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…

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