Political propriety or timidity?

Leftists have made much this past week of the supposed vandalism and threats made in the wake of the traitorous health care law passage. Most well known conservatives have decried any such acts, or even the thoughts of such acts.  They have made the collective point that violence is never an appropriate response and should always be shunned.  Now, I am certainly not advocating any maliciousphysical actions or verbal.  Rather, I am merely taking issue with the logic my fellow conservatives use when decrying all use of violence, at all times, in all places.

This past week marked the 235th anniversary of a speech by Revolutionary War hero Patrick Henry, the most famous line of which is “Give me liberty, or give me death!”  The entire purpose of his monologue was to entreat the listeners to take up arms.  Would those who say that violence is never an acceptable response to the loss of freedom condemn Mr. Henry?  I dare say that would be silent in his regard as history has shown that warfare, in its variety of forms, was a necessary response to the indignities he and his contemporaries suffered.   Why then, do my contemporaries so quickly renounce the natural end of a political irresolution that places a bounty on the very lifeblood of the human soul: freedom?

The past has shown, time, time and time again that governments are predisposed to ever increasing in size, and, as Thomas Jefferson noted, “as government grows, liberty decreases.” When words fail to stave off the ever encroaching tentacles of liberal bureaucracy, what recourse is there?  I ask this as a sincere question.  Violence must always be the last recourse, lest any new government be born of anarchy and fratricide.  Those who have said they would never resort to physical confrontation would seem to have already answered it for themselves.  Such statements give tacit acquiescence to the opposition.  For them, liberty gained or preserved in such a way is to expensive as it might come at the cost of their temporal skin.  To them, I offer the words of Samuel Adams; “If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

Robert Heinlein, a favorite author of mine, also broached this topic directly.  I will leave you with his poinient fictional dialog between a civics teacher and a student who approached him with the statement “violence never solves anything.”

“But on the last day he seemed to be trying to find out what we had learned. One girl told him bluntly: “My mother says that violence never settles anything.”

“So?” Mr. Dubois looked at her bleakly. “I’m sure the city fathers of Carthage would be glad to know that. Why doesn’t your mother tell them so? Or why don’t you?

They had tangled before — since you couldn’t flunk the course, it wasn’t necessary to keep Mr. Dubois buttered up. She said shrilly, “You’re making fun of me! Everybody knows that Carthage was destroyed!”

“You seemed to be unaware of it,” he said grimly. “Since you do know it, wouldn’t you say that violence had settled their destinies rather thoroughly? However, I was not making fun of you personally; I was heaping scorn on an inexcusably silly idea — a practice I shall always follow. Anyone who clings to the historically untrue — and thoroughly immoral — doctrine that ‘violence never settles anything’ I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.”

The Red coats are coming The Red Coats are coming.

Fear not citizens of the USA. Even though Obama’s Health Care bill passed on a Sunday evening, the battle has just begun. It is not a battle just for health care it is a battle of the constitution and states’ rights.  The federal government has no right to require any citizen to purchase anything in this country with the threat of penalty. You may say you need a driver’s license to drive, yes you do, but if you choose not to drive you have no need for a driver’s license. The bank requires you to have mortgage insurance to buy a house.  Again it is your choice not to own a house.  This health care bill gives you no choice. The administration is hiring 17,000. new IRS agents to check to see if you have health insurance and if you do not you will be hit with a hard financial penalty or jail.  The IRS will also for the first time have access to your medical records.  Invasion of privacy? dam right it is.

This is not about health care this is about power and control. They will control 1/6thof the economy.  Nancy Belagosi Pelosi states that it will save a trillion dollars over the second decade. This is just more smoke and mirrors.  The government saves nothing but they consume and grow. They are like dry rot; it eats and eats until there is no wood left.  The arrogance of this group is unprecedented in the history of our country. Sixty percent of the people are against this bill, Obama says they know better then You do.  The 2010 mid terms are around the corner and it will be payback time.    Bart Stupak the Anti Abortion congressman folded to the false promise of an executive order by Obama to stop all public funded abortion.  Any bill passed by the congress supersedes any executive order.  Another generation of the unborn will be murdered.  Thank  you congressman Stupak

Thirty seven states who’s Attorney Generals are filing law suits to stop this invasion of our constitutional rights. The first state to file suit will be the great state of South  Carolina. This is ironic that it was South Carolina that fired the first shot of the Civil War Which was a war of states rights. The American center for Law and Justice headed by Jay Sekulow and Mark Levin’s Landmark legal association will be filing suit as well.  This will but an injunction to stop the bill from being implemented until it is settled in the courts. They will need money help with these court cost so please send contributions to these two organizations. You can find them in your search engines.

The next big plan that Obama plans on pushing through is amnesty for all the 20 million illegal immigrants.  This will be a new voting base for Obama in the 2012 election.

Florida Congressman Alcee Hasting says it all here how Obama’s  gang does it’s businness of running your country.

The foundation of your country was founded on truth; the truth has been broken by this group of Congressmen and Senators. They are not here to serve but here to rule. The Congress will not have the same health care that they are imposing on us. They will have their own Cadillac healthcare.  This is how Royalty lives.  I believe 235 years ago we fought a war against the tyranny of a British King.

Suck It Up Crybaby

John the Baptist

Obama’s Chicago Thuggery

Obama’s thugs are out twisting arms, creating back door deals and promising government jobs to congress people who may choose not to run or will lose their seats in  the 2010 midterm elections. This is politics at its worse. The transparency that Obama promised is a big lie like everything else that he promised. Nancy Beligosi Pelosi is threatening to remove congress people from prominate committee positions to low positions such as the Postal committee.

They are dancing with glee that the CBO numbers came in under one trillion dollars. 940 billion to be exact. These are preliminary numbers that will change. Obama states that the health care will save 140 billion dollars over the next ten years. You all know that the government never saves money and the true cost will be 3-6 times the estimated cost. Medicare is in trouble as well as Social security which are unfunded and true debt for these two government run systems is 100 Trillion dollars.  We cannot afford Obama’s healthcare. The United States is broke. There is no more money to spend. You cannot keep printing money; the dollar will be devalued and worthless. Check your history books for Germany’s Weimar Republic where to by a loaf of bread you had to have a wheel barrel full of German marks as it was worthless.   www.germanculture.com.ua/library

 Obama just passed another jobs bill costing you all 18 Billion more dollars. The Trillion dollar stimulus bill did nothing to create jobs. Oh by the way if the heath care passes the Federal Government will authorize the IRS to hire 12,000. New agents to make sure that you have government run health care as well as all employers. If they find that you or your employer does not have or offer they will hit you with a huge penalty or throw you in jail. Obama can create new jobs. Too bad the private sector has not benefited from any of his programs.

This is what the heath care offers. You need to understand, do research and you will understand what they are doing to you. You will not be able to just call your doctor and go about your usual visits and pick up your prescriptions. The services will be rationed as the money will not be there the pay for the programs. Ouch! It will hurt you and your country like nothing you have ever experienced. Your safe little world will be rocked. Pull your ostrich head out of the hole and do something.

Call your Congress person and tell them to vote no. It will be the best thing you have done for you, your children and their children. If you do nothing, don’t say I didn’t warn you! So all I can say at that point is

Suck It Up Crybaby    

John the Baptist 

Just Total War (part one of three)

The notion of war is as old as mankind, itself.  The first fistfight, never mind the first murder, was nothing more than warfare at the smallest level: a single man against a single man.  The desire for conquest leading to conflict is part and parcel of our fallen world.  Therefore, it is, occasionally, entirely appropriate to engage in warfare, and concurrently, we are compelled to discover the proper circumstances and limits to that destruction.

Liberals would like to simply ignore the reality of war and its horrors, but adults don’t have the option of closing our eyes and plugging our ears.  I am sure that Augustine of Hippo, for instance, was very discontented to contemplatSt. Augustine of Hippoe the idea of organized mass violence, but it is necessary because it is a state in which man constantly finds himself. 

In his analysis, Augustine attempted to perform a Biblical analysis on the subject, thereby making concise and coherent rules on the propriety of engaging in warfare: the “Just War” (or Jus Bellum) theory.  [insert left justified: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f4/Augustine_of_Hippo.jpg ]

“Just War” has many aspects to it, both in determining when to go to war, how to fight it, and when to stop.  Most of his conclusions are seemingly self-evident to a civil society, i.e., war is a last option (but still an option), it should be fought only to correct a wrong, not to create one, don’t fight past the point of victory, et cetra.  However, a fine analysis shows, I believe, a far broader permissibility, nay, requirement to war than a casual viewer might think.               

This leads me to another philosopher on war: Carl von Clausewitz.  Von Clausewitz was a military strategist in the Prussian, then Russian armies.  Like Augustine, his tenure of service required great thought on [insert right justified:  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a0/Clausewitz.jpg ]why, when, and how war should be conducted.  However, von Clausewitz was far more direct in his writings.  To wit: war is a tool used to bend another nations will to your own, and that the bloodier and more destructive the war is, the shorter it will be, actually saving lives in the aggregate.

Most find von Clausewitz and Augustine miles apart in their approach and application, but I do not.  I find that Clausewitz’s view fulfills the requirements of Christian charity that Jus Bellum theory attempts to employ, and will show how in the next installment, and will then show how it is a necessity to follow “Total War” principles in all our conflicts, especially our current troubles with the Muslims.

Suck it up Crybaby

Calhoun’s Ghost