Federal Government to access, at ANY rate they so desire, a percentage of your personal property. By that I mean your earnings. I talk to people all the time who actually believe that the Federal Government has always been able to tax your income. Of course a lot of them also believe that we have always elected Senators. Just shows what a poor job our education system does in educating even at the College level.
In the words of Thomas Jefferson; “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.” Today, not only do they take the bread from your mouth, they are trying to order you what kind of bread you can eat.
The current Administration, specifically the President says; “We can’t wait…” to pass what he considers the rest of his agenda, which has been a dismal failure. Yet this is, in part, what he is running his reelection campaign on. Jefferson would advise him; “Delay is preferable to error. ” An error was made in pushing his Healthcare Agenda through in the middle of the night, in a rush and even now “away from the fog of debate” we are as much against it as we were in the beginning, if not more so.
It seems we have forgotten some of our most basic beliefs. One thing I have always believed of America is that “When the times get tough, Americans just get tougher.” But we are living off the fortunes of our children and/or our grandchildren. What may be claimed of wars should also be true of entitlements as James Madison points out; “Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations.”
We have lost the way when we allow the Government to assume the power to dictate that you purchase a product, even if you don’t want to. Much like forcing you to fund other people retirement, which is what Social Security claims to do and find that power in the Constitution. Obamacare should have been a dead bill from jump street just on Constitutionality. Hopefully the Courts will so rule. I hope they will remember the words of Madison; “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”
It was done with Social Security, let’s hope the Court will not repeat the error since we know what the Federal Retirement Program is costing us. And before you try to tell me that Social Security isn’t an entitlement program let’s explain what an entitlement is. Any time you put in to a Government program less money than you get returned to you, that’s pretty much a redistribution of wealth and then by definition is an entitlement program because you can’t risk the political fallout by getting rid of it.
Take a minute today and if you can’t personally thank a Vet for the freedoms you enjoy today, at least remember those who not only gave it all to ensure you could, but those who were lucky enough to survive the challenge. No service member ever “gave” his life to protect your freedom, he spent it, willing to pay the price. Because as we all know freedom isn’t free.
God bless and keep you all, those who gave it all and those who were willing to.