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"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship." - Alexander Tyler 1787 - Tyler was a Scottish history professor that had this to say about 2000 years after "The Fall of the Athenian Republic" and about the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution.
"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this 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, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back into bondage." - Professor Joseph Olson
"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but just that they know so much that isn't so." - Ronald Reagan - A Time For Choosing (in support of Barry Goldwater's presidential bid) (full text).
"To spread the wealth the communist's willing: He'll tax your pennies and keep his shilling."
As this House of Representatives chart shows (anchor), prior to 1994 Democrats held overwhelming control of the House for nearly the entirety of the prior 60 years beginning in 1933. In fact ALL of the tiny portions of Republican control since then have included extremely narrow majorities by comparison.
During the 60 years prior to 1994 Democrats also held nearly complete, and usually overwhelming, majority control of the senate, with the exception of 6 years under Reagan during which the Senate Republicans had to contend with a huge and obstructionist Democrat majority in the House.
IT SHOULD BE UNLAWFUL FOR LAWYERS TO RUN FOR OFFICE OUTSIDE THE JUDICIARY
It should be unlawful for lawyers to run for positions within the legislative or executive branches of government. Each time an attorney is elected to public office, outside of the judiciary branch, it further subverts the other branches toward the judiciary and ultimately helps to further judicial activism, rather than maintaining the separation of powers between the three branches intended by our constitution. It will also result in laws being passed that are friendly to increasing litigation and further private lawyer employment. The solution is simply to not vote for a lawyer from any party for any elective office outside the judiciary.
THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ALLOWED THE MEDIA (NY TIMES) TO ROT
The lack of vigilance by the American people to police and boycott the media and their sponsors, and the failure of politicians to be convicted of and steadfastly stand by principle, combine to form the sad circumstances we find today. For example how many remember the circumstances of George Bush Sr.'s tax increase. Certainly reading any papers after the day he struck the deal with congress would only mention his going back on his campaign pledge of no new taxes. From media accounts you could only have concluded that it was some arbitrary tax increase that Bush decided on his own. How many remember that the reason he risked his political future was because congress told him that they would cut spending by $3 for every $1 of tax increases he agreed to?
Bush saw this as an historic opportunity to set congress on a course of spending reduction, and the US on a course of deficit and debt reduction. So what did the congress deliver? Instead of $3 of spending cuts per $1 of tax increases the democrat congress delivered $1.5 of spending increases for every dollar of tax increases. Don't expect to find facts like these in the archives of the New York Times. Eventually Bush's unselfish intent, while ignoring the politics at his risk, would contribute greatly to his undoing via the mass media. The litany of the one-party reign in congress, and their cheerleaders in the mass media has been fraught with this brand of deception for a century.
Consider the June 17, 2004 New York Times deceptive headline regarding Iraq and the 9-11 commission and you don't have to wonder how we got where we are, considering that this is the most (almost solely) influential major print publication. These propagandist pseudo-acedemic aristocrat wannabes do not think like America.
I am no Bush apologist as the home page confirms. In fact how many remember how it was that a liberal like Bush Sr. ever came to the presidency on the republican ticket? The reason Reagan picked him to run as VP on his ticket was because he was incorrectly advised that he had to pick a liberal in order to center the ticket. I say incorrectly because the American people were so fed up with liberals they would have elected Reagan even if his VP had been even more conservative than he.
LIBERALS DON'T WANT TO MIX PERSONAL LIVES WITH POLITICAL LIVES......
It is always entertaining how the media/left/liberal establishment continues the mantra regarding the need to ignore the personal life, morality, and ethics of a person running for, or in, office (at least for democrats; consider the relative treatment of Trent Lott and Senator Byrd, or "Sheets" as Byrd is nicknamed in congress (as a former KKK Grand Kleegle) claiming that their personal life has nothing to do with how they will perform.
I would suggest that the only thing to consider in a candidate is how they have conducted themselves personally. "Public respect and esteem toward public officials has fallen to a shameful level. The Constitution Party finds that a cause of this national state of disgrace is the deterioration of personal character among government leaders, exacerbated by the lack of public outcry against immoral conduct by public office holders. Our party leaders and public officials must display exemplary qualities of honesty, integrity, reliability, moral uprightness, fidelity, prudence, temperance, justice, fortitude, self-restraint, courage, kindness, and compassion. If they cannot be trusted in private life, neither can they be trusted in public life." Looking over the landscape of the vast majority of politicians on the left, and nearly as many on the right, it should come as no surprise that they desire a disconnect between their private and public lives.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM WORKED WELL DIDN'T IT?
The Supreme Court/John McCain decision on campaign finance reform put the final nail in the coffin of our once great Republic. It is now government of the media by the media and for the media - and George Soros - which is pretty much what it has been for a couple of decades anyway. It will also be for Hillary.
WHAT ABOUT THE 2000 ELECTION
Regarding the 2000 presidential election Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St.Paul, Minnesota, wrote this about the 2000 election:
Population of counties won by Gore 127 million, won by Bush 143 million.
Sq.miles of country won by Gore 580,000, won by Bush 2,427,000.
States won by Gore 19, by Bush 29.
Murder per 100,000 residents in counties won by Gore 13.2, by Bush 2.1.
Professor Olson adds, "The map of the territory Bush won was the land owned by the people of this great country. Not the citizens living in cities in tenements owned by the government and living off the government.
Professor Olson thinks the US is now between the apathy and complacency phase of democracy although he believes that 40 percent of the nation's population has already reached the dependency phase.
WHO VOTES FOR DEMOCRATS?
Here's more on who has been electing our public officials. I included this to help give you a better idea of who will be electing Hillary and Bill in '08. New York city and Los Angeles elect Democrats so they can use them to parasitize the rest of the country to cover their own state's fiscal irresponsibility. What's your excuse?
JOHNSON, CARTER AND CLINTON TRASHED THE MILITARY (anchor)
Reagan and Bush Sr. spent 12 years rebuilding a broken and demoralized military trashed by Jimmy Carter. Bush Jr. had to rebuild a military trashed and demoralized over 8 years by Clinton. Clinton had indicated previously that he loathed the military and when he became commander in chief he clearly demonstrated this. Clinton cut military spending from 30 percent of our annual fed budget in 1990 to 15% by 2000. As a percentage of GDP from 6.2% in 1990 to 3% in 2000 making it the lowest level since the Great Depression. He slashed 700,000 active duty personnel and 293,000 reservists (a 40% reduction). Al Gore's "reinventing government" slashed 305,000 civilian employees. What he didn't boast was that 286,000 of these were from the Department of Defense. Clinton denied already approved pay raises and created the "military poor" forcing 30,000 military families to go on food stamps and 8,000 to go on state-funded child care. The gap between military and civilian pay reached 13.5% by 1999 which was close to the 14% reached under Carter in 1979. It's odd that Bush gets the heat for under-trooping since it takes a decade or more to train back these kind of Clinton losses. Clinton halted or froze development of badly needed defense systems and underfunded other critical programs while handing our most critical missile technology to the Chinese in exchange for campaign contributions. The political correctness demanded by the Feinsteins, Boxers, Schroders and other Marxist feminists in government forced men to train with women, and homosexuals to be allowed, in spite of the known risks of Aids and hepatitis associated with this group in relation to in-the-field blood transfusions. How many more American female soldiers are we going to need to see raped and killed by our enemies before rethinking the relative wisdom of sending women into combat? How much earlier and greater risks do men take in order to rescue a female POW? Republicans are therefore always getting stuck with the bill for reconstruction after the devastation that the democrats invariably visit on the military. The above numbers are from "Reckless Disregard" Lt. Col. "Buzz" Patterson's must read. Did America really want to fight the war against terrorism within our shores with broken defenses and policies of appeasement, and with a commander in chief that put himself in for a purple heart for a 1/8" metal sliver in his arm? Kerry not only lied about Vietnam atrocities but he pressured Steve Pitkin to lie as well. What about Bush's National Guard record? Where was Ted Kennedy the "conservative senator from Mass." through all this? America made the right choice (push back button if you came from the home page).
From Senior Pastor James Lair regarding foreign Christians for Bush.
ELIMINATE PENSIONS SLASH PAY FOR CONGRESS
Term limits only make sense today because Congressional pay and pensions have become so bloated that they provide a disincentive for politicians to leave office. If pay was 40 or $50,000 and no pensions were offered, I suspect turnover would be more frequent. Stiff penalties and prison terms for personally profiting from office would also help. Further, any representatives that file for personal bankruptcy should be replaced.
Provocative remarks from Jay Leno on the Tonight Show:
On the U.S. Senate: "The Senate voted 97-0 for an anti-spam bill to stop those annoying things you get on your computer. The senators made it very clear that when you start misleading the American people and start taking their money over false promises, that's our turf, buddy!"
On the effort to write a constitution for Iraq: "As you may have heard, the U.S. is putting together a constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? Think about it - it was written by very smart people, it's served us well for over two hundred years, and... we're not using it anymore."