Conservatism, Liberalism, Politics

Human Nature and Liberals

Human nature has always been the same and always will be. We form societies and we try to conduct ourselves in a more productive and less barbaric way (except perhaps for those in the Middle East), but our instinctive human nature will never be done away with. As a species we can make Herculean efforts to overcome instincts, but we are a part of nature just as any other living creature is and we have limitations to what we can accomplish, especially in the face of such a powerful force as nature. Liberals are constantly wanting mankind to defer to nature in all other ways and yet, when it comes to the closest part of man to nature, our human nature, our instincts, they refuse to acknowledge it and scream loudly that we must do away with it. Not only isn’t it possible, but it’s what keeps us alive on the most basic levels. Their cry is “Hate yourself for being a natural man but love and respect everything else that is natural.” What a crock.

This is the major reason why trying to make everyone and everything “equal” and calling for “social justice” will never work. Humans are just as individually distinct from one another as members of any other species. We are not cookie cutter duplicates of each other and we cannot be herded and coralled as if we were. That sort of societal structure will fail every time it is tried. We need to be free just as much as any other animal. That is why liberal goals will never be achieved, at least not for very long, and why conservative goals always seem to be so much more successful.

Conservatives strive for the best but realize the realities that will have to be accommodated due to basic, unchanging human nature. Instead of fighting reality, we try to work with it to achieve more lasting results. We are more patient and willing to allow the process and learning curve to take shape over time. We are aware of possible bumps in the road and willing to adjust and even stop pursuing a course of action if reality shows it is not going to work.

Liberals want what they want right now and what they want isn’t ever going to be possible because they refuse to accept that we are part of nature and will always have basic, natural, instinctive behaviors. Liberals are like children who demand to have what they want and who throw temper tantrums and scream louder when they can’t have it. They are always unsatisfied and unhappy, always pushing for others to give them more and more and never grateful for what they already have. They embody the worst of human nature and they never seem to mature.

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Conservatism, Is it Constitutional?, Law, Uncategorized

Offense Cannot Be Legislated

“The rights of conscience we never submitted, we could not submit.  We are answerable for them to our God.  The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.”  Thomas Jefferson

 

In other words, if it causes no physical or financial harm, it cannot be legislated or punished because it cannot be submitted to.  Offense is in the eye of the beholder.  It is a choice.  No one should be compelled by government to NOT offend another because it is up to the person who claims offense to be or not be offended.  I cannot be held responsible for your opinion and your opinion is no more valid than mine.  Therefore, be offended if you wish.  It is based on your opinion and your choice.  You cannot force me to agree with you anymore than I can force you to agree with me.  It is not something that can be legislated.   That would be an attempt to force an opinion by restricting freedom of thought and the right to disagree.  It would be TYRANNY.

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Conservatism, Politics, Uncategorized

Bringing Jobs Back Home

Businessmen start businesses to make a profit.  The better they are at that, the more people they can hire.  Businessmen spend years of sacrifice building their businesses.  They don’t take paid vacations or holidays or even weekends off for years at a time.  They miss their children’s recitals and sporting events because they are working 80 hours a week trying to build something for their family’s future.  When and if they finally achieve success, they don’t expect to be regulated and taxed to the point where all that sacrifice wasn’t worth it.  If they can find a more profit friendly environment overseas, they take it.

This country has been over regulating and taxing the businessman into oblivion for many decades.  On top of that, it has given tax breaks to countries selling their products here.  How is a company supposed to compete with that?  Of course those jobs go overseas.  And even then, if those products our companies make overseas come back into this country for sale, they are taxed heavily.

Government makes no product so it cannot generate any revenue.  But it can raise taxes to get revenue.  A company can only raise prices on its product to increase its revenue.  Once the price is too high, they lose customers to their competition and go out of business.  The government doesn’t have any competition.  It can raise taxes until 100% of everything you earn goes to them.  You can’t stop paying them because you aren’t paying taxes by choice.  You are forced to pay taxes or go to prison and lose everything you own.  So the government never has to worry about losing its revenue source.

Trump understands business.  Trump understands trade inequities between countries.  Trump knows that US companies would love to return here, but can’t afford to do business here under the current tax and trade policies.  Want to see companies return and unemployment go down?  Then put Trump in the White House where he can do something about this problem.  When he says he wants to make America great again, a huge part of that is making sure America’s interests are put first ahead of other countries which are reaping unwarranted benefits in unfair trade agreements.  He wants to give our own companies the advantage, which they haven’t had in a very long time.  He isn’t concerned with making international trade agreements that are simply “fair” with other nations.  He wants America to have the advantage.

Life isn’t fair.  There can only be one top dog.  If you want to be top dog you have to act like top dog, and the top dog protects his pack against all comers.

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Conservatism, Politics, Should it be funded by taxes?, Uncategorized

To Black Lives Matter and Others

Everyone, I don’t care how wealthy you are financially or healthy you are or intelligent you are or what color your skin is, everyone has rough times in life.  What indicates the character, the inner strength or weakness, of the person is how they handle those times.

When I see people who insist on remaining where they are, regardless of the opportunities that may be available to them, I do not see people possessed of very strong character.  This is a country that provides free education to everyone through the 12th grade.  I grant you that, since the Dept. of Education was established and the federal government was put in charge of education, the test scores of American students compared to the other nations of the world have plummeted.  But nonetheless, the basics are there and offered free of charge.  In fact, it is against the law NOT to attend school for nearly ten of those 12 years.

I know there are those who claim that the student can’t learn or learn as well if they come from a poor home because they don’t have enough to eat or a broken home because they don’t come from a stable home or a home in which they are neglected or abused.  While those things play a part in the child’s learning, I must say that I came from a very dysfunctional home and I was still expected to learn and pass tests and be a productive member of society when I got out of school.  Children in many countries are barely able to eat at all and they suffer all kinds of health issues because of it, but their test scores are quite a bit higher than those of American children.  I have friends who were raised in abominable conditions.  Fathers were drunks and beat them.  Mothers were drug addicts and never there for them at all.  They didn’t want to live their adult lives like that, so they applied themselves even harder in school and bettered their futures.  They saw what needed to be done to change things for themselves and they did it.

For decades now I have heard over and over about the plight of the inner city kids.  I have been told how terrible it is for them, how they have no way out, how hungry they are and how dangerous it is to live how and where they live.  I have seen countless movies showing how there is no hope in the people living in the inner city, movies that show how decent people and children and elderly are terrorized by drug dealers and gang members, how murders take place daily and drive by shootings take innocent lives.  Once in a great while a movie will show how one person, in true Hollywood style, courageously takes a stand and fights against all these gangsters and thugs and makes a difference.  Once in a while I see a movie that shows some horribly bullied kid standing up for himself and going to school, even though the thugs and bullies beat the tar out of him for doing it.

Hollywood loves a good story.  The more blood and guts in it, the better they like it and the more they play it up.  I had a friend who was born and raised in the Chicago ghetto.  She was 12 years old when, in the hallway of her tenement, a man she didn’t know pinned her against the wall and raped her.  I’m not oblivious to the realities of the ghetto.  I wouldn’t go there if the choice were mine.

But what I don’t understand and never will is why the rest of society is told that it is their fault and their heartlessness that causes those people to live there.  I don’t understand why we are constantly being told that it is up to everyone else to resolve the problems of people who live like that.

Why does everyone want to point a finger of blame at someone else?  There are so many people who want to blame white people for the poverty of Latinos and blacks.  Don’t they realize that there are plenty of white people who live in trashed out, poverty stricken, drug and booze induced communities?  Don’t they realize that if, in a middle-class neighborhood, a white person is committing a crime or acting suspiciously, that person is going to be arrested and taken to jail?  Don’t they realize that most murders do not take place in the nicer neighborhoods because the people in those neighborhoods simply don’t commit murders?  It isn’t because they are white neighborhoods.  It’s because the people living there just don’t behave that way.

The plain and simple truth is, children learn what they live.  A child is an adult under construction.  What they are allowed to do as a child will become a habit and, as an adult, they will embrace it as a way of life.  I don’t care if you take that adult out of that environment and give him all the best things in life.  He will not change.

So who is really to blame?  Not society.  Not people who have a different skin color.  It’s the parents.  It’s the parents who just don’t have the motivation or determination to rein their kids in when they want to act disrespectfully or criminally while they are young.  It’s the parents who are drug crazed and drunk themselves.  It’s the parents who fight constantly with each other.  It’s the parents who act immorally and take no responsibility for their own actions.  It’s the parents who spend the little money they have on unnecessary items rather than setting an example of good stewardship.  It’s the parents who don’t make their children go with them to church.  It’s the parents who engage in illegal activities rather than putting out an honest day’s hard work for an honest day’s pay.  It’s the parents who allow their children to stay home from school and not apply themselves when they do attend.  It’s the parents who make excuses for their children’s bad behavior.  It’s the parents who curse and dress like skanks and thugs and cause their children to think that’s acceptable.  It’s the parents who speak in Ebonics rather than trying to speak English.  It’s the parents who tell their kids that the reason they are living as they are is because those white folks hate them and force them to live like that by denying them money.

And there it is.  Those children are never told the truth.  They are never told that, although back in history slavery was practiced throughout the world, it was the white people who finally decided it was going to end because it was immoral.  It was the white people who changed their way of life and fought and killed each other over this issue, not just in America, but all over the world.  It was the white people who made it possible for all children, regardless of color or nationality, to attend school so they could have better lives than their parents and provide better for their own children.  For the most part, it has been the white people who have used their opportunities for better education and industrialized the world, given it modern medicines and medical treatments, produced food for the entire world, not just their own communities.  It’s the white people who created a system of government and economics that has raised more people throughout the world out of poverty and degradation than any other system in history.  And they haven’t kept it all for themselves.  These children aren’t told about how the white people have gone around the world, at their own expense and in spite of putting their own lives at risk, and set up schools and hospitals in the worst and most dangerous parts of the world to help others.

They aren’t encouraged to emulate that kind of person.  They aren’t told to learn to behave that way.  Instead they are told that kind of person is to be hated, reviled and punished because that person has only gotten to live that way because they stole from the person in the ghetto.  They are told not to trust whites.  They are told that to live in abject poverty with no morals and no self-respect is better than to behave like the people who live the way they wish they could live.

To a child, when they see someone who is clean and lives in a nice home in a safe neighborhood, they want that, too.  If a parent really wanted that for their child, they would encourage their child to do what those people do, act like those people act, speak like those people speak.  Instead, the parents are so jealous of what they don’t have and aren’t providing, they blame their situation on others.  They can’t and won’t admit that they themselves haven’t done all that they could or should to improve their own situation.  It’s because of someone else.  It’s because of their skin color.  It’s because the other people hate them.  It’s never because they didn’t do more for themselves.

They have been brow beaten for generations by people to believe that the most important thing about them is their skin color.  Their talents, abilities, skills, intelligence, morality, none of that matters.  The only thing they feel is worth any value at all is their skin color.  It is the only thing they can relate to.  It is the one thing they can point to as the reason they are living as they are.  Skin color is the one thing they have no control over, so it’s very easy to blame everything on that.  It relieves them of taking any blame for not changing what they actually do have some control over.  It has nothing to do with whether they have tried to be successful by changing the way they themselves live.  It has nothing to do with the people with whom they choose to associate.  It has nothing to do with how long they’ve allowed criminal and abusive behavior to go on in their families and neighborhoods for so long that it has reached these impossible levels.  No, no.  Instead of accepting any responsibility for any of it, it must be those evil white people who are forcing them to live that way.

Well, I’m not being suckered into that line of thinking.  I have always believed that most of what happens in our lives is due to our own way of thinking and our own efforts to change things for ourselves.  I’m living just on the edge of being homeless myself.  It isn’t anyone else’s fault but my own.  When I was young, instead of saving and preparing for my golden years or for unforeseen difficulties, I was frivolous.  I wanted to have a good time.  I was young and healthy and not very smart.  It isn’t the fault of wealthy people.  It isn’t my neighbor’s fault, so why should they have to pay to take care of me?  It was my own doing.  But for people of color, they aren’t told that.  They are told just the opposite.

It’s time to stop paying for other people’s stupidity and hard headedness.  The reason white neighborhoods are safe isn’t because they have more money.  It’s because they won’t tolerate behavior that would be harmful to the community.  It’s because the parents have raised their children, not simply created them.  The parents hold their kids responsible and expect them to maintain a certain level of respect and accountability for their actions.  The attitude is completely different.

Unfortunately, because of Hollywood playing its guilt trips on whites and making them feel responsible for people who do drugs and live in deplorable conditions, even the nice neighborhoods are seeing more children engaging in bad behaviors because to be proud of being a person with integrity is seen as being the bad guy.  It’s thought to indicate that you don’t care about people who have less than you.  Instead of being someone people can look toward as an example of what can be, these white kids from good neighborhoods are told they are bad people because they aren’t as poor as someone else.  Just the opposite is true.

There is nothing noble about being poor and there is nothing inherently evil about being better off than others.  It takes effort to get to and maintain a decent standard of living.  No one should be made to feel guilty about it.  People who aren’t willing to see being self-sustaining, let alone prosperity, as a goal and work toward it for themselves, they’re the ones who should feel guilty.  They aren’t using the natural gifts God gave them to achieve the most they can.

I don’t care what your religion is.  I don’t care what color your skin is.  All I care about is how you live your life, how you present yourself, what example you set, especially for your children, and how much effort you’re willing to put out on your own behalf.  Those are all indicators of the person you truly are.  And don’t try to make me feel guilty or responsible for you based on anything else.  Stop blaming others for your problems.  Most of your problems are of your own making because of your own choices in life.

If your neighborhood isn’t safe, move.  If you have to leave friends and family behind, so be it.  It’s their choice to remain just as it’s your choice.  If you can’t afford to move, get a job and earn enough to move.  If you have trouble getting a job, do what the hobos did during the depression.  Just walk away from everything and head toward another town where you can begin again.  If it’s not that important to you, then you will never get out of the situation you are now in.  So why should it be more important to someone else than it is to you?  People don’t die from moving forward.  They die from stagnating where they are.  I’ve been homeless and I’ve been so hungry I was shaking.  Right now I need medical treatment, but I won’t go to the doctor because I refuse to incur another bill.  I don’t want to hear sob stories anymore.  Crocodile tears mean nothing to me.  If you aren’t willing to do what you can do to improve your own situation in life, then don’t come crying to me.  If you would rather remain in a place where people destroy the property they have been given at no cost to themselves, don’t expect me to give you even that let alone something better.  If you would rather spend money on cell phones and TVs and fast food, don’t expect me to give tax dollars to provide you with food stamps.

When you show that you’re willing to be responsible for and take care of what you already have, when you show me that you are willing to make serious changes in your own life and hold your own family responsible for their behavior, then maybe we can talk about assisting you.  Until then, it’s a waste of time on both sides and definitely a waste of money.  Money will not change the character of anyone.  It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor.  It isn’t money that makes the man, it’s character.  And without changing your character and your mind set, nothing will change in your life.

Men and women who are willing to learn in school and who do work for a living put on a uniform every day and go into your crime infested neighborhoods and stand between you and the criminals you have raised and who you tolerate and you encourage your youth to kill them, always pointing the finger of blame at others, never accepting responsibility for what you have created and tolerated.  There are scores of people who claim to be reverends and political leaders who continue to beat the drum of skin color and continue to rile up the anger and hatred in the hearts of people who feel hopeless by blaming others to the point of accepting and making excuses for murdering the very people who have put their lives on the line to protect you.

I’m tired of the excuses.  I’m tired of the guilt trips and I’m tired of thinking about how many trillions of dollars have been wasted on trying to do for you what you aren’t willing to do for yourselves.  Find some other reason for your problems than your skin color.  It’s become boring.  You can’t control your skin color and neither can I.  But you can change your way of thinking.  You can take responsibility for your situation in life and you yourself can make changes in that situation.  What doesn’t require sacrifice and hard work will never make you a better person.

Life isn’t supposed to be fair.  Look hard for even the smallest opportunities to improve and act on them.  One will lead to another and another.  It’s up to you, not someone else.  If you won’t do it for yourself, don’t expect someone else to do it for you.  If your skin color is what is most important to you, then expect that to be what is most important about you to others.  I never got or lost any opportunities based on my skin color and neither have you.  I don’t care what you’ve been told.  It’s the way you present yourself and how you speak and what you think that either gets you ahead or holds you back in life.  You are seen by others just the way you see yourself.  That’s the truth and it’s true for all of us.  Deal with it.

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Conservatism, Liberalism, Politics

Human Nature and Liberals

Human nature has always been the same and always will be. We form societies and we try to conduct ourselves in a more productive and less barbaric way (except perhaps for those in the Middle East), but our instinctive human nature will never be done away with. As a species we can make Herculean efforts to overcome instincts, but we are a part of nature just as any other living creature is and we have limitations to what we can accomplish, especially in the face of such a powerful force as nature. Liberals are constantly wanting mankind to defer to nature in all other ways and yet, when it comes to the closest part of man to nature, our human nature, our instincts, they refuse to acknowledge it and scream loudly that we must do away with it. Not only isn’t it possible, but it’s what keeps us alive on the most basic levels. Their cry is “Hate yourself for being a natural man but love and respect everything else that is natural.” What a crock.

This is the major reason why trying to make everyone and everything “equal” and calling for “social justice” will never work. Humans are just as individually distinct from one another as members of any other species. We are not cookie cutter duplicates of each other and we cannot be herded and coralled as if we were. That sort of societal structure will fail every time it is tried. We need to be free just as much as any other animal. That is why liberal goals will never be achieved, at least not for very long, and why conservative goals always seem to be so much more successful.

Conservatives strive for the best but realize the realities that will have to be accommodated due to basic, unchanging human nature. Instead of fighting reality, we try to work with it to achieve more lasting results. We are more patient and willing to allow the process and learning curve to take shape over time. We are aware of possible bumps in the road and willing to adjust and even stop pursuing a course of action if reality shows it is not going to work.

Liberals want what they want right now and what they want isn’t ever going to be possible because they refuse to accept that we are part of nature and will always have basic, natural, instinctive behaviors. Liberals are like children who demand to have what they want and who throw temper tantrums and scream louder when they can’t have it. They are always unsatisfied and unhappy, always pushing for others to give them more and more and never grateful for what they already have. They embody the worst of human nature and they never seem to mature.

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Conservatism, Politics, Uncategorized

Liberal v. Conservative

For any group of people to gather together and form a cohesive working relationship, there is a need for certain standards, guides, rules, if you will.  I just sent cold shivers down the spines of any anarchists that may read this; however, even within a family there are behaviors which are not acceptable.  The purpose of such minimum standards is to prevent harm to others in the individual’s sphere of influence.

We begin with protection from physical harm and proceed to emotional and mental harm.  It is instinctive for a parent to want to protect its offspring from harm.  It branches out from there to wanting to protect one’s parents and siblings and other family members.  As families live in communities consisting of other families, people begin to see varying degrees of behavioral acceptance and set community standards for behavior outside the family that most can agree upon.

Eventually these standards become laws which every member of the community is expected to abide by.  This is extremely basic.  As the community grows, it becomes a society and the rules of that society, over time, become a culture.  Many generations later the culture is ingrained in those who have grown up in it and they rely on the history of their forefathers to give validity and credence to the standards by which they live.

If we look back at the beginning of these cultural values, we can see that they were, in fact, based on faith in a power higher than the men/women establishing them.  The most powerful person in the group was expected to follow the same rules because they had to answer to a higher power for their actions.  There was accountability to something more than man.  This is true of all cultures from the beginning of time.

We have now come to a point in societal evolution where people are trying to shake off the idea of a more powerful authority than man.  This is very disturbing to me.  Mankind is somewhat flawed.  Everything is somewhat flawed.  Man is no different.  He is a mortal creature and has what we refer to as human nature.  While man is extremely capable and has great capacity for intellect, he is still humbled by his human nature which he cannot ever overcome.  It is an integral part of his being.  Without it, he would be omnipotent and a mortal being can never be that.

So, realizing his own imperfections, what makes any man think he has all the answers?  What makes anyone think that another person should hold all the keys to his fellow man’s happiness, freedom or opportunity?  We have our cultural standards, laws if you will, by which we agree to abide.  But beyond that, we are accountable to a higher power that even the most intelligent and most physically powerful must inevitably answer.  If this were not so, then the most intelligent and most physically powerful would never cease to live.  They’re human power would never die.  No one would ever be able to overcome such influence over their fellow beings.

And yet there are always those who think they have solved the problems.  They are going to create a society where everyone will have the same amount of everything and everyone will be happy and content.  The fact that thousands of years of history has proven that to be impossible, due to human nature, doesn’t mean a thing to them.  They are more intelligent, in their own eyes, than anyone who has come before them and they have found the magical, golden key that will make everyone’s wish come true.

Unfortunately, they completely disregard that pesky little thing called human nature.  They are oblivious to the reality that man, even they themselves, is flawed.  A flawed being cannot create a perfect society.  It is fine to strive for it, but one must realize that it cannot actually come to pass because perfection cannot be achieved by something imperfect.

In human history, America stands out as the greatest governmental achievement of all time.  This isn’t because it is perfect.  It is because it is the only governmental structure ever devised that allowed for the imperfections of human beings but gave them the freedom to govern themselves and the opportunity to achieve their individual goals while still adhering to basic standards of behavior that have been tried and proven throughout the history of mankind to prevent harm to others.

The American system, as set up originally, realized that there are basic flaws in man that lead him into corruption and tyranny.  But rather than squelch it by restricting the better part of human nature, it was set up to encourage the best and still allow the people themselves to fight against and weed out those who may go too far toward the harmful and dangerous behaviors that could hurt society.  Instead of not allowing people to have arms, as a governmental control to avoid harm, the people were allowed to keep and bear arms.  This is amazing.  It shows that the government can be maintained as long as the people allow it.  Most people are good and will do what is right; however, should those in government go too far, the people will not be powerless and they can defend themselves and their freedoms against tyranny because they have the tools with which to do it.

This idea was totally radical.  It had been conceived of but never actually tried before.  This was the Great Experiment.  This was the hope for the people of the entire world.  This marvelous experiment was so successful that people were able to unleash their creative genius and invent and conspire together to make the most wonderful machines and technology in the shortest period of time since man walked on the earth.  Never before had such great accomplishments occurred so quickly.  People around the world have been lifted from poverty and poor health more than ever before.  Ways of producing food, clean water, medicines, all manner of things to improve the lives of people have come from the freedom of the people of one nation spreading to the rest of the world.

But somehow, that isn’t good enough for some people.  They still maintain the idea that, as great as this has been, it isn’t good enough because it isn’t what they consider perfect.  Somehow they believe that they can make it perfect.  They believe that by restricting and regulating more and more, and thereby denying freedoms to more and more people, they can take care of everyone and all those Utopian dreams can be achieved.  But those who believe that is possible are, again, not allowing for human nature in all its forms.

Let’s assume someone with such ideas was given the ability to rule the world.  That person would be able to make all the decisions for everyone else.  That person could decide what you were allowed to do for a living, how much you would earn, what your working conditions would be, where you would live, what you would learn (if you were allowed to be educated at all), how much food you could have, how large or small your house would be, how many children, if any, you could have, even whether you could live or die.

Now think about that.  One person, just as flawed as anyone else, being able to decide all those things for you and everyone else.  Who should that person be?  Obviously someone you agree with.  But what if it’s someone you don’t agree with?  Or what if it is someone you agree with, but over time, since human nature is what it is, their ideas morph and become something you don’t agree with?  What if it’s someone who was very good at hiding their true ambitions.  What if they convinced everyone they were going to do one thing and did something that was diametrically opposed to that?  Human nature is a funny thing.  A person’s entire way of thinking can change very quickly due to the onset of a mental illness or corruption or any number of things.  But once a person is given all the power, how is it to be taken away should things go terribly wrong?

What if instead of one person, it is a group of people given such power?  Wouldn’t the same potential for disaster exist?  Wouldn’t it be just as dangerous to place the decisions for everyone in the hands of just a few?

That is why America has been so successful.  The power was placed in the hands of the people rather than a few leaders.  But, for the last 100 years there has been a push by those who believe only a few have enough intelligence and ability to run the country.  They call themselves Progressives or Marxists or Socialists or Communists or Democrats or even Republicans.  They call themselves by any number of names.  But what they all have in common is the belief that they have all the answers and the rest of the population has no clue at all how to achieve greatness.  They believe that everyone else must be shepherded and looked after and saved from ourselves because we aren’t bright enough or capable enough to do things for ourselves.  Everything must be governed and governed by them.  They are going to ensure that we are all happy and content.  None of us should ever suffer financial, physical, mental or emotional distress.  They are going to see to it.

Once again, not a thought is given to human nature.  The very people who claim to have the ability to do that are proving the flaws in their own nature.  No one has the right to take away anyone else’s failures.  Not anymore than they have the right to take away anyone else’s successes.  Humans learn fastest and best through failures.  It is sad, but it is true.  The school of hard knocks is the one school that can claim the best success stories for its graduates.  As a parent, you don’t want your child to stumble and fall, but you know it has to happen and you know your child will learn from it.  The government, first of all, is not my parent.  Second of all, it has no right to prevent me from stumbling and falling.  If I open a business and I am successful, that is my success.  I earned it and it is not due to the government.  On the other hand, if I open a business and it fails, that is my failure.  I earned it and it is not due to the government.

This is called accountability.  This is where we get back to the beginning.  I answer to a high power than man.  No man can claim my successes or my failures.  They are mine alone.  And no man has the authority to tell me how to run my life or my family.  As long as I am not harming society, I am to be left alone to find my own path, easy or difficult.  That is freedom.  And because most men are good or try to do good, there is no need for a government to protect us from ourselves.  We make mistakes and we do great things.  There cannot be one without the other.  No group of people will ever be able to ensure anything greater than what free people can do when left to be free and allowed opportunity.

Global warming, oil drilling, demographics, disease, famine, all these things are better left to the free people who are basically decent and care for their fellow man.  Some people are not decent.  Most people are.  The chances that a huge population will find the right way are much better than that one or two people in a small group will do so.

Another thing about human nature is that, even if something is good for a man, he will resist it if it is forced upon him.  Therefore, no matter if there were a perfect human making all the decisions for everyone else, those decisions would be reviled and fought against simply because the people would have no choice.

Utopia cannot exist with mortal beings.  We must allow for human nature and all of its wonderful abilities and flaws.  No one can truly control another and why would we want to?  Opportunity, to succeed as well as to fail, and the freedom to pursue opportunity is the greatest gift, other than life itself, that anyone can have.  Whenever any law is enacted, it restricts a freedom somehow for someone.

This is the difference in the thinking of Liberals and Conservatives, not Democrats and Republicans.  Liberals are actually opposed to liberating people.  They feel that by making all the decisions for people, they are doing the best for them, which is not their responsibility to begin with.  It is up to the individual to do what is best for himself.  Conservatives want to restrict government to allow the people to have more of their own freedom.  They want to govern conservatively, not overwhelmingly.  Personally, judging from history, I prefer the conservative approach.

I don’t need or want the government to force my employer to provide a safe working place.  I don’t need or want the government to make sure my water is pure or my food is safe or my wage is a certain amount or my education is free or my law enforcement is unbiased or my neighborhood has a certain ratio of all religions.  Those are all things I can do within my community as an individual joining with other local individuals or as a worker negotiating with my employer myself.

If I don’t like the way my community handles things, I have the freedom to pack up and move to another community where I do like the way things are handled.  If I don’t like the way my local law enforcement treats certain races, I can make changes to my local law enforcement agency personnel or move away.  If I don’t think I’m being treated well in the workplace or I’m at risk for my safety or not being paid what I’m worth, I can quit and work somewhere else.

If I’m not willing to do those things, then I’m allowing others to control my life and I must accept it.  But it is not up to the government or anyone else to fix those things for me.  It is up to me.  If enough people agree with me and are willing to do what is needed, as I am, then the community will repair itself or it will cease to exist.  There are ghost towns which bear this out.  The people don’t need to have restrictions and regulations forced on the community which take away their freedom to do it for themselves.

That is demeaning.  It sends a signal to the people that they aren’t capable or smart enough to do things for themselves.  Worst of all, it takes away an individual’s personal power over their own life and transfers that power to an unknown, faceless government who has no personal connection to that person and bit by bit more and more power is accrued by that impersonal government and less and less is left to the individual.  More government means less freedom and, because government is made up of a relatively small number of individuals, it means government becomes more powerful and people retain less freedom.

In order to remain free, we must be willing to do the work for ourselves and accept responsibility for the good and bad that we say and do.  We must not be willing to let someone else do for us what we can and should be doing for ourselves.  Every time someone else does something for us, we lose the power to do it for ourselves.  Nothing is free.  We pay for it with our freedom or our time or our money, sometimes with all of those.  If one person is getting a meal for free, someone else has paid for it.  If someone is getting their rent paid for them, someone else has worked and earned the money that was used to do it.  Freedom has a high price but it’s worth it.  If you allow others to do anything for you at all, you are allowing them to pull your strings.  He who controls the gold makes the rules.  If you are willing to take something from another, you must dance to their tune.  You owe them.  They control you.  That is not freedom.  That is slavery.

When you take something from the government, you are really taking it from your fellow citizens who paid the taxes that funded that service, whatever it may be.  And always remember, government is made up of flawed people who are subject to human nature which includes good as well as bad.  The more power a person has, eventually they will succumb to their basic human nature which includes the flaw of corruption.  Don’t hate the person for being human, just remember they aren’t any less flawed than you and keep control of your own power.  Hold onto your freedom.  Don’t be so willing to point the finger of blame at someone else.  Be willing to accept responsibility for your own actions.  But never be willing to take from another what you could have earned for yourself.  Stay free and encourage others to do the same.

 

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