Monday, November 30, 2009

Any Rand Monday

Another, and perhaps last Ayn Rand Monday at RN USA. The incredible intellect of Rand, and her love for this, the wealthiest and greatest capitalist society on earth, seems to be lost on the majority of Americans today. Perhaps when we are facing the same fate as Russia under Bolshevism we might care enough to pay attention to her warnings. Until then most will go along their safe and merry way. No doubt believing "it can't happen here."

Statism in all it's various forms is alive and well all over the world, the United States of America included. As much as there are those who chose, either out of ignorance, or choice because they believe the state knows best over the will of the people, statism nonetheless is a powerful force in American politics today.

Perhaps it is because the people in America today, as Europe has for centuries, want to believe government is the answer to the social and economic problems inherent in existence itself. Nothing could be further from the truth. The very premise of our Republic is that government should be limited. That a government that fears the people insures liberty and individualism. And that a government that is feared by the people results in tyranny. Today the roles in America are rapidly reversing themselves ,and we the people are more and more working for a government that will in time suffocate the people and control those it should rightly serve.

Whether this happens or not is up to us. To make certain it does not happen will require the American people shed their apathy and complacency and become intimately involved in the politics and workings of OUR national government. RN USA sincerely hopes that day comes soon.

Now for what is likely the last Ayn Rand Monday.

Rand quotes of the week.

That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that which you call 'free will' is your mind's freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character.

• Capitalism demands the best of every man – his rationality – and rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him.

• The Middle Ages were an era of mysticism, ruled by blind faith and blind obedience to the dogma that faith is superior to reason. The Renaissance was specifically the rebirth of reason, the liberation of man's mind, the triumph of rationality over mysticism -- a faltering, incomplete, but impassioned triumph that led to the birth of science, of individualism, of freedom.

A final Ayn Rand video.

Meet Thomas Jefferson

RN USA continues it's presentation of Meet Thomas Jefferson with segments five and six. it is hoped you are finding these spots informative, enjoyable, and worthwhile.

Please feel free to comment, and or suggest ideas for future informative content. Feedback as to content such as this is welcome and appreciated.

And now with pleasure RN USA gives you Thomas Jefferson.

The series continues tomorow with segments seven and eight.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Threat to the World at Large

The world at risk, and nobody with any real authority is doing anything about it. The useless toothless United Nations will no doubt, as usual , do nothing. The United States under the fearless Barrack Hussein Obama  administration will dither, as is it's custom, and eventually along with the western allies (whomever they may be) will call for useless sanctions.

And the world at large will continue to remain at increasing at risk. As is usually the case with the extreme disillusioned lefties and rightie (for philosophically different reasons) the arguement will be made the madman in Iran, and the extreme idealogical Muslim extremists that control the Persian nation, are but exercising their right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Right, and for those who might believe this BS there is a market for non existent bridges for sale.

Iran has just announced its approval Sunday to build ten additional uranium enrichment sites. This amounts to a significantly large expansion of it's capabilities to produce nuclear material. Of course this comes on the heels of the United Nations nuclear watchdog demanding that Iran halt construction on one facility and cease all enrichment efforts and activities.

Of course the U.S. and it's allies have "hinted at" the possibility of new U.N. sanctions. WOW, that is likely to work and make the free world much safer.? The White House went on record as saying the move; "would be yet another serious violation of Iran's clear obligation under multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions and another example of Iran choosing to isolate itself." Hello, does anybody really believe the Iranian Theocracy give a proverbial shit.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had this ominous statement, "Time is running out for Iran to address the international community's growing concerns about it's nuclear program." Wow, yet another threatening and toothless statement the Iranian regime is certain to ignore.

The following statements from Ali Akbar (Allah is great) Salehi makes the Iranian regime's position clear. Salehi said Sunday's decision was "a firm message" in response to the IAEA. Further he informed state TV that the agency's censure was aimed at "measuring the resistance of the Iranian nation." Any rational analysis of these statements can only lead to the conclusion that Iran is more than willing to suffer any sanctions in so long as their nuclear ambitions are met. Such ambitions likely to increase the radical element in Islam's capability to strike at not only Israel, the stated enemy, but the entire Infidel west.  

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in siding with the toothless calls of the emasculated west called for; "a concentration of sanctions and pressure on the Iranian regime, which is vulnerable emotionally" in an attempt to get Iran to rein in it's nuclear ambitions. Israel has apparently not ruled out a military strike. But it is likely that it will wait until the dithering and pro Islamic Obama gines them the go ahead. Which in this citizen journalists opinion will never come.

And so we wait. As the clock ticks and tocks toward a nuclear armed Iran, with the capability of destroying Israel, and hitting the "larger" west, we dither. Perhaps the last best hope for the free world and Christian societies is the resurgence of the Jewish State circa 1967.

Read the full text of the article here.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: Fox News

Meet Thomas Jefferson

RN USA hopes you find the series thus far on Thomas Jefferson both informative and enjoyable. The presentation continues today with segments three and four.

The series will continue tomorrow with segments five and six.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Hope and Change - Check it Out

Hmm, wonder how well lobbyist and special interest reform in the Obama Administration is working differently than in prior administrations. Let us view a few examples.

So much for integrity. One must come to the conclusion it is to much to hope for. Even "hope and change" can equate to the status quo in politics.

The Fraud of the Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, in his article published in The Washington Post today, is extolling the virtues of "redesigning" the federal reserve system so that it is more responsive and able to avoid the kind of almost meltdown of the financial system we experienced a year ago.

His position is essentially a lie and is based on the interests of the Federal Reserve, the  U.S. financial market as well as the global financial markets.

The recent success of Representative Ron Paul in getting congressional approval to audit the Fed, no doubt has Barnanke and others in the financial markets gravely concerned. When speaking to this issue here is what he had to say;  

 "I am concerned, however, that a number of the legislative proposals being circulated would significantly reduce the capacity of the Federal Reserve to perform its core functions. Notably, some leading proposals in the Senate would strip the Fed of all its bank regulatory powers. And a House committee recently voted to repeal a 1978 provision that was intended to protect monetary policy from short-term political influence. These measures are very much out of step with the global consensus on the appropriate role of central banks, and they would seriously impair the prospects for economic and financial stability in the United States. The Fed played a major part in arresting the crisis, and we should be seeking to preserve, not degrade, the institution's ability to foster financial stability and to promote economic recovery without inflation."

What Bernanke is really saying is he wants to limit, or prevent, the exact kind of oversight that will force the Fed to stop operating in secrecy with no accountability to anyone. That is to say without accountability to anyone with the exception the HUGE global special financial interests. The Fed has never been the friend of the American wage earner or middle class, and lacking oversight and forced recognition of proper ethical standard, never will.

Bernanke's article is best read without further commentary as it tends to get ones hackles up. The article, "The Right Reform for the Fed" can be read in it's entirety here.

There is another side to the  history of the Federal Reserve. It is both historical and accurate, and if fully understood by all Americans it is very likely that the Fed would either never have existed, or been out of the business of deceiving people long ago. 

Following is the history, and and true story behind the secret that is the Fed. Is the Fed to be one of the architects of a world currency and a one world order? I wonder.

Sound like a conspiracy? Perhaps it is.

Meet Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson our third President, influenced greatly by Thomas Paine, was a stanch defender of individual liberty and favored a limited role for the federal government. As such Jefferson was an anti federalist and strong proponent of states rights. Unfortunately for our Republic, and the cause of liberty, the federalists prevailed in American politics. While it may be to late for our nation to regain the anti federalist positions, it is well if we revisit and indeed never forget the principals on which anti federalism was based.

To that end RN USA is putting up a series of videos that characterize Thomas Jefferson the person, his insights and wisdom. Much can be learned in todays modern times by understanding the principals by which Jefferson lived and governed. The Declaration of Independence and Jefferson's Presidency stand as testament to his great intellect, wisdom, and patriotism. It is likely Jefferson were he here today would approve of the tea party, or tea bagger movement.

The Meet Thomas Jefferson series will be presented over the course of the next several days at RN USA.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Death of the U.S. Dollar

The following video is frightening. Its contents will shake you to the very core, and cause you to wonder just how we have arrived at our present state of affairs.

The plan for the eventual establishment of a world currency, and indeed a one world order, has been in progress going back to the early years of our Republic. Financial corporations, and political figures have kept it a buried and well hidden secret.

Some very early leaders of our Republic such as Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln foresaw the impending danger. Unfortunately this did not change the course of events. 

The institution known as the Federal Reserve, and the Progressive Income Tax have much to do with the impending disaster to our currency, our way of life, and our security. Both have contributed  to the plan.

The Obama administration, like many before it will encourage the continued progression to assured insolvency and  national bankruptcy. 

There is little time.  Unless we act to force our national leaders to begin acting responsibly, and in our best interest this nation will cease to exist as we have known it.

As Thomas Paine wrote over two and a quarter centuries ago, "These are times that try men's souls." We are again at a point in space and time these words ring true.  The question to be asked, and ultimately answered is, can we save our Republic from eventual demise?

The Video.

Charles Krauthammer on Health Care Reform

The health care debate goes on, and on, and ... on. What we have succeeded in doing is to produce a total of over 4,000 pages (House and Senate bills combined) of a bureaucratic nightmare and regulatory jungle. Of course these competing bills must go through the reconciliation process. Nonetheless,  in final form,  whatever comes through the pork grinder will likely exceed 2,000 pages.

While there is little argument that our system needs reform, the current bills, as they stand are an abomination and not what we need. Charles Krauthammer, in his November 27, 2009 article in The National Review puts forth some well reasoned arguments as to how we should go about health care reform in a reasoned and proper manner.

Read the the full text of Krauthammer's article here.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: NRO

Obama Administration's Initiative to Limit Lobbyist Influence

Rational Nation USA has long held that special interest lobbyist, whether they be business in nature or any other special interest, have no place influencing government policy or congressional decisions. For this reason RN USA is coming out in support of the Obama Administration's recent initiative to curb their influence.

The Washington Post November 27, 2009 article on this issiue explains in some detail the inititiative. Please take a moment to read through this article. While many of us on the conservative side of the political spectrum find much to criticize the Obama administration for, this initiative is a good start to eliminating special interests.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: The Washington Post

Rally To The Cause Of Liberty and Pride In America

Many might feel this video divisive. However, when one listens to the words, it is most difficult to mount a rational argument against the majority of their premises.

In todays environment of altruistic socialism, multiculturalism and diversity, and the falacious argument that big brother government knows best, it is criical that all who love liberty, individualism, self reliance, and personal responsibility unite to hold back, and beat the charge of socialistic statism.

More American Now Believe U.S. Health Care System Best in the World

The most recent Rasmussen poll is showing a significant shift in America's perception of our health care system. The shift is in a decidedly upward (positive) direction, and as such bears an increasing challenge to the Democratic bill that passed the House as wellas the Senate bill yet to be debated on the floor of the Senate.

This is good news as both versions of healthcare reform are seriously flawed as covered by the balanced, albeit limited portion of our national media. Following are some highlights of the Rasmussen poll released November 27, 2009.

49% currently rate U.S. health care as good or excellent.

The above figure shows a steady increase to the favorable side as follows; 29% 18 months ago, 39% in May of this year, and 44% at the start of October.

The most recent Rasmussen poll shows that a mere 27% believe the U.S. heath care system is poor.

What is significant is that only 38% favor the current legislation working it's way through Congress.

Liberal voters rate the current system as poor at 51%, while 62% conservative voters rate the system as good or excellent.

44% of moderate voters rate the current system as good to excellent while 26% rate it as poor.

Irrespective of these number 53% of Americans believe major changes are needed. This includes 13% who favor scrapping the current system altogether and starting over.

37% say that only minor changes are needed and a mere 7% believe no change is necessary.

These numbers clearly indicate that America is in a mood to change our system and make it more responsive and affordable.

Read the entire Rasmussen Report here.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: Rasmussen Report

A Look at Thomas Paine - A Revolutionary Firebrand and Lightning Rod

Thomas Paine, the man who galvanized a people to revolution, and thus became the individual most responsible for our becoming a free and independent Republic is worth getting to know through an understanding of his works.

The video clips offered here are but a brief glimpse into a self educated man of the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason. Paine, a man of great stature, is well worth the time spent to get to know his works.

In doing so it could well help get America back on a path to national sanity.

And inspire a second and non violent revolution in America. A re-awaking of our founding principals and a road back to greater liberty and responsibility if you will.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to all from Rational Nation USA.

As we give thanks for the bounty that America has always given us, let us remember our National Heritage and give thanks to those who formed our nation, and to succeeding generations who preserved and protected liberty so that we remain free today.

George Washington established Thanksgiving as a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789, hence his picture above.

Rational Nation USA will resume daily post on Friday 11/27/09.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Rasmussen Poll - Presidential Support Continues to Decline

Judging from the tracking poll results out this morning it clear our President is losing support, and at a consistent and steady rate.

Overall 45% of likely voters say they somewhat approve of the Presidents job performance, while 54% say they now disapprove of his overall performance.

The -15% in the Presidential Approval Index combined with the 20% drop in the Presidential Job Approval does not bode well for the President. As more Americans become aware of the specifics of the Presidents health care plan, combined with increasing angst over the economic situation, particularly job losses, it is likely the President will continue to suffer loss of support.

The President's position on trying 911 perpetrators in civilian court in New York City, and his dithering over the decision with respect to troop levels in Afghanistan has not helped the President's standings as well. Read full report here.

Via: Rasmussen Reports

Bill O'Reilly Interview's 911 Defense Attorney

This is possibly the reason that criminal attorneys are perhaps the least respected individuals in America. Bill O'Reilly called this attorney a weasel, in this persons opinion it was far to kind of a representation of him.

While it is understandable this attorney is not in a position to telegraph judgement with respect to the heinous 911 criminals, he could have, and should have shown more respect and sensitivity for the thousands victims and their families.

The 911 perpetrators are war criminals. Anyone with a modicum of logic knows this. They should be facing trial in a military tribunal, without any consideration for Miranda rights, and when found guilty they should be put to death.

The video, one of the most reprehensible seen in recent times.

Final Segment - O'Reilly Palin Interview

Final questions from Bill O'Reilly. The last segment is pretty much like the first two. Not overly tough questions, but not all fluff either. Overall, as Interviews go, perhaps a B- grade.

What do you think?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Ayn Rand / Thomas Jefferson Monday

Ayn Rand, perhaps the most misunderstood and maligned philosopher of the 20th century, never wavered from her conviction that individual rights were inalienable, and exceeded the misguided belief that the good of the collective exceeded that of the individual.

Rands premise in essence was that free men and women had the right to interact with other free men and women on the basis of mutually agreed upon choice. As such, each individual was free to act as their own independent agent, free to engage in trade as they deemed fit.

It goes without saying, and is implicit, that each individual would make decisions based on the mutual benefit of the parties involved. Such benefit would be determined without the involvement of, or consideration being given to, governmental influence, consideration, or prejudice.

It is what is known as the free market. A market absent government subsidies, obtrusive regulation or influence, special interest influence, over burdensome and crippling taxation that results in a loss of competitive advantage (crucially important in todays global economy), and the realization that if what was offered in trade was inferior to the competition your enterprise would fail.

The market at work defining the best the market has to offer. Based on the judgement of free traders within the free market, and based on the judgment of excellence as determined by those freely trading in any specif segment of said free market.

So simple, so true, and yet so difficult to understand in todays environment of altruism, socialism, and statism. The very political and economic premises that made this nation the greatest the world has ever known, and that Ayn Rand understood and fought to maintain, is slowly slipping away. Rand were she alive today, would be at odds with both the Democratic and Republican parties because both have forsaken the promise of our founding fathers.

I leave you with the folowing quotes.

Thomas Jefferson:

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

Ayn Rand:

Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.

The right to life is the source of all rights--and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.

A private individual may do anything except that which is legally forbidden; A government individual may do nothing except that which is legally permitted.

Capitalism demands the best of every man – his rationality – and rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him.

When I say 'capitalism,' I mean a pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez-faire capitalism – with a separation of economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as a separation of state and church.

Thomas Jefferson video:

An Audio on Ayn Rand economic philosophy:

Sounds a lot like Thomas Jefferson and Ayn Rand may have had much more in common than they would have differences.

New Message From GOP Promised For 2010

Michael Steele, the Republican National Committee Chairmen, has said the GOP is considering introducing a new set of principals that would guide the GOP during the 2010 election cycle, and presumably beyond. Steele said that while not another Contract With America the GOP was planning a larger message strategy with similar goals as it's objective.

In making his comments Steele said, "I and Newt and others are looking at how we define this time, a time where we have an administration that's overstepping its reach on healthcare, overstepping its reach on the economy," Steele went on by asking this question, "how do we principally make the argument, make the case to the American people that the direction the Obama administration, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid want to go is not good for America?" He went on, "I think we'll have some very interesting things to say next year about that,"

Steele, as would be expected, provided no specifics on what may be included in the new set of guiding principles. Perhaps this is because they will amount to a rehash, and reformulated rhetoric to put out the same age old message.

Obama has overstepped his bounds, no question or argument there. But then again so did Bush. The statement that the direction the Obama administration wants to go is not good for America is an understatement. Been then the direction the Bush administration wanted, and did go, was not good for America either.

The GOP in attempting to define a set of guiding principals (if the party wants to gain prominence again), will need to clearly define political and philosophical differences that set them apart from the Democratic Party. As it really is today, there is little differences between the Elephants (Rhinos) and the Donkeys. Both are statist in practice and diminish individual liberties. The only difference lies in how fast either party will get us to the same point in our nations history.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: The Hill

Health Care Reform and the Constitutional Issues

The Supreme Court of the United States of America. The guardian institution of our system of jurisprudence and the authority on the Constitutionality of legislation (laws) that affects a free people.

An institution created to protect individual rights and place restrictions on the reach of the Federal Government as defined in the Constitution of the United States. To insure that legislation enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President, is constitutional.

There are those, and the number is significant, that believe individuals have a right to health care, without consideration as to whether they can pay for such services or not. These same people believe it is the obligation of government to ensure that a person who is unable to pay for services receive the service compliments of the taxpayer's good will.

Given todays modern and altruistic societal progression it is clear the battle against universal socialized medicine will be lost. Universal Socialized National Health Care, in some form, will become a reality in America, along with its inherent problems.

Aside from the fact that there exists no right to health care in our constitution, it will be placed upon us, and future generations, through laws passed by well meaning people. People who will not be around and thus not required to deal with the financial burden it will create on our society in future years.

The health care legislation passed by the House of Representatives, and moving through the Senate both contain the public option. Both also allow for keeping your current insurance if you are satisfied with your coverage. Both also require that you purchase health insurance or pay a penalty for failing to do so.

Sounds good so far. The issue of choice is present. For now at least. There is little doubt however that if the Senate passes their bill, and the House and Senate versions are reconciled and become law, that eventually, either through a sunset clause, or future legilation the right of choice will disappear. In fact the real agenda of proponents of Socialized National Health Care is the single payer system. We all know how well that works in countries who already have it.

The question at this point in our journey to altruistic socialized health care that needs to be asked is this; Does the government have a right to force individuals through coercion to purchase healthcare if they chose not to? Based on our constitution the answer is no. The natural question that follows is this; If a person chooses not to elect to purchase healthcare should they be required to pay for services received out of pocket? The answer is clearly yes.

If lawmakers force citizens, through coercive and unconstitutional laws, to purchase a product an individual feels they do not need or want, the issue should be challenged in the Supreme Court. While the entire issue of Universal Socialist National Health Care should be challenged on constitutional grounds it likely will not. We have come too far down the altruistic statist road to perhaps even think about such things.

The unfortunate thing is that no one is seriously looking at market based solutions and extensive tort reform as a more effective way to achieving the ends that we all realize need to be achieved.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Letter of American Sentiment to President Obama

The following was allegedly written by Buddy Hackett's daughter. I received these truthful and moving words from an e-mail correspondent today. I did not the check the accuracy as to whether Buddy Hackett's daughter actually wrote these words. If she did what a wonderful American. But the lasting, and most important thing is this, the words and belief's are true and right on the mark.

Here then is her letter. All Americans should reflect deeply on her remarks, and think about the reality of how our current President has acted in his capacity as our national leader and Commander in Chief.

This was written by Sherry Hackett, Buddy Hackett's widow........


President Obama:

Today I read of your administrations' plan to re-define September 11 as a National Service Day. Sir, it's time we had a talk.........

During your campaign, Americans watched as you made mockery of our tradition of standing and crossing your heart when the Pledge of Allegiance was spoken. You, out of four people on the stage, were the only one not honoring our tradition.

YES, "We noticed."

During one of your many speeches, Americans heard you say that you intended to visit all 57 states. We all know that Islam, not America has 57 states.

YES, "We noticed."

When President Bush leaned over at Ground Zero and gently placed a flower on the memorial, while you nonchalantly tossed your flower onto the pile without leaning over.

YES, "We noticed."

Every time you apologized to other countries for America’s position on an issue we have wondered why you don't share our pride in this great country. When you have heard foreign leaders berate our country and our beliefs, you have not defended us. In fact, you insulted the British Crown beyond belief.

YES, "We noticed."

When your pastor of 20 years, "God-damned America” and said that 9/11 was “America’s chickens coming home to roost", and you denied having heard recriminations of that nature, we wondered how that could be. You later disassociated yourself from that church and Pastor Wright because it was politically expedient to do so.

YES, "We noticed."

When you announced that you would transform America, we wondered why. With all her faults, America is the greatest country on earth. Sir, KEEP THIS IN MIND, "if not for America and the people who built her, you wouldn't be bsitting in the White House now." Prior to your election to the highest office in this Country, you were a senator from Illinois and from what we can glean from the records available, not a very remarkable one.

YES, "We noticed."

All through your campaign and even now, you have surrounded yourself with individuals who are basically unqualified for the positions for which you appointed them. Worse than that, the majority of them are people who, like you, bear no special allegiance, respect, or affection for this country and her traditions.

YES, "We noticed."

You are 9 months into your term and every morning millions of Americans wake up to a new horror heaped on us by you. You seek to saddle working Americans with a health care/insurance reform package that, along with cap and trade, will bankrupt this nation.

YES, "We noticed."

We seek, by protesting, to let our representatives know that we are not in favor of these crippling expenditures and we are labeled "un-American", "racist", "mob". We wonder how we are supposed to let you know how frustrated we are. You have attempted to make our protests seem isolated and insignificant. Until your appointment, Americans had the right to speak out.

YES, "We noticed."

On September 11, 2001 there were no Republicans or Democrats, only Americans. And we all grieved together and helped each other in whatever way we could. The attack on 9/11 was carried out because we are Americans.

And YES, "We noticed."

There were many of us who prayed that as a black president you could help unite this nation. In six months you have done more to destroy this nation than the attack on 9/11. You have failed us.

YES, "We noticed."

September 11 is a day of remembrance for all Americans. You propose to make 9/11 a "National Service Day". While we know that you don't share our reverence for 9/11, we pray that history will report your proposal as what it is...a disgrace.

YES, "We noticed."

You have made a mockery of our Constitution and the office that you hold. You have embarrassed and slighted us in foreign visits and policy.

YES, "We noticed."

We have noticed all these things. We will deal with you. When Americans come together again, it will be to remove you from office.

Take notice.

And so, all patriotic Americans, regardless of political party or ideology, should reflect on these words absent bias or preconceived notions. The ultimate destiny of our nation hangs in the balance. It my hope, and I believe the majority of Americans feel the same, that our contry remains the bastion of freedom and individualism it has been for 233 years. And that it's time honored heritage does not die.

Thoughts on Liberty and Civil Discourse

I spent some time on liberal leaning political blogs the past few days and it was not surprising to see there are many on the other side of the political spectrum that love the concept of liberty just as conservatives and libertarians do. It also struck me that there is as much rancor, no strike that, more of the rancor and name calling going on at liberal blogs than I typically see on conservative political blogs.

One only has to visit a few to believe it representative of most liberal political blogs. It seems almost as though while some liberals love the concept of liberty, they are locked in the thought that liberty means believing precisely as they do on all issues. There are certainly some conservatives that are guilty of this, there simply seems to be more liberals that are guilty of it.

Thinking about this had me jotting down some thoughts on liberty, what it means, and how best to preserve it. For the most part it has been a constant thread through most of my posts since beginning Rational Nation USA on June 30, 2009. However, the liberty thoughts have been part of my beliefs, well before FOX News became the influential network it is today.

The liberty thought list begins with the quote from Benjamin Franklin at the top of this post.

2) Liberty is the ability of the individual to make free choices in his/her life.

3) Liberty is the ability of the individual to work and create security for oneself through private owership of property.

4) Liberty is retaining the right to use, distribute, spend, grow, and pass on the security that one has created as they see fit without government stealing a portion of it.

5) Liberty requires government to be a servant to the people in that it remains limited and thus under control.

6) Liberty is best preserved when the people limit the governments ability to tax their efforts freely, and then spend the fruits of that effort as it chooses. (Wealth redistribution)

7) Liberty will be best preserved when the corrupting influence of money, flowing from huge corporations in the form of campaign contribution to candidate for the purpose of buying favors is stopped.

8) Liberty is insured when the wealth of a nation is first used to increase the security of its own citizens, not that of the rest of the world through misguide foreign aid.

9) Liberty is insured when a nation retains its productive capacity and manufacturing base in large part within its borders. Something we have failed to do.

10) Liberty is strengthened and insured when individuals accept total responsibility for their livelihood and economic welfare. Those who are infirm, unable either physically or mentally to provide for their own welfare the use of tax dollars is then appropriate. This includes limited unemployment benefits. However, runaway entitlements threaten not only individual liberty put national fiscal health as well and are irresponsible.

11) Liberty is safeguarded through the maintenance of a strong, highly trained and effective civilian armed force for the defense of our nation against outside aggression. The only appropriate use of force is in response to an act of aggression on our nation and people.

12) Liberty is preserved through the proper education of our populace in the disciplines of science, history, philosophy, and civics. Not through a system overseen by a huge federal bureaucracy known as the Department of Education but rather through state and local efforts and oversight.

13) Liberty in America will survive in so long as we retain our language (English), our culture (Anerican), and our borders (against uncontrolled and or illegal immigration) for if we fail to do this we will eventually lose our uniquely American heritage.

There is more than can be and should be added to this list. Please feel free to add your own. It is quite likely there are those who will criticize and attack this list and the values each points of thought represent. To do so is everyone ones right, and should be respected.

However, it is quite possible that if those who disagree with the values embraced by this list have their way, we will all lose our liberty, and thus our pursuit of happiness will be affected as well.

Now, back to my premise that civil discourse seems to be more commonly found on Conservative blogs. Perhaps some would find it a bit of a stretch. Maybe it is, but the point is this, civil discourse and discussion leads to growth. To characterize a politicians views and philosophy as one sees them is fine. Personal attacks are not, and it just seems the left is more proficient at it than their conservative and libertarian counterparts.

Just one mans opinion, what's yours?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Peter Schiff - On Obama Care

Peter Schiff is running for United State Senate from the state of Connecticut in 2010. He is a conservative businessman who opposes the Obama/Pelosi/Reid heath care plan abomination.

He is the right man with the right ideas at the right time for America.  His market based ideas, and  solutions, are right on the mark. Consider supporting Peter Schiff in his run for a U.S. Senate seat.

Hat tip to the Left Coast Rebel. I picked the link and video off his sight to post here for East Coast Rebels to consider.

Palin Interview with Bill O'Reilly Part #2

Bill O'Reilly did a fairly decent job of asking Sarah Palin pointed and relevant policy question. His questions were, for the most part, not "fluff." Bill maintained balance and did not show a large degree of bias.

The segments 11/20/09.

Liberal talk show host, Leslie Marshal, reviews Palin interview.

What do you think at this point. Does Sarah Palin have the intellect, grasp of important issues, and the ability and capacity to lead the worlds only super power? It does look like she is gearing up for 2012.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Recession - Blame Shifting from Republicans to Demecrats

A new CNN poll of 1,014 adults, including 928 registered voters, show a shift in public opinion as to which political party is responsible for the current economic recession.

The poll, released Friday morning, reveals some interesting numbers.

38% blame the Republicans for the nations economic difficulties. This is down 15% points from a poll taken last May when 53% held the Republicans to blame.

27% blame the Democrats for the current recession. This is up 6% points from May when only 21% blamed them for the current economic situation.

27% of poll respondents hold both parties responsible for our economic difficulties.

If current beliefs continue to trend as they are, it will be a serious threat to the Democratic party retaining control of Congress following the 2010 election. At the current pace of changing perceptions, approximately two to three points per month, the majority of the American public will blame the Democrats by next years mid term elections.

Further troubling data from the poll results for Democrats are; only 36% believe Obama's policy have improved the economy, 28% feel his policies have worsened conditions, and 35% believe his policies have had no effect.

In a general statement on the economy 18% say the economic conditions are good, a drop of 3% since August, and  82% say the economy is in poor condition.

The recession, which started during the Bush Administration, continues to drag on after 10 months of the Obama Administration. While Obama cannot be held responsible for the beginning of this recessionary cycle, he is the current Chief Executive Officer, and as such will bear increasing responsibility for it the longer it drags on.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: CNN Politics

Palin's Interview on The No Spin Zone - Part #1

Sarah Palin continues to be forefront in the news media. On the heels of the Hannity interview Sarah is doing a two segment with Bill O'Reilly. Her are the full video segment from 11/19/09. O'Reilly

Here is Bernie Goldberg's review of the Palin interview.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Senator Leahy Against Interrogation of Bin Laden

I guess Senator Leahy lumps the 911 mastermind in with your every day ordinary criminals. It is likely we will never capture Bin Laden, but if we do he certainly should be interrogated, and relentlessly so. In the process we might just squeeze out of him valuable information on other terrorists and their plans.

Bin Laden is the terrorist responsible for planning and executing the horrific attack on Americas' homeland. In other words he and his fellow Jihadists committed and act of war. Should he be captured he should be treated and tried as a war criminal. Miranda rights be damned. On this issue Senator Graham is right and Senator Leahy is wrong, dead wrong.

There are two possible reasons the Senator is taking this position. First, he is providing political cover for Attorney General Holder, or second he is just plain out of touch with reason. In either case his comments on the following live C-SPAN spot were just plain foolish at best.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: The Hill

Palin on the Hannity Show

Sarah Palin has certainly received her fair share of media attention. Unfortunately for her a large share of it has been negative, most coming from the liberal government media complex and liberal blogs.

While I would be among the many who do not see her as a political heavyweight, at least not at this point in her national career, she does have potential. Many of her values are, in fact, shared by mainstream America. If you ignore the far left, who hate her, and the far right who love her, the rest of us can begin to get a pretty good idea of who she really is and what she is all about without the manipulation of political "handlers".

What absolutely astounds me is the liberal lefts constant and never ending attempt to trash her. The left does everything possible to marginalize, trivialize, and misrepresent almost everything she says or does.

If  Sarah Palin is the empty headed, super lightweight the left portrays her to be, why is the left spending so much time trying to destroy her. If it true she lacks any substance, as the left claim, people will see this and she will be political history. Simply put if they are right she will self destruct without help from them.

The only conclusion to be drawn is the left recognizes Sarah Palin's values are closer to mainstream American values than their own. They must also realize she has the potential of developing and presenting her positions and values with clarity and with strength. The left simply view  her as a threat to their agenda, thus their need to destroy her by any and all means at their disposal.

As I said in my opening statement it is not clear to me yet if Sarah Palin has the capacity and the ability to lead this nation. However, it makes no sense, at least to thinking people to close the book on that possibility should she decide to run in 2012. There will likely be a large field of candidates on the Republican side to consider. It is a good bet the stronger candidate will become the parties standard bearer. It is unfortunate that the Democratic party will likely offer up only one choice, the man currently holding the office of president.

I found Sarah Palin to be warm, sincere, candid, intelligent and worth getting a second look after watching her on Hannity last evening. Here are the clips of the full interview for those who may have missed the program.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The National Debt Hits New High

Judging by the race, beginning during the G.W. Bush years, to follow policies that drastically increase our National Debt and budget deficits, it would now seem to be an appropriate time to break out the champaign. Our National Debt just hit $12,031,299,186,290.07 officially at 3:00 p.m. EST November 17, 2009.

History has confirmed that American economic policies, followed by administration after administration, since FDR's beloved New Deal have  resulted over time in increasing federal deficits, the national debt, and our reliance on most everything foreign. Now that's not to say foreign competition is bad, but when our country is increasingly owned or controlled by overseas economic and political  interests we as a Nation are in serious trouble. The policies of the past 76 years ain't gonna get us out of trouble by continuing to do the same things and expecting different results. Isn't that one definition of insanity?

So, lets not really break out the champaign, rather let us send honest and capable men and women of real vision to Congress and the Presidency. People with the knowledge, character, strength, ethics, and morality that will guide them in the work of government. The honest and legitimate work of governing. Not running a national candy store where it is believed government must be Santa Claus to govern the nation and its people.

But I digress. Here are some things that all American might consider, and then resolve to take action on at the polls, and in any other way they may feel inclined:

1) The National Debt has increased 1 trillion dollars in eight months, or 125 billion per month.

2) The federal budget deficit for 2009 was 1.42 trillion dollars, or more than three times the previous years record breaker.

3) A large share of the increase in both the deficit and debt are the result of government intervention with its stimulus and bailout policies. The increased unemployment, resulting in a reduction in federal tax receipts was an added multiplier.

4) The National Debt has increased by 1.6 trillion dollars on Obama's 10 month watch, or 177.8 billion per month. By contrast the national debt increased 4.9 trillion dollars over the 8 years of the Bush administration, or  51 billion dollars per month.

5) The White House projects that by the end of the current fiscal year (2010) the National Debt may top 14 trillion dollars.

6) Projections (White House budget review) are the National Debt will hit 24.5 trillion dollars by the end of the decade. This will exceed the projected Gross Domestic Product projected at 22.8 trillion by 1.7 trillion dollars.

Of course with all this red ink the call to raise the National Debt Limit is being heard with urgency in Washington. It is worth noting that the cost to taxpayer was over 383 billion dollars just to maintain the National Debt.

What is even more frightening is the share of our Debt held by foreign countries. Of the 3.5 trillion dollars held by foreign countries, or 30% of the total, China holds almost  $800 billion in U.S. Government securities with Japan a close second at $731 billion. Several smaller nations lending money to the U. S. include Taiwan, Luxembourg, Ireland, and Singapore.

This crushing National Debt is affecting the security of individuals and businesses throughout this great nation. The cost of our current National Debt, broken out by every man, women, and child amounts to $32,974.34. It is becoming increasingly clear that something must be done or our nation may at some point in the not to distant future stand in default.

While the President, in his dream world, believe socialized national healthcare is part of the solution to this problem, it is but a fairy tale. One only need to look at the historical economic data to see that entitlements only serve to add to the burden of debt, as does war.

There are but three obvious, albeit difficult, ways to bring our National Debt and deficits under control. Cut spending, raise taxes, or a combination of the two. If common sense and rationality prevails  (in Washington it ain't likely) we would significantly reduce spending by 25 percent, increase taxes by 2.0 percent when the economy recovers,  and run the Government on a program of austerity until such time as we show annul budget surpluses. When stability and surpluses are reached and maintained, taxes should be reduced on both business and individuals to further encourage investment and savings.

In addition, the Federal Government by law, should be required to maintain a positive balance at the close of each and every month. Since the Government produces nothing, creates no wealth, and does not contribute to the growth of our economy, it is even more important that it be held to tight and stringent accounting practices as well as  laws to curb its appetite.

Having offered the above, if I were a betting man, the bet would go like thisgovernment increases taxes on suffering businesses and individuals alike, while at the same time increasing spending on entitlement programs and foreign aid to third world countries, extends its reach into the lives of each and every individual thereby further limiting liberty, and all the while saying it is good for the people and the nation.

I really hope that Obama and the current crop gets it right. I really do. I won't be holding my breath. 

Via: Memeorandum
Via: CBS News

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Palin -vs- Obama - The Resumes

Just stumbled across this. So, in light of the prevailing political winds, and with Sarah Palin being everywhere in the news these days, yours truly thought it interesting enough to post. When questioning Palin's record or ability to serve one might do well to consider this.

Chomsky - A Misguided Liberal View

Chomsky, while not one of my favorite intellects, does however make many valid points in this recent video. As a true independent conservative I share his understanding of the legitimate concerns tens of millions of Americans have. And I also share his belief that those concerns must be addressed by our government or we are in real and serious trouble.

Where Chomsky and your truly part is with his essentially downplaying the many valid point made by conservatives. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck et all are not fascists plotting the fascist take over of our government by fomenting dissent. While Chomsky may have not said it directly, the implication was without a doubt clear. That is politics at its worst, and once again it is coming from the socialist/statist left.

They just don't get it. Either because they choose not to, or they have been so indoctrinated by the progressive, socialist, liberal, statist educators and government media complex they have lost their ability to think independently.

Individuals (or perhaps I should say collectivists) like Chomsky will likely never understand the simple principals of; free choice, limited government, Constitutional adherence, limited taxation for the purpose of funding legitimate government business, the great potential of a truly free market to create jobs thereby increasing a nations wealth, or, that the America people if given their rightful earnings to do with what they wish would be by far better off.

The statist agenda since the early 1900, beginning with Theodore Roosevelt, and continuing every since under most US Presidents are responsible to a degree for our present situation. George W. Bush, and Barrack H. Obama may just be lest final two statist nails in our coffin.

New Guidelines for Breat Cancer Screening Just Released.

For years the medical profession, in its effort to fight and reduce breast cancer deaths in women, has encouraged regular self examination and regular  mammograms beginning at age forty. This may all change if a panel commissioned by The Department of Health and Human Services has its way.

The new recommendations, while not applicable to women in high risk groups, suggest the following; 1) mammograms beginning at age 50, 2) mammograms administered every two years rather than yearly, 3) that physicians stop teaching women to examine their breast regularly. The justification offered is to "reduce harm from over treatment."

The new guidelines are currently available for review at The Annals of Internal Medicine. It is likely the new guidelines will set off  heated controversy. Especially so as they run contrary to some professional and advocacy groups position.

The National Cancer Institute is taking the initial position of re-evaluating its guidelines given the tasks force new report.

The American Cancer Society, as well as the American College of Radiology, are sticking with their guidelines and will continue to recommend mammograms beginning at age forty and be administered annually thereafter.

While the new recommended guidelines will likely have no immediate impact on insurance policies, it is likely they will result in less aggressively  prompting women in their forties to get mammograms and women in their fifties to have one annually.

In formulating its guidelines the task force used new studies in mammography from nine other than England and Sweden to arrive at their recommendations. Six statistical groups were utilized to analyze the data and set up models showing the relative impact of annual screening, and what the benefits are of annual screening.

The last time the task force made recommendations and issues guidelines was in 2002. The report recommended that women in their forties be screened for breast cancer annully. At the time Tommy Thompson, then Secretary of Health and Human Services, announced the report there were allegations of political influence, and that the report was politically motivated. Doctor Alfred Bird of the University of Washington, task force chairman, denied political motivation saying "there was absolutely zero political influence on what the task force did."

The shaded area, taken directly from the NYT article illustrates the cost savings to the nation through implementation of these new guidelines.  The task force concluded that one cancer death is prevented for every 1,904 women age 40 to 49 who are screened for 10 years, compared with one death for every 1,339 women age 50 to 74, and one death for every 377 women age 60 to 69. The ethical question to be asked, and answered, is whether the lives of those who survive breast cancer as the result of such screening is of enough value to offset the costs associated with mass early screening and detection.

The question is one that needs to be answered. For anyone to believe the timing of this is not at least partially influenced by political motivation  would be ludicrous. The drive for nationalized socialist cradle to grave health care is picking up a head of steam in the Obama dream years and will likely continue to do so. What we are witnessing with this is quite likely a preview of what we will come to see and know on a large scale, as the Federal Big Bother and Sister Government under Obama, and future Presidents must find ways to balance the federal budget.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: New York Times
Via: American Cancer Society
Via: National Cancer Institute

Monday, November 16, 2009

Many Handshakes -vs- One Bow

Rational Nation USA posts this video in case there are those who may have missed it, as I almost did. If there was ever any doubt how a head of state greets another head of state this should clear it up.

Hat tip to Hot Air!

Via: Hot Air

Ayn Rand Monday

Rational Nation USA's Ayn Rand Monday is to be different today. Given the current state of our nation yours truly decided to pick up his yellowed, and oft used reference book, Philosophy-Who Needs It, and stroll through the wisdom filled pages.

In chapter number eighteen, "Don't Let It Go", the following words jumped off the page screaming for anyone to hear. The words that follow were written by Ayn Rand in 1971. Based on an analysis of the present state of American affairs they were ignored. Unless this nation of individual people start to listen to reason, and take action to preserve the freedoms insured by our constitution, we will one day cease to exist as the Free United States of America.

This is the position of America today.

If America is to be saved from destruction-specifically, from dictatorship- she will be saved by her sense of life.

As to the two other elements that determine a nations future, one (our political trend) is speeding straight to disaster, the other (culture) is virtually nonexistent. The political trend is pure statism and it is moving toward a totalitarian dictatorship at the speed which, in any other country, would have reached that goal long ago. The culture is worse than nonexistent:
it is operating below zero, i.e., performing the opposite of its function. A culture provides a nation's intellectual leadership, its ideas, its education, its moral code. Today, the concerted effort of our cultural "Establishment" is directed the obliteration of mans rational faculty. Hysterical voices are proclaiming the impotence of reason, extolling the "superior powers" of irrationality, fostering the rule of incoherent emotions, attacking science, glorifying the stupor of drugged hippies, delivering apologies for the use of brute force, urging mankind's return to a lfe of rolling in primeval muck, with the grunts and groans as means of communication, physical sensations as means of inspiration, and a club as means of argumentation."

This country, with its magnificent scientific and technological power, is left in the vacuum of a pre-intellectual era, like the wandering hordes of the Dark Ages- or in the position of an adolescent before he has fully learned to conceptualize. But an adolescent has his sense of life to guide his choices. So has this country.

What is the specifically American sense of life? A sense of life is so complex an integration that the best way to identify it is by means of concrete examples and by contrast with the manifestations of a different sense of life.

The emotional keynote of most Europeans is the feeling that man belongs to the State, as a property to be used and disposed of, in compliance with his natural, metaphysically determined fate. A typical European may disapprove of a given State and may rebel, seeking to establish what he regards as a better one, like a slave who who might seek a better master to serve- but the idea  that he is the sovereign and the government is his servant, has no emotional reality in his consciousness. He regards service to the state as an ultimate moral sanction, as an honor, and if you told him that his life is an end in itself, he would feel insulted or rejected or  lost. Generations brought up on statist philosophy and acting accordingly, have implanted this in his mind from the earliest, formative years of his childhood.

A typical American can never fully grasp that kind of feeling. An American is an independent entity. The popular expression of protest against "being pushed around" is emotionally unintelligible to Europeans, who believe that to be pushed around is their natural condition. Emotionally, an American has no concept of service (or servitude)to anyone. Even if he enlists in the Army and hears it called "service to his country," his feeling is that of a generous aristocrat who chose to do a dangerous task. A European solder feels that he is doing his duty.   Ayn Rand

The foregoing is but an excerpt. But it makes the point that America was, in 1971, heading down the road to increased statism and greater government control over our lives. Rand's statements were correct in 1971, and they are, as she predicted they would be absent change, even more so today.

This writer believes Ayn Rand would be a proponent, and supporter of the Tea Baggers and their effective non violent protest against governments continued socialist/statist misuse of its Constitutional power.  Rational Nation USA, as always, leaves it to the reader to be the individual judge.

And now for the usual Rand Quotes of the week.

"A philosophic system is an integrated view of existence. As a human being, you have no choice about the fact that you need a philosophy. Your only choice is whether you define your philosophy by conscious,rational, disciplined processof thought ... or let your subconscious accumulate a junk heap of unwarranted conclusions."

"Reason and morality are the only weapons that determine the course of history; the collectivists dropped them because they had no right to carry them. Pick them up; you have."

And now this weeks concluding Rand video.

Obama's Afghanistan Timing

The President, no doubt enjoying once again escaping the homeland for his Asian visit, bristled when asked questions with regard to his Afghan policy. Or is better stated his lack of an Afghan policy.

When the Associated Press's Jenifer Loven asked the President "Can you explain to the people watching and criticizing your deliberations what piece of information you're still lacking to make that call", the President showed his obvious displeasure. Could it be that the President lacks the "cool" to deal with anything but softball questions?

The Presidents non response, "Which respect to Afghanistan Jennifer, I don't think this is a matter of some datum point of information I am waiting on. ... Critics of the process ... tend not to be folks who ... are directly involved in what's happening in Afghanistan. Those who are, recognize the gravity of the situation and recognize the unimportance of getting it right".

The Presidents response begs the questions; 1) You don't think, (this a matter of some datum point), Mr. President, shouldn't you know by now? 2) The folks on the ground have given you their recommendations Mr. President. You and your political cronies have had more than ample time to make a decision. 3) All of America, (not just those directly involved in the situation), knows the gravity of the situation and we also know your Administrations dithering is costing American lives as well as your credibility.

While the President, and his handlers, are giving this decision the face of one that requires time to consider all viewpoints, especially opposing view, they are in fact politicizing the decision. Even to the degree that they are constrasting it with President Bush's decision, backed by Congress, to invade Iraq. That was the Mr. President, this now. And it is time you act like a Commander in Chief, as well as the President, and make a decision.

Doyle McManus, of The Los Angeles Times, wrote Sunday in his column headlined "Obama rethink rethinking Afghanistan", stated that deliberations were "starting to look like dangerous indecision. "In George Bush we had a President who shot first and asked questions later. In Barrack Obama we have a President who asks the right questions but hesitates to pull the trigger".

When you have one of America's Bastions of Liberal Journalism, The Los Angeles Times, running a column critical of the Presidents dithering all doubt should be erased. Yes Mr. President even your staunch supporters are beginning to question your delaying tactics and their purpose.

It has been reported that the President will likely have one more, and supposedly final, war council upon his return to Washington later this week. This of course comes on the heels of eight prior formal meetings of his war cabinet totally twenty hours of discussion. While having the information needed it is said the President is working through some details. Code for delaying tactics.

Dr. David Axelrod, while not having a seat at the table, has ascribed the impatience for this important decisions to be todays "ADD political culture".

Via: Memeorandum
Via: Politico