Free Thoughts From the Desk of Honesty

I often wonder if other people think. I mean they go about their daily lives, seemingly oblivious to the doom and destruction that is (and has been) wrought onto our nation over the last 50 yrs.
They drive their cars, listening to their Iphones, talking or texting on their smartphones, yet give very little attention to the fact that their various freedoms are being dissolved with every breath they take.
Thoughtless negligence of citizens allows people with evil intent free reign to damage the greatest nation on earth.
I try to keep this blog full of MY thoughts. Not regurgitated reposts from other blogs or news sites. I’m from the time where you were taught that you as an individual were powerful enough to get up on the soap box and let loose onthe government and influence the world around you.
A lot of people allowed that right to atrophy in the past, but starting in the year 2010, the grass roots reignited and led a TeaParty landslide. But now is there staying power in the TP?
If the GOP wins with a huge push by the TP, will the elites stay firm to the conservative agenda or will they compromise and wilt under WASHINGTON-itis?
If there is a massive sweep by the GOP there needs to be follow through.
I mean THIS is what we’re competing against:
How can smart people spout these things with any credence? How can they sleep at night or look at themselves in the mirror? Is the POWER by being in Washington REALLY worth dishonesty? “In Chainnns!”, “Back to Jim Crow”, “Tornado through rest homes”… really?

Our Nation, Torn Asunder, Hollowed Be Thine Future Part 1

Background—
236 years ago, a great experiment was established. Blood and tears were shed, but by 1789 the task was completed. Our country has seen trials and tribulations. Errors and wins. Defeats and victories. But now the time is coming when multiple societal shifts are fast approaching.

Today and Near Future–
Over the last month, events have taken place over a wide array of societal arenas. From the SCOTUS overturning of portions of the Arizona Immg. Law and then the ObamaCare ‘taxation’ legality loophole.
We then had the LOST (Land of the Sea Treaty) that barely was stalled in the Senate. Thankfully, just enough Senators opposed this measure.
Then we have the ATT UN Gun Treaty coming up for a vote, and low and behold a mass murder involving small arms takes place 2 weeks prior to this all important vote.
We also have what is called the ‘Financial Cliff’ coming up January 1st 2013. The Bush Tax Cuts (in effect for 10-12 yrs.. so really aren’t they then ‘The Norm”?) are due to expire, the social security payroll tax cuts, as well as the activation of the Congressionally-mandated $1.2 trillion in spending cuts and the kicking in of a whole new set of fees and taxes related to Obamacare. In 2013 we’re talking about a 4% decrease in GDP just with the OCare and tax hikes,and thats not what we need.
During 2008 40% of America’s wealth evaporated. Mortgages went ‘underwater’.

Did that alter the BANKS behavior?? Heck no. They used the same tactics that caused the mortgage crisis on gov’t student loans!!!! And now 11 Global banks have are being investigated for rigging the LIBOR (which is a tool that sets the international interest rates) and manipulating it. While those were GLOBAL banks (like Barclays and UBS). Barclays CEO Bob Diamond quit after testiying before Congress… What’s scary is that almost FIVE years ago (Aug.07) another Barclays Officeer quit, a collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) officer, Edward Cahill quit after Barclays was exposed during the ’07 sub=prime mortgage debacle. So, we have 2 instances of Barclays that shows poor decisions and risky business ventures that resulted in people resigning and saying, “it’ll never happen again, we promise.”

Credit, once easy, became ridiculously difficult as the banks ‘recapitalised’. That, in common english is, “They went so broke that they had to collect fees on top of fees and incur zero risk and deny most new loans.”
Now we’re hearing that Jan 1 2013 will mark a yr that holds far worse possibilities. Europe, especially Spain and Italy, is reeling from a monetary and lazyFair (yeah Lazy-Fair) mentality of entitlement culture. Last week CNBC programs mentioned “Spanish bank runs”, and other articles mentioned Spanish Businesses railing at the 56% tax levy instituted by Finance Minister Cristobol Montoro.

PENSIONS–
Then we add the cities and municipalities that have gone bankrupt in the past 6 months just in California (Compton, Stockton, Vallego, and Mammoth Lakes) there is a common denomiator. Pensions. It was that way with the Auto companies, and now Municipalities. 30% or more of their expenses are reserved for PENSIONS. The Golden Goose has died people. Now cities, once loathe to ruin their credt and bond ratings, see the value in the Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing. Now as pension obligations escalate, they hide behind Ch9 and escape from under that crippling weight.

Employment Future—
Kids, those that are High school age to 21, used to be able to get minimum wage jobs pretty easily and use that to learn how the ‘work force’ operates. Now, they are competing against older people , freshly laid off from higher jobs, or also older people looking to supplement income that may have cut due to wage freezes. Now they are not given the opportunity to learn to contribute to society like the past 3 or 4 generations and they are aimless. If the 2013 Perfect Storm truly emerges, we’re looking at an entire generation that will be truly lost.
If the Perfect Storm happens, I also see more and more hostility (and rightfully so) towards Illegals, the businesses that hire them and Unions that hide them. There will be thrusts to deport all illegals and the normal workforce in America ahould, by then, be willing to take up the slack, even if its temporary.

The Election—
Coming up in November is a referendum on 2 Americas. We’re asked to choose between one guy who is the Evil we know and the evil that promises to be better. We are asked to choose between a closet Communist that has recently shown a love for ignoring Congress, Committees and the Constitution, and a guy that is so squeaky clean that the opponent has to dig up a hair pulling incident from 1968.
In either case, the President will inherit an economy that is on a decline that will be drastic. By inauguration day, the implosion will have been almost 3 weeks old. Companies will have set up their future funding the day after the final election votes were tallied. If ‘Business friendly’ Romney is elected, hiring may bounce up quickly.
Conclusion
The short term future for America is dim. We’ll pay the price for O’s Socialistic love affair. Well into Romney’s tenure, perhaps 18 months, the economy will be sour and the lead weights around America’s Economic Engine. In the next post I’ll list the litany of challenges that we’ll face in the next year.
As always, our nation is in flux and it will come down to the American people to respond.

Sources: http://seascapecapital.com/a-massive-financial-cliff/
http://www.businessinsider.com/spain-nears-implosion-finance-minister-proposes-huge-tax-businesses-threaten-to-leave-2012-7

Road to Serfdom
steven horwitz

Are You a Tebow-hatin’ American?

Tim Tebow—- More Hated than the Taliban???
I don’t deal with sports items too much on this blog but in this case it’s different. Tim Tebow and his very public love and appreciation of Christ is apparently the big event every Sunday.
Tebow is a gifted athlete. He graduated from the University of Florida. He is just the latest and the easiest target for the Hate Christ Brigade.
I don’t know Tebow. I never followed Florida or Denver really. There is more to worry about than a kids game played by spoiled multi-millionaire idiots who burn through their money like dried mesquite.
But this is cuts to the root of what America faces. Tebow-mania and Anti-Tebow-ism are symptomatic of the divide in our nation right now. America is in such a decline that an individual is ridiculed for his public display of appreciation for God’s gift.
Now, let me set this straight. I have always thought that such celebration or ‘thanks’ seemed to be a little self-aggrandizing and self-promoting. But wait.. .wait wait wait…. Wait. Did I say “I always thought…”? Why, yes I did.
Tebow is not the first to “Tebow”. There were Team Prayers even in little league and pee wee football. There have been numerous athletes that point to the sky or kneel after TD’s. It’s been going for decades. Notre Dame’s football field is situated so that a mural Touchdown Jesus can watch from a closeby building.
So-o-o-o, why is there such sudden heat and vitriol about Tebow? The only other time there was this much outcry was when a reject QB from the NFL’s European minor leagues (World League of American Football) by the name Kurt Warner gave thanks to Jesus for the win when he hoisted the Super Bowl trophy after his Rams won the 2000 Super Bowl.
But now even Warner wants Tebow to tone down his rhetoric. Why is it so different just 3 years removed since Warner last led a team (Arizona) to a Super Bowl and last professed his thanks?
What has these people worried about a young athlete that apparently loves God so much? What could be wrong with that?
The deeper meaning, or actually loss of meaning, is that Elite America doesn’t want the Light of God to shine on her inequities and her flaws. People KNOW they need to lead Christ-like lives and they simply refuse to do it. It’s inconvenient, time consuming, uncomfortable, embarrassing, etc. etc. etc.
And what has that freedom to ignore and shun God gotten us? Like other empires that have come before us, we are in a freefall due to degeneration of core values. What once was shamed is now tolerated… What once was tolerated is now the norm… What was the norm is now the exception.
How much of America’s decline is in reality? We perceive the decline because of what we’re exposed to in the media. Downright filth being broadcast in primetime on network TV, biased news, seemingly zero righteous men in high office, venomous lyrics passing as Pop music, horrendous educational industry perpetuating the scourge of ignorance that is epidemic in our republic ABOUT our Republic, the list goes on.
One cannot hope to stem the massive societal trend that we are on now. Tebow can’t do it, Billy Graham couldn’t do it. When Jesus was preaching, even after 4 years, and after so many witnessed his miracles and heard The Word, he only had a handful of women and men that followed him.
We can only hope to control what we truly have control over— Overselves. If we do that, if enough of us truly do that, then the Nation and more importantly the IDEAL of freedom has a chance to recover and again flourish, if not on this continent, perhaps elsewhere on this Earth. Tim Tebow is showing us that, with Grace comes responsibility to acknowledge the Master and to give him the Glory. Tebow has a stage and he is using it to shine the light. It’s not his fault America feels dirty and guilty.

Issues

I’ve written in the past posing the question “Where do we go from here?”

This question, in it’s simplicity, asks the reader to contemplate life after the USA as we know it.

I try to be objective and even maintain a positive outlook on the country. . I really do. Try, I mean. I have 2 growing kids for Christ’s sake.

I’ve never been a negative person. Growing up, I was always taught that the sun always rises, the early bird gets the worm, Early to bed early to rise…. Etc. All positive quotations and clichés.

But, I’ve never seen my country in this condition. 50 years into the Great Society and we’re broke. I mean, yes, we heard ‘broke’ back in the 70’s, 80’s, ‘90’s and ‘00’s. But we’re seriously broke this time.

Here are some things to ponder:

When your Fed chairman, as a legitimate strategy to fix debt says, “We can always print more money, we’ll never be broke”, you know you are either living in Bizzaro world or you really don’t understand world economics like you thought.What he expects is that other bankrupt countries will continue to buy our debt.

When your children have to take remedial courses in college because they REALLY aren’t smarter than a fifth grader, you know you’re school systems are places where there is more baby sitting going on than learning.

When jobs are going overseas at a whirlwind pace, you know that 1) Unions suck, 2) its cheaper to produce goods elsewhere, 3) regulations are stifling for business here.

When you’re engaged in at least 2 real wars, 2 or 3 proxy wars, and maybe 2 more ‘engagements’, all the while cutting the defense sector and veteran care, you know there is a blatant strategy to weaken the Armed Forces for some reason via attrition of both equipment and troops.

When you allow millions of people (refugees) to pour into the country while not demanding the other country to get it’s act together so that these people will find THEIR country more suitable to live in, you know the long term strategy is actually to overtake that country in a way that sees the USA grow almost twice in size.

When you learn that the overall high school dropout rate is 35% EVERY year… and that in large Democrat controlled cities it’s as much as 75%, you know there is a massive effort to dumb-OUT the people of those areas so that they are dependant and easily swayed (manipulated) to whatever the machine tilts them towards.

When you understand these things and many other issues, you see that the country has deteriorated at a rapid rate. This decline, often written and postulated about in other articles elsewhere for years, has been precipitous and at an almost freefall rate.

With all these issues, at their current level of decline, is there a real chance of arresting the fall and reclaiming the higher moral standards of our fore fathers?

The answer is a simple, “No.”

Established societies always go in one direction, down. As a society grows it is living with the ideals that founded it. As the society ages, these ideals get pushed back further from the point of implementation and each and every year those values retreat further in the group consciousness and other items start to blossom and get louder and suddenly the original mores are either ignored or forgotten. The more people you have, the more pressures on the former standards. The more tolerance, the more abuse. There’s a reason why hard ass generals, coaches, and Presidents get results.

America is no different. We are the sum of her people. This country was founded on principles of Freedom that people had fought over and won since the Magna Carta was signed almost 800 years ago (1210ad). Her train may be ready to pull out and leave the station. There have been other dire times, but I can’t recall where all these things have lined up so perfectly and in such a weakened state… at the same time. We are now a nation of limp lilly men and touchy feely policies.

“Where do we go from here?”, noone knows. But with all these issues, the continued over taxation, the approaching BOOMER bust, the approaching ‘austerity’, the approaching European depression, the looming Iranian War, dueling Anarchist/Communist/Islamist hostile takeovers, America will be hard pressed to maintain her stature as the world’s strongest, wealthiest, mightiest nation on any list.