Some political thoughts

The greatest enemies of freedom are large government and large corporations. When they work together, it is fascism. From the technocrats of Europe to the Obama Administration, that is the problem in the world today.

Neither corporations nor government are the problem. It is a lack of freedom cause by a lack of desire for freedom, in turn caused by the perverted education of the public. I lay the blame for our enslavement at the feet of the education system and those who populate it. America's current education system is the site of a great victory for the forces of tyranny.

In the White House, we have a man propelling the nation to tyranny as fast as possible. Even now, the Republicans stand ready to elect as our candidate a man who will neither halt nor reverse, but, at best, slow the progress to tyranny.

We are identifying the wrong problems; we are asking the wrong questions; we are certainly getting the wrong answers.

Free to Choose is required watching for anybody who believes in freedom.


Here are ten things I've done which you probably haven't:

1) I once spent 20 minutes while getting ready before school hunting for my last clean pair of socks, only to find them in the refrigiderator.
2) I have dropped ice cream, and had it land inside my sock.
3) I have led a group of students to force a college to pay us to go to another college.
4) I have been involved in a business deal wherein I would have become a millionaire, only to have one of the principles of the deal disappear before any money was exchanged. Last I heard, he was still a missing person.
5) I have been involved in another business deal wherein the principle "found Jesus" and promptly checked himself into an asylum.
6) I am a principle in two businesses. One is fairly successful in its startup. The other taught me not to trust the Chinese in business.
7) I had a pencil burst into flames in my hand. My teacher joked that I had written above the speed limit. In actuallity, I had just bumped into a DC power supply.
8) I became a lab tech in my first semester at college. I had free run of a manufacturing laboratory. I fixed many pieces of equipment. I taught classes I had never taken.
9) I have broken two patio blockes with my hand. Together. Unspaced. Several times.
10) I have traveled the interior of this great country, the long way, four times, with a beautiful, loving woman at my side. Additionally, I remain with that woman to this day.
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I had to contact tech support for the motherboard in Amanda's computer today. After typing out my problem and sending it in, this dialog box popped up.

"Success! Our Technical to Specialist Will Reply to You, soon!"

And yet, the form clearly stated that they only answer issues sent in English. Somehow I doubt that's the only language they speak.

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Bolded things I have done. Italic things I plan to do in the next five years.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland -
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the EiffelTower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox (twice!)
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee yellowjacket
100. Read an entire book in one day


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If you saw ME in a police car, what would you think I got arrested for?
Answer me, then post to your own journal and see how many crimes you get accused of.

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Apologies for spelling mistakes. I'm writing this very late and I hardly have time to go over the whole thing. It'll probably be edited some time tomorrow.

Even though I'm not the sort to ever shy away from politics, this election has given me pause. While I chide myself for not having posted this earlier I am relieved to see how many people remain undecided in this election.

I'm sure all of you are familiar with the presidential election. I will skip the background and launch right into this. Keep in mind, while I am looking up all of my information, feel free to check it yourself.

The Economy:
John McCain has called for the reform and regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac many times, years before their collapse. He predicted the very crisis we are facing today. Link
     In Barack Obama's scant four years in the Senate, he has received the second most amount of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of any lawmaker, to the tune of $126,349. McCain, in comparison, received a paltry $21,550 in his 22 years in the Senate.  Link
     John McCain supports keeping taxes where they are. Barack Obama, for all he says about not raising taxes, still opposes continuing the Bush taxcuts, which would mean an effective tax hike. Think only the rich are effected? If you're single and make $27,950, your taxes would go up 12%. Link
     If you think that taxation will get us out of this mess, you're way off. When the economy is good, people are making money. Right now investors are scared, which is hurting the economy. There is little that would discourage somebody more from investing than knowing that they won't make the money back because it is lost in taxes. In a sense, taxing the rich is a bit like draining a pool from the deep end: it hurts those in the shallow end the most. As Churchill put it, "We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."
     Barack Obama blames the current economic troubles on the Bush Administration. This is not entirely fair: it was the Democrats who blocked attempts by the Bush Administration to regulate the situation that got us into this mess. Link

The War:
John McCain was the first to push for the troop surge that has changed the nature of the War in Iraq. Obama was supporting a pull out at the same time, declaring Iraq unwinnable. Had Obama's policy been followed, Iraq would not have been so dangerous that Obama couldn't have visited there during his campaign.
     To cut and run from Iraq is to give a major advantage to Iran, to cause a regional war in a scale far beyond what is going on today, and to humiliate our nation, inviting further attacks. He have chosen the field of battle. The War on Terror is being fought overseas, not in our streets.
     For those of you who think Iraq is pointless, allow me to point out Saddam Husein's nuclear program. If a nuclear bomb, or even a dirty bomb is not a weapon of mass destruction, I don't know what is. It's Bush's fault for not pushing this story, and conceding defeat on the WMDs.

This is going to be simple. What has the government ever done right, let alone well?
     Social Security? It's headed for bankruptcy. FEMA? It's ineffective. The military? It gets all out of whack every time Washington tries to exert control over it.
     As somebody who has spent most of his life uninsured or underinsured, I can tell you that healthcare is hardly a problem in this country. Doctors are, like all people, generally good. They are willing to take charity cases. They do what they can to make things affordable. Pharmacutical companies are much the same way, with generous programs to help those in need. Furthermore, no hospital nor doctor would deny care to somebody who could not pay, not least because that's illegal.
     The one major flaw in our healthcare in this country is unavailability of care for those who have a chronic, but not life-threatening condition. While that issue will need to be addressed, it's hardly worth throwing away the best healthcare system in the world and replacing it with the sort of system that makes people from around the world flock here for healthcare. I know from family and friends that the wait time in England for a hemmerhoid operation is measured in months. Here you'll have your operation in a week. The X-ray machines in Canada would, in the US, be considered obsolete to the point of being hazardous. In  Israel, healthcare is generally denied to the elderly because they are considered not a priority compared to the young.
     Think it can't happen here? Oregon has a state health plan. An Oregon woman was to undergo cancer treatment, but was told that the state health plan would not cover it. They recommended assisted suicide, legal in Oregon, as an option. The state health plan generally lags, policywise, years behind the state of the art. As a result, they categorized the doctor recommended treatment for her condition as paliative care, and thus not covered under their health plan. On the letter they sent her, they appraised her that doctor-assisted suicide is an option covered by the healthplan. Link
     Bureaucrats mess up everything they touch. I do not want them to touch my health.

Other Scary Things about Obama:
Barack Obama has had such a short time in the spotlight that there's very little we know about him.  Far more can be inferred from the sorts of people he surrounds himself with.
     People like Bill Ayers. A member of the now-defunct Weather Underground, a terrorist organization of the 1970s, Bill Ayers participated in the bombings of the Pentagon, the Capitol Building, and New York City Police Headquarters. Ayers, in a supreme irony, was quoted by the New York Times as saying saying "I don't regret setting bombs" and "I feel we didn't do enough", and, when asked if he would "do it all again," as saying "I don't want to discount the possibility."
     The link, tentative as some argue it may be, between Obama and Ayers is harldy a connection between Obama and acts of terrorism committed when he was a child, it does show Obama's permissive attitude towards terrorism. This is the same attitude that leads him to want talks with Iran without prerequisits. The last time somebody this permissive was in the White House, it was Carter, and we saw where that got us
     I only have time to just brush over this, but I would like to list a few others Obama has been associated with. Jeremiah Wright, Father Pfleger, Rashid Khalidi.
     I would also like to point out how little Obama has done for charity, or for his family. Obama's half-brother lives in a shack in Kenya. His aunt, in this country illegally, lives in a slum in Boston. The only family member Obama seems to care much about is his white grandmother who raised him, whom he threw under the bus. I would also like to point out Obama's curious donation practices, especially compared to McCain's generous contributions.
     Obama views our constitution as an impediment to redistributing wealth. I like to think this is the case, as our constitution is set up to protect property rights. As Jefferson put it, "To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."
     Last, but far from least, is Obama's Civilian Security Force, which curiously disappeared from the official transcripts of that speech. That scares the heck out of me. Is this the voulunteer work he has been talking about for those young people who want college covered for the government? Is he planning a militarized youth in the same vein as 1984 or Hitler Youth? This doesn't sound like the Boy Scouts to me. Wasn't the third ammendment supposed to discourage this sort of thing? Isn't a free nation not supposed to turn its arms against itself?

Obama is a flawed candidate and is not the right person to lead this country. McCain, while not the most qualified person for the job, is a far superior choice. He has shown his character under pressure and I trust him to guide this country. Obama has done nothing but turn my initial optimism and trust in him into doubt and fear.

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