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So I have been on a mental break these past couple weeks. So many stressful things put me in a crabby mood. So I took as much of a break as I could from all things stressful. But alas, I need to get back to reality. There are so many topics right now that I have some major opinions and strong feelings on, but for tonight I am going to continue on my Federalist Papers. I decided to read letters 15-20 and post at the same time since they are dealing with the same topic.
This grouping of letters deals with the issue, Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union.
At this point no one is in disagreement that the present national system was unable to protect the Union. Not even the ones who were against the Constitution argued the basic premise. The country was at the bottom of the barrel as far as how they were viewed by other countries. “We have neither troops, nor treasury, nor government”
None of the states individually could effectively regulate themselves. They needed a government to help settle internal disputes. Another objection is the fear that the government would ultimately be too powerful.
There was a great passage in letter 15 regarding government. Here it is for your reading pleasure:
Government implies the power of making laws. It is essential to the idea of a law that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience. If there be no penalty annexed to disobedience, the resolutions or commands which pretend to be laws will, in fact, amount to nothing more than advice or recommendation. This penalty, whatever it may be, can only be inflicted in two ways; by the agency of the courts and ministers of justice, or by military force; by the coercion of the magistracy, or by the coercion of arms.”
I found this interesting given all of today’s politicians and celebrity figures who break the law and then do not pay the penalty. (ie. Geithner) It is true, laws should have consequences for all. But that was not really the main focus of the letters.
There was a great deal of historical background given into Grecian republics as well as German nations. All had strengths and weaknesses. Finally the author gives a history of the United Netherlands. All of this information was given to give historical background and precedent for setting up a national government and making the states into one Union. By studying societies of the past we can learn from their experience which provides truth and wisdom.
Letter 10 – A continuation of The Union as a Safeguard against Domestic Faction and Insurrection
As the title states, the letter deals with domestic faction. We are told that there are two ways to remove faction (Conflict within an organization or nation; internal dissension) – one is to remove it cause; the other is to control its effects. Put another way is to destroy the liberties needed for existence or by giving all citizens the same opinions, passions, and interests.
Obviously removing liberty is not truly an option as it would make the situation worse in the first place. The second is not practical either. All men have their own ideas, passions and interests and it could not ever be assumed that they would have the same naturally. The differences are a natural occurrence that make us all individuals.
Since it is not possible to actually prevent or control faction, ways are suggested to control the effects. When the faction is a minority it could easily be dealth with by a regular vote. However when the faction is the majority the public under the law would be forced to do as they would vote.
Publius suggests that with these things in mind, a true democracy would never work in this situation. Instead a repulic, a government in which the scheme of representation takes place – has promise for what our country was seeking. Here are two specific ways that a republic would differ from a democracy.
1. The delegation of the government , in the republic is to a small number of citizens elected by the rest
2. The great number of citizens and greater sphere of country over which the republic may be extended.
Basically in the democracy there are less people choosing what will happen to all the citizens. In a republic there will be more representatives chosen by the citizens to help make decisions. This was an interesting line: As each representative will be chosen by a greater number of citizens in the large than in the small republic, it will be more difficult for the unworthy candidates to practice with success the vicious arts by which elections are too often carried. I don’t think our candidates have problems running vicious elections these days. That is the norm.
Essentially the thought was with the republic would be easy to keep running smoothly with proper, equal representation provided by the Constitution. So the whole point of the confusing long letter was that as a United States we would be more able to control the effects of faction within the country since there would be more representation in place to protect the citizens.
Letter 11: The Utility of the Union in Respect to Commercial Relation and a Navy
This letter deals with our ability to arrange commerce with other countries through maritime uses. By working with other countries we can establish our own trade arrangements and agreements making such arrangements beneficial to all, but especially to ourselves. Another topic would be the necessity of creating a federal navy. We would need a respectable maritime army to help protect us against the other two major countries.
An active commerce, an extensive navigation, a flourishing marine, would then be the offspring of moral and physical necessity.
Naval protection and maritime commerce were both necessary to the country. There was no real option. A larger country working together would be more able to succeed in both of these arenas as opposed to each smaller confederacies or states. Europe had long dominated the other countries and we have the opportunity to change that. “It belongs to us to vindicate the honor of the human race, and to teach the assuming brother moderation. Union will enable us to do this. Let Americans disdain to be the instruments of European greatness! Let the thirteen states, bound together in a strict and indissoluable Union, concur in erecting one great American system superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence and able to dictate the terms of the connections between the old and the new world!”
I have to say these letters are still long and confusing. I am doing the best that I can to find interesting points in each letter. Overall I find the argument for a Union to make great sense. They are giving sufficient reasioning in my opinion that the states were better off as a United States.
So I have been meaning to write about all these different things but alas a sick child at home kept me from getting the full story written. So I will do a few quick synopses just to get these done with so I can stay more current.
Obama appointed Biden to administer the Stimulus Bill this week. I find this most curious since Biden is the one who said that there is a 30% chance the bill will fail. So obviously he has some doubts about this one. Part of me wonders if Biden is going to be the scape goat if it does fail. If he is the one overseeing it and it does not succeed will the blame fall more on him, or more on Obama?
Then there was the happening Address to Congress. Long – 52 minutes long. Beck had some great points to be made about saying what you mean, and meaning what you say. There are numerous instances where Obama said one thing was going to happen, yet in reality they are doing it anyway. The transparency is not there. The funding does not make any sense. Economists have been trying to crunch numbers about all these new programs that were mentioned and the costs are astronomical. Another interesting comment refers to the promise to cut the deficit in half by 2013. Stephen Moore commented in the same Beck interview shown below that, The Congressional Budget Office has also said that if nothing were done at all the deficit would fall by 70% in the same time span. But instead by spending an addition trillion dollars now, it will change to 50%. Here is the CBO estimate of the budget for 2009.
That’s all for now . . . . .
The Lord can control a king’s mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases. (Pr. 21:1)
Congratulations Senator Obama on winning the 2008 Election. It is truly a historic evening. The first African American president proving that there is equality for all races. (that was never a question to me – my feelings had nothing to do with race). This will be an election to be remembered for decades to come. I am glad that it is a close popular vote and not the landslide predicted. This is a very divisive election, it was not cut and dry by any means. Thank you Senator McCain for your humble and generous concession. It shows much class and grace.
My hopes and prayers have now turned toward the future as we wait to see just what the policies will be under an Obama presidency. Putting things into action and saying you will do them are two terribly different things. I may not ever agree with your policies or decisions but I do think you have a very hard row to tow over the next four years. For your sake I hope they work, but I don’t really think that they will. History is not on your side for the long haul.
In the words of my friends, “I can only promise that I will be as respectful of President Obama as Democrats have been of President Bush.”
Here is to 2012 and a revitalized ready to go Republican party!
So there are some other things that are really frustrating me at the moment.
Like the Obama comment on bankrupting the coal industry and that electricity prices are going to skyrocket. I know he says he is for clean coal technology, etc. But why on earth would he say this stuff? Out-loud? On tape? Hannity and Colmes talked about it last night. And just as a side note for anyone who just writes it off saying Hannity is so far right. Have you ever listened to Colmes? He is just as far left. They do represent a fair and balanced conversation.
I don’t think at this point there is much more to say. I am not really sure why calling into question statements and facts is considered dirty trickery. I do not see fear and hate being stirred up by the McCain campaign any more than it is by the Obama camp. What do you think he is doing? Both of them are on the attack, playing more to offense than defense.
Why do you think you are any different? Apparently this elections is coming at a price. A steep economic price. Way more than should have been spent. As well as the price of character. Apparently you don’t need to actually campaign for what you are going to do, what you are going to change, and actually be able to back that up with fact – you just have to smile and talk about change.
I do believe that Obama was not properly vetted. He has so much in his past that he is not willing to share with the public. When you enter public service at this level your life should be an open book. The information about birth certificates, diplomas, citizenship, etc. should have been thoroughly put out in the open. When you don’t lay it all out there it only looks like you are hiding something. If there is nothing to hide, why bother?
I do have concerns over the next four years under his administration. But why wouldn’t I? There is plenty to be concerned about. He is talking about major policy changes similar to those under FDR and the New Deal.
I found this great post over at WorldNetDaily
And while many believe FDR was a great president, few point out the welfare state created at all levels during his tenure. The belief the government was responsible for every person’s food, clothing, shelter and wellbeing was clearly a byproduct of the FDR philosophy.
The people must demand a reduction in the size of government and its spending habits. We must reduce business taxes, which are the second highest in the world. It is time to tell Washington it gets enough of our money at the current tax rate and to freeze or reduce personal taxes for everyone who pays.
This festering sense of entitlement is crippling us as a nation. Since when is everything from food to education a birthright if you are born in America? It has been ever since the great FDR started the New Deal. And, tomorrow, a new New Deal may be on the table – all courtesy of the Democratic Party that may now control the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Oval Office. It is a rubber stamp of epic proportions ready to pass a liberal’s dream come true.
There is more over at the WorldNetDaily site go read the rest of the article! It is very good.
And now the rest is up to us. Go vote. No matter the line, no matter how useless you feel your vote is. It does matter and it does count. Don’t give in to the feeling that it is a done deal. It is not over until the proverbial fat lady sings! Make your voice count. Take responsibility and be involved in government. It is your right and a privilege as well.
I am a little perplexed these days by some things that I see in the media and online, wondering how much of what I am hearing and seeing is factual and how much is total spin – from both parties.
As much as the liberal crew would like to believe it is only the right who “spins” things – they have bought into the so-called lie from their own campaign, just as much as they think I have. The problem is there is some truth hidden in there, that keeps getting skirted over. Somehow there is just blindness or a willingness to explain away some truths that just don’t fit the purpose.
I will be among the first to say that the Republican candidates are not my very first choice. But they are solid individuals. When I say individuals that means they are free-thinking humans. They are not clones of any previous administration. If we are so hot on comparing voting records why is it only McCain’s that anyone cares about, not Obama’s record (or lack there of). Add to that any time Obama’s record is question and the whole Republican party is questioned and belittled – we must just be trying to distract or are just grasping at straws. Right.
There are so many legitimate things that are not even mentioned of anywhere. I am tired of incessent badgering and harassment of McCain. He is not George Bush. But I get that strategy that Obama’s campaign has set as its major goal.
But what I don’t get, what I really don’t understand is how you can explain away things that are apparent to a large majority of the country – a larger percentage than you might think – not just the “fanatic” Republicans. I am a pretty non-fanatic, balanced person.
How can you really think that the economic plan, the giving of tax credits, not tax breaks – is anything other than redistributing wealth? I just don’t get the logic?
This audio clip has been sweeping around this week, it bears a listen.
And another thing about the tax plan.
I looked at the tax calculator on Obama’s website to see what my “savings” would be under a McCain administration vs Obama. Got to tell you it was interesting. For my particular situation, there was an irrelevant savings of around $200. Not that exciting. But it gets even more interesting. I changed the scenario to be income of $50,000-75,000; married filing jointly; with 3 children. My tax savings under Obama would be a whopping $33. Wow. I don’t even think that is worth it for that group.
My next question is why is their tax savings so low? Shouldn’t they be the working middle class? Getting a bigger tax “savings”?
And a chart I posted a few days ago showing some of the new proposed taxes showed that individuals making more than $2.87 million would have their taxes increased by over $700,00 by Obama. That is a massive increase.
Since when does anyone have the right to tell you how much money that you have earned that you get to keep.
Associations. Folks he has some interesting ones. And it is terribly obvious to a good many people that he has not been totally truthful in his explanation about any of them. Why not just come clean when asked? Videos, audio, documents, pictures, etc. all keep coming to light to illustrate this. They are worth looking at, because they are real. They are not fake things made up by some Republican operative to try and thwart the campaign. This all goes back to the lack of proper vetting of Obama.
Here is the most recent example of this:
In April L.A. Times article…the Obamas attended a “lavish farewell dinner” in Chicago for Khalidi and his wife as they headed to Columbia University in 2003:
A special tribute came from Khalidi’s friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Sen. Barack Obama. Speaking to the crowd, Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi’s wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged his thinking.
Yet now the Times which has the video from this toast is refusing to release it, Why? Why, if there is nothing to hide would you not just release a video clip of the man who is headed to be the next President?
Well, it would seem that the Weather Underground men, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn attended this dinner.
According to the Times Obama is on tape saying,
…that he hoped his relationship with Khalidi would continue even after the professor left Chicago. “It’s for that reason that I’m hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation — a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid’s dinner table … [but around] this entire world.”
And I still want to know why there have not been answers on these things,
Columbia Thesis paper – not available, locked down by faculty.
Harvard College records – not released, locked down by faculty.
Selective Service Registration – not released.
Medical records – not released (only a one-page report).
Illinois State Senate schedule – ‘not available.’
Law practice client list – not released.
Certified Copy of original Birth certificate – not released.
Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth – not released.
Harvard Law Review articles published – None.
University of Chicago scholarly articles – None.
Record of Baptism– Not released or ‘not available.’
Illinois State Senate records–‘not available.’
While it does seem that Obama is leading in the polls and has an advantage over McCain, the election is not over. It is only Obama’s to lose. I do not in any way think this is going to be a landslide, rather I think this will go down as one of the closest elections ever. This will be another one that will test the popular vs electoral vote. What I am curious about here is the fact that the electorate can choose to vote against the people in their state. So they could just choose to ignore the will of the people they represent and vote for who they want, rendering the citizens vote totally useless. Not that this will happen but I think in this election we are at point that it could happen.
I am concerned about the possibility of a Washington superpower. A trifecta. There would be no balance in power when the interests of only one party are being served. The last time that happened, the party was swiftly back out of power. A quick snippet from an article:
Liberals would dominate the entire government in a way they haven’t since 1965, or 1933. In other words, the election would mark the restoration of the activist government that fell out of public favor in the 1970s. If the U.S. really is entering a period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy, Americans at least ought to understand what they will be getting, especially with the media cheering it all on . . .The threat of 41 committed Senators can cause the House to modify its desires even before legislation comes to a vote. Without that restraining power, all of the following have very good chances of becoming law in 2009 or 2010.
as well as these: affecting the business climate, union supremecy, taxes, green revolution, free-speech, voting rights & special interest potpourri - one group being in total control is not a good thing
if all of this comes to pass we will have a lot to keep an eye on over the next four years, at which point I do believe that there will be another radical shift of power. To who? I am not sure but I am almost positive Obama will lose power and control will totally shift to a more conservative party.
Until then, I will continue to look at information, weigh out the facts, and make my own educated decisions. I only ask that you do the same. Don’t be swayed by party lines and talking points. Use your own brain.