Posts Tagged ‘Government’

There was a time, a long time ago, when people looked out for each other and neighbors and families helped when someone was down.  Churches reached out too.  There was a time when we were our brother’s keeper, not because we had to be, but because we chose to be.  It was just the right thing to do.  Then came the progressives (of both parties) in the early 1900’s.  Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR.  They drastically increased the size of the federal government and scope of the government’s power.  They started programs to “help” people.  And what happened?  People have, ever since, become more and more and more reliant on the government.  People have stopped turning to friends and neighbors and churches for help and just have just gone to the welfare line.  People have become less self sufficient and more dependent.  The family unit is no longer valued.  What do we need dad for?  We get more with Uncle Sam.  It’s really very, very sad.  We now have a generations of people who rely on the government for most of their needs.  Food, housing, childcare, education, and now healthcare.  What has happened to us?  What happened to the people who didn’t want a king ruling over them?  Where did that go?  What a sad and mournful people we have become!  The “American Dream” used to be to work hard and do your best and work hard and then work hard some more, and then create a better life for your kids than you had.  That’s certainly not the case now.  Why work hard and do your best when the government will give you everything you need?  Plus, now if you work really hard and become successful and wealthy, you are villianized.  When did success become so bad?  When did hard work go out the window and envy become the rule in America?  When did we become a people who would turn over their God-given rights for government given handouts?  When did we become so wrapped up in ourselves we stopped caring about our brother?  Oh America, my heart breaks for you!  How sad and pitiful you have become!  You are now as a beggar in the street, when once you had the castle in the clouds.  Oh, how the mighty have fallen!!

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I love this poem, but it scares the heck out of me too!  However, I think with so many of our freedoms being torn away, and the government gaining so much power, it is quite fitting now.

Whenever I think about tyranny and oppression, this comes to mind.  When I think about how close we are to falling into that, I think of this.  It’s pretty profound.  Don’t know what something is in the poem, look it up.  You’ve got to have a grasp on some history to understand it well.


The Gods of the Copybook Headings

by Rudyard Kipling


AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.” 

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

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I’ve been thinking about this for quite a long time, and I’d really like to talk about Obamacare and some of my thoughts on it.

Let me start by saying that I don’t believe our freedoms have ever been under the attack they are now.  The nanny state has gone into full swing and has become a tyrannical monster!  Think about it.  Remember the Amish farm that was selling milk that the government shut down?  How about a couple days ago when a farmer was forced to close down his roadside ice cream stand because the government said so?  And, I can think of several little lemonade stands children have had to close down because the government said.  And, did you hear that bake sales are now banned in Massachusetts?  A few days ago, a Utah high school was fined $15,000 for selling a soda during lunch.  Because we certainly can’t have people choosing for themselves what they will drink.  A few months ago, we saw stories coming out of North Carolina about how children who had healthy lunches packed from home had their lunches taken and replaced with a school lunch because a government inspector decided the healthy lunches from home were not up to state standards, but chicken nuggets were.  And, remember when the City of San Francisco banned Happy Meals at McDonald’s because of the toys in them?  Because apparently we can’t trust parents to make the correct decisions about feeding their children.

So much for Father Knows Best.  The government knows best right??  What’s the phrase?  We’re from the government and we’re here to help.

Now, these are just a few examples; there are so many more.

So the question is, why is the government getting involved in what we eat?  Why does the government feel the need to tell people what they can and cannot eat?  Ahhh…good questions.

The answer is simple.  The government thinks you and I are too stupid to make the choices they think are correct.  Yeah, if McDonald’s sells me a toy, I’m totally going to buy a Happy Meal.  I was going to go home and eat salad and mixed vegetables, but that Happy Meal toy pushed me over the edge.  I just couldn’t resist.  WHAT?!?!

This is ridiculous.  All of it.

BUT….it’s not just about our collective stupidity.  It’s about money.  Yeah, that’s right.  It’s about money.

See, here’s how this works.  Under Obamacare, the government will pay for everyone’s health care.  Now, if someone has unhealthy eating habits, they are likely to be unhealthier than those that eat healthy foods.  And, if they are unhealthy, that means more money the government has to pay for their healthcare (yes, suddenly they are caring about what they are spending).  So, if they intervene and save you from your stupid self, they won’t have to pay as much in the long run for your health care.

But, it’s not just the food that’s an issue.  Did you know that a little while back, the government changed their recommendations on how often women should have a mammogram?  The recommendation went from being once a year to once every two years, and in some cases every five or ten years.  Holy cow, that sure seems to go against all the conventional wisdom we’ve been told.  So, why change it?  To save money on the tests.

How about vaccines?  Now, I’m not against vaccines, not at all.  But, I am against being forced to get them.  I do believe people should have the right to choose whether or not they want any or all of them.  However, in some states, little girls are required to get a vaccine that is supposed to prevent certain types of the HPV virus, which can lead to cervical cancer.  The problem is, it’s only those forms of the virus that are passed solely trough sexual activity. So, now we have to have our 10 and 11 year old girls being vaccinated against an STD?  But, the nanny knows best, right?

There certainly are many more examples, but in the interest of time and interest, I’ll stop there.

So, what does this have to do with homeschooling??  Stick with me, here.

Here’s the thing.  When the government starts dictating to you what you can and can’t eat, what medical tests you can and can’t have, what medications you can and can’t have, what doctors you can and can’t see, they’ve already gone into the most personal parts of your life.  When the government takes over your medical care- the very thing you depend on for your health and well being- they’ve crossed a line on a very intimate level.  When the government is mandating your life and death decisions, everything else looks like small potatoes.  Telling students they can’t drink soda suddenly doesn’t seem like that big of a deal when they are telling your grandma that she can’t have her medication because she’s too old.  Perspective.

Or, rather, it’s the Overton Window.  The Overton Window is basically the theory that the government (or whatever power) can alter people’s sense of normalcy by slowly changing what is acceptable.  The example I like to use is with gas prices.  Remember way back when, when gas hit $2.00 a gallon, and everyone was outraged?  But, we were told there was nothing to be done.  It would only be temporary.  And, finally, at least it wasn’t $3.00 or $4.00 a gallon.  At least we weren’t in Europe, where it was much higher.  So, people started just accepting the prices.  And what happened??  They stayed there for a while, then started climbing again.  And we heard the same answers, the same talking points.  And it’s still going.  Up, up, up!  And we still here the same rhetoric.  Boy, I’d sure love $2.00 gasoline now!  See, how that works, over a matter of just a few years, our view of what is normal has shifted.  That’s what the Overton Window is.  The views of normal are slowly shifted until we accept what we initially thought was unacceptable.

That’s likely how it will be with Obamacare.  Start now, by regulating soda in school or kids’ lunches.  We all think it’s awful now, but just give it time.  How complacent we are likely to become to those things, once the government starts telling us what medications we are allowed to have.  Our views will forever be changed.

Ok, back to homeschooling.

As I said earlier, under Obamacare, the government is going to be involved in your intimate daily life, and it’s all under the guise of doing what is best for the mindless citizenry.  So, if the government can mandate your life and death decisions, what will stop them from regulating other aspects of life, too??  Nothing.

If the government already thinks we are too stupid to make our own food and medical choices, don’t you think that they will soon think we are too stupid to educate our own children??  Plus, they aren’t going to want to have children being taught anything contrary to what the governmental powers that be deem good and acceptable.

When the government becomes involved in the intimate details of a person’s life, when and where to they stop??

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I feel the need to address the issue of birth control.  While this wasn’t an issue before it was manufactured at the GOP debate with George Stephanopoulos, it has since become quite the hot button issue.  This is in large part due to the main stream media (MSM).

During the January 7, 2012 debate in New Hampshire, Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney about whether he believed states had the right to ban birth control.  Rather dumbfounded, Romney called him out on the question and rightly stated that no states want to do that so it was a non-issue.  Other candidates agreed.  At the time, it seemed a rather silly question and most of us didn’t think much about it after the debate.  Well…

Except the White House.  Seems to most of us now, that this question was put into the debate to spark interest in the issue.  See, the White House was soon to announce the new birth control mandate in the health care bill.  This new mandate, among other things, required religious institutions, such as Catholic Hospitals and Catholic employers, to provide birth control to patients or employees.  Well, naturally, this didn’t sit well with the Catholic Church (or any of us who believe in religious freedom), as the Catholic Church does not believe in birth control.  How could the government institute a mandate that would require a person or group to have to go against their religious beliefs.

So, the Catholic Church rightly called foul on this new mandate.  We can’t have a law that goes against religious beliefs, whatever those may be.  Then, President Obama changed the mandate to accommodate the religious objections.  He said health insurance will have to cover contraception (including drugs that cause abortions)- FREE.  Yeah, that’s right, I said FREE.  So, now President Obama is right that it isn’t a religious issue.  It is however, an economic one.  Now we have the White House telling PRIVATE COMPANIES what services they must provide and how much they must charge for them.   Yeah, that’s not allowed, either.  But, then again when has the President cared about silly things like the Constitution?!

So that’s where we are at right now.  Now, I’d like to share my thoughts on the birth control issue.

First of all, I fully acknowledge that some women use birth control pills to treat medical conditions.  I have endometriosis.  I get it.  I understand how valuable the hormone therapy is.  I still don’t think, however, that the government should be forcing a company to provide medication for such conditions.

What I really want to address are those people who want birth control to use as birth control.  First, let me say, I’m glad people want to be “responsible” when they have sex.  However, aren’t you asking someone else to take responsibility when you are asking them to pay for it??  Since this is an issue the left as rallied behind, I decided to check out their own Planned Parenthood’s website.  According to the website, birth control pills only cost between $15-$50 a month.  It just doesn’t seem like that much to me.  I mean, if you want to make the choice to have sex, maybe you should make sure you can actually afford to do so, instead of passing on the responsibility to someone else.

Which brings me to one Sandra Fluke.  Georgetown law student.  Feminist extraordinaire.  Ms. Fluke testified before Congress about how important it is for the government to get involved and make sure everyone gets free birth control.  And she talked about how it was costing her $3000 a year for birth control.  Wait…WHAT?!?!

Let me get this straight.  The left says we have to fund Planned Parenthood because of all they do for women’s health.  They tout Planned Parenthood as a wonderful organization that is only there to help women.  And, according to Planned Parenthood, birth control only costs between $15-$50 a month.  If I do my math right, that is $50 times 12 months.  That puts us at $600 a year for birth control pills.  But it is costing Ms. Fluke $3000?!  What kind of birth control is she using??  Good grief!

Not only was her testimony insincere and phony, her numbers don’t even make sense.  This who issue has become one big dog and pony show designed to make the GOP look terrible and awful in the eyes of women.  Except, it’s not working.  The liberals, who wouldn’t vote for a Republican anyway, still think the government should cover birth control.  Heck, they’d probably create a department to be in charge of handing out birth control pills on street corners.  But, those of us on the right, who don’t want the government involved in any aspect of our health care, think the Ms. Fluke and this manufactured issue are ridiculous.  While the left paints the GOP as not wanting women to have birth control, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  We have no problem with birth control pills, we just want you to pay for them yourselves.  Somewhere along the way, personal responsibility became a bad thing??

Speaking of personal responsibility, I have an earth-shattering idea.  Hold on now, I don’t know if you’ll be able to handle this.  Are you ready???

If you don’t want to get pregnant, don’t have sex.

WHOA!  Did I just blow your mind right there?!

Seems like a crazy idea, but it might just work!  If you don’t want to get pregnant, don’t do the one thing that gets you pregnant.  Simple enough to me.

Having sex is a choice.  You do not have to do it.  You can actually choose not to.

By asking the government or a private company to pay for your birth control pills, you are saying, “I want to make the grown-up decision to have sex, but I’m not willing to handle any of the responsibilities of it.  That is someone else’s job.”

Let me throw this scenario out there.  Suppose your neighbor came knocking at your door and said, “My boyfriend and I want to have sex.  Can you please come to the store with me and buy my birth control for me?”  What would you say?

I know I would tell her no and council her to grow up before making the grown-up decisions.  Why should it be my responsibility to provide her with her birth control??  It shouldn’t.  Pure and simple.

There is simply NO reason, what so ever, for the government to get involved in this.

It sickens me how much personal responsibility has gone out the window; how lacking and hypocritical this society is.  Don’t tell me what I can do with my body, but give me free birth control.  What a load of crap.  Grow up people.   One day you are going to have the government so involved in every aspect of your lives that you may not be able to even choose what cereal you have for breakfast.  You want the government involved in your lives.  Be careful what you wish for….it’s a very slippery slope.

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My husband found this and I thought it was absolutely great!  And, really, doesn’t it just sum it all up perfectly?


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“Government is not reason; it is not eloqence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

                     ~George Washington                                                              

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