I Want The Government Out of Everything!

Well, as you can see a lot of people want the government to get out of everything. Obviously, they fail to specify what everything means, if it indeed means anything at all. Let’s see, perhaps they want the government to not regulate the food industry, that way, they can get food poisoning without the government’s help.Perhaps they don’t want to send their kids to schools or colleges where the government provides financial aid and students grants and loans; or maybe they want the government not to fix the roads and highways that allow them to reach their jobs and destinations.

These people are so deluded that they cant really think straight. One guy there screamed freedom!, what freedom is he talking about? What freedom is the government taking away from him by reforming health care? None. Perhaps, the only freedom that they are fighting about is the freedom to manage their own wealth. However, these people most likely want the government to do a lot of things without them having to pay for anything. They probably want the roads and highways to be in a perfect condition so that they can travel smoothly on them, but they don’t want to pay for that. They don’t want to pay for the services that they do want. Probably the only thing that they want the government to do and they would be willing to pay for it is to allow prayers in school, and have the teacher read the bible to children.

If these people are so adamantly defending the “freedoms” that they have, then where were they 8 years ago when The Patriot Act was passed? Where were they when Bush tried to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage? What has changed in the last 8 years? Oh! that’s right the political party of the person in charge, and the color, we should never forget that Obama isn’t white. It wasn’t fascist for Bush to evesdrop in the conversations of the people, or to know what books you check out from the library; but it is fascist of Obama to do… to do what? OH that’s right to bail out the banks… wait… didn’t Bush bailed out the banks? Oh, I know A.I.G … wait, Bush bailed out A.I.G. I know! the auto industry, that’s what he did, god damned fascist, preventing the auto industry from failing so that thousands of families wouldn’t go without. Damn socialist taking away my freedom to do… my freedom of… not paying taxes… that’s right, that’s the freedom that I want to keep, because I know that the 4th amendment is worth nothing as long as I don’t have to pay taxes and get all the things I want the government to do for me without me paying for it. Obama is both a fascist and socialist… and I think he might be communist too… They all mean the same thing,right?

Support the Troops

I was on my way to college last Tuesday, and I noticed that the car in front of me has a sticker that reads ” I support the Troops.” My reaction was “Well, that’s nice.” But then I thought about it some more. What does it mean to support the troops? How do you support the troops anyway? I’ve thought about this for a while now, and I reached a simple conclusion, you support the troops by being supporting. Now that seems like a really stupid thing to say; obviously you support the troops by being supportive of them,however, what I mean by that is something far more essential for our service men and women. I doubt that a sticker int he bumper of the a car can really be called support for our service men and women. I think that the only person you are supporting by buying those stickers are the sticker makers (factory?).

I think that there is a better way to support our troops than just buying stickers and putting them in our cars. How about petition the government to create more GI bills to help our troops re-integrate to society and put the skills that they learned in the army to work for society;or demand that our troops are better equipped,with better supplies (enough supplies at least) and better body armor so that they can fight more “safely.” Or how about extending their health care? writting letters to our senators and congressmen, sign a petition to government asking for all of these things, taking care of our veterans so that they don’t end up homeless in the streets like many veterans from Vietnam. I think that this Memorial weekend we can all write a letter to our Senator (even the president) asking for all of these things, showing our support for them by doing something more than just buying a sticker. Even if you are against the war, our troops deserve our appreciation and support.

On Liberty and Freedom of Speech.

We all value the liberties that America offers to all of us. We value the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly etc.. we believe that these liberties should be preserved and maintained at all cost. We have gone to wars to defend these liberties, and yet, we cannot deny that our government has at times taken our rights away without a sensible rationale behind it. There are many examples of this, like for instance when FDR ordered all citizens of Japanese descend into interment camps, some of whom had fought in WWI and gotten medals for their courage and sacrifice. This is but one of the instances in which our government has abused its powers. We should also mention the irrationality of the Red Scare, during the MacArthur Era, or the erosion of our rights with the Patriot Act, where the government decided to create “Freedom of Speech Zones” violating our right embedded in the first amendment of the Constitution, you know that part that says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion , or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” We have let our government take away our rights under the assumption that it was necessary to ensure our safety, the same government bailed out AIG and many other companies under the excuse that if we do nothing the economy was going to plunge into a deep depression. The same argument was used when our citizens were sent to interment camps, or when Lincoln decided to take away Habeas Corpus during the Civil War.

The rights and liberties contained in the first amendment are the bedrock of our society. What is more intrinsicly valuable than the right to express ourselves? From this right follow many others like freedom of religion, and freedom of assembly. I doubt that any of us would be willing to live in a society where you are prohibited from talking to whomever you want, or worshiping to whatever deity you believe in (in my case, deciding not to worship at all) at any rate, we take these liberties as a given. We do not realize the danger that we would be in if our government were to take a more aggressive position, a more intrusive approach to our lives. The founding fathers knew the outlook of a society in which the government was able to do as it pleased. That is why they wrote the Bill of Rights, that is why we the King cannot take you and throw you in a jail without  due process (Guantanamo?) I don’t suspect that any of us thought that we would have to deal with these issues in the twenty first century, and yet we are. We have forgotten our spirit, we have become complacent and unwilling to fight intrusions infringing in our liberties. We need to reconsider our positions regarding our government; dissent cannot, should not, and must not be considered treason, it is through debate that we grow as a nation. Dissent is what keeps the enourmous power wielded by the government in check, which is why the government doesn’t like it. For these reasons, I think that every single square inch of the United States should be made a perpetual “Freedom of Speech” zone.Only good things can come out of that, if only all of us would engaged in a more deep analysis of our government and the way it is taking our liberties little by little we would realize that if we are not willing to fight for our rights, it is as if we don’t have those rights.

Thoughts on libertarianism and liberalism.

I think that if we are to become a libertarian society (which is in fact impossible, given that we give up some of our liberty when we are taxed, and when we allow police and armies to exist; by the way I’m not against the Army or the police force, although they do sometimes abuse their power. A libertarian society is one in which people are free to do as they please so long as they do not interfere with my freedom; by having police and armies we are giving up freedom for security, which is why there will never be a completely libertarian society) But if we are to have a more ‘free” society personal choices have to be respected. That is regarding same-sex marriage. Now, regarding abortion, I think that if people use it as a birth-control method just shows a complete lack of personal responsibility and ethics; at the same time, people who are victims of rape should not be forced to have something that they didn’t want to have to begin with. On top of that, I don’t believe gov’t has any right to tell you what to do with your body; which is why I think that Roe v Wade is a sound ruling. Our society has devoted so much energy into fighting and disagreeing with one another, that we have lost sight of the real important issues that are consuming our country. The only way to solve this is not by bickering with the opposite party or completely denying all the things that conservatives or liberals believe in. In fact, our society becomes better when we accept the difference in our society, regardless of beliefs, creeds, political affiliations, and sexual orientation. When we realize that feminist value their reproductive rights as much as Christians value their right to worship, when conservatives recognize that creating massive amounts of debt to give tax cuts to the wealthy doesn’t help the economy, and in fact is irresponsible, that the burden of paying off that massive debt cannot be place upon the backs of the poor, when they realize that foreign policy decisions should be based on facts and not some wishful thinking (Audacity 37). When liberals realized that gov’t sometimes is problem as Reagan so simply stated it, when they realize that abortion should not be a birth-control method, but a last resort option.When we achive that we will finally see past our differences and be able to work and get things working once again.