Sunday, September 27, 2009

More Government Takeover of Credit and Transportation

Now that you have seen the Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto and how we have pretty much adopted all of them, think about what George W. Bush, Barack Obama and the congress have done in the last year.

Massive bailouts and government takeovers including:
1. Bear Sterns 2008, $30 billion
2. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac 2008, $400 billion
3. American International Group (A.I.G.) 2008, $180 billion
4. Auto Industry 2008, $630 billion
5. Troubled Asset Relief 2008, $700 billion
6. Citigroup 2008, $280 billion
7. Bank of America 2009, $142 billion

We see that we taxpayers have bailed out banks, mortgage companies and auto makers. There are rumblings that the government will take over student loans as well. Obama wants to nationalize health care. Do we want to be beholden to the government for personal loans, student loans, car loans, mortgages, and our health care? Here we see more centralization of credit in the hands of the state (Plank #5), and more government takeover of the transportation sector (Plank #6). I expect to see more of this in the Obama administration.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Communist Manifesto

What does the Communist Manifesto have to do with Patriotic America? Have you ever read it? It was written by Karl Marx in 1848 and describes how to bring down capitalism and ruin a free enterprise system. The Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto are a test to see if a country has become communist. Is America going down this road? Let’s see how America stacks up against the Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents to public purposes.
Have you ever tried not paying your property taxes? You really only rent your property from the government.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
We all know about this one.

3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.
We have the Federal and State Estate Tax among others.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
We see this in government seizures, tax liens etc.

5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
This is the Federal Reserve. Every local bank belongs to the Federal Reserve who regulates all credit.

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
The Federal Communications Commission regulates cell phones, TV and radio among other things. The Department of Transportation, The Federal Aviation Administration, and State mandated driver’s licenses are other examples.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of wastelands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and others.

8. Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
Social Security Administration, Department of Labor, Unions, etc.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.
Planning Reorganization Act of 1949 and others.

10. Free education for all children in public school. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.
Department of Education, the NEA and Outcome Based Education. Property taxes go to support public schools.

If you would like the read the whole thing for yourself you can order it from Amazon here: Manifesto of the Communist Party

Monday, September 21, 2009

Literacy, Thomas Paine and the American Revolution

Did you know that "In 1750 nearly 90 percent of New England women (and virtually all men) could read and write, giving this region a higher literacy rate than any other area in Europe or America?" (source: MSN Encarta). Later on, newspapers printed the proceedings of Congress so people could keep up on what their representatives were doing and hold them accountable. Who does that today? Out of sight out of mind is how we treat our representatives and senators in Washington. We are much too busy with TV, movies, video games, computers and all of our other amusements to think about what our elected representatives are doing. We are happily oblivious while they are walking away with the candy store. No one is holding them accountable. Perhaps the high literacy rate in early America accounts for the success of the pamphlet by Thomas Paine called Common Sense, a little publication that helped to ignite the American Revolution. People read it, understood it and took action. Glenn Beck has written a book, also called Common Sense, inspired by Thomas Paine's writing. It is inspiring a new, modern, peaceful revolution.
Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine

Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Thomas Jefferson Quote

Thomas Jefferson said, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free...It expects what never was and never will be." People must stay informed and vigilant if they expect to hold on to liberty. We have not been vigilant.


Education

It starts with education.  Americans today know very little about the founding of our nation.  An organization called Common Core took a survey of what American high schoolers know about history.  The results were dismal.  Common Core blamed it on six years of No Child Left Behind and George Bush.  I concede that No Child Left Behind might possibly have been a factor, but I contend that it started way before that.

High schoolers in Oklahoma were given the citizenship test and only 3% would have passed on the first try as opposed to 92% of immigrants who pass on the first try.  It is not just Oklahoma.  This is a widespread problem.
Highschoolers Fail Citizenship Test

"A primary object…should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing…than…communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?" -George Washington