"How soon the labor of men
would make a paradise of the whole earth,
were it not for mis-government,
and a diversion of all his energies
from their proper object
-- the happiness of man --
to the selfish interests
of kings, nobles, and priests."
Ah fair the well oh Laissez- Faire -- we are not worthy to receive you.
In the president's own budget, he is projecting a 1.1 trillion dollar deficit going into next year, knowing he has been running over a trillion dollar deficits for each year in office ($1.6T for 2011, adding to the $3.5T accumulated already) -- oh as he charms us with the notion of holding to "2010" spending and calling it a "freeze", and that would apply to discretionary funds only; and lest we forget, adding into the equation his brand new, unfunded, entitlement program under the Affordable Care Act which will add another trillion dollars to our bottom line (insuring 30 million people for nothing will do that); and all the while, not tending to the entitlement programs already under water -- and -- ignoring the national debt of 14 trillion and climbing exponentially at every tick of the clock...
and the clock is ticking.
Good day to provoke revolutions around the globe indeed.
But let's look at the numbers one more time -- according to the president's own brilliance, we are setting a trajectory of doubling our national debt to a whopping 28 trillion dollars before the end of 2020; and in the words of many, at least those within the GOP collective, it would be better doing nothing, than bring this little piggy to market.
And if real life couldn't be any more startling, let's take in a few keen observations of the man we have as our president, the Statist that he is -- you know, considering all the things we know to be true, taking into account where we have been and where we are right now, adding to it "the revolutions and reform" in the Middle East, and basically, after just watching this man roll for awhile -- for the blueprint of the last couple of years, giving way for a quick explanation of America's demise, perhaps may be found in a single speech.
Invoking the revelations of Mark Levin, from his book, Liberty and Tyranny, published in 2009 -- he is nearing the end of his "Conservative Manifesto" when he quotes parts of a speech, from 2007, given to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, by the Senator Barack Obama.
"We have heard much over the last six years about how America’s larger purpose in the world is to promote the spread of freedom – that it is the yearning of all who live in the shadow of tyranny and despair.
I agree. But this yearning is not satisfied by simply deposing a dictator and setting up a ballot box.[fascinating, isn't it]. The true desire of all mankind is not only to live free lives, but lives marked by dignity and opportunity; by security and simple justice.
Delivering on these universal aspirations requires basic sustenance like food and clean water; medicine and shelter. It also requires a society that is supported by the pillars of a sustainable democracy – a strong legislature, an independent judiciary, the rule of law, a vibrant civil society, a free press, and an honest police force. It requires building the capacity of the world’s weakest states and providing them what they need to reduce poverty, build healthy and educated communities, develop markets, and generate wealth. And it requires states that have the capacity to fight terrorism, halt the proliferation of deadly weapons, and build the health care infrastructure needed to prevent and treat such deadly diseases as HIV/AIDS and malaria.
As President, I will double our annual investments in meeting these challenges to $50 billion by 2012 and ensure that those new resources are directed towards these strategic goals."
In a series of pointed questions following his hand picked excerpts, Levin basically returns to a combination of how's and why now's; begging almost, for him, the man, the president-to-be, to jump in and answer the age old notion of what makes you think you will be any different? How in the world will you accomplish this feat, you loon? How do you justify which countries deserve America's love and attention, and which one's do not? And when, just when do you call in the troops, write a check, or send material aid? When do you impose sanctions, when do you cut everything off, just when is diplomacy no longer working for you? And just how do you operate around crazy -- eloquently and compassionately and decisively and brilliantly -- how do you do that, in the real world, and keep America safe and her sovereignty intact?
Of course, Levin's questions were posed differently, but you get my drift.
The entire speech is long and twisted, but fortunately for us, remains as just one of the many declarations on the record, as to just what Obama was thinking, and more important, laying out the blueprint ahead, skillfully setting forth what he would do if given the chance to be President...so easy pontificating from the outside looking in, isn't it, Mr. President?
"In today’s globalized world, the security of the American people is inextricably linked to the security of all people. When narco-trafficking and corruption threaten democracy in Latin America, it’s America’s problem too. When poor villagers in Indonesia have no choice but to send chickens to market infected with avian flu, it cannot be seen as a distant concern. When religious schools in Pakistan teach hatred to young children, our children are threatened as well.
Whether it’s global terrorism or pandemic disease, dramatic climate change or the proliferation of weapons of mass annihilation, the threats we face at the dawn of the 21st century can no longer be contained by borders and boundaries...
I know that many Americans are skeptical about the value of foreign aid today. But as the U.S. military made clear in Camp Lemonier, a relatively small investment in these fragile states up front can be one of the most effective ways to prevent the terror and strife that is far more costly – both in lives and treasure – down the road. In this way, $50 billion a year in foreign aid – which is less than one-half of one percent of our GDP – doesn’t sound as costly when you consider that last year, the Pentagon spent nearly double that amount in Iraq alone.
Finally, while America can help others build more secure societies, we must never forget that only the citizens of these nations can sustain them. The corruption I heard about while visiting parts of Africa has been around for decades, but the hunger to eliminate such corruption is a growing and powerful force among people there. And so in these places where fear and want still thrive, we must couple our aid with an insistent call for reform. [wow, we should have seen it coming]
We must do so not in the spirit of a patron, but the spirit of a partner – a partner that is mindful of its own imperfections. Extending an outstretched hand to these states must ultimately be more than just a matter of expedience or even charity. It must be about recognizing the inherent equality and worth of all people. And it’s about showing the world that America stands for something – that we can still lead...
It’s time we had a President who can do this again – who can speak directly to the world, and send a message to all those men and women beyond our shores who long for lives of dignity and security that says 'You matter to us. Your future is our future. And our moment is now...'
Levin is quick, and with every good reason, to say that:
"In truth, the Statist is and will be no more successful in his foreign policy promises than in his domestic promises. International utopianism has no better chance than its domestic brand.
But for all his talk of America changing the world, the Statist speaks not of American sovereignty but 'global citizenship.' He speaks not of America as a nation-state but as a one nation among many. Rather than maintain its superpower status and act in its own best interests, the United States should relinquish its hard-earned position in favor of multilateral power sharing and conduct foreign policy -- including decisions about military action in its own defense -- through coalitions and international organizations. In this way, America's interests are subsumed and contained by the supposed interests of the whole."
so where are we at? as a country, as Americans?
"So distant is America today from its founding principles that it is difficult to precisely describe the nature of American government...[with] the Constitution being altered by judicial oligarchy that mostly enforces, if not expands, the Statist agenda...[with] a maze of administrative departments... [with] the states that gave the central government life now live at its behest. What, then, is it? It is a society steadily transitioning toward statism. If the Conservative does not come to grips with the significance of this transformation, he will be devoured by it."
Thank you, Mark Levin, ever consider running for president?
May I also refer you, my handful of G readers, to The Daily Bell this morning, giving a rather ample dose of reason mixed with lively doubt.....there are two articles worth your while, this and that.
The world is not as it would seem -- and funny, for it seems to be growing wildly out of control much at the same rate as our annual deficits and accumulated debt. Wonder if there is any connection?
that's a rhetorical question -- as we ponder the new world order according to the president of 'to every thing there is a reason and with every reason there is a thing' -- a means to an end becomes a cornerstone; from the one who truly believes "the security of the American people is inextricably linked to the security of all people" and "my individual salvation depends on our collective salvation..."; Obama-isms abound and flourish aligned with a statist's dream.
Legitimate American commerce flowing freely within and beyond our borders, the growing of American prosperity and ingenuity, humbly leading the way by example, beholden to the blessings of our Judeo-Christian roots, setting in motion the American way of life admired by all the world -- it was never intended to be this complicated;
and clearly, after only a couple of years, our true American ideals, deeply rooted in every bit as much our duty as it is in conversation, remains to be truly recognized, understood, and elevated by society, let alone our president, today; too often reduced to more a foreign concept, obsolete and run it's course, groping for translation and assimilation into a new global governance paradigm, by the man, now president, with the gilded tongue.
and with that, what a brilliant way to leave it today if I do say so myself.
Make it a Good Day, G
and if anyone wonders what number I would hit for this year's budget cuts: 370 Billion...and continue at this pace each year until we were back in black; and yes, aligning the cuts to all areas of the budget, even entitlements, the bureaucracy that has a choke-hold on our inherent pursuit of happiness; and yes, including defense, our global force for good can be fine tuned and operated more on the home front; and yes, taking apart layers and layers of government interference; and yes, making the hard decision to change Social Security benefits, effective immediately, using means testing and changing retirement age, as IT, along with Medicare, was never intended to support seniors in Florida with 25 years of free golf and a doctor...don't hate, just the first thing that popped in my head...but this is not what it was made for, and goes back to a time when we didn't live much beyond 70 -- thanks to our excellent health care system, we easily live to be 90 years old! -- it just needs to be re-thought, more tax incentives to take care of our own family, to manage our own retirement, to keep more of our own money...but let's just stop there, no need for a p.s. bloggorama today...you see how quickly things can get out of hand.
By the way, my choice of song on Dear America is filled with naughty words -- consider yourself forewarned -- and, I am almost positive, EMINEM never intended on a conservative american girl tying her thoughts to his words, but it works; consider it my idea for a congressional budget cut pump you up song. We are all connected, sometimes in warped ways, indeed. and thank you EMINEM for how you choose to express yourself and find your happiness...you sir, are very good at what you do.