Putting Things In Perspective

I am constantly called a right-wing extremist, because my politics are nearly identical to the politics of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.

That gives a good feel for who has taken over the US government.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

November is coming. Drop your cynicism and make sure that Democrats are voted out of power this autumn.

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32 Responses to Putting Things In Perspective

  1. Mike says:

    You analyze data and come to a concussion that is based on that data and facts. The scientific method is no longer before applied by some people that even work in the field of science. The scientific method is in the first chapter any basic high school science course.

  2. Anto says:

    Me too. And I’m not even as libertarian as Tom and Ben. There is a serious reckoning coming for all Western societies in the next decade. It’s only when things get serious (and seriously dicey) that the majority are compelled to focus their minds on what is really important.

    The time of fluffy, Marxist irrationality is coming to an end – we are broke and just can’t afford that shit anymore.

    • Gail Combs says:

      The short version:
      “The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money” — Margaret Thatcher

      The actual quote:

      Q: There are those nasty critics, of course, who suggest that you don’t really want to bring [the Labour Party] down at the moment….

      A: I would much prefer to bring them down as soon as possible. I think they’ve made the biggest financial mess that any government’s ever made in this country for a very long time, and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them. They then start to nationalise everything, and people just do not like more and more nationalisation, and they’re now trying to control everything by other means. They’re progressively reducing the choice available to ordinary people. – Mrs. Thatcher on This Week program on 5 February 1976 in response to a series of questions by Mr. Gardner.
      http://www.margaretthatcher.org/speeches/displaydocument.asp?docid=102953

      You would really think we would learn from history wouldn’t you?

      Socialism/Communism has never worked. The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

  3. Steve Case says:

    This from my e-mail a few days ago:
    _______________________________

    Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow
    that has passed will never pass again.

    Written by a USMC Vet.

    The American Dream ended (on November 6th) in Ohio . The
    second term of Barack Obama will be the final nail in the coffin for the
    legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered,
    settled and developed the greatest Republic in the history of mankind.

    A coalition of Blacks, Latinos, Feminists, Gays, Government
    Workers, Union Members, Environmental Extremists, The Media, Hollywood
    ,uninformed young people, the “forever needy,” the chronically
    unemployed, illegal aliens and other “fellow travelers” have ended Norman
    Rockwell’s America.

    The Cocker Spaniel is off the front porch. The Pit Bull is
    in the back yard. The American Constitution has been replaced with
    Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and Chicago shyster, David Axelrod, along with
    international Socialist George Soros will be pulling the strings on their
    beige puppet to bring us Act 2 of the New World Order.

    Our side ran two candidates who couldn’t even win their
    own home states, and the circus fat-ster, Chris Christie, helped Obama
    over the top with a glowing “post Sandy” tribute that elevated the
    “Commander-in-Chief” to Mother Teresa status. (Aside: with
    the way the polls were run, he didn’t need any help!)

    People like me are completely politically irrelevant, and I
    will never again comment on or concern myself with the aforementioned
    coalition which has surrendered our culture, our heritage and our traditions without a shot
    being fired.

    You will never again out-vote these people. It will take individual acts of
    defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get back the
    rights we have allowed them to take away. It will take Zealots, not moderates
    & shy, not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs to right this ship and restore our beloved country to its
    former status.

    Those who come after us will have to risk their lives, their
    fortunes and their sacred honor to bring back the Republic that this
    generation has timidly frittered away due to “white guilt” and political correctness…

    An American Veteran

    • omanuel says:

      What a sad, sad state of affairs for this once great nation.

      But the spirit of our founders will not be forever defeated by that of Stalin.

      “Truth is victorious, never untruth!”

    • Dave G says:

      there’s really no need to bring race into this… At all.
      Not a reason nor a scintilla of a reason.

    • Gail Combs says:

      Read Kent Clizbe’s book Willing Accomplices: How KGB Covert Influence Agents Created Political Correctness and Destroyed America

      We had a lot of help from our enemies. Senator Joseph McCarthy was wrong the ‘Reds’ weren’t ‘under the bed’ They were in our Government, in Hollywood, in Academia, and especially in our news media, shaping our opinions and loading us down with guilt and destroying our culture.

      …Following the express instructions of the leadership of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, beginning with Vladimir Lenin, the KGB implemented massive covert influence operations soon after the end of the Russian Civil War. The goal was to destroy the core moral fabric of American society. Taking advantage of the intellectual and philosophical climate of the early 1900s, the Soviet intelligence apparatus began what would now be called in intelligence circles “intelligence preparation of the battle space” to move the world towards the inevitable dictatorship of the proletariat. Covert operatives realized that America’s greatest strengths were its proud exceptionalism and belief that freedom and liberty were part of all men’s divine destiny….

      The goal of the operations was to make Americans feel that their country was bad. The KGB utilized Willing Accomplices to spread the message that America was an evil, racist, imperialist war- monger and that Communism was a benign, noble experiment designed to rid the world of corruption, oppression and injustice.

      Covert Influence Payload
      Babette Gross, wife of KGB agent Willi Muenzenberg, explained the content of the Soviet payload to Stephen Koch:
      * You claim to be an independent-minded idealist.
      * You don’t really understand politics, but you think the little guy is getting a lousy break.
      * You believe in open-mindedness.
      * You are shocked, frightened by what is going on right here in our own country.
      * You’re frightened by the racism, by the oppression of the workingman.
      * You think the Russians are trying a great human experiment, and you hope it works.
      * You believe in peace.
      * You yearn for international understanding.
      * You hate fascism.
      * You think the capitalist system is corrupt.

      This payload exactly matches today’s PC-Progressive message….

      The Willing Accomplices, wittingly or unwittingly, spread the anti-American message. And this message bloomed and grew into the pernicious set of taboos and strictures that we call PC today. It is important to note that Soviet espionage simply planted the seeds of PC. The seedlings did not need continued communist cultivation. The Soviets’ American Willing Accomplices nurtured the anti-American message in universities, newsrooms, and in Hollywood.

      After the payloads were planted, the vast majority of the communist intelligence operatives met the fate of most stooges of totalitarian thugs—violent death at the hands of their comrades. ….

      As the Soviet Union evolved into Stalin’s dictatorship, the KGB received orders to step up Active Measures. One goal was “weakening or misleading…our adversaries.” … In the end, the main goal of Covert Influence Active Measures against the U.S. was to move political and public opinion “away from the conservative parties that were opposing our policies,” in the words of a KGB Active Measures manager. …

      Thomas Boghart, writing in the CIA’s Studies in Intelligence, provided a taxonomy of the activities that the Soviets considered Active Measures. According to Boghart, “The basic goal of Soviet active measures was to weaken the USSR’s opponents — first and foremost the “main enemy” (glavny protivnik), the United States — and to create a favorable environment for advancing Moscow’s views and international objectives worldwide.” Weakening and if possible destroying the U.S. was most effectively and efficiently done by attacking from within. Striking America’s inner strength required hitting its cultural transmission institutions….

  4. JJ says:

    Agreed. I occasionally lose my will to fight and then the Marxists do another destructive thing and it reenergizes me. We need to start with liberal blogs debunking the massive lies and myths about Conservative values. I do that now and generally try to be polite and factual with references, I occasionally slip into sarcasm and snark. Then I wash my hands and jump back into the fray. I may lose my job for my beliefs but when a person who believes in the wisdom of our Constitution is considered a terrorist and far right radical, how can you battle that? Short of starting small communities of like minded people I see no remedy. They have the schools, our kids minds and the media. It is a monumental task that most don’t even recognize as a problem.

    I state this for the record: 1) We are not racist, but will fight back when accused by racists. 2) We are not cruel and uncaring, however perpetual victimhood and dependence will be fought. 3) We are not anti-government, however government has a limited role in our Republic and has grown to be an intrusive inefficient juggernaut that needs to be gotten under control. 4) I am fiercely American and will defend this country to the death. 5) I am proud to be American regardless of the beatings in the press we endure.

    I fear for my kids future. We need to win to keep the ideal alive. I would follow a non-Marxist Democratic president. This one is a flop and a Marxist.

    • Jason Calley says:

      Hey JJ! “Short of starting small communities of like minded people I see no remedy. ”

      I wish that would fix it — but my suspicion is that even that would only be a short term solution. The problem with the so-called “Progressives” is that they absolutely won’t leave anyone alone. (I know; I have some in my close family!) Their entire political approach is based on the ideal that not only do they know better than you what is best for you, but that they also have the absolute right to force you to comply. The don’t believe in “live and let live”. To use a more old fashioned word, they do not believe in freedom.

      I devoutly hope that with the millions of people in this country, someone will come up with a good solution, but right now, I do not think that the “Progressives” will ever stop their unethical quest for power over We The People until there is blood in the streets. I pray I am wrong about that…

      • JJ says:

        Thanks, have the same issues. They try to “convert” me all the time. The theme is going into my novel. JJ

      • Gail Combs says:

        Actually I think the Progressives/ Fabians/ Communists/ Socialists? fascist or whatever flavor they are hiding theWolf under this week, plan to deal the USA the killing blow fairly soon. When a country is in disarray a small well organized group can grab control quite easily as the Communists have proved over and over again.

        The covert influence operations that a href=”http://kentclizbe.com/”>Kent Clizbe detailes in his book, were what Khrushchev was referring to when he said:

        “Your children will live under communism. “You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept Communism outright; but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have Communism. We won’t have to fight you; we’ll so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.

        Khrushchev would have been well aware of the KGB’s activities in the USA.

        …The KGB had been quite successful in influencing the Americans already. Alex Gumberg was still working in America, continuing to run the operation that he had begun during the heady days of the Revolution in St. Petersburg.

        Now Dzerzhinsky, and his staff under OMS cover would have directed the German master of influence [Willi Muenzenberg] to concentrate on the American “market.” Gumberg had made heady inroads with the diplomatic, corporate, and legislative targets in the States: he was running Raymond Robins, and was working his contacts to wriggle deeper and deeper into corporate America. [Think Al Gore’s Senior’s buddy Armand Hammer of Occidental Petroleum]

        Lenin’s vision to bring America to its knees required penetration of the wellsprings of its civil identity, the “transmission belts” of American culture….

        Despite what _Jim may think, you can see the slow build-up. (Fabian vs Communist)
        1. Patriot Act, the repeal of Posse Comitatus, militarization of the police, Agreement with Canadian Military to sent troops into the USA, huge purchase of Ammo by DHS

        2. Destruction of mid-level corporations via leveraged buyouts, shipping not only jobs but whole factories overseas, hiding unemployment figures and doing NOTHING constructive to get the economy back on track. Printing $$$ like it was monopoly money and there by destroying the savings of the baby boomer generation. Foreclosuregate… and the destruction of the economy in general. EM Smith as usual has a good essay on that HERE.

        3. Uncontrolled immigration and encouraging ‘ethniticty’ instead of ‘assimilation’ SEE: Richard Lamm on Multiculturalism

        4. Targeting the last “Regulation Free” industry, farming and placing it under the control of the World Trade Organization via the Food Safety Modernization Act thereby insuring food prices will necessarily sky rocket when the cost of the regulations and the removal of competition kicks in.

        5. Targeting and destroying our cheap energy infrastructure. Here is a new one for you _Jim.

        EPA ban on wood stoves is freezing out rural America

        …. The EPA has recently banned the production and sale of 80% of America’s current wood-burning stoves,….

        The impacts of the EPA ruling will affect many families. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 survey statistics, 2.4 million American housing units (12% of all homes) burned wood as their primary heating fuel, compared with 7% that depended upon fuel oil.

        Local governments in some states have gone even further than the EPA, banning not only the sale of noncompliant stoves, but even their use as fireplaces. As a result, owners face fines for infractions. …

        So, yes, I very much fear we are “Living in Interesting Times” though I hope not.

  5. geran says:

    I think it was Laura Ingraham that said (during the 2008 campaign) she would have to “get drunk and vote for McCain”.

    I guess this fall, I will have to get drunk and vote against any Democrat.

    Republicans, many times, aren’t much better, but the idea is to send a message!

    This country seriously needs leadership, not political correctness, and not “go-along-to-get-along”.

  6. Robert Kearns says:

    I want you to post one, only one, example of someone, anyone, who calls you a right wing extremist “because your politics are ‘nearly identical’ to the politics of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.” Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:02:26 +0000 To: rob_ker1@msn.com

    • Shazaam says:

      Hell, that’s now government policy under the laughingstock-in-chief.

      http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/23/defense-department-guide-calls-founding-fathers-extremist/

      Excerpt: A Department of Defense teaching guide meant to fight extremism advises students that rather than “dressing in sheets” modern-day radicals “will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place,” and describes 18th-century American patriots seeking freedom from the British as belonging to “extremist ideologies.”

      After, what would you expect of a so-called “constitutional scholar” who may have seen a copy of the document, yet by his actions appears to not have ever read it.

      • _Jim says:

        What we have here, Shazaam, is reversion to the mean (or ‘average’ state of mankind’s condition regarding ‘freedom’) as expressed by those in power (government; those guys with the legislative and executive power backed up by hired ‘toughs’ carrying state of the art firepower).

        This piece citing Alexander Tyler says it better than I can:

        – – – – –

        In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of The Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover That they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

        Tyler went on to suggest that democracies tended to go through the following sequence:

        From bondage to spiritual faith;
        From spiritual faith to great courage;
        From courage to liberty;
        From liberty to abundance;
        From abundance to complacency;
        From complacency to apathy; <— WE ARE HERE and
        From apathy to dependence; <— Transitioning to here
        From dependence back into bondage.

        – – – – – – –

        • Gail Combs says:

          Unfortunately that piece by Alexander Tyler happens to be untrue. He did not write it. And yes I used to quote it too because it is so appropriate.

          …Yes, there was a Scottish historian named Alexander Fraser Tytler. He wrote several books in the early nineteenth century, but none with the title, The Fall of the Athenian Republic. In none of his books does this stage theory passage appear.

          Another site traces this quotation and finds numerous variations. It concludes that no one has identified the source.

          A detailed response from the library of the University of Edinburgh reveals that no such quotation appears in the library’s holdings of books by Tytler.

          Edinburgh University Library occasionally receives enquiries, particularly from North America, about this particular work. However, this title is not in our Library holdings, nor does it appear in the stocks of the other major research libraries in the UK (according to the ‘union’ catalogue COPAC)…
          http://www.lewrockwell.com/2006/10/gary-north/stage-theories-of-history/

          NOTE: The original has links within the text that I did not duplicate.

    • philjourdan says:

      And your term is???

  7. markstoval says:

    “I am constantly called a right-wing extremist, because my politics are nearly identical to the politics of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.” ~ Goddard

    If that is so, then you are a Classical Liberal. The best look at what the Classical Liberals believed would be found here: http://mises.org/daily/4596 and that is well worth the time to read.

    • Jason Calley says:

      Hey markstoval! When Lenin was pushing to overthrow the Russian Empire and still leading what was little more than a small group of followers, they took on the name of “Bolsheviks”, a name that means “majority.” Of course they were not a majority, but every time the newspapers would publish and article that mentioned them, it reenforced the public perception that Lenin was leading a “majority” party. Today, the “Progressives” pretend that they are at the forefront of political evolution, when the truth is the are simple old fashioned authoritarians and collectivists. Names OUGHT to mean something, but today, the perfectly good name of “Classical Liberal” has been so tarnished by several generations of pretenders to liberalism, that one uses it at his own risk. Even the perfectly good name of “Conservative” has been so tarnished by pretenders to conservativism that one uses it also at risk.

      I sometimes think that in the most basic analysis there are only two political groups — those who demand the power to run your life, and those who demand the right to be left alone.

      • Gail Combs says:

        +1

        Others have noticed the same thing:
        “Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein

        OR

        “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” – C. S. Lewis

  8. _Jim says:

    Then there is this post by wilfranc in the same post I referenced earlier:
    – – – –
    Sir John Glubb’s essay on the “Fate of Empires” also follows a similar track, where the length of a prominent nation is about 10 generations from his study of Empires over the last 3000 years. Here is brief summary:

    (d) The stages of the rise and fall of great nations seem to be:

    The Age of Pioneers (outburst)
    The Age of Conquests
    The Age of Commerce
    The Age of Affluence
    The Age of Intellect
    The Age of Decadence.

    (e) Decadence is marked by:

    Defensiveness
    Pessimism
    Materialism
    Frivolity
    An influx of foreigners
    The Welfare State
    A weakening of religion.

    – – – – –

    Looking at the above categories one can see each ‘age’ where we (Amurica) have been in our past, and where we presently find ourselves … I would note the present preoccupation with ‘gay marriage’ (by some and certainly ‘the press’) is definitely in the category of “Decadence” having made it all the way to the level of “Frivolity”.

    .

    • omanuel says:

      There is little doubt the USA is in the age of Decadance.

      The question is whether the world’s entire society is in the same stage?

      • Dave G says:

        Most of it. With the exception of China and radical Islam.

      • mjc says:

        The question is, are there enough people, in the US with the stones to tell history to go pound sand, and bring us back from the brink?

        The ‘Progressive’/’Liberal’/whatever part of society, contrary to the MSM IS NOT the majority and as such, it can be defeated and disaster averted…

        But it’s a big IF, isn’t it?

        • omanuel says:

          Probably not. But there is definitely a higher power than that of totalitarian one-world communism.

          Thomas Jefferson seemed aware of that benevolent higher power when he wrote the Declaration of Independence.

  9. philjourdan says:

    I have just begun!

    Dave Brat for Congress!

  10. tom0mason says:

    Steven, if yours and my politics are of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin I’m happy to be in such great company.

  11. DEEBEE says:

    Much as I agree Steve, I cannot see paraphrasing Hillary “what difference will it make”. If our timid “leaders” can only see a lawsuit as their recourse. After a Democrat ouster, all laws will pile up ate the Bamster’s desk instead of Reid’s

    • Gail Combs says:

      What it does is stop the DemiRats from passing more idiotic laws such as a Carbon Tax or Cap and Trade. (Obummer’s latest wet dream now that he has the train wreck of Obamacare passed.)

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