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Capitalizing On Capitalism

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The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty — of the indefinite expansion of possibility.

–SUSAN SONTAG

Many scream that capitalism is inherently prone to greed and therefore it is inherently evil. I can honestly say I agree, though only somewhat. It is inherently vulnerable to dishonesty and greed that is true. They tend to plague it like a sickness and honesty and virtue are the only medicine. Our founders understood even then that our system is only as virtuous as its people are. I believe a little bit of god fearing never hurt anybody either, but maybe that’s for another time and debate.

Fortunately capitalism isn’t easily underestimated, it has lead more people out of poverty and into prosperity than ever before. It is driven by competition and that is not a bad thing. We are born with it as well as every living thing on this planet. It excels us and pushes us to become stronger smarter people. It is a force that drives all of nature and once we can learn to accept that it’s just as natural for their to be a few dishonest greedy people and deal with them accordingly without blaming it on the system as a whole, than capitalism is and will remain a fine model for a long time. But only if we remain honest and virtuous.

Remember there is no greater alternative yet devised to take its place. Many frighteningly believe socialism is the answer and treat capitalism like a bad word. To that I say look to any where that experiment has been tried and dare to compare. Communism a.k.a. socialism a.k.a. liberalism is the biggest threat to capitalism and many of its practitioners believe the only way for it to reach its full potential is to have full global communism. Complete control over the wealth, resources, and people, with the power and authority to manipulate them for the greater good of all. Sounds all peaches until you look at history. Communism or socialism (whatever you choose to call it by) cares not for the individual or the collective. It cares only for its ruling party and its grasp on power. Lets suppose for a minute it could be done, who would be the one(s) to lead this collective? There is nobody I trust with that type of power and responsibility.

If one rejects laissez faire on account of mans fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action.
Ludwig von Mises p. 44 Capitalism vs. Socialism

Yet as I write this there are forces at work to bring this very idea to fruition. These people are using psychology and human nature against us and we cannot allow ourselves to fall prey to the human emotions of jealousy, greed, or even guilt. We are a great nation of great people who came from some of the strongest most intelligent hard working sons of $%*#@’s. They didn’t get here crying about what others had. Hell no, they worked hard for it. The only way is to provide for ourselves through the same values of hard work and independence. Getting people to become dependent on government is the first step of those who wish to subjugate us. We must lose the emotional human responses to everyday life occurrences, (like wanting a big brother to share the wealth because some have way to much and it’s not fair) much like children fighting over candy. We can’t afford to lose our way over the vain, materialistic, and entitled mentality we’ve all been guilty of at one time or another. We have to focus on the ideas that got us were we are today individualism, freedom, liberty, truth, justice… You know, the American way?

Say what you will about Reagan but he nailed it with these enjoy!

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Is Obamascare Good For America?

All this nonsense about healthcare is nothing new. Obamacare and other socialist policies have been defeated time and time before. Yet they somehow always find a way to reemerge a short while later, like a turd that won’t flush. They are deliberate attacks on the individual, liberty, and the free market system.

The individual has the right to not only choose who his healthcare provider is but should also have the liberty to not be forced into buying something they do not agree with. The free market system has provided a healthcare system that is still the envy of the world. I don’t know about you but I would still rather receive treatment here than anywhere else.

I believe this is just another attack on our liberties, intended to slowly manipulate us, our freedoms, and everyone’s confidence in our exceptional American way. It’s almost as if there is an intentional antagonizing of us Americans. I think the radicals in power would love nothing more than to see us riot against ourselves than at them. That would distract from their doings and give them even more excuses to govern by the philosophy “were doing what you would want, if you knew better” mentality. Let’s not forget this is going to be enforced by the same biased freedom hating obamabots at the IRS. The judicial watch is now suing over being stonewalled check that out here.

All this amid recent reports that Americans are warming up to obamacare. Have any of them even tried to enroll? Ugh!! I know polls are polls but data is data so here it is.

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Leave it to Ronald Reagan. The guy had a special way of telling a joke or story and this one is no different. This is worth the listen, well said and still amazingly relevant. Enjoy!

I know most have probably seen it by now but Jon Stewart even rips obamacare here!

Does America Need More Party Animals?

I’ve heard both arguments for some time now. Many believe our two party political system is fine the way it is, while a steadily growing number of others believe there should be a third party if not many more. Could another party better represent Americas changing political landscape?

One argument is that there is enough fighting going on between the two parties we have. The recent sham of a government shutdown could be seen as an example of this. The counter argument could easily be made by more and more people feeling disillusioned and unhappy with both of our parties. The easy answer to this group of people is better representation through a different party. Regardless of whether or not its right for America, clearly people are not happy with either party as of late.

I’ve always found it interesting how the government and media call every other party in America a third party. Could it be a veiled attempt to marginalize anyone who may disagree with the status quo. Perhaps that’s why the Tea Party has relished in its ability to remain decentralized. This single fact however limits it ability to become anything other than a mechanism to try and steer the Republican Party back to its conservative roots.

Both political party’s have had quite an interesting history of there own. Swapping ideologies and members
when its beneficial. Unfortunately for the people it seems both the elephant and the donkey have become so out of synch with Main Street America a third party becomes ever more appealing.

I personally know of several people who identify themselves with a third party and are registered republicans or democrats simply because they feel their vote wouldn’t count otherwise. I believe Ron Paul is a good example of this. If you can’t beat em join em seemed to be the norm for years.

In every election the independents are a force to be reckoned with. Imagine if all those voters stopped waiting to see which party has the best guy and either joined or created a viable third party. Now include all the other disillusioned voters and we would have the ability to overtake the other parties and perhaps even stop the gridlock, infighting, cronyism, and perhaps even get our government of elected representatives back to working on issues that matter most to Americans. I don’t know the future or the implications of a viable third party entering the politisphere, but I do know now seems as good a time as any.

These graphs from this Gallup <a href="http://http://www.gallup.com/poll/165392/perceived-need-third-party-reaches-new-high.aspx“>article are telling. It’s obvious people are becoming disenfranchised with our current two party system and support for something different is growing.

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This Washington Times <a href="http://http://c.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/judson-phillips-cold-hard-truth/2013/oct/17/broken-system-american-politics“>article is worth the read. It touches on the fact that democrats have become even more left then ever and don’t even try to hide the fact they are mostly socialists with an agenda. The largest democrat caucus being the democrat socialists is proof of that. The article also points out how the Grand Ol Party have become spineless, moderate, centrists who prefer sitting on there hands and the fence as opposed to honest conservative policy.

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A Glitch In The Food Aid Matrix? Oh Snap!

“True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” — Franklin Roosevelt

A whopping 41% of Americans receive government assistance of some kind according to a heritage study.http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/01/us-government-increases-national-debtand-keeps-128-million-people-on-government-programs

The need for food assistance is already greater than SNAP can fill.
SNAP benefits don’t last most participants the whole month. 90% of SNAP benefits are redeemed by the third week of the month, and 58% of food bank clients currently receiving SNAP benefits turn to food banks for assistance at least 6 months out of the year.
http://feedingamerica.org/how-we-fight-hunger/programs-and-services/public-assistance-programs/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program/snap-myths-realities.aspx

A glitch in the snap system is a prime example of this. Some cards were left without a limit and many took advantage clearing the shelves of goods at Walmart’s in a couple different states. This was a one day glitch imagine a longer one, or even a glitch in the new healthcare system, ok let’s not ponder that for now… Consider this- snap benifits are set to be cut. http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3998

What happens to those that looted? They should be held responsible but how? Should they pay for what they stole? How when they can’t even afford to feed themselves or their children? Do we take it from their future food stamp allotments? But wait the kids have to eat right? It’s absurd that any adult has the audacity to put the rest of us in this position. I say have some pride in yourselves our country and its principles, and learn to survive like the rest of us. This is the only path of true liberty for all. Liberty only works when your liberty doesn’t infringe on mine.

How can we demand freedom and liberty if so many of us are on aid. If we can’t afford to take care of ourselves the govt is more than happy to do it for us. We must find ways as individuals, as family’s, neighbors, and communities to find a way to instill pride in self and independence. In this country full of blessings It seems some have lost the human instinct to survive. People need to be taught how to purchase, grow, and store food again. Everyone could stand to save more by learning how to buy in bulk, participate in community gardens, store food, and do a little menu planning. We must learn to feed ourselves again.

Let’s not forget to keep things in perspective. Historically people have been controlled and manipulated with food. Check out this list of famines. http://listverse.com/2013/04/10/10-terrible-famines-in-history/ The faces of real starvation are a far cry from today’s food assistance recipients.

I always hear about people in this country having an entitlement mentality. Who feels entitled? Why do they? I’d love to know where the sense of entitlement comes from?

Please feel free to comment… How can the government of the people by the people for the people ever owe the people anything? It makes no sense…

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Terrorizing Terrorists

News of the raids in tripoli Libya and Baraawe Somalia is yet another distraction by this administration. It immediately struck me as odd for numerous reasons. First off aren’t these types of missions usually dealt with a measure of secrecy? Especially considering the raid in Somalia was far from a success and could hypothetically serve to bolster the clan based terrorist group Al Shabab. The same people responsible for the Westgate mall attack in Kenya. http://www.nctc.gov/site/groups/al_shabaab.html

If the raid in Somolia was in response to the Westgate mall attack, could the raid in Libya to capture Al Libi have anything to do with Benghazi? <a href="http://http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2447299/Al-Libi-captured-Delta-Force-Libya-Al-Qaeda-terrorist-taken-away-masked-men.html“> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2447299/Al-Libi-captured-Delta-Force-Libya-Al-Qaeda-terrorist-taken-away-masked-men.html If so why not openly admit it? Surely the president would be the first to jump up and down to claim justice has been served in perhaps some way. Especially after the lame excuse of the attack being the direct result of a youtube video when in fact it was Al Qaeda all along. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/07/benghazi-s-al-qaeda-connection.html If justice is to be served then how? After his interrogations aboard a navy ship, where will they detain him? Surely not the US to be brought up on domestic charges? Why not Guantanamo? Or did Obama finaly get around to closing it?

I personally have no problems actively pursuing credible threats wherever that may lead us. However I do worry that sometimes the end may not justify the means. In what manner should we peruse these types of threats? Is it better to have boots on the ground conducting these raids? Or Is it better to send in a drone and take out the bad guy and his entire family. That’s of course assuming the bad guy is bad at all. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/12/yemen-drone-strikes-us-policy

Lastly how did Al Libi, a man wanted for plotting embassy Attacks in 1998 but was attending school and enjoying his asylum in Manchester the next year, ever become FBI’s most wanted? What ever happened to Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al Qaeda’s number two and Osama Bin Laden’s right hand man?

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