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Harry Reid cannot help himiself. Our parents and grandparent's had a quest to "make life better for us" but they were distracted from the idea that our Declaration (statement of purpose) and Constitution (operating procedures) are like a patent. Yes, they may be proud and honorable words on paper, patents, just law, or grandma's recipe for pie dough, there is no value to be secured from the words unless they both exploited and defended. While our ancestors were distracted by the economics of a technological age and worrying with world wide external threats to the civil society, the despotic progressive camel's nose was poking ever further under the tent flap of our nation's schools. Harry Reid is a product of those schools elected to power by his neighbors who were unwilling/unable to hold him accountable to his oath of office. It's been coming for over a century. It was predicted by countess competent observers of the human condition for centuries. Schools that no longer teach about government's prime directive to protect liberty. Nor do they describe limits to government's activities under the Constitution. After generations of growing intellectual pathology that saps honor, lives and treasure, we are discovering that culturally and morally ignorant elitists (Dr. Sowell calls the 'the anointed') have infested the government, courts, congress, schools, and the millions-strong cadre's of bureaucrats who preside over the Administrative States of North America. Without honorable teachers, few competent observers are around to raise the alarms . . . now those in power would have us believe that "Resistance is futile, we will be assimilated". DesPro Borg with Harry Reid in the lead are bringing the nation's liberty to its knees in a state of docile, ignorant servitude.
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America: Too Many of You are Morons

Robert 490 Wrote: Jan 12, 2015 11:57 AM
Agreed. But in all fairness, they cannot help themselves. Our parents and grandparent's quest to "make life better for us" they slowly forgot that our Declaration (statement of purpose) and Constitution (operating procedures) are like a patent. Yes, they are proud and honorable words on paper, but like a patent, just law, or grandma's recipe for pie dough, there is no value to be secured from the words unless they are practiced and defended. While our ancestors were concentrating on the economics of a technological age and worrying about world wide external threats to our society, they were lulled into a kind of stupor as the despotic progressives took over our schools. Schools where nobody is taught about government's prime directive to protect liberty . . . and government's limits under the Constitution. After several generations of the creeping disease that saps honor, lives and treasure, we find that the culturally and morally ignorant elitists (Dr. Sowell calls the 'the anointed') have infested the government, courts, congress, schools, and the millions-strong cadre's of bureaucrats who preside over the Administrative States of North America. It's been coming for over a century. It was predicted by countess competent observers of the human condition for centuries. But without honorable teachers, few competent observers are around to raise the alarms . . . "Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated" Have the DesPro Borg brought this nation to its knees in servitude?
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Two Views of Capitalism

Robert 490 Wrote: Jan 10, 2015 11:29 AM
Yes! I would divide the isms into more fundamental components. Americanism practiced by honorable, independent, self-sufficient citizens who enjoy opportunities for spontaneous organization to create economic seas that raise all boats. Then you have despotic progressivism that suppresses liberty and suck the blood and treasure of the productive. "Capitalism" is simply a feature that plays a role throughout the activities of both classes of citizen. We are all actors in a real-life play performed first in Aynn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged". In the final analysis we have American's and DesPros. Individuals may claim membership in the family of Americans but their behaviors say otherwise.
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Two Views of Capitalism

Robert 490 Wrote: Jan 10, 2015 11:18 AM
This article underscores the abject ignorance of graduates from our nation's public schools. Capitalism is simply a tool . . . a mechanism where the assets of many (cash, talent, resources, time, etc) can be pooled to accomplish something that no individual can do alone. To slice and dice capitalism in to pigeon holes is to ignore the BEHAVIOR of individuals who are exploiting capitalistic advantages. A hammer in the hands of a skilled carpenter translates into new homes, hammers in the hands of a warrior makes for crushed skulls, for somebody with no hands . . . well . . . hammers are probably not very useful. Capitalism is no more, no less a tool. The manner in which that tool is used defines honorable, cooperative creation of wealth . . . or as a source of plunder by the criminal class not the least of which are congress, the courts, the administration, the bureaucratic administrative state, public education, etc. etc. The founding fathers gave us a statement of purpose (Declaration) and operating procedures (Constitution) for establishment and maintenance of a state of individual and communal liberty under which capitalism fueled the most amazing cultural experiment in human history. To cite a fractionalization of capitalism as root cause of our nation's woes is to ignore the difference between honorable, productive citizens who love and protect liberty and the criminal class who draw nice salaries, enjoy fluffy benefits and bottomless retirement packages while contributed no value to the wealth and health of this nation.
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Does Income Inequality Even Matter?

Robert 490 Wrote: Jan 06, 2015 8:14 AM
If any individual believes that he/she is suffering unfairly from a disparity of income with other citizens, they need only understand that their income is directly proportional to the value of their work product. To take this analogy to the extreme, nobody would argue that a neurosurgeon's income should be regulated by force of law to raise the standard of living for a hamburger flipper. I believe it was Leonard Read who suggested that the most powerful computer in the universe regulates value and it never makes a mistake. That computer is the free market. One's ability to convert productivity into income is a function of that talent's abundance in the marketplace. Buggy whip makers need not apply. The REASONS for the disparity in talents are many and a real can of worms. This is where another powerful market force comes to the rescue. Adam Smith called it the 'invisible hand' . . . others have called it 'spontaneous organization'. What ever the term, it's the mechanism by which groups of competent observers 'compare notes' and decide amongst themselves how to best advance the collective creation of wealth. It's called the free-market economy. It's the mechanism that built this nation from the wilderness up . . . a mechanism that is under constant and vicious attack by despotic progressive's in government who ignore their oath of office and strive to feather their own nests with the productivity of others. We are plagued by the Administrative States of North America staffed with millions of no-value-added bureaucrats with nice salaries, fat benefits, bottomless retirement funds paid to them for ZERO contribution to GDP. All this made possible by a criminal failing of government schools to educate their charges in the significance of events and ideas from which this nation was birthed.
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Random Thoughts

Robert 490 Wrote: Dec 30, 2014 11:04 AM
Civil ignorance is a design goal for public schooling. Our schools have been in the strangle-hold of the despotic progressive machine for generations. We are born DesPros but under the guidance and example of honorable, productive citizens, we are expected to shed our infantile ways and become independently self-sufficient and law abiding citizens. We now suffer the consequences of this folly in our classrooms. We have children raising children with the produce of two generations ago in command and control over our media, entertainment industries, congress, courts and the administrative state. This is not a new thing nor is it accidental. The roots were sewn 100 years ago and now thrive in the Administrative States of North America. For want of a nail, a shoe was lost . . . for want of a teacher, a nation is sinking.
This is the predictable outcome of a government of despotic progressives who create disarray with their legislative and regulatory dabbling . . . and then find it necessary to dabble further in response to the chaos that arises from earlier follies. De Tocqueville once wrote: "After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd." My fellow Americans, this goes far beyond any one cabinet, any political party, any rogue faction within an otherwise honorable institution. There is a cancer in our nation and its name is Despotic Progressivism . . . we are now ruled by an administrative state with roots in a system of government indoctrination centeres masquerading as "public schools". Not one teacher in a dozen can explain "Due Process" in the context of government's prime directive to protect liberty.
Probably a correct assessment of 'green' electrics . . . but for wrong reasons. This article's premise stands on the thread-bare CO2/greenhouse gasses canard . . . The competent observer would study the complete life-cycle . . . that speaks to the return on investment for all expenses of production, purchase, utilization, maintenance and end-of-life costs for the product. The completely honest comparison for the electric versus hydrocarbon transportation will compare commodity costs in $time$ and $energy$ for being able to claim 'zero pollution. A study that will evaluate all expenditures of resources and treasure from the time raw materials are extracted from the earth until they are returned in land-fills or recycled. These studies have shown the all-electric vehicles to be more a badge of honor for the Greenies than practical reduction in environmental stresses.
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. -CS Lewis- There is another line of reasoning offered by de Tocqueville . . . "After having thus taken each individual one by one into its powerful hands, and having molded him as it pleases, the sovereign power extends its arms over the entire society; it covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated, minute, and uniform rules, which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot break through to go beyond the crowd; it does not break wills, but it softens them, bends them and directs them; it rarely forces action, but it constantly opposes your acting; it does not destroy, it prevents birth; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, it represses, it enervates, it extinguishes, it stupifies, and finally it reduces each nation to being nothing more than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd." Whether Soma, Soylent Green, Obamaphones, or guilt-free sex pandered to children, every despotic progressive has his/her own recipes for success . . . recipes that prescribe (1) ignorance of the value for being an honorable citizen in the civil society followed with (2) incentives to forsake liberty and individuality in exchange for the juvenile infatuation with small pleasures handed down from "on high". Quoting from Thomas Paine: "I draw my idea of the form of government from a principle in nature, which no art can overturn, viz., that the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered." What we're seeing demonstrated is not a 'system' of government rather cadres of parasitic, no-value-added, despotic progressive bureaucrats each vying for a larger slice of pie baked by somebody else. The chaos that masquerades as a 'system' is strangling our nation's talents for spontaneous order and suppresses opportunity. A pseudo-system now more complex than the learned Mr. Paine could have ever imagined. Our 'government' demonstrates de Tocqueville's assertion that only herds of complacent, compliant, sheep, mice . . . and now school children and their parents will willingly allow the life blood of liberty to be extorted from their existence at the point of a gun. Whether that gun is held by the chief of police or the school principal is becoming irrelevant.
The officer was only partially right . . . the real rallying cry in 1776 was, "The despots are coming, the despots are coming . . .. " The fundamental, natural or god-given (take your pick) right to the protection of one's person and property extends to resisting force from any quarter, whether a local hoodlum, the British Crown, or Harry Reid . . . but ESPECIALLY Harry Reid and associates. The only things separating playground bullies, leader of a street gang, Speaker of the House, militant survivalists, Attorney General, Senate Majority Leader, leader of Boca Haram, activist First Lady, belligerent imams, or POTUS are (1) circumstance and (2) resources. Gift an LA street thug with an arsenal and unlimited cash and you have a Saddam Hussein wannabe in the making. The DesPros hide behind euphemisms like "republican", "democrat", "Islamist", "environmentalist", etc. Harry Reid, Valerie Jarrett, Barack Obama, Lady Michelle, et als have boatloads of cash . . . our cash. Their weapons of plunder are UNJUST laws wielded by a phalanx of oppressive and destructive employees of the administrative state. Hamas might dream about throwing 100 million Americans out of work . . . but the misery and pain inflicted on US citizens by the ideological ineptitude of our own government exceeds the best efforts of Hamas by orders of magnitude. Our planet is at risk for succumbing to a suicidal weaknesses of human character. Our government is in the hands of intellectual children run amok. While the children ‘play’ in the Washington sandbox, our borders are being overrun by hoards of DesPros who want to come ‘play too’. Nowhere is this slide into barbarism more obvious than Washington DC. Our founding fathers weep . . .
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