Advocate..

According to Webster: ad·vo·cate, 1. To speak, plead, or argue in favor of. 2. One that argues for a cause; a supporter or defender: 3. One that pleads on another’s behalf.

United States Declaration of Independence.

The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America “Independence Day” is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.

The Declaration justified the independence of the United States by listing colonial grievances against King George III, and by asserting certain natural rights, including a right of revolution. Having served its original purpose in announcing independence, the text of the Declaration was initially ignored after the American Revolution. Its stature grew over the years, particularly the second sentence, a sweeping statement of individual human rights:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

This sentence has been called “one of the best-known sentences in the English language” and “the most potent and consequential words in American history”.

After finalizing the text on July 4, Congress issued the Declaration of Independence in several forms. It was initially published as a printed broadside that was widely distributed and read to the public. The most famous version of the Declaration, a signed copy that is usually regarded as the Declaration of Independence, is on display at the National Archives in Washington,D.C.

The famous wording of the Declaration has often been invoked to protect the rights of individuals and marginalized groups, and has come to represent for many people a moral standard for which theUnited States should strive. This view greatly influenced Abraham Lincoln, who considered the Declaration to be the foundation of his political philosophy, and who promoted the idea that the Declaration as a statement of principles through which the United States Constitution should be interpreted. (Source Wikipedia)

Granted, the Declaration of Independence, and the particular wording of the particular sentence I am referring to, does utilize the word “men” in its wording, whereas in my opinion, Monday morning quarterbacking, the sentence and America would be better served with the word “people ” in its place, and again, Monday morning quarterbacking, I believe if the wives of the 56 founding fathers would have had a say in the matter, it would have.

Not knocking George Washington, as I respect George Washington as the “Father of our Nation” as much as anyone. However with that said, I believe if Martha Washington would have had a cell phone and the right to vote, America would be an entirely different Nation today, a kinder gentler nation, with far fewer wars and far less corruption in our history.

Anyway, water under the bridge, spilled milk. As anyone over the age of five with the dexterity to turn on his or her computer understands, that you, we, or I, can’t change the past. And with that said, I have made it my current purpose in life to inform the American public that “they,” “we,” “you,” and “I” can change the future.

We, “you and I,” (all Americans) can change the future by providing America with a mother. That’s right, a mother, M-O-T-H-E-R, mother, i.e., a “woman” President.

We again, “you and I,” (conservative Americans) . Have three excellent choices waiting for us in the wings right now. All three women are excellent candidates, and all three have excellent credentials and more experience in the political arena than our current setting President had when he was elected.

Although Jan Brewer, currently the Governor of Arizona has not made any indication that she has any intention of running for President, she would be my personal first choice, for whatever that’s worth?

Sarah Palin, previous Governor of the State of Alaska and presently, at least in my opinion, an extremely popular “Tea Party” supported option for conservative Americans.

Michele Bachmann, currently the Congresswoman from Minnesota’s sixth district, and in my opinion, and equally popular and qualified option for conservative Americans.

What is not an option, at least in my opinion, (for conservative Americans)  ..if America is to ever return to the Greatness it once enjoyed in the world, we, “we the people,” “need to clean house.”

Accordingly, since I cannot speak for anyone other than myself, I leave you today with one question.

Return for a moment to your formative years, on those occasions when your house could be described with words such as “messy,” or “disheveled,” who cleaned up your house, your mother or your father?

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow…

Crusader Rabbit…

Questions..

According to Webster: ques·tion, 1. An expression of inquiry that invites or calls for a reply. 2. An interrogative sentence, phrase, or gesture. 3. A subject or point open to controversy; an issue. 4. A difficult matter; a problem: 5. A point or subject under discussion or consideration. 6. A proposition brought up for consideration by an assembly. b. The act of bringing a proposal to vote. 7. Uncertainty; doubt:

In yesterday’s offering, I asked a series of questions, simple questions, questions designed to make you think.

First question; “Has Barack Obama, in your opinion, brought America closer together as a community?

My opinion; “Not by any stretch of anyone’s imagination.”

Critique; “For a man who was carried on the shoulders of the liberal mainstream media throughout his campaign and touted daily to be bright, well spoken, and above all “a man that could bring America together,” i.e., (because he was a community organizer.) Barack Obama, has not brought America together, America is presently as divided, if not more divided than it ever has been in history, both politically and financially.

(Side note,) I just finished watching Barack Obama’s offering, i.e., recital, honoring America’s fallen, and as a combat veteran of Vietnam, (U.S. Army) I am personally offended that Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America, i.e., the Commander in Chief of America’s military forces, did not know that the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, is commonly, traditionally, and historically referred to as Annapolis, not the USS Naval Academy.

Continuing…

Second question: Has Barack Obama provided America with a stable and satisfactory economy?

The Great Recession of 2011-2012

Are you ready for the Great Recession of 2011–2012? You should be, for it is getting under way even as you read this. Just as the 2009 “greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression” actually began back in 2007, so we are in the early days of the next cycle. Only this recession is going to be a doozy. And the aftershocks will be felt long after President Hillary Clinton leaves the White House in 2024.

The coming crisis should be no surprise, for we all have had plenty of advance warning. If it is a surprise, blame those chat-show economists who have become so politicized that they ignore the truths of their own science in order to acquire celebrity. Nor should we forget those politicians who deliberately suborn national interest for the security of zero-sum pork-barrel politicking. Combine it all with a news media largely made up of self-referential ignoramuses and it is small wonder that most of the world has been diverted as Dorothy was in Oz by the lightning bolts, explosions, and billowing smoke screen being generated by the men behind the curtain. The truth is our wizards dare not admit that the levers they pull are not really connected to the true crisis that confronts America or its place in the global market. (Source, the American Spectator.)

Third question: Are you pleased with Barack Obama’s efforts to provide employment in America?

I think I’ll let Allison Linn, senior writer, for “msnbc.com” on the web take this one, according to Ms. Linn:

Now it’s the job market, stupid.

Unemployment — and not the economy in general — ranked as the most important problem facing Americans for the second month in a row, according to a Gallup poll just released Friday. When asked to name the biggest problem facing the country, Gallup poll found that 35 percent of Americans said “unemployment. That’s the highest percentage in more than a quarter century, since October of 1983. The economy ranked second, with 29 percent of Americans saying it was the most important problem facing the country. Healthcare was third, and dissatisfaction with the government ranked fourth. The fact that joblessness now worries people more than the economy in general marks a change from the early part of the economic downturn, when “the economy” was consistently mentioned as the top problem facing the country. In the past year, the economy and unemployment have each sometimes ranked as the top problem in the monthly survey. But the Gallup pollsters said this month’s results clearly show that Americans seem most worried about getting people back to work. Although the unemployment rate has improved in the past couple of months, it remains at 9 percent, well above historical norms, with about 14 million Americans looking for work. Those figures don’t tell the whole story. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says more than 8 million people are working part-time but would rather be working full-time. Another 1 million people are classified as “discouraged workers,” which means they would like to look for work but don’t think there’s a job out there for them. It is also taking unemployed workers a long time to find a new job. The average duration of unemployment stood at 36.9 weeks in January, the highest level since at least 1948. Many economists believe the economy will continue to slowly add jobs this year, but the unemployment rate could remain higher than average for several years. The Gallup poll was based on a phone survey of 1,000 people, conducted earlier this month. (Source msn.com)

Fourth question: Are you satisfied with Barack Obama’s efforts to protect America’s borders?

Our Federal Government, the same Federal Government that Barack Obama is presently the head of, has through America’s justice department, (our Justice Department) physically restrained the State of Arizona with a “Federal Injunction” from guarding and protecting the citizens, i.e., “American citizens” that live in the State of Arizona from the “criminal element” crossing our Federal borders. Federal borders, which are by Federal Law the “responsibility” of the Federal Government, i.e., Barack Obama, to guard and protect.

NOTE; (criminal element) as it has been established through legislation for decades and longer, that crossing the border from Mexico into the United States is illegal,..

(W.A.M.) il·le·gal, 1. Prohibited by law.

Accordingly, the act of crossing our border illegally, instantly and automatically by law categorizes an individual as a “CRIMINAL.”

(W.A.M.) crim·i·nal, 1. Of, involving, or having the nature of crime: 2. Relating to the administration of penal law. 3. Guilty of crime. b. Characteristic of a criminal. 4. Shameful; disgraceful: 5. One that has committed or been legally convicted of a crime.

Follow-up; do you believe that it is in your best interest or America’s best interest to allow the citizens of Mexico to enter America illegally and with impunity?

(W.A.M.) im·pu·ni·ty, Exemption from punishment, penalty, or harm; without punishment :

Fifth question: Are you satisfied with Barack Obama’s efforts to uphold and enforce America’s laws in general?

Example:

Obama: Cambridge police acted ‘stupidly’

After spending most of an hour patiently reiterating his arguments for changing the health insurance system, President Barack Obama turned his press conference sharply toward an iconic moment in American race relations: The arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. earlier this week by the Cambridge Police. Gates was arrested for allegedly disorderly conduct — a charge that was quickly dropped — after a confrontation with a police officer inside his own home. Though some facts of the case are still in dispute, Obama showed little doubt about who had been wronged. “I don’t know – not having been there and not seeing all the facts – what role race played in that, but I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two that he Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home,” Obama said in response to a question from the Chicago Sun-Times’s Lynn Sweet. Gates, Obama allowed, “is a friend, so I may be a little biased here. I don’t know all the facts.” However Gates, he continued, “jimmied his way to get into [his own] house.” “There was a report called in to the police station that there might be a burglary taking place – so far so good,” Obama said, reflecting that he’d hope the police were called if he were seen breaking into his own house, then pausing. “I guess this is my house now,” he remarked of the White House. “Here I’d get shot.” Undergirding the long digression, though, was Obama’s place as a new symbol of racial reconciliation, and his long past in the trenches of the politics of race and discrimination in the Illinois State Senate. “Separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African-American and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately,” the president said, eagerly engaging the issue of racial profiling, a concern earlier in his career that has seen little White House attention to date. “That’s just a fact,” Obama said of profiling. “That doesn’t lessen the incredible progress that has been made.” (Source, Ben Smith, politico.com)

Critique: As the President of the United States, and a man, that during his campaign more than once expounded that he would be the best man for the job, because of his confident ability to delegate. Why would a man that was elected, i.e. hired, to guide and protect the Nation, be concerned with a minor neighborhood misunderstanding? Granted, that Barack Obama acknowledges Prof. Gates as a personal friend, nevertheless, at least in my opinion, when Barack Obama, stepped up in his official capacity as President of the United States to support and help a personal friend justify his ill behavior, a behavior that by all reports was less than becoming a man with his education and his station in life, and in fact, at least in my opinion, unbecoming and befitting any civilized human being, was a monumental misuse of the power of the Office of President of the United States.

 Last Question: Do you believe that the President of the United States, any President of the United States should spend “whatever” amount of money it costs, (and I’m sure it’s a sizable amount) to fly on Air Force One to tour, i.e., (view in person) the devastation left behind by Monday’s (May 23, 2011) tornado in Joplin Missouri when gasoline is at or near four dollars a gallon?

In my opinion; as I stated yesterday, with Hurricane Katrina tucked away in our archives, i.e., history, to observe the aftermath with clarity, what actual benefit did George W. Bush’s tour, i.e., visit, i.e., photo op, do to serve New Orleans, the citizens of New Orleans, or the State of Louisiana, or the taxpayers of the United States of America?

 We, “the collective we,” the citizens of the United States of America, have an election coming up in 2012. We, “the collective we,” the citizens of the United States of America can stop the insanity with our right to vote.

 Think about it, ..out with the old, “everyone” old, ..and in with the new, a new “group” that will understand who they work for. I’ll be back tomorrow…

Crusader Rabbit…

Power..

According to Webster: pow·er, 1. The ability or capacity to perform or act effectively. 2. Often powers. A specific capacity, faculty, or aptitude: 3. Strength or force exerted or capable of being exerted; might. 4. The ability or official capacity to exercise control; authority. 5. A person, group, or nation having great influence or control over others: 6. The might of a nation, political organization, or similar group. 7. Forcefulness; effectiveness:

Stepping away from the intellectual for a moment, I’d like to jump over to the 2002 production of the fictional (Marvel Comic Books) movie, “SPIDERMAN,” featuring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, aka Spiderman and Cliff Robertson as his reflective uncle, aka Ben Parker. The scene, Peter Parker, i.e., Spiderman, setting in the car with his uncle, Ben Parker, i.e., Cliff Robertson, engaging in conversation about Peter Parker’s newly acquired abilities. The line in question, Ben Parker speaking to Peter Parker; “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

Returning to the present, in 2008, the majority, of the disgracefully small percentage of Americans who voted in our National Election, voted for the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, and of course in my opinion, not because he was the best man for the job, but rather because the Nation was so angry, (being extremely kind) with George W. Bush.

So hopefully, (and I’m really stretching with this one) after eight years of outright theft, corruption and stupidity under George W. Bush, followed by two years, four months, and nine days, (to include today) rampant, irresponsible spending, corruption and ignorance under Barack Obama, I am hoping and praying that the over 70% of the American population that ignores the political process in America will finally be angry enough to join me in remaking America.

And yes, I am fully aware that I sound exactly like a run-of-the-mill politician. However, I am not a politician, run-of-the-mill or otherwise. I am an angry American citizen.

So who am I angry at? Am I angry at the men and women that we, “you and me,” vote, i.e., elect, i.e., hired to serve as our representatives in our public service jobs?

Absolutely not! I am angry at myself for not doing more to protect myself and to protect America from the ilk we employ in our public service jobs. Which of course, no matter which way you slice it, is exactly what the position, i.e., job, i.e., office of the President of the United States is, as well every other position in America where a man or woman’s paycheck is derived from U.S. Treasury dollars, i.e., taxpayer dollars.

America, i.e., American citizens collectively, should be ashamed, (I know I am) every time I tune my television set to what we have come to accept as a news outlet.

News, 1.a. Information about recent events or happenings, especially as reported by newspapers, periodicals, radio, or television. b. A presentation of such information, as in a newspaper or on a newscast. 2. New information of any kind: 3. Newsworthy material:

Newsworthy, Of sufficient interest or importance to the public to warrant reporting in the media.

Commentary, 1. A series of explanations or interpretations. 2. Often commentaries. An expository treatise or series of annotations; an exegesis. 3. An apt explanation or illustration:

Commentator, 1. A broadcaster or writer who reports and analyzes events in the news. 2. One who writes or delivers a commentary or commentaries.

Interesting, a “commentator” can report and analyze events in the news, however “commentary,” is not news, but rather a “commentators interpretation” of the news.

Interpretation, 1. The act or process of interpreting. 2. A result of interpreting. a. An explanation or a conceptualization by a critic of a work of literature, painting, music, or other art form; an exegesis. b. A performer’s distinctive personal version of a song, dance, piece of music, or role; a rendering.

Rendering, 1. A depiction or an interpretation, as in painting or music. 2. A drawing in perspective of a proposed structure. 3. A translation

Translation, 1.a. The act or process of translating, especially from one language into another. b. The state of being translated. 2. A translated version of a text.

Translated, 1. To render in another language. 2.a. To put into simpler terms; explain or interpret. b. To express in different words; paraphrase. 3.a. To change from one form, function, or state to another; convert or transform:

Information is “power,” how many times have you heard someone say; “If I just had a copy of tomorrow’s newspaper I could rule the world.” Information is every bit as powerful as money and in many cases more powerful. Imagine for a moment if you had the results of every horse race at every racetrack in America, or tomorrow’s stock prices? You could turn two dollars into a virtual fortune.

Not that I’m suggesting that one could get rich if they knew what Chris Wallace or Anderson Cooper was going to say tomorrow?

Confusing? Absolutely, especially when you add in the fact that a commentator is not legally responsible for what he or she reports.

Question: Do we in America hear the truth when we tune into our favorite news?

Question: Do we in America hear the truth when we tune into a political speech?

Beginning at the top, when Barack Obama campaigned for President, he was introduced as a good man, a fair man, and a caring individual, “a community organizer.”

Question: is Barack Obama a good man?

According to Webster: Good, 1. Being positive or desirable in nature; not bad or poor: 2.a. Having the qualities that are desirable or distinguishing in a particular thing: b. Serving the desired purpose or end; suitable: 3.a. Not spoiled or ruined: b. In excellent condition; sound: 4.a. Superior to the average; satisfactory:

Has Barack Obama, in your opinion? Brought America closer together as a community? Has Barack Obama provided America with a stable and satisfactory economy? Are you pleased with Barack Obama’s efforts to provide employment in America? Are you satisfied with Barack Obama’s efforts to protect America’s borders? Are you satisfied with Barack Obama’s efforts to uphold and enforce America’s laws in general? Do you believe that the President of the United States should spend whatever amount of money it costs, (and I’m sure it’s a sizable amount) to fly on Air Force One to tour, i.e., (view in person) the devastation left behind by Monday’s (May 23, 2011) tornado in Joplin Missouri when gasoline is at or near four dollars a gallon?

Is it important to the citizens of Joplin Missouri, and/or the citizens of America that Barack Obama, or anyone else that is functioning on the taxpayers dime who is not or will not be a physical asset to the search and rescue or to the cleanup of Joplin, Missouri, to stop by for a photo op?

With the outcome of Hurricane Katrina deep enough in history to observe with clarity, what benefit did George W. Bush’s visit to New Orleans serve?

I titled today’s offering “POWER” specifically to once again bring it to America’s attention that America is a “Democratic Republic,” not a dictatorship.

Democracy is a form of government in which all citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Ideally, this includes equal (and more or less direct) participation in the proposal, development and passage of legislation into law. It can also encompass social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination. The term comes from the Greek: δημοκρατία – (dēmokratía) “rule of the people”, which was coined from δῆμος (dêmos) “people” and κράτος (Kratos) “power”, in the middle of the 5th-4th century BC to denote the political systems then existing in some Greek city-states, notablyAthens following a popular uprising in 508 BC. (Source Wikipedia)

A republic is a form of government in which the people, or some significant portion of them, retain supreme control over the government. The term is generally also understood to describe a government where most decisions are made with reference to established laws, rather than the discretion of a head of state, and therefore monarchy is today generally considered to be incompatible with being a republic. One common modern definition of a republic is a government having a head of state who is not a monarch. The word “republic” is derived from the Latin phrase res publica, which can be translated as “a public affair”, and often used to describe a state using this form of government. (Source Wikipedia)

America is, as stated by Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States in his Gettysburg address, “a government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

People power, “we the people,” of the United States of America have the POWER, we are the Government. So when you pull up to the gas pump, or walk into your grocery store, know without a doubt that the price you are paying for the commodity you wish to purchase is your doing.

If you want to change what you pay at the gas pump and what you pay in your grocery store? Then change the individuals that work for you, hire someone who will be responsible to your needs and America’s needs.

My father was great at earning money, my mother was great at making sure there was still some left at the end of the month.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow.

Crusader Rabbit…

Dignity..

According to Webster: dig·ni·ty, 1. The quality or state of being worthy of esteem or respect. 2. Inherent nobility and worth: 3.a. Poise and self-respect. b. Stateliness and formality in manner and appearance. 4. The respect and honor associated with an important position. 5. A high office or rank.

During Barack Obama’s recent recital in Great Britain he made several references to dignity. One in particular, his reference to the “right” to human dignity.

Right, 1. Conforming with or conformable to justice, law, or morality: 2. In accordance with fact, reason, or truth; correct:  3. Fitting, proper, or appropriate: 4. Most favorable, desirable, or convenient: 5. In or into a satisfactory state or condition: 6. In good mental or physical health or order. 7. Intended to be worn or positioned facing outward or toward an observer: 8. Of, belonging to, located on, or being the side of the body to the south when the subject is facing east. 9. Of, relating to, directed toward, or located on the right side. c. Located on the right side of a person facing downstream: 10. Often Right. Of or belonging to the political or intellectual Right. –right n. 1. That which is just, morally good, legal, proper, or fitting.

In defining the word dignity, Webster is specific in using the word, “worthy,” in association with defining the word “dignity.” Accordingly, at least in my opinion, since I was raised to understand that you can’t have it both ways? If an individual has a right to dignity? Why would that individual be required to be “worthy” of having dignity?

Wor·thy, 1. Having worth, merit, or value; useful or valuable. 2. Honorable; admirable: 3. Having sufficient worth; deserving:

Question: Is sarcasm dignified?

Sar·casm, 1. A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound. 2. A form of wit that is marked by the use of sarcastic language and is intended to make its victim the butt of contempt or ridicule.

Question: is rudeness dignified?

Rude, 1. Relatively undeveloped; primitive: 2. Being in a crude, rough, unfinished condition: 3. Exhibiting a marked lack of skill or precision in work: 4. In a natural, raw state: 5. Lacking the graces and refinement of civilized life; uncouth. 6. Lacking education or knowledge; unlearned. 7. Ill-mannered; discourteous.

During his commentary yesterday, Shepard Smith, ( Fox News Channel) made reference to Ron Blagojevich, a former Governor of the State of Illinois as “Blago.” Does the fact that Mr. Blagojevich is presently under indictment on Federal corruption charges a reason and/or an excuse to justify Shepard Smith’s blatant disrespect? Shepard Smith also made reference to Mr. Blagojevich as, “our Blago” and “my Blago.” Which of course, to my mind would indicate that either, we, “we the American public,” and/or, “Shepard Smith” himself has title to, or ownership of Mr. Blagojevich?

The Emancipation Proclamation is an executive order issued by United States President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, during the American Civil War under his war powers. It proclaimed the freedom of 3.1 million of the nation’s 4 million slaves, and immediately freed 50,000 of them, with the rest freed as Union armies advanced. On September 22, 1862, Lincoln had previously announced that he would issue a formal emancipation of all slaves in any state of the Confederate States of America that did not return to Union control by January 1, 1863. None did return and the actual order, signed and issued January 1, 1863, took effect except in locations where the Union had already mostly regained control. The Proclamation made abolition a central goal of the war (in addition to reunion), angered many Northern Democrats, energized anti-slavery forces, and weakened forces in Europe that wanted to intervene to help the Confederacy. Total abolition of slavery was finalized by the Thirteenth Amendment of 1865. (Source Wikipedia)

A freedom apparently not extended to Mr. Blagojevich by Shepherd Smith.

The First Amendment.

Was the intended purpose of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, which guarantees freedom of the press, composed to guarantee Shepard Smith and any other commentator the right to be ill mannered and discourteous? Or, was the First Amendment composed to guarantee protection from legal reprisal when ill mannered and disrespectful individuals choose to be ill mannered and disrespectful?

Question: Is Shepard Smith, in your opinion, and honorable, or admirable individual? ..with merit or value to a decent society or, (theoretically) dignified profession?

Barack Obama, in his recital to his British audience also referenced; “The “cause” of human dignity.”

Cause, 1.a. The producer of an effect, result, or consequence. b. The one, such as a person, an event, or a condition, that is responsible for an action or a result. 2. A basis for an action or a response; a reason:

(Thesaurus) Cause, i.e., reason, ground, motive, motivation, crusade, occasion, necessity, and justification.

Question: Does the American media, in your opinion, support, and/or, promote the cause of human dignity?

Question: Does our present administration, i.e., the Obama Administration, support, and/or, promote the cause of human dignity?

Question: Is a government that reallocates money intended for one purpose and spends it for another purpose, supporting, and/or promoting the cause of honesty and integrity?

As I have stated in past volumes, I am a retired individual coping with America’s present economy on a small pension, (extremely small,) and a sum of money received from the United States government, via Social Security after contributing into the Social Security fund via payroll deductions for 45 years.

In 1968, the Congress of the United States of America voted to attach the Social Security fund, to the General Fund of the United States Treasury, thus, since 1968, the United States Government, has been rampantly spending money intended to support the rank-and-file, working American in their retirement.

Income tax.

In order to help pay for its war effort in the American Civil War, the United States Government imposed its first personal income tax, on August 5, 1861, as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over U.S. $800). This tax was repealed and replaced by another income tax in 1862.

In 1894, Democrats in Congress passed the Wilson-Gorman tariff, which imposed the first peacetime income tax. The rate was 2% on income over $4000, which meant fewer than 10% of households would pay any. The purpose of the income tax was to make up for revenue that would be lost by tariff reductions. Also, the Panic of 1893 is said to have something to do with the passage of Wilson-Gorman. In 1895 the United States Supreme Court, in its ruling in Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co., held a tax based on receipts from the use of property to be unconstitutional. The Court held that taxes on rents from real estate, on interest income from personal property and other income from personal property (which includes dividend income) were treated as direct taxes on property, and therefore had to be apportioned. Since apportionment of income taxes is impractical, this had the effect of prohibiting a federal tax on income from property. However, the Court affirmed that the Constitution did not deny Congress the power to impose a tax on real and personal property, and it affirmed that such would be a direct tax. Due to the political difficulties of taxing individual wages without taxing income from property, a federal income tax was impractical from the time of the Pollock decision until the time of ratification of the 16th Amendment in 1913. In 1913, the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the U.S. tax system. The United States Supreme Court in its ruling Stanton v. Baltic Mining Co.  stated that the amendment conferred no new power of taxation but simply prevented the courts from taking the power of income taxation possessed by Congress from the beginning out of the category of indirect taxation to which it inherently belongs (Staton supra at 112). In fiscal year 1918, annual internal revenue collections for the first time passed the billion-dollar mark, rising to $5.4 billion by 1920. With the advent of World War II, employment increased, as did tax collections—to $7.3 billion. The withholding tax on wages was introduced in 1943 and was instrumental in increasing the number of taxpayers to 60 million and tax collections to $43 billion by 1945. (Source Wikipedia)

An income tax is a tax levied on the income of individuals or businesses (corporations or other legal entities). Various income tax systems exist, with varying degrees of tax incidence. Income taxation can be progressive, proportional, or regressive. When the tax is levied on the income of companies, it is often called a corporate tax, corporate income tax, or profit tax. Individual income taxes often tax the total income of the individual (with some deductions permitted), while corporate income taxes often tax net income (the difference between gross receipts, expenses, and additional write-offs). Various systems define income differently, and often allow notional reductions of income (such as a reduction based on number of children supported). (Source Wikipedia)

Social Security.

In the United States, Social Security refers to the federal “Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance” (OASDI) program. The original Social Security Act (1935) and the current version of the Act, as amended encompass several social welfare and social insurance programs. The larger and better known programs are: (for further information)

(http://www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/about.htm?p)

Barack Obama also spoke about women, and women’s rights, and alluded to the fact that he believed that women should be allowed equal rights and equal opportunities around the world.

In that statement, I totally agree with Barack Obama, I believe that it is time, actually way past time, for the human race to recognize and give credit to the value of women.

I am 100% confident on where I stand when it comes to allowing women equal opportunity, I have stated my position many times before, however since I enjoy hearing the sound of my own voice so much, I am more than happy to repeat myself; “I am extremely pleased that there will be, (hopefully more than one,) “women,” applying, i.e., campaigning, for the position, i.e., job, of President of the United States in 2012. Because as far as I’m concerned, from this day forward on any ballot I am a part of where there is a woman applying for the job, she has my vote.

 Crusader Rabbit…

Ideology..

According to Webster: i·de·ol·o·gy, 1. The body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual, a group, a class, or a culture. 2. A set of doctrines or beliefs that form the basis of a political, economic, or other system.

A body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual, which of course, at least in my mind, describes Barack Obama to a tee.

the·ol·o·gy, 1. The study of the nature of God and religious truth; rational inquiry into religious questions. 2. A system or school of opinions concerning God and religious questions. Protestant theology; Jewish theology. 3. A course of specialized religious study usually at a college or seminary.

Question: In your opinion, does Barack Obama support the truth and rational inquiry pertaining to his administration?

re·al·i·ty, 1. The quality or state of being actual or true. 2. One, such as a person, an entity, or an event, that is actual: 3. The totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence. 4. That which exists objectively and in fact: 5. That which has necessary existence and not contingent existence. 5. In fact; actually.

Candidate Obama, during his campaign was emphatic about promising transparency if elected.

trans·par·en·cy, 1. A transparent object, especially a photographic slide that is viewed by light shining through it from behind or by projection. 2. Also trans·par·ence, The quality or state of being transparent.

Question: has Barack Obama been clear, precise, and honest with the American people?

Clear, 1. Free from clouds, mist, or haze: 2. Free from what dims, obscures, or darkens; unclouded: 3. Free from flaw, blemish, or impurity: 4. Free from impediment, obstruction, or hindrance; open: 5. Plain or evident to the mind; unmistakable: 6. Easily perceptible to the eye or ear; distinct. 7. Discerning or perceiving easily; keen: 8. Free from doubt or confusion; certain. 9. Free from qualification or limitation; absolute: 10. Free from guilt; untroubled: 11. Having been freed from contact, proximity, or connection: 12. Free from charges or deductions; net: 13. Containing nothing. 1. Distinctly; clearly:

pre·cise, 1. Clearly expressed or delineated; definite: 2. Exact, as in performance, execution, or amount; accurate or correct: 3. Strictly distinguished from others; very: 4. Distinct and correct in sound or meaning: 5. Conforming strictly to rule or proper form:

hon·est, 1. Marked by or displaying integrity; upright: 2. Not deceptive or fraudulent; genuine: 3. Equitable; fair: 4.a. Characterized by truth; not false: b. Sincere; frank: 5.a. Of good repute; respectable. b. Without affectation; plain: 6. Virtuous; chaste.

Question: is Barack Obama representing the American people?

rep·re·sent, rep·re·sent·ed, rep·re·sent·ing, rep·re·sents. 1.a. To stand for; symbolize: b. To indicate or communicate by signs or symbols: 2.a. To depict in art; portray. b. To describe or present in words; set forth. 3. To present clearly to the mind. 4. To draw attention to by way of remonstrance or protest: 5. To describe or put forward (a person or thing) as an embodiment of a specified quality. 6.a. To serve as the official and authorized delegate or agent for. b. To act as a spokesperson for. 7. To serve as an example of: 8. To be the equivalent of. 9.a. To stage (a play, for example); produce. b. To act the part or role of.

Question: are you as an American citizen, presently pleased and satisfied with the cost of living in America?

pleased, 1. To give enjoyment, pleasure, or satisfaction to; make glad or contented. 2. To be the will or desire of: 1. To give satisfaction or pleasure; be agreeable: 2. To have the will or desire; wish: 1. If it is your desire or pleasure; if you please.

sat·is·fied, 1. Filled with satisfaction; content: 2. Paid or discharged in full, as a debt or an obligation. 3. Convinced beyond a doubt.

Question: do you believe that the men and women “we employ” in our Federal Government have your best interests, and the best interests of America in mind?

Question: do you believe that power corrupts?

Stockholm syndrome n. A phenomenon in which a hostage begins to identify with and grow sympathetic to his or her captor.

re·minder, remind, re·mind·ed, re·mind·ing, re·minds. To cause to remember; put in mind:

Pres·i·dents’ Day, The third Monday in February, observed in the United States as a legal holiday in commemoration of the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Or at least that is the historical definition of Presidents’ Day and of course being a historical and patriotic American I went along with it until February of this year when Barack Obama walked out the back door of the White House and saw his shadow.

Question: What is significant about Barack Obama seeing his shadow on Presidents’ Day, I can’t speak for you, however in my opinion, it means another year of high gas prices and unemployment.

 Crusader Rabbit…

Minority rights?

What does that mean? After listening to another one of Barack Obama’s recitals yesterday, i.e., …

(W.A.M.) re·cit·al, 1. The act of reading or reciting in a public performance. 2. A very detailed account or report of something; a narration.

…I spent two hours combing through websites on the Internet looking for a law, i.e. legislation specifically pertaining to minority rights in America and I came up with zilch.

According to the website, “democraticunderground.com” The United States of America is not just a democracy – it is a constitutional democracy. What that means is according to “democratic underground.com” that our government is designed to express not only the will of the majority (democracy), but also to simultaneously protect the unalienable rights of minorities and the powerless. That is an extremely important point because it is the constitutional protections of minorities and the powerless that add civility, humanity, and decency to what could otherwise be a barbaric nation – democratic or not. In other words, democracy alone does not ensure that a nation will act humanely and decently. A majority can at times be quite cruel and unfair. Lynch mobs will generally express the will of the majority (of the mob that is). The majority of whole nations can at times approve of and do terrible things. Even genocides can at times express the will of a majority. And that is precisely why our Founding Fathers recognized the need for a Constitution that would protect the rights of minorities and the powerless. Thus it is that our Constitution provides the foundation for our nation; that it has for more than two centuries provided our nation with international respect and credibility; and that the abandonment of our Constitution under the “leadership” of George Bush and Dick Cheney has largely eliminated the international esteem in which our nation was previously held, reversed more than two centuries of progress, and now threatens to throw our nation and our world back into the Dark Ages. So let’s consider how our Constitution protects the unalienable rights of minorities in our country, how those rights are withering away under the Bush/Cheney regime, and why removing the perpetrators from office is the best solution for bringing our country back into the (relatively) civilized world. But before doing that I want to point out that when I speak of the need for our nation to reengage in the protection of “minority rights”, I am speaking of my own rights as much as anyone else’s. Though I am a white male citizen of theUnited States, I am nevertheless a minority, as are most DUers. We are a minority because of what we believe, what we say, and what we write. And as such, our rights in this country are under attack and perhaps in need of as much protection as are the rights of genetically determined minorities, many who are minorities in more than one respect. (democraticunderground.com’s interpretation.)

If nothing else, at least in my opinion, you have to appreciate the effort and tenacity of individuals who want to turn a stepladder into a wishing well.

According to Webster: con·sti·tu·tion, 1. The act or process of composing, setting up, or establishing. 2.a. The composition or structure of something; makeup. b. The physical makeup of a person: The system of fundamental laws and principles that prescribes the nature, functions, and limits of a government or another institution. b. The document on which such a system is recorded.

According to:  (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/constitutional+decocracy)

“Constitutional democracy; a system of government based on popular sovereignty in which the structures, powers, and limits of government are set forth in a Constitution.” Dictionary.com’s 21st Century Lexicon, Copyright © 2003-2011 Dictionary.com, LLC,  Cite This Source

According to Wikipedia: Liberal democracy, also known as constitutional democracy, is a common form of representative democracy. According to the principles of liberal democracy, elections should be free and fair, and the political process should be competitive. Political pluralism is usually defined as the presence of multiple and distinct political parties. A liberal democracy may take various constitutional forms: it may be a constitutional republic; as the United States, India, Germany or Brazil, or a constitutional monarchy, such as the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada or Spain. It may have a presidential system (United States, Brazil), a parliamentary system (Westminster system, UK and Commonwealth countries, Spain), or a hybrid, semi-presidential system (France). The Liberal democracies usually have universal suffrage, granting all adult citizens the right to vote regardless of race, gender or property ownership. Historically, however, some countries regarded as liberal democracies have had a more limited franchise, and some do not have secret ballots. There may also be qualifications such as voters being required to register before being allowed to vote. The decisions made through elections are made not by all of the citizens, but rather by those who choose to participate by voting. The liberal democratic constitution defines the democratic character of the state. The purpose of a constitution is often seen as a limit on the authority of the government. The Anglo-American political tradition emphasises the separation of powers, an independent judiciary, and a system of checks and balances between branches of government. Many European democracies are more likely to emphasise the importance of the state being a Rechtsstaat that follows the principle of rule of law. Governmental authority is legitimately exercised only in accordance with written, publicly disclosed laws adopted and enforced in accordance with established procedure. Many democracies use federalism—also known as vertical separation of powers—in order to prevent abuse and increase public input by dividing governing powers between municipal, provincial and national governments.

 (W.A.M.) According to Wikipedia: Rechtsstaat, (German: Rechtsstaat) is a concept in continental European legal thinking, originally borrowed from German jurisprudence, which can be translated as “legal state”, “state of law”, “state of justice”, or “state of rights”. It is a “constitutional state” in which the exercise of governmental power is constrained by the law, and is often tied to the Anglo-American concept of the rule of law. In a Rechtsstaat, the power of the state is limited in order to protect citizens from the arbitrary exercise of authority. In a Rechtsstaat the citizens share legally based civil liberties and they can use the courts. A country cannot be a liberal democracy without first being a Rechtsstaat.

Rights and freedoms

In practice, democracies do have specific limits on specific freedoms. There are various legal limitations such as copyright and laws against defamation. There may be limits on anti-democratic speech, on attempts to undermine human rights, and on the promotion or justification of terrorism. In the United States more than in Europe, during the Cold War, such restrictions applied to Communists. Now they are more commonly applied to organizations perceived as promoting terrorism or the incitement of group hatred. Examples include anti-terrorism legislation, the shutting down of Hezbollah satellite broadcasts, and some laws against hate speech. Critics claim that these limitations may go too far and that there may be no due and fair judicial process.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m reading this drivel to define that supporting liberalism is to the support of looking the other way when the question of right and wrong arises, to pursue a particular agenda.

According to Wikipedia: Liberalism, (from the Latin liberalis, “of freedom”) is the belief in the importance of liberty and equal rights. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but most liberals support such fundamental ideas as constitutions, liberal democracy, free and fair elections, human rights, capitalism, free trade, and the freedom of religion. These ideas are widely accepted, even by political groups that do not openly profess a liberal ideological orientation. Liberalism encompasses several intellectual trends and traditions, but the dominant variants are classical liberalism, which became popular in the eighteenth century, and social liberalism, which became popular in the twentieth century.

According to Wikipedia: Conservatism (Latin: conservare, “to preserve”) is a political and social philosophy that promotes the maintenance of traditional institutions and supports, at the most, minimal and gradual change in society. Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others oppose modernism and seek a return to the way things were. The first established use of the term in a political context was by François-René de Chateaubriand in 1819, following the French Revolution. The term has since been used to describe a wide range of views.

According to Wikipedia: Constitutionalism has a variety of meanings. Most generally, it is “a complex of ideas, attitudes, and patterns of behavior elaborating the principle that the authority of government derives from and is limited by a body of fundamental law”.

American Constitutionalism would be more correctly defined as a complex of ideas, attitudes, and patterns of behavior elaborating the principle that the authority of government derives from the people, and is limited by a body of fundamental law.

Cutting to the chase, when all is said and done, the “Good Old Boys Club” on either side of the aisle, is neither conservative, nor liberal, it’s the “Good Old Boys Club.

Wise up America, let the “Good Old Boys play basketball or golf on their own time, visit any workplace in America and you will find women doing twice the work for half the money.

 Crusader Rabbit…

Destination..

According to Webster: des·ti·na·tion, 1. The place to which one is going or directed. 2. The ultimate purpose for which something is created or intended. 3. An act of appointing or setting aside for a specific purpose.

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

“Indians! Indians!” Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring toSpain.

The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

Christopher Columbus ( 31 October 1451 – 20 May 1506 ) was an explorer, colonizer, and navigator, born in the Republic of Genoa, in northwestern Italy. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that led to general European awareness of the American continents in the Western Hemisphere. Those voyages, and his efforts to establish permanent settlements in the island of Hispaniola, initiated the process of Spanish colonization, which foreshadowed the general European colonization of the “New World.”

What has happened to the human race? What has happened to men like Christopher Columbus? Where have they gone? Men like John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington? ..and men like Meriwether Lewis and William Clark? What has happened to America’s pioneers, and America’s builders?

Where are our 21st century Henry Ford’s?

In my opinion, they’re all negotiating with one foreign country or another to manufacture their ideals.

On March 20, of this year I composed a blog entitled, ”imagination.” Accordingly, I don’t feel a need or an obligation to reiterate. However for the sake of expediency, I will repeat Webster’s definition; “i·mag·i·na·tion.” (The formation of a mental image of something that is neither perceived as real nor present to the senses.)

Accordingly, speaking directly to those of you who possess imaginations, I offer a “hypothetical,” and for those of you who do not possess imagination, sit back and watch.

(W.A.M.) hy·po·thet·i·cal, 1. Of, relating to, or based on a hypothesis: a hypothetical situation.

For those of you without imaginations, (or fetchin’ up) in simple terms, a “hypothetical situation” is something that “isn’t,” that “could be.”

Time: somewhere in America’s future, by way of America’s generosity and liberal principles established over the years by well-meaning liberal minded men and women, America has fallen prey to a less liberal minded alliance of nations who disagree with the ideology of Americans well-meaning liberal minded men and women.

One question;

Does the conquering alliance of nations allow conquered American citizens the right to free speech, the right to a free press, the right to keep and bear arms, protection against search and seizure, the right to a fair trial, and opportunity to pursue happiness?

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow.

 

 Crusader Rabbit…

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