We consistently see reports in our MSM about how terrible America is; we supposedly ride around the world imposing our belief system upon everyone else; we export our lifestyle; we are arrogant; you know the mantra. Others around the world by into the same propaganda. A recent reader commented that the world would be a better place without America. Let's examine that thought.
Thanks to our free market economy, poverty around the world is being reduced according to studies done by both Oxford and Harvard; two very liberal institutions. The U.S. has been not only a shining example of how well a free market economy can work but we have exported that system to other countries and helped them to make their economies more open. We have also provided private and public sector money to help others grow their economies.
Their is a big misconception, driven by the left wing in this country, that we believe other people in the world are inferior to Americans. We don't believe that at all; what we do believe is that their economic systems have been inferior, leading to abject poverty, lack of opportunity, and poor living conditions. Just look what China and India have done over the last couple of decades in turning away from their collectivist economies. They are now prospering more and reducing poverty in those nations. Things aren't equal yet but the improvement has been real and dramatic.
U.S. citizens raised their standard of living through hard work, not through envy or government largesse. We did not loot other countries and take their stuff to make our lives better. Quite the contrary, when we were called upon to get involved in wars and we won, we then helped to rebuild the countries we defeated. We did not, like the Soviet Union, force them to become part of our bloc. We gave them autonomy and freedom many did not have before.
Are there still poor people in America? Yes, there are but they do pretty well when compared to the poor of other countries. If you use the government's definition of a 'poor household' then look at what they have:
80% have air conditioning
92% have a microwave (which means they also have food)
75% have a car & 31% have 2 or more cars
66% have satellite or cable service
50% have a personal computer
52% of those with children have a gaming system
Compare that to the poor children of Mexico, Haiti, Brazil, Russia... the list goes on and the comparisons are the same. We, as a nation, have set a pretty good example for others, not perfect, but pretty damn good. And we haven't even talked about the charitable dollars that flow from this country to help those in need... when you say the world would be a better place without the U.S. have you really thought about it?
If you are in elementary, middle, or high school, you can't get a candy bar, soda, cupcake, or potato chips but you can get a tax payer funded IUD implanted into your uterus and your parents don't have to know about it. Welcome to America.
School based health clinics in Seattle's 13 public high schools and middle schools are offering long acting, reversible contraceptives, including IUDS and hormonal implants to students in sixth grade and above. LARCs are known to have serious side effects, such as uterine perforation and infections.
The program is called Take Charge and administrators of the program told CNSnews.com that the program providing the LARCs is funded using Washington States Medicaid program which provides free birth control to 'adults' who are uninsured, lack coverage for contraception in private health insurance plans, have an income at or below 260% of the poverty level, or don't want their parents to know they have gotten birth control.
The spokesperson confirmed via email that a sixth grader or any other student could obtain LARCs by using her income in order to qualify if she didn't want her parents to know. The person also confirmed that if the child had contraceptive coverage available under her parent's private insurance policy, the program would not bill the private insurer and would instead bill Medicaid in order to protect the child's privacy rights. The spokesperson went on to say that a child should and does have a right to obtain LARCs without a parent's knowledge if they chose to engage in sexual activities.
This further proof that the government and the liberals running most governmental agencies believe parents are evil, incapable of making good decisions and shouldn't be involved in their child's lives. What happens if a child does get a serious infection? Most kids panic and wouldn't tell mom or dad about the LARC, they'd try to ignore it and that could lead to permanent damage and/or death. If mom and dad knew about the LARC and were involved in the decision, they could help to identify potential problems and get help from the doctors quickly.
We wonder why we have so many children losing respect for their parents; they are constantly told their parents won't make a good decision for the child. This disgusts me. Parents are not perfect but they do what they think is best for their children and for the vast majority of us, our kids turn out to be pretty good adults. They may not like everything we told them to do or not to do, but they eventually understand the reasoning and are glad we made decisions to protect them. But once again, the left makes all decisions based upon the lowest denominator; the worst parental examples they can find and assume all parents are terrible as well.
Seriously, we've been warning you about the slippery slope, but proponents of different life styles, behavior controlling laws, and other inane policies have denied that there will be unintended consequences if their desired policies are put into place. How's that working out for you?
Mayor Bill de Blasio, aka Moonbat Crazy Man, signed a bill into law that will make it illegal for an employer to inquire into a prospective employee's background, at least the criminal history part of their background. "Today I see hope for people like me" said Marilyn Scales, 52, who claims to have never had a full time job because of her record for dealing heroin. I'd bet there's more to the story than just her criminal history. But why don't I have a right to know who I am hiring? They broke laws that we as a society put into place because that behavior is dangerous, wrong, immoral, etc. What about child molesters applying at a school or daycare? I have hired felons to work before, knowingly, but I had a chance to ask them about their past and ascertain why they did what they did and what they've done to ensure they aren't going to regress into bad behaviors. If someone is rehabilitated or just suffered bad luck, they deserve a chance, but I also have a right to protect myself and my property. At least, I used to have that right, but not in NYC anymore.
We said it was going to happen, but many of you said it would not. After the gay marriage decision was handed down by the Supreme Court, others living alternative lifestyles have come forward to demand their 'right' to marry. Nathan Collier and his legal wife, Victoria, have now applied for a license to marry Christine, legally. Nathan lives in Helena, MT and married Victoria 15 years ago. In 2007 Nathan decided he wanted to bring Christina into the relationship, with Victoria's blessing, they held a religious ceremony to recognize their commitment to each other. However they never signed a marriage certificate because MT, like all the other states, has made bigamy illegal. The county clerk initially denied the request but has backed off under threat of a lawsuit and is consulting with the district attorney as to how the latest decision from the Supreme Court affects MT law. Chief Justice Roberts said in his dissenting opinion that people in polygamous relationships could make the same legal arguments about not having the opportunity to marry disrespects them and subordinates them.
You may not be offended by a polygamous marriage but does pedophilia bother you? Sorry, that door is now wide open after being beaten on for years. Several news outlets are already reporting that pedophiles have begun clamoring for the right to marry children. They define their desires as sexual orientation which falls right in line with the wording used by the gay rights activists in fighting for the right to marry whomever they would like. Let's look at history to see if pedophiles have a legal leg upon which to support their argument. In 1973 homosexuality was removed from the list of mental disorders as defined by the American Psychiatric Association. It was then called a sexual orientation. In 1998 the APA issued a report saying the "negative potential" of adult sex with children was "overstated" and that the "vast majority of both men and women reported no negative sexual effects from childhood sexual abuse experiences." So there, what you've seen on Law & Order is just made up hyperbole. In the Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, sexual orientation was defined as a protected class. So, now pedophiles are claiming that pedophilia is a sexual orientation and a number of psychiatrists are backing their claims. Now sexual orientation cannot be used to deny a marriage license. Using liberal logic, we must protect all of those with alternative sexual orientations... you see where this is going.
Movies like The Terminator warn us of the possibility that robots will someday become self aware and try to eliminate their creators. Even armed with that knowledge, many are moving forward with improving the capabilities and 'intelligence' levels of machines so that there is less and less need for human interaction or intervention. Because of course they have a 'it can't really happen' attitude.
Here's a story that proves it can and is:
A technician has been killed by a robot at a VW plant near Kassel, Germany. A 21 year old contractor was installing the robot together with a colleague when he was struck in the chest by the robot and pinned against a metal plate. He later died of his injuries.
Prosecutors have opened an investigation into how the accident occurred. Robot related fatalities are rare in western production plants as robots are kept behind safety cages to prevent contact with humans. In this instance the contractor was standing inside the safety cage when the accident occurred. The second employee remained outside the cage and was unharmed.
A VW spokesman said the robot had not suffered a technical defect.
Are you really understanding what you just read?! The robot rebelled against the human and pinned him against a metal plate crushing his internal organs. Alright, you might think it's a malfunction but think about what is reported next. Robots are deliberately kept in safety cages thus keeping deaths in western manufacturing plants rare. That means that we know robots are already 'thinking' about and killing humans. You can infer from the article that robots in the east are regularly killing or harming their human co-workers.
And apparently the legal system in Germany is already familiar enough with robot rebellion that they were ready to open a homicide investigation! The robot now has legal standing presumably because it has the ability to pre-meditate and to understand the consequences of its actions.
Our governments have been keeping these stories from us. Why? Maybe because the robots have replaced our elected leaders? That would explain why Boehner is orange skinned and Obama's hoop skills are below par.
We are not all the same. We do not live in the same world. We have different expectations. Let's celebrate our differences!(?)
In Bahrain gynecologists can only examine a female's genitals through a mirror.
In Guam, there are men whose full time job is to go around having sex with virgins. Because there is a law that states virgins are prohibited from getting married.
In Hong Kong a wife may legally kill a cheating husband but only with her bare hands. Her husband's lover may be killed in any manner desired.
In Oxford OH it is illegal for a woman to strip while standing in front of a man's picture.
In China, it is illegal for women to walk around a hotel room while nude. She may only be fully naked while in the bathroom.
The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation (the big head, not the little one)
In Sweden it is illegal to buy the services of a prostitute although prostitution is legal.
In Lebanon, men are legally allowed to have sex with animals but only females
In Turkey, gay men are not allowed to serve in the military, but to get the exemption, you must show video proof that you are indeed gay and the video must clearly show you performing a gay sexual act.
I'm not vouching for the veracity of these claims but they were on the internet so these must be true, right?
Whenever something bad happens to a black person, we are quick to hear from the left wing about why slavery is to blame. The lingering effects of America's discrimination and horrible treatment of the black race have lead to the woes of today. As we've said before, the left seems to believe black people are incapable of overcoming hardships, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. They seem to believe that blacks are incapable of taking control of their lives, again despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. And it seems that, as far as the left are concerned, blacks have been the only race that has been enslaved in history. Time to dispel some myths.
Myth #1: Slavery is only happened to blacks in America before the civil war. Enslavement of blacs was bad, no doubt about it. But throughout the history of mankind, every color of the rainbow has been enslaved. The root word of slave is Slav, because Slavic peoples, who are about as white as you can get, were the primary slave population throughout the Middle Ages. There have also been long stretches of history where black Africans have owned white slaves. The empire of Carthage transported white slaves to Africa. The African Moors ruled Spain for 500 years and sent white Christian slaves to Egypt. White children were kidnapped and sold into slavery in Egypt.
Myth #2: White European Christians were solely responsible for the African slave trade. While they were involved, they were not alone. Black Africans, Arabs, and Jews were involved as well. Slavery was not a European idea or creation. African tribes regularly enslaved each other after wars were fought, as did Native Americans by the way. Shocked? Your teachers won't tell you that in public school. If you look at the entirety of history, you will also understand that Arabs have enslaved more blacks than America ever put into bondage. It was a regular practice for centuries. Jewish history also shows that they were involved heavily in the slave trade, of all colors of people.
Myth #3: America is evil because we imported all those African slaves. Most historians believe 10-12 million black Africans were transported to the New World as slaves; throughout history. More slaves went to Brazil than went to America. In fact most historians agree that about 2/3 of all slaves taken out of Africa went to South America. That's not to excuse America, but let's be sure we have accurate information and put it into context.
Myth #4: Whites were the evil people in America. As with debunking previous myths, free black men in America also owned slaves. In 1860 records, 3000 free black men owned 20,000 slaves. One study estimated that meant 28% of black men in America owned slaves, a much higher percentage than that of free whites who owned slaves. Evil knows no color barriers.
We could go on with the myths about slavery and discrimination, telling you how badly the Irish were treated or that indentured servitude was actually slavery in most cases. But the truth is that slavery was a terrible chapter of our history that was finally abolished by white, Christian Republicans. Now maybe you have some context in which to frame the race baiting claims made by the left wing.
With the capitulation by South Carolina's state government, a number of retailers, NASCAR, and so many others, the left wing race baiting nut jobs are calling for the removal of so many things, including statues of long dead people. Was it Ashley Banfield calling for the discussion of removing the Jefferson Memorial because he was a slave owner? Let's ignore the context, the times, and all of the great things he did. If we are going down that road, let's remove all of JFK's honorifics because he was a philanderer and womanizer. Wait, that's OK. Let's take a look at some of the inanity and I've got a few suggestions if we are going down this highway to censorship, restriction of free speech, tyranny.
TN Congressman Jim Cooper has called for the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest to be removed from the State Capital building since he was not only a hero of the Confederacy, but was also the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Nashville Mayor Megan Berry doesn't like a statue of Bedford Forrest that is on private property so she is raising private funds to plant trees along the interstate to block the view.
Alright then, let's discuss removing the statue of Senator Robert Byrd, D-VA from that state capital along with 30 buildings and other landmarks that bear his name. He was once the Kleagel and Exalted Cyclops of the KKK. In his 2005 memoir he said the KKK was a fraternal organization of "upstanding people". He was the only senator to vote against both black Supreme Court nominees, Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas. He personally filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964; opposed President Truman's efforts to integrate the Armed Forces, saying he would never fight "with a negro by my side. Rather, I should die 1000 times than to see this beloved land become degraded by race mongrels." After his death, President Obama described him as a voice of principle and reason.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt has been called one of the most racist presidents to occupy the White House. After the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, he invited all athletes who competed for the U.S. to visit the White House, with the exception of 4 time Gold Medal winner, Jesse Owens.
Democrat Senator and Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, who also was a key proponent of the New Deal, joined the KKK in 1927. He later claimed it was only to further his political career and said he officially resigned from the group after 2 years. Black's name is on a federal courthouse.
Woodrow Wilson, while president of his alma mater, Princeton University, said, "The whole temper and tradition of the place are such that no negro has ever applied for admission, and it seems unlikely that question will ever assume practical form." As president, Wilson enacted legislation that made interracial marriage a crime in Washington D.C He also maintained a segregated army and refused to allow blacks to take on combat positions in WW I.
We could go on with any number of Democrat politicians, such as Governor George Wallace, Senator Al Gore Sr., Senator/President John F. Kennedy; all of whom resisted integration and civil rights legislation in their careers. If you are going to call for the removal of tributes to famous Americans because of their stances on specific issues, than make sure you go whole hog.
Once again, my motivator is broken so I've been absent from these pages. I did have surgery about 10 days ago and I'm going to blame it on that but certainly the level of inanity being paraded around the airwaves in this country is in no small part depressing my desire to write about it.
I'll be back soon.
We've done things like this before, compared the way we were raised to how liberals have forced us to raise our kids. The walking helmet, pictured above, is just another example of the extremism our world has foisted upon us. We are now seeing the results of a generation raised by parents who didn't spank them and who got trophies just for participating. I can say I don't like it.
But here are some things we did as kids and you would probably get arrested for if you allowed your kids to do:
1. riding in the back of a pick up truck with a bunch of other kids
2. leaving the house after breakfast and not coming home until dark
3. eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at school; from a sack lunch
4. drinking water from the garden hose
5. swimming in creeks, ponds, and lakes; now called 'wild swimming'
6. climbing in trees; which you are now required to cut off low hanging branches to kids can't climb in them
7. having snowball fights and 'accidentally' hitting someone else
8. sledding in the street without helmets, elbow/knee pads, flak jacket...
9. carrying a pocket knife to school
11. playing Cowboys & Indians using toy or imaginary guns and arrows
12. shooting an actual BB gun or setting off firecrackers
13. working for your dad's friend at his business when you were 12
14. playing dangerous games; dodgeball, kickball, red rover, or baseball
15. riding our wagon down a hill
It's amazing we survived or didn't have significant brain damage. Yes we got hurt, broke some bones, but we learned how to do things without getting hurt again. Now, well, you see where we are in society.
I've said it before and it needs to be said again, you and I are responsible for the mess that we call America. We allow politicians to lie to us and we believe them despite their actions. John Boehner demoted Rep. Steve Pearce from his chair position because Pearce went against Boehner, I believe on the trade reform legislation. After Boehner survived a challenge to his Speaker's position he publicly said he would not punish the Republicans who voted against him. No sooner were those words out of his mouth did he start punishing them.
Once again a piece of legislation, this time the fast track trade authority, is being shoved through the legislative process without being read by those who are voting on the measure. We've also been told that the details of the legislation must be kept secret for at least 5 years because it might give our competitors too much information and give them an advantage over our companies. Right. Don't you think it's odd that the Republicans are giving Obama the support he needs for this legislation while the President's own party is opposing the measure?
But it's our fault. Despite things like this happening, we continue to re-elect the very same people that have run our economy into the ground; that have increased regulatory control over our daily lives; have weakened our military to the point that our allies are abandoning us like rednecks caught in the pen with sheep.
We have allowed our politicians to dictate to us what is important, how we should live our lives, and how much money we should give to them to keep them in power, involuntarily of course. It shouldn't be about what those elected officials can bring back to their districts and give to us, it should be about how little they do for us. How little they take from us in terms of taxes and freedoms; how little they tell us how to live our lives; those are the politicians that deserve to be put into office or reelected. It shouldn't be about attaching pork to a bill so you can build a museum in your hometown or giving a grant to the local university so they can study heroin and cocaine usage among Chinese hookers.
We have forgotten who works for whom. What would happen to you in your job, if you decided to spend money designated for a project on something else? Your boss would be livid and if you weren't fired, you'd be demoted. We have forgotten that our government, the entire governmental structure in this country, works for us; not the other way around. You have the power to fire or demote those who abuse the privilege of representing us. It may take a while to get honorable candidates but eventually those who understand the role would come forward and participate. It's time that each of us become more informed, more aware and act upon our convictions.