My Purpose as expressed by those with more eloquence than I
“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”
- John Adams
"These are not the vapors of a melancholy mind, nor the effusions of envy, disappointed ambition, nor of a spirit of opposition to government, but the emanations of a hear that burns for its country's welfare. No one of any feeling, born and educated in this once happy country, can consider the numerous distresses, the gross indignities, the barbarous ignorance, the haughty usurpations, that we have reason to fear are meditating for ourselves, our children, our neighbors, in short, for all our countrymen and all their posterity, without the utmost agonies of hear and many tears."
"I do not stand here as advocate for any partisan cause, for the issues are fundamental and quite beyond the realm of partisan consideration. They must be resolved on the highest plane of national interest of our course is to prove sound and our future protected. I trust, therefore, that you will do me the justice of receiving that which I have to say as solely expressing the considered viewpoint of a fellow American. I address you with neither rancor nor bitterness...with but one purpose in mind - to serve my country."
-General Douglas MacArthur
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Right now I am in a Modern American Political Thought class taught by a born and raised Canadian, who is here teaching in America because he couldn't find a political science job in Canada. Its hard to here a Canadian talk up Canada in an American Political Thought class while describing American politics from the perspective of a Canadian thinking he knows how Americans think about politics! Its ridiculous, and of course everything has a left of center, socialist spin on it, just what we need at college, another liberal professor. I am giving a presentation on the New Deal and FDR on Friday, this is pretty much the point in America where we took a turn to the left welfare state and never returned. Oh but my professor thinks it is hardly a deviation from traditional American values, yet it is trying to guarantee equal outcome not equal opportunity. Can't wait to say that my presentation should not get a lower grade than anybody elses' because it should be "fair" it should be "equal outcome" right? Dang those Canadians and their inferior social policies!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Margaret Thatcher: Britain's Ronald Reagan and a Conservative heroine!
Margaret Thatcher was the first woman to lead a major political party in the UK, and she was re-elected as Prime Minister 3 times in a row! She was the daughter of a grocer and was able to attend Oxford by sheer ability and hard-work. By her talent and tenacity she rose to the highest position in British government showing it was possible to come from lower-class means and achieve the highest aspirations even in Britain's strictly class-based society.
She was outstanding! Here are some Thatcherite economics to prove it!
- She believed economic freedom is the foundation of all freedom. Socialist promise the "road to freedom" but delivere instead the "high road to servitude".
- She believed market forces should be left to themselves meaning businessmen using their energy and ingenuity to meet the needs of customers create prosperity.
- She believed in equality opportunity but not equal result: redistribution of wealth ruins incentives and makes the economy not work; equality of reward rewards the lazy as much as the industrious
- She believed businessmen are the philanthropists of society, creating employment, paying wages, and endowing charities. When markets are allowed to work properly they benefit all classes, even the poor.
- She believed that state intervention destroys freedom and efficiency through taking power from the consumer.
- She believed trade unions were undemocratic and she was determined to confront and defeat them.
- She believed state welfare to be expensive, morally weakening in that it eroded the self-reliance she so prized, and in addition monopolistic, denying choice as well as being less efficient than private provision.
- Her defense of national interests was founded in a passionate patriotism which sustained her support for the armed forces and the alliance with the USA.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The only obligation one's rights impose on others is for them to leave you alone, i.e. free to act within your sphere of rights
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
"Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.
It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow."
Found this on a blog called Monica Bird- written by Monica
Monday, March 7, 2011
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness – That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Famous World Ideologies, as explained by references to Cows
- Feudalism: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.
- Pure Socialism: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else’s cows. You have to take care of all the cows. The government gives you all the milk you need.
- Bureaucratic Socialism: Your cows are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and eggs the regulations say you should need.
- Fascism: You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them, and sells you the milk.
- Pure Communism: You have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.
- Real World Communism: You share two cows with your neighbors. You and your neighbors bicker about who has the most “ability” and who has the most “need”. Meanwhile, no one works, no one gets any milk, and the cows drop dead of starvation.
- Russian Communism: You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk. You steal back as much milk as you can and sell it on the black market.
- Perestroika: You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the Mafia takes all the milk. You steal back as much milk as you can and sell it on the “free” market.
- Cambodian Communism: You have two cows. The government takes both and shoots you.
- Militarianism: You have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.
- Totalitarianism: You have two cows. The government takes them and denies they ever existed. Milk is banned.
- Pure Democracy: You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.
- Representative Democracy: You have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.
- British Democracy: You have two cows. You feed them sheeps’ brains and they go mad. The government doesn’t do anything.
- Bureaucracy: You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. Then it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.
- Pure Anarchy: You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to take the cows and kill you.
- Pure Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.
- Capitalism: You don’t have any cows. The bank will not lend you money to buy cows, because you don’t have any cows to put up as collateral.
- Enviromentalism: You have two cows. The government bans you from milking or killing them.
- Political Correctness: You are associated with (the concept of “ownership” is a symbol of the phallo-centric, war mongering, intolerant past) two differently – aged (but no less valuable to society) bovines of non-specified gender.
- Surrealism: You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.