Thursday, August 20, 2009

Secure the Blessings of Liberty

This first aired on TV in 1976, and I love it. It helped, by using a music jingle, for people to know what is written in the Preamble of the United States Constitution. My favorite couplet was
Secure the blessings of liberty To ourselves and our posterity

Those 7 year olds listening to this jingle in 1976 are 40 year olds today, and I think many of them are the ones who are attending Town Hall meetings and Tea Parties. They are not political party activists, and are more concerned as individuals about who of their elected officials are working to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

People want the liberty to be free to work and produce and be rewarded. People want the liberty to worship in a manner of their own choosing. People do not want authorities to intrude into their lives. But since about 1978 the federal authorities have intruded into work and production in the energy field.

Federal authorities have blocked the development of new sources of petroleum.
Federal authorities have blocked drilling in ANWR.
Federal authorities have blocked drilling off the coast of Florida.
Federal authorities have blocked drilling off of the east coast.
Federal authorities have blocked drilling off of the west coast.
Federal authorities have blocked drilling off the Alaskan coast.
Federal authorities have blocked building oil refineries.
Federal authorities have blocked clean nuclear energy production.
Federal authorities have blocked clean coal production.

We are told that we need to sacrifice our liberty for the good and survival of the planet. This is what they are telling us, while at the same time, they are approving of the development of nuclear energy programs in the UAE. They are also lending money to a Brazilian oil company to drill for oil off the Atlantic Coast. I am happy for Brazil being able to get money to drill for oil in the Atlantic. I do not want them stopped, but I am not happy that We The People of the United States are blocked from energy production. Who is securing the blessings of liberty for us and our posterity? When people go to vote in the US this question needs to be on their mind. They really need to trust that the person they are voting for has the correct answer to this question.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Once Was Blind But Now Can See

All honor to Jefferson--to the man who, in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document, an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times, and so to embalm it there, that today, and in all coming days, it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling block to the very harbingers of reappearing tyranny and oppression.

Abraham. Lincoln 1859

All that we ask or desire is permission to interpret the Constitution according to the Darwinian principle. Some citizens of this country have never got beyond the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence did not mention the questions of our day.

Woodrow Wilson 1912

If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions.

Calvin Coolidge 1926

America, this is our moment. This is our time, our time to turn the page on the policies of the past, our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face, our time to offer a new direction for this country that we love. This was the moment, this was the time when we came together to remake this great nation...

Barack Obama 2008

We don’t need to remake America, or discover new and untested principles. The change we need is not to turn the page on the policies of the past, but a great renewal of these permanent truths about man, politics, and liberty—the foundational principles and constitutional wisdom that are the true roots of our country’s greatness.

pilgrim 2009

I whole-heartily agree with Abraham Lincoln’s assertion that the words written by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of independence are a rebuke and a stumbling block to the very harbingers of reappearing tyranny and today's Democratic Party leadership. I do not desire to have only one political party in America, and I do think some of the rank and file still hold in their heart the beliefs of Andrew Jackson.

Today’s Democratic Party leadership repudiate the Founders’ principles, holding that there are no self-evident truths—in the Declaration of Independence or elsewhere—only change in the constant search for progress without final goals. There are no permanent rights with which man is endowed, but endlessly evolving rights that develop and grow based on new demands (and polling data). Our fidelity must be to a “living” Constitution that adapts to fit the demands of the times. The way forward is to control social conditions and engineer a better society, redistributing wealth through a distant and patronizing welfare state that regulates more and more of the American economy, politics and society.

The scales are gradually coming off the eyes of the seasoned citizens who have previously given their votes to Democratic Party candidates. Now, more than ever, is the time to relearn the meaning and contemporary significance of the Declaration of Independence and recognize that modern liberalism has explicitly rejected the truths it proclaims. This recognition has surfaced especially now because these older folks have read HR 3200.