Education is very important when it comes to the free market. Those with an education have an edge when it comes to success or failure in a free market system. Companies look for those who have at the very least a high school diploma or a GED. Graduating from a College or a trade school will increase ones chances to start out at an even higher wage than someone who has only high school or a GED on their resume. This is because ones skill set is what makes them attractive to potential employers. The more experience and knowledge someone has in a particular field that a company is looking for the more valuable that person is to the company. Because a person has or accedes the level of knowledge the potential employer is looking for the more money that individual can get for their services. Read More
By Joseph Jones AChatterer.com
Progressives need the TEA party to only be about taxes because that would play right into their plans. If you read “You Don’t Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blows” you will see this. One of the things they are counting on is that people protest higher taxes and blame it on our capitalistic society rather than “Big Government”. If we were to simply use the Tea Party as a protest against high taxes we leave the door open for progressives to try to hijack the movement for their own political gain. The Tea Party has added pro small government sentiment to its movement so it is known that they do not believe Big Government can fix the problem. They have done this because Big Government is the problem and a move to a small government is needed to reach our ultimate goal of less taxes.
If you only let people know what you want fixed you are leaving it up to others to tell you how to solve the problem. Tea Party members are not merely complainers we are problem solvers. We will protest higher taxes and then we will come up with ways to resolve the problem. To simply say taxes are to high and not address the underlying issues would be useless. This is why it looks like Tea Party members are taking on more issues than it originally set out to take on. In truth all of the issues we are taking on are the direct or indirect causes of the underlying issue of high taxes. If progressives cut taxes in half but borrowed money to support their unsustainable social programs and government agencies this would technically make someone only protesting higher taxes happy. But Tea Party members understand that by doing that we go further into debt and get closer to bankrupting our country. Tea Party members want taxes lowered responsibly and because of their love of country they work together to find ways to do this without destroying it.
Simply protesting something without presenting a blueprint to achieve your ultimate goal allows others to hijack your cause. We want change but not the change the progressives have presented. The change the Tea Party is looking for is not an empty change where politicians can fill in the blanks. We are standing up to Big Government and letting it be known what kind of change we want and how the change can be obtained. We are supporting candidates who support small government and lower taxes. We are educating ourselves on the problems our country is facing and targeting the cause of these problems. A politician can still lie to our faces but now we will hold them accountable for their lies.
Let us take this July 4th to reflect on what it means to be free. It is hard for one not to take their freedom for granted for we, Americans, have known no other way. Being born into a free society governed by law does not give one the ability to comprehend what life would be like under a tyrannical form of government or anarchic society. The many freedoms and liberties we take for granted are but dreams to many people around the world. If anyone born in the United States wants to know how much freedom is to be cherished, they only need to go as far as the nearest immigrant and ask why they came to America. If Americans want to know how much their freedom is worth they need only visit Arlington National Cemetery and see the price free men and women were willing to pay to defend it.
“Wherever this law is established, there is an end not only of liberty, but even of its very shadow.” Montesquieu, Spirit of Laws, BK. 12-13 1748 – In reference to a law that prevents free speech
Among these freedoms is the freedom to articulate any subject matter freely to anyone who is willing to listen. Our right to free speech can easily be taken for granted. From the first word we utter, we are never truly banned from speaking our mind. Sure some words we are taught are bad and are never to be used but as we experience society, we learn there is no real penalty for using them. We hear many ideas spoken freely even those of ideologies that we were raised to reject. We learn through experience that those who speak of these ideologies that differ from our own still have a right to voice them to anyone who chooses to listen. We say things many times without thinking and they may be words we wish we could take back. Through this, we learn the only real restriction we have when it comes to what we say comes from our own conscious that may be formed by parental or public opinion. We have never experienced a neighbor or relative being taken in the night for simply expressing an opinion.
“That the freedom of press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained by despotic governments.” Virginia Declaration of Rights, Sec. 12 – 12 June 1776
The freedom of the press is the freedom to police those who we choose to govern us among other things. The importance of the press can easily be overlooked until it is infringed upon. To understand its importance, one only needs to read Thomas Jefferson’s words on the subject. In a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to Edward Carrington, Jefferson wrote “…were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” We turn on the news or read a newspaper and expect to get news uncensored unlike many around the world who know the news in their country is propaganda put out by their government. If Americans think a news station or newspaper is being censored or pushing propaganda for the government, they will change the channel and our free market society will take care of the rest when that news source loses money as the ratings drop.
“I should have loved freedom, I believe, at all times, but in the time in which we live I am ready to worship it.” – A. de Tocqueville – Democracy in America
Life as a child growing up in the United States means going to school for most and getting home schooled for some. This is a freedom we have to educate ourselves as well as having the right to be educated. There are places in the world that one can be denied an education for simply being a woman. Some countries around the world filter the sources their citizens may study. Take “The Road to Serfdom” for example. That book is either sitting on the coffee table in the living room or somewhere in my office. If I was in the former Soviet Union, I would know exactly where it was and most definitely would not be publicly admitting that I had a copy in my possession. Why would I know where it was at? Why would I not admit to having a copy? These are questions only a person who has only known freedom needs to ask. Many countries throughout history have banned books and sentenced those who would read or distribute such books to imprisonment, hard labor or even death. “The Road to Serfdom” was one of these books and the fact you can simply stroll down to the local book store and pick one up is a freedom that is overlooked by many Americans. I promise you that anyone who has suffered through this kind of oppression and has immigrated to the United States cherishes this freedom everyday of their lives.
“I hope the rights of men are better understood at this day than at the framing of that deed, and we must be convinced that civil liberty is capable of still greater improvement and extension, than is known even in its present cultivated state.” – John Smilie
Neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution was written so government can limit our freedoms. These documents were written by men far greater than any elected official we have today to ensure that our freedom and liberties would never be infringed upon. The Constitution is not meant to tell the people what they can and cannot do. It is to tell the government what it can and cannot do to the people. The Declaration of Independence defines our God given rights and the Constitution sets limits on the government so they may not infringe upon them. These documents are as relevant now as they were when they were written and continue to protect our rights and liberties today. These documents are the reason we are unable to comprehend what tyranny and anarchy truly is and the reason why we know nothing other than freedom. If you are one who would attempt to take these freedoms and liberties away, you need only visit Arlington National Cemetery to see what free men and woman are willing to do to stop you. God Bless America and God Bless these United States.
John Smilie quote – John Smilie, Pennsylvania Ratifying Convention 28 Nov. 1787 McMaster 249-51, 254-56 (Found in “The Founders Constitution” Volume 1 page 455)
If they think our boarder patrol are comparable to the KKK and cant bring themselves to stand by a statement that ‘cops are good’ they will be very surprised at the kind of police they will get under communism. Read full story at AChatterer.com
A video on federal spending by the Heritage Foundation. If you don’t think the mounting debt is going to bite us in the butt later on down the road you are living in a dream land. If you think bigger government is the answer you have been fooled. If you have had enough and just want to give up let you be labeled a cowered and an enemy of freedom. To find the answer one only needs to look to two things. Read More At AChatterer.com (With Video)
“If any man, therefore, thinks he has been censured*, if any man thinks he has been ridiculed upon any of our public theatres, let him examine his actions he will find the cause”James Burgh – “Political Disquisitions 3:246-52 1775
Thomas Jefferson felt that to suppress the freedom of the press was to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty. He writes, “…if it to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Some may say that the internet is something the Founding Fathers did not envision and that the freedom to write opinions on a blogs should be regulated. I would have to agree that the Founding Fathers did not envision the internet but beg to differ on regulating opinions of citizens on the internet. Thomas Jefferson let it be known that he believed that public papers “..should penetrate the whole mass of the people.” From this I believe that the Founding Fathers would not have tried to sensor the internet but rather embrace it.
The Virginia Declaration of Rights, Sec. 12 12 June 1776 went as far as to say, “That the freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic governments.” They are saying that the freedom of the press is the great wall that defends liberty and only a tyrannical government would wish to restrain it. In Congress, Amendments to the Constitution June to Sept. 1789 they debated to great lengths to protect the peoples rights of religion, free speech, free press, the right of people to peaceably assemble and to petitions the government for a redress of grievances. Some thought the freedom of the press and free speech was self evident yet they wisely pursued language that would prevent Congress from ever taking those rights from citizens.
Today we find our government not only trying to censor free speech by declaring the internet a utility so they can regulate it they are trying to take over the news media as well. If one was to believe that the Virginia Declaration of Rights mention of those who would restrain the freedom of press our current elected officials would not be in good company. Of course when one looks at socialism and Marxism, which is what progressives are pushing for, you get a cold chill down your spine as you realize they don’t care. Once the freedom of speech and the freedom of press is gone you will not get it back. When those freedoms are gone the rest will fallow. Pay attention or pay the price and have your children and grandchildren remember you as the one who helped put the shackles around their neck as they live their lives as slaves. These are the people our Founding Fathers warned us about and if you stay silent so are you.
“…the people will always be found to be the best army. They may be led astray for a moment, but will soon correct themselves. The people are the only censors of their governors: and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution.” Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington16 Jan. 1787 Paper 11:48-49
Read “Free Press goes all-in on censorship” RedState.com
FTC to “reinvent” journalism HotAir.com
FTP from the FTC
The Founders’ Constitution VOL 5 pages 111 -186, Edited by Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner, Copy right 1987 by the University of Chicago