Barking up the wrong tree
It just continuously amazes (and disturbs) me how you silly liberals cannot seem to fathom what is at stake in our country, what we need to learn from history, and your contempt for the truth. Are you all asleep?It occured to me that one of two things happened here:
- I'm being taunted by my friends for not posting as often as I should. If this is true, then I apologize and will be posting about some national and Virginia related issues later today.
- I'm being taunted by someone who hasn't read my blog or understand anything about me, my opinions and perspectives, or is even man enough to reveal any identity. For him, here's a brief primer about me:
- I am a conservative and member of the Republican Party. While I don't agree with every ideological detail championed by the GOP, I identify with enough of the platform and have allied myself with the GOP
- I am a fiscal conservative. What this means, for the simple minded, is that I believe that when I go to work, I have the right to the money I've earned. I don't want someone else's money that I haven't earned just because I'm not earning enough myself. I'f I'm not earning enough to support me and Mrs. Reporter, then I need to leave the cave, kill something else and drag it home for us. I believe that taxes are too high and that most politicians have never met a tax that they didn't like. I believe that this country exists for the benefit of the people and that each person has the means to succeed in their own right; they don't need to government to help them. I don't belive in Social Security, Medicaid, welfare and other programs designed to "help" but actually encourage dependence on the government for all things financial. My lack of fiscal planning for my future or medical needs doesn't constitute an emergency for the rest of society, and I don't expect others to be forced to care for me by the government.
- I am a social moderate. This means that I believe in the rights of our citizens as endowed by our creator and by the Constitution of the U.S. and the constitutions of the 50 states. I walk a very fine line in the GOP as I'm viewed by some as being liberal on social issues and by otheres as a representative of the majority of America.
- I believe in smaller government. Note I didn't say "zero government"; I'm not an anarchist. Our founding fathers created an system unique in all the world, a system of government based on laws, religious influences, not on divine right, belief in the goodness of humanity and the orderly transistion of power. And for over 200 years, it has worked as designed. What the FF's didn't design was a strong central govenment that had the ability to ride roughshod over the states and the governed; unfortunately, this is what has happened over the past 70 years, starting with FDR's New Deal and culminating in the current "No Child Left Behind Act" and Medicaid reform, all three of which are tantamount to socialism in my opinion. These and other programs have allowed the federal government to grow larger than needed and exert an undue amount of influence over the lives of the governed.
- I believe in states rights. This is a continuation of the previous idea, and one that bears great attention. The FF's specifically declared what powers were to be granted to the Federal government: trade, national protection, diplomacy, war/defense, currency. All other powers not listed or implied were to be left to the states. I think that this says everything we need to know about how our system is supposed to function: The Feds deal with external matters and the states manage themselves with different constitutions and different laws, even though many are similar in nature. However, the Feds have eaten away at these rights and become a bully to the states, forcing them to tow the D.C. line on everything from abortion to highway construction funds. I believe that we need to act to reverse that trend and return power to the states as envisioned and planned by the FF's.
- I believe in self-reliance. The FF's worked hard and sacrificed much in order to create our country, often at the risk of their lives and, later on, the future of the country as well. They didn't create a welfare state; unfortunately, that's what our nation as become for a significant portion of our citizenry. I don't belive in welfare; instead, I think that if you need money, you should leave the cave, kill something and drag it home to feed your famliy. I'm not against charity or helping others when needed. I'm against living off the government dole and others hard work for so long that you believe that its an entitlement and a right.
- I believe in our sovereignty and our right to protect ourselves. I frankly don't care what the U.N., France, the E.U., China, Sudan or any other nation has to say about our foreign policy. We have a right to protect ourselves when attacked and to take that fight to the home of the attackers rather than to fight the fight in our own homeland. If other nations don't like that, well tough then, I guess you don't want our help, foreign aid or protection when you're attacked.