Saturday, October 13, 2012

Truman

You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have all the facts, you cannot make proper judgements about what is going on.
Harry S. Truman

Friday, October 12, 2012

First Debate Nerd Behavior

Last night I followed my own recommendation and actually wrote down questions and answers prior to the debate. I nerdily took notes listening to the candidates and shut the TV down before I was dragged into the pundit vortex.

In determining what was important to me I found that foreign policy is absolutely my priority issue, even though the frightening state of the economy is a very close second.
 
JFK comes through for me again: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” This is the strength I want America to project. The Benghazi attack infuriates me, along with the lies told to the American people and to the world covering up what happened there. This incident and others are the direct result of our current foreign policy. Faith in a responsible, resolute, and honest America must be restored.
 
“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” I do not reference Tocqueville as a scare tactic, but it’s clear that our current policies are leading us away from a free market system, that's an undeniable threat to our liberty. Further, there is no arguing that the path our economy is taking is unsustainable. 
 
Fittingly, Tocqueville also said, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” There is increased reliance on government shown through the rise of the welfare state, increased distribution of food stamps, unemployment insurance lasting an unprecedented 99 weeks, and still there are more things the government is promising us through regulation and higher taxes. That’s all very humane, but it’s also completely insane – it cannot last.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Debate Prep

I predict there will be a stark difference in each VP candidates' answers to the role government should take in our lives, so I have a challenge for everyone tonight (because I know you are all going to watch the debate!:). Debate watch in three steps: 1. Take a minute before the debate to think of a few things you want answers to, then formulate your own answer. 2. Watch the debate, then switch
off the TV at the moment the debate is concluded and don't listen to any pundits until tomorrow. 3. Determine if the candidates' responses line up with your own answers. Regardless of which candidate is closest to our views, the most important thing is that our choices are informed and our eyes are wide open.

JFK, "Don't be a jerk"

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
John F. Kennedy

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Teddy & James

"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does NOT mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country."
T
heodore Roosevelt

"Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.... If the next centennial does not find us a great nation ... it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces."
James Garfield, the twentieth president of the United States, 1877

Monday, October 8, 2012

JFK & Economics

As President John F. Kennedy put it, “It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now.” This is because investors’ “efforts to avoid tax liabilities” make “certain types of less productive activity more profitable than more valuable undertakings,” and this in turn “inhibits our growth and efficiency.”

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Camille Paglia on Capitalism & Art

Camille Paglia, libertarian Democrat:
Capitalism has its weaknesses. But it is capitalism that ended the stranglehold of the hereditary aristocracies, raised the standard of living for most of the world and enabled the emancipation of women. The routine defamation of capitalism by armchair leftists in academe and the mainstream media has cut young artists and thinkers off from the authentic cultural energies of our time.