11/25/10

Thanksgiving Thanks



This bit of news is old regarding Judge Crabb proclaiming National Prayer Day is unconstitutional, but appropriate in revealing the true meaning of Thanksgiving.   (With limited comic strip space, I butchered the actual October 3rd 1789 speech by George Washington.)

Francis's retort does bring up the fundamental difference between the Left and Right. The Left often squirm upon mention of America's greatness and our Founding Father's importance. Summed up in short by the wonderful Janeane Garofalo that America is a sham… built on a lie. While men in one room proclaim equality, their wives treated as domestic slaves toil away in the room adjacent and men of another color slave in the field outside. So flag waving is a bad thing, dressing up as a patriot is akin to wearing a white sheet and justice is served socially through constant and aggressive progressing of the Constitution.
No doubt many aspects of the colonial way of life was wrong. But today's times are different. We've fixed many issues and men even stopped wearing white wigs. But it's not the details that made America. It's the simple but powerful idea that men may govern themselves. America is the idea of individualism.

Looking at the back of a dollar bill, on the flip side of Washington himself, you'll see a pyramid, not because we come from Egypt, but because it is a symbol of greatness.The pyramid is incomplete because we are incomplete; ever growing and maturing. Men own their own fate, the right to change and alter ourselves. So in a way, Leftists are correct, in that we can and should progress.

Do we change everything? Is this the change we can believe in? Do we transform America? Or do we build on our Founding Fathers idea, progressing that which protects and encourages individualism; the broad concept of America.

But most importantly, never… never… wear white wigs again.

Happy Thanksgiving!


BTW, here's Washington's speech in it's entirety:

George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
"Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"


Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.


And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best."

11/19/10

Trial for ALL the Marbles



Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani was convicted of only 1 of the 285 charges against him in civilian court. While the White House says they only need one to put him behind bars, it raises the question if a civilian trial is appropriate for handling terrorists in the first place. Terrorism by it's very definition is not a civilian crime. It's a military tactic. Civilian criminals commit crimes against society, which may cause fear as a byproduct. When caught they claim innocence and deny responsibility of their actions. Terrorists seek to destroy society itself often using fear as a tool. When caught they proclaim responsibility of their actions. Form must follow function. Civilian courts serve the purpose of many great things, but not ridding us of terrorists.

11/18/10

Behavior Kills, Not Bombs



Israel has no crazy contraptions that scan your innards or sniffs your crotch. They profile behavior, not confiscate liquids. As we say, guns don't kill people, people kill people. It's the person who is dangerous, not a sharp "spork". Their lines are shorter and boarding planes efficient. Their safety is perhaps unmatched or at the very least as good as ours. But here, bureaucrats are squeamish at the idea that people can be evil and singling out one person could raise eyebrows. Instead we, as Angie here, must all share the wealth of discomfort rather than adopt an efficient and effective "Israelification" of our airports.

11/17/10

Funny Money



What is quantitative easing? In short, it's kind of like printing money. The Federal Reserve buys government bonds and some financial securities from big New York City banks and pays for them with "electronic money", simply changing the bank records on the Fed's computer records. In some cases, they print tangible bills for the banks. In theory quantitative easing (QE2) should lower interest rates, which will increase investment spending, which will increase employment and that will help the economy. In reality, creating money that doesn't exist, creates bubbles by distorting markets and lowers the value of the dollar. Add a weak dollar to low interest rates and you get a bad time for savers and safe investing. So people move to risky investments. Toss in that bubble and we get some really rich people and some really unfortunate people… the very kind of thing Leftists claim to take 8 years to produce and need 8 years to fix. Funny money can't grow an economy. Government can create a predictable and stable tax structure through promising lower taxes and balanced budgets, encourage hiring through tax adjustments and encourage innovation through simplifying regulations encouraging open and fair competition.

The other thing to do is wait. What goes down, comes up, faster than climbing out of recessions.

11/12/10

Socialistic Darwinism



Want a quick lesson why socialism will never succeed? Look at nature. It's amazing humans are the top of the food chain with "solutions" like socialism floating about. Government shouldn't concentrate on making things equal as much as making competition fair. Equal rules, not equal results. If you're God fearing, every Sunday you'll hear the message to find what your strengths are. These are gifts from God to escape that lion. If you're God-less, nature tells you the exact same message... just not as romantic. Surprisingly, Angie and Francis, Theists and Atheists should be on the exact page. A staunch conservative and Atheist friend of mine suggested the reason some liberals lean secular is simply to childishly egg the right. This also suggests, these particular liberals also recently co-opted Islam, not to support freedom of religion, but to also simply anger the right.

11/11/10

Capitalism Sale



What a bizarre topsy-turvy economy we have. Fidel Castro criticizes socialism, communist China exemplifies capitalism and America has a growing number of proud Democrats proclaiming to be out right socialists. Capitalism is what made us great, provided we remember to stick to making something. That's not to say we can't outsource anything, as long as the innovation and executive production stays here. And we have to enjoy making some THING not just money. Somewhere along the way we became famous by being famous and rich by being rich. Instead of "Get Rich or Die Trying" we need to "Make Something, or Die Trying."

11/10/10

Sci-Fi Sense



I wanted to comment on Avatar a while ago, but never got around to it. After seeing Star Wars on Spike, it came to me. Star Wars touches on deep iconic virtues of humanity. If you look carefully you'll see it in our Founding Father beliefs as well. Regardless of the political affiliation of the creator's of these movies, humanity (Star Wars) or anti-humanity (Avatar) is evident.

11/5/10

The Mid-Term Meaning



After listening to Obama's morbid speech on the election results the other day I have to say I think Mr. Obama was born not in another country, but on another planet! Truly he believes people voted the way they did because they were ill informed, that the White House failed in getting the message to the people, that Fox News is evil, that the government didn't spend enough money, or that Jupiter wasn't aligned with Uranus.

These elections are clearly a repudiation of Obama and Liberal policy. We may like him as a person, but we do not like his policy. Period. It can't be said enough. Or more simply.

Furthermore, the mere existence of the Tea Party is a repudiation on the old Republican party. America has always preferred policies of smaller government and individual freedom. In fact such view was the sole purpose of her coming into existence. These election results are not an across the board acceptance of Republican policy.

Of all the networks, Fox News seems to be the only outlet that somewhat understands the message. Jon Stewart Rally (or The Viacom Kings of Comedy Tour) blind assessment is that Fox is successful in telling a better NARRATIVE. Stewart actually said those words on Bill O'Reilly... "you've been successful in your narrative". Liberal supporters complain that Mr. Obama "lost the narrative."

Cable news networks don't tell narratives to the American people. Comedians, comedy writers and entertainment networks like Viacom do. Cable news networks REFLECT the American narrative.

Mr. Obama said being in the White House is alienating. That the more he leaves the White House the more he sees the American people, hears their stories and justifies his inflation of government muscle to help the classes. For such big ears our President can't hear very well. The American stories are confirmations of needing less government muscle. Of needing more government leadership. Simply, of needing more encouragement not mandates.

Volunteer charity is a virtue. Forced charity is theft. If the President can't hear and see that narrative, perhaps in 2 years he could spend ALL his time outside of the White House.