They're even popping up on TeeVee!
And a Blind and Tame Submission.
Well the federal government has not gone mad. Rather the people have become apathetic, lazy, submissive and dependent. James Madison was arguing for the ratification of the Constitution and insisted the States - and the people - had nothing to fear from a federal government. His arguments were persuasive, he believed the American people would resist encroachments by the federal government and assured the skeptics that the Constitution offered absolute protection against such encroachment. He was wrong.
Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.
He called it an insult to the people:
Blind and submissive. Turns out the American people are not easily insulted. Here is a taste of what we are submitting to:
Much of the criticism of the $787 billion stimulus bill is focused on its cost. But what's really at issue is a matter of life and death. Buried deep in the package, there is an expensive new healthcare program that could jeopardize the health, even the lives, of millions of patients.
The bill funnels about $1 billion into government-run "comparative effectiveness research" (CER). Sounds innocuous enough -- that's a relatively paltry sum given the package's $800 billion-plus price tag. But CER will have profound effects on the availability of top-notch treatments in this country. Stripped of bureaucratic jargon, it is the precursor for a national healthcare rationing board.
Virtually every government-run CER program ends up closing off patient access to the best treatments in the name of "cost consciousness." When bureaucrats are put in charge of medical care, cutting down on bills is prioritized over fighting disease.
There are plenty of proposals included in the stimulus package that aren't actually tied to economic recovery. But CER is the only one that threatens the lives of countless Americans. It's too dangerous to be ignored.
Yet the American people think it's just grand.
Hill staffer Tom Jones is going through the omnibus spending bill with a fine-tooth comb, and Twittering his earmark findings, including:
* $200,000 for “Tattoo Removal Violence Prevention Outreach Program,” pg. 283;
*Maine lobster earmark in the omnibus, pg. 173;
*$5.8 million earmark for the “Ted Kennedy Institute for the Senate…for the planning and design of a building & an endowment,” pg. 232;
*and National Council of La Raza, $473,000 earmark from Sens. Bingaman and Menendez, pg. 212.
"3.6 trillion dollars is one out of every four dollars produced in the United States. It's 25% of the GDP. It's 2 and a half Californias... We are going from an era where we looked for the private sector to create wealth to where we are looking for the government to orchestrate the economy. Barack Obama says, "The government must lead." So I take it the private sector is no longer going to decide where investments should go but rather the government is going to decide that we're going to have a certain kind of energy sector, a certain kind of manufacturing, a certain kind of service sector. That seems to me pretty arrogant."
Senator Tom Coburn: new debt proposed by Administration's budget is larger than the total amount of debt accumulated by the government from 1789 to today.
“If President Obama gets his way, the 92 percent of American homeowners who pay their mortgages on time will be forced to do with less in the future so that the Obama administration can use their money to reward banks that offered bad loans to customers who had no business accepting them,” said Bill Hobbs, communications director for the Tennessee Republican Party. “Government has no business forcing one American to pay another American’s mortgage. It’s time for the Obama administration to stop the bailout madness, unshackle the economy and the creativity of the American people by reducing personal and business taxes and cutting government red-tape and interference in the economy, and let the free markets work.”
Government interference? How about government control.
As for freedom of choice, Obama's all for it. Or maybe not:
The rollback of the so-called conscience rule comes just two months after the Bush administration announced it late last year in one of its final policy initiatives.
If we are going to be a nation that supports the “freedom to choose,” then it seems to me that has to go both ways. Professional health workers should be “free to choose” whether or not they will participate in what they find to be morally objectionable.
Freedom that is only one-sided i.e., “she is free to have a late term, partial-birth abortion and you are not free to refuse her request” or “she is free to demand this contraception and you are not free to refuse to fill that prescription,” is not really freedom.
It is enslavement. Dress it up any way you want. If the government is forcing you to do what your conscience tells you not to, under threats to your freedom, your purse or your livelihood, then you are not free.
As The Anchoress points out, FREEDOM is not necessarily on Obama's radar screen:
Apparently not on the radar of many Americans either.
There is a bright spot, however, for those of us who value our freedom and who take responsibility for our mistakes, pay the consequences and move on. Those of us who believe that freedom is much too precious to trade for a mortgage payment. Maybe the unprecedented power-grab by Barack Obama and the Democrats has finally caused us to wake up and fight back.
There is, as the old ’60s song goes, something happening here. And what it is, is very clear: A grass-roots revolt against the culture of entitlement. The spendzillas in Washington do not speak for us.
Will we, as Madison so passionately argued, defend our rights? Or will we submit?
"I would encourage him to read the president's plan..."
The White House on Friday launched a bullish retaliatory attack on cable television reporter Rick Santelli, saying his "rant" against President Obama's housing foreclosure plan is uninformed and dangerous.
"I'm not entirely sure where Mr. Santelli lives, or in what house he lives," Mr. Gibbs said, repeatedly blasting the reporter by name.
"I would encourage him to read the president's plan and understand that it will help millions of people, many of whom he knows. I would be more than happy to have him come here and read it. I would be more than happy to buy him a cup of coffee decaf."
Helped by prominent coverage from the Drudge Report, Mr. Santelli's strenuous denouncements of the president's housing plan on CNBC have become an Internet sensation. Mr. Santelli called for a "Chicago Tea Party" revolt against Mr. Obama's plans.
"The government is promoting bad behavior," Mr. Santelli said, calling on the administration to hold an Internet referendum to see if Americans really wanted to rescue those with bad mortgages.
It would have been helpful if Gibbs had encouraged Democrat Chuck Schumer, who voted for the bill, to read it.
Here's the rant:
Some good news for a change:
Barack Obama's so-called stimulus bill could be hazardous to your health. Literally.
Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without discussion. These provisions reflect the handiwork of Tom Daschle, until recently the nominee to head the Health and Human Services Department.
Senators should read these provisions and vote against them because they are dangerous to your health. (Page numbers refer to H.R. 1 EH, pdf version).
The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.
But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”
The federal government will now decide what's appropriate - and cost effective - when it comes to our medical care. Tom Daschle, who had to withdraw as nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, still managed to get his government run health care scheme on the front-burner in Washington. Maybe Obama will name him the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology.
Betsy McCaughey, the former lieutenant governor of New York who wrote a critical column on the measure this week, said that would allow the federal government to hand information to doctors and guide their decisions at a patient's bedside.
"The language of the bill is very troubling," McCaughey told FOX News.
"This is going to be a two-way system. Your medical treatment will be stored in the database, but the government will also be communicating with your doctor at the time and place of care," she said.
As for "economic stimulus", just who will be paying for this new, massive bureaucracy? No doubt many jobs will be created. All paid for by the American taxpayer.
The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist regime.
In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, 'Do you know how to catch wild pigs?'
The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said this was no joke. 'You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.
They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.
CY closed his post with a couple of questions:
There are pig farmers in the White House and Congress that would see you led in captivity so that they may dine on your fatted flesh.
Will you be led to slaughter.
Or will you be free?
Commenter Don, the Rebel without a Blog responded: Did you hear that noise? It was the gate slamming behind you. It's too late.
Is it too late? Have we lost our will to fight back?
The so-called stimulus bill has not passed - yet. Thanks to three so-called Republicans a 778-page compromise has been reached. The cloture vote is set for tomorrow night. As Michelle Malkin points out (the obvious which our esteemed Senators don't seem to get) there is precious little time for Senators to read the entire bill much less debate its merits (assuming there are any):
So, your representatives of the “most deliberative body in the world” have barely a day to digest and debate the 778-page legislative text before rushing to vote on cloture Monday evening.
Arlen Specter, one of the architects of the compromise, admits as much:
Specter said he had already noted "certain grave concerns" with the stimulus legislation and had asked President Obama why he was "wedded" to completing action on it by Feb. 13. Specter said he told Obama this was too fast "for a bill of this magnitude."
Grave concerns. Sounds ominous but the ever-reliable turncoat will support the bill anyway:
But he said that Obama had stressed the urgency of action, so while "I don't like it," Specter said, "we're responding to this timetable."
Way to go Senator. You're supposed to be representing the people of Pennsylvania, not Barack Obama:
Parts of the bill "give me heartburn," Specter said.
Unfortunately if this bill passes the American people will suffer much more than heartburn.
Here is a better plan:
Immediately cut all personal and corporate income taxes in half for all 12 months of 2009.
Obama and the Democrats hate tax cuts with a passion. He who has the money has the power and power is the one thing the Democrats - and some Republicans - cherish above all. It is time to stop them. The more power we relinquish to Washington the less freedom we have. It's that simple.
Will you be led to slaughter.
Or will you be free?
Very sad news today from Amy Welborn. Her husband, Michael Dubruiel, died today:
Michael collapsed this morning at the gym and was not able to be revived despite the efforts of EMTs and hospital personnel.
We are devastated and beg your prayers.
Michael Dubruiel, November 16, 1958 - February 3, 2009.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.