Teachable Moments

You may recall the uproar that an immigration law in Arizona recently caused.  After begging the federal government for help in protecting its borders, dealing with violence against its citizens and law enforcement officials from illegal immigrants, and a host of other problems, Arizona finally decided to do something about it.  The problem was not the existing federal law.  The problem was the federal government was not enforcing it.  So the state passed a law mirroring the federal law and in essence said, “If you won’t do your job, we will.”

But the act somehow set off a political firestorm, and many people raised loud voices in opposition.  Among them was the owner of the Phoenix Suns, Robert Sarver.  Sarver said, “However intended, the result of passing the law is that our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law are being called into question…and Arizona’s already struggling economy will suffer even further setbacks at a time when the state can ill-afford them.”  Sarver even had his team wear jerseys that said “Los Suns” to show his support for those he thought were offended.

But someone has offered a rebuttal to Mr. Sarver.  The text has been making the rounds via email and has been attributed to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.  Whoever is the author has a great point:

“What if the owners of the Suns discovered that hordes of people were sneaking into games without paying? What if they had a good idea who the gate-crashers are, but the ushers and security personnel were not allowed to ask these folks to produce their ticket stubs, thus non-paying attendees couldn’t be ejected. Furthermore, what if Suns’ ownership was expected to provide those who sneaked in with complimentary eats and drink? And what if, on those days when a gate-crasher became ill or injured, the Suns had to provide free medical care and shelter?”

This speaks to a bigger point.  When it comes to other people’s money, liberals are just that: more than generous.  Yet when it comes to their own personal possessions, they are strangely stingy.  And that is why they should not be in charge of others’ money, lest they spend it all, and collapse the society.

Promises, Promises

We have seen time and again that a pledge or a promise from the Obama administration means nothing.  This is the latest example.  From the Heritage Foundation:

On July 21, when President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill, he promised: “There will be no more taxpayer-funded bailouts. Period.” How long will this Obama promise last?  Well, The New York Times  reports today that  “the Obama administration on Wednesday pumped $3 billion into programs intended to stop the unemployed from losing their homes,” including a program announced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that “will draw on $1 billion authorized by the new financial overhaul law.” That’s right. The Dodd-Frank “no more taxpayer-funded bailouts forever” bill is not even a month old, and already President Obama is using it to turn your tax dollars into yet another bailout.

We saw this with the “Pay-As-You-Go” plan.  After spending the money of an entire generation yet to be born, the democrats piously announced, “From this moment forward, we will not spend money we don’t have.”  It wasn’t even a month before they tried to pass an unemployment benefits extension with money they didn’t have.  The republicans (and specifically Jim Bunning) were vilified for holding up the bill and for pointing to the democrats’ own “rule.”

This current crop of democrat leaders will say and do anything to get what they want.  If we had an honest press, they would not get away with it.  However, we do have an emerging class of media that will tell the truth.  I encourage you to check into them.

Just continue to look at what these politicians do, rather than what they say.  If the country had done that two falls ago, we would not have Barack Obama as President.

Freedom is so valuable

“It is better to cherish virtue and humanity, by leaving much to free will, even with some loss to the object, than to attempt to make men mere machines and instruments of political benevolence.”

Edmund Burke

The conservative answer to those who claim government aid can solve poverty is simply, “No it can’t – it will make the problem worse.”  It’s that simple.  It has never worked and cannot work, because it works against the natural yearning of the soul and its best motivator: freedom.  What is worse is that there are those seeking to rule with an iron fist who know they can achieve their objective gradually, by claiming the power they take is for the “good of the people.”  The founders of the country understood that man cannot be trusted.  And on that understanding they limited the power of government, and granted freedom to the citizens like the world had never seen.  And that freedom built the most amazing country the world has ever seen.  But there is another important catalyst: morality.

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other,” wrote President John Adams.

So when we see our government growing in power, restricting freedom, and pushing God aside, we fear for our nation.  But concern means nothing, if we do not act.  And one of the biggest ways to act is in November.  Go vote.

Don’t let evil triumph

Edmund Burke said it well:

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

So do something about it. Stand up. Speak out. Persuade those heading for destruction to turn around. Stand up to evil, lest it win.

The Sad “I Told You So”

http://www.citizenlink.com/2010/07/congressional-research-report-confirms-health-care-law-does-not-restrict-abortion-payments/

I would venture to say that hardly anyone who argued against the Obama Administration’s health care law on the grounds it will fund abortion with taxpayer money, is surprised to hear this. According to Congress’ own research, it funds abortion with taxpayer money. Recall we were assured over and over again that it would not, and we were even called liars by the President. Bart Stupak and his gang boldly stood against Obamacare on these grounds…until they folded like lawn chairs. The President even personally guaranteed there would be no taxpayer money to fund abortion, by issuing an executive order to solve a problem he said didn’t exist in the first place.

But now, we learn what we knew all along. Your tax dollars will be used to kill innocent human life. Had the administration argued such a thing should be permitted from the get-go, this would be a non-issue. But they lied about this as they have lied about a growing number of things.