I will admit that I get a bit weary of deliberately deceptive people sometimes. It is an aspect of blogging that is unavoidable when you make anonymous commenters available so that people can hide behind the mask and make outrageous claims and etc. It appears that I have an average of around 90 visitors per day and few of them ever comment but they do read the posts and most often read the post and not the comments, so I know the effort to make a difference is worth it anyway.
Why does the best team usually LOSE the Super Bowl?
It cracks me up when some commenters say I could not possibly have been an atheist (whereas I was probably an agnostic which is a lazy atheist). My former bandmates would laugh. Atheisim is just one worldview I tried on for awhile. Maybe I was just a try everything guy, including witchcraft and meditative chants and LSD/Boo Hoo Bible sessions and checking out Eastern mystery religious ideas. I campaigned for Bobby Kennedy and then went into a time where I mainly focused on getting high and chasing girls/women. I made a lot of money pushing speed but when I started using the needle I sent myself spiraling into the gutter.
After I became a Christian I was surprised to score 99th percentile on my entrance exam so all that dope and booze and LSD did not destroy my brain. Every one of my children has made the honor roll a few times and some of them were star students. One daughter is a law clerk and has given me two grandsons (with her husband's help, natch), one is a full-time mom and one is on scholarship for Art and in her last semester. She will be married at the end of May, hurrah! Three girls, two grandsons and one granddaughter so far.
None of the boys are married yet. One son was a sergeant MP for five years including Afghanistan and has come back to go to school and become a high school history teacher. Another son has his English degree but needs another semester of student teaching to qualify as a high school English teacher. The youngest is a senior in high school and already determined to become an ASE certified auto mechanic through Lincoln College.
My wife had a wild past, too. But as adults we found God and became Christians and we are very happy. People can change, yes, and hopefully for the better. Socialism sounds good and seems to be logical on paper but it cannot work when people are added to the equation.
As I have said before, one of the main reasons I became a Christian was the assignment to write a term paper that describes a Utopia. We were to use the works of BF Skinner and other sources to devise our own Utopian world. I could have just taken stuff from a few sources and spat out a nice paper and obtained my shiny A and moved along. However, I tried to seriously approach the task and came to the end of myself. Man is incapable of devising a Utopia.
Socialism is an attempt to have a Utopian society. But socialism always has Dystopian results. The reason this happens is because socialism draws a society into communism and then into disaster. So when I say socialism I also mean communism because one wants to become the other.
1) People want to succeed and socialism tends to take away the impetus to be productive. Why work your butt off when you are getting basically the same thing as the next guy anyway? Under socialism the wealthy get taxed like crazy and their money given to the poor after the government takes a big chunk of it for themselves. Communism takes away everything from everybody and doles out small portions back out to them all.
2) Communism eventually produces Animal Farm situations, where the few elitists wind up ruling over the many. Socialism takes us back to the days of Kings and serfs. Guess how many of us wind up as serfs? Every communist nation winds up as a form of dictatorship eventually. Check out the nations that are ruled by tyranny and they are almost without exception ruled by a communist dictator or a Islamofascist regime.
3) As socialism begins to take ahold of government, the most successful people move away to more business-friendly environs. The more the US government taxes the very rich, the more of them simply change their nation of residence and avoid most taxes altogether. Back in the 1960's and 70's as Britain became more socialist and anti-rich the actors and rock stars moved themselves to Monaco or some other little country with low tax rates.
4) As socialism begins to take ahold of government, more businesses and banks become nationalized and more successful ones take large parts of their operations elsewhere. Anybody see anything like that happening under the Obama Administration? Yep. Anybody heard of "off-shoring?" Yep.
People can be greedy and selfish and sinful. People can have ambition and dreams and visions. People are capable of love and empathy and charity. People can rob and kill and plunder. Socialism brings out the worst qualities and stifles the best. Ayn Rand is required reading for any of you who do not connect the dots. Check out the history of Russia. China. North Korea. Venezuela. Cuba. You do not see people pouring into these places seeking a chance at a good life. You see lots of people held behind their own borders like prisoners. So it was in the Soviet Union. So it is still in places like Cuba. Look at all the Haitians who sought to flee their ravaged land by boat and come to the USA.
Hey Canucklehead? Why do Canadians with money flee that great socialist ideal, a national healthcare system and come to the US for surgery and treatment? Like Newfoundland's Danny Williams?
"ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams will undergo heart surgery later this week in the United States." February 2nd, 2010.
How about this excerpt from CBN?
"...the President and the Democrats are offering a government solution to drive down healthcare costs and make sure everyone has coverage. The Obama plan would create a government-run health insurer to compete with private insurers and would require everyone to have health insurance. But its cost could exceed $1.5 trillion.
The plan would also move America in the opposite direction of many nations who have had government run healthcare and who now want to fix their healthcare systems with less government and more private sector competition.
Britain has had government-run healthcare for about 60 years. And you can find excellent care. But you could also lose a limb or lose a life waiting for care.
In Britain as elsewhere, universal healthcare does not mean universal access to healthcare. Some 750,000 Britons are on National Health Service waiting lists. Roughly 40 percent of British cancer patients never get to see a cancer specialist. And the very best cancer drugs may not be available if they're too expensive.
You may have seen commercials warning about the consequences of adopting British-style government-run healthcare. The spots by the group Conservatives For Patients Rights say, "Before Congress rushes to healthcare, listen to those who already have government-run healthcare. In Britain, Katie Brickell, denied the pap test that could have saved her from cervical cancer..."
We located Katie in London and wanted to check out her story. She told us she was indeed denied a pap smear by the National Health Service when she was 19 and again when she was 20. At 23, she was diagnosed with incurable cervical cancer.
"The doctor's first question was, 'why haven't you had a smear test'? And I said 'I wasn't allowed one.'"
Also featured in the CPR ads warning American patients about government-run healthcare is British cancer specialist Karol Sikora of Cancer Partners UK.
"They'll lose their choice completely; lose control of their destiny within the medical system," he said.
Dr. Sikora told us he's taken a lot of heat for publicly criticizing Britain's NHS in the American ads, but he still insists that a system like Britain's is not the answer to America's healthcare problems.
"The NHS is great in many ways. But there's a lot in it the Americans would never put up with: waiting times, delays, rationing," he said.
"What the NHS essentially does now is ration care. Ration drugs, for cancer, my specialty, ration procedures, create waiting times and so on. These are the features Americans really wouldn't like about the NHS," he added."
1878 Communism Cartoon by Thomas Nast. Wood engraved cartoon by the famous political cartoonist Thomas Nast, published in an 1878 issue of Harper's Weekly. It shows communism portrayed as a skeleton and destroyer of home and family. The caption reads, "Home Sweet Home! There's No Place Like Home!"
The joke is on those who believe in communism or socialism because all successful nation-states act as capitalists in the world market. Red China pumps out billions of toys and games and clothing and the state makes a killing while the people are mostly a nation of serfs. You don't see Red China offering to share her wealth with Japan and Russia and others, do you? Not unless you count high-interest loans. But that is a sad story for another day. The USA may face two choices: war with China or national bankruptcy. Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress is riding that horse hellbent-for-leather in that direction right now.
So all you trolls who had to go look up Dystopian? Don't tell me I don't know anything about socialism or communism. How about instead you go learn something about it. Go read Orwell and Rand and then go read Marx and Skinner and you tell me which side knows what is what? Maybe you should go find out who Saul Alinsky and Frank Marshall Davis might have believed and taught? Oh yeah, and while you are at it check out the serial killer who posed as a man of the people, the murderous and hateful Che Guevera! Read up on a couple of guys named Hitler and Goebbels, and then Josef Stalin and finally the worst of them all, Chairman Mao! Socialists and communists slaughtered more than 100 million civilians in the 20th century, not counting many civilians who died during actual fighting in World War Two. How dare you defend socialism and communism if you actually know nothing about them? Why not start a Jeff Dahmer admiration society while you are at it or buy a John Gacy painting on eBay? Maybe form an neighborhood Eugenics club and invest money in the abortion industry while you are at it.
Then maybe you can show the readers of this blog ONE successful communist country. Just one. I don't mean that the leaders are well off, I mean a country where the people are well off!
Maybe then you can explain why foreign leaders with government-run healthcare systems come over here to be treated? Is there a possibility that the US health care industry is actually the best in the world and even if flawed is far better than anything this ridiculous government could run? If it takes 2,000 pages to produce a bill that references other bills thousands of times just to describe the system then what makes you think there will not be multiple thousands of various bureaucrats making a living off of paper shuffling at your expense while you wait for a chance to maybe get a life-saving operation?