Thursday, March 12, 2009

What Do Republicans Believe? TSP*

Thaddeus McCotter is now one of my favorite Congressmen. He's funny. He's firm. He's principled.

What are the Republican Party's principles that will be employed to meet and surmount these challenges? We have five enduring principles:

1. Our liberty is from God not the government.
2. Our sovereignty rests in our souls not the soil.
3. Our security is through strength not surrender.
4. Our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector.
5. Our truths are self-evident not relative.

11 comments:

  1. "Our liberty is from God not the government."

    God doesn't run the country, Elected officials do.

    "Our sovereignty rests in our souls not the soil."

    Feelgood fluff. You still need to follow the laws of the soil, or land.

    "Our security is through strength not surrender."

    Just remember, might doesn't always mean "right"

    "Our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector."

    Because the Private Sector failed to be honorable, ethical and lawful, the public sector will now regulate and oversee everything the private sector does.

    "Our truths are self-evident not relative."

    Your entitled to your opinion, but you aren't entitled to your own "truth". And just remember, your Republican "truth" isn't the "truth" of the majority of Americans, nor the rest of the World.

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  2. The Power of the Individual not the Group (Union) (GOVERNMENT)

    PRIVATE SECTOR?? Yes but Small business not big Business. Big Business sold out to (groups) Unions Years ago Except Wal-Mart).
    Hang in there Wal-Mart.

    Republicans want every one to succeed (EVEN YOU ABEL) not just a few groups.

    Republicans are for All kinds of Energy not just Limited to Wind & Solar.

    REPUBLICANS SHOULD BE FOR THE CAR not the Bicyle and UNIONIZED Trains for Tranportation.

    TO BE CONTINUED

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  3. Abel said,

    "God doesn't run the country, Elected officials do."

    Ah yes, and the latest elected officials are doing such a great job!! The selection process is going, so well! Oops, too bad those Democrat appointees don't seem to pay their taxes?! What's up with that??


    Abel further suggested,

    "Because the Private Sector failed to be honorable, ethical and lawful, the public sector will now regulate and oversee everything the private sector does."


    Yes, and the O-man is so honorable,
    Obama said,

    "The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation."

    Barrack Obama - Huffington Post 3/14/2008


    "Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes."

    MSNBC text of Obama speech 3/18/2008

    Huh, statements but four days apart and 180 degrees in opposition to one another? What's up with that?

    And perhaps, Abel, you can also comment on the Obama's prohibition against lobbyists in his Administration, while your at it. Certainly this seemed to demonstrate a refreshingly new perspective on the part of Obama.

    The O-man said of lobbyists in November 2007, while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, "I don't take a dime of their money," he said, "and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House."

    http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090203/NEWS11/90203004

    And how is that going? Oh sorry!! Darn missed on that one!! The number of lobbyists appointed to the administration is now running at 20+ and growing! What's up with that?

    Well, so let's just try the prohibition against earmarks. Veto of the proposed budget anyone?? Oh sorry, no change here. Darn missed on that one too!!

    Change, you can count on?????????

    Yeah, trillions and counting!!

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  4. Abel, Abel, Abel.

    ""Our liberty is from God not the government."

    "God doesn't run the country, Elected officials do"

    You are mixing up Running a Country with the concept of Liberty.

    Liberty is the freedom of a person to manage their lives themselves and to enjoy the blessing that they have that power. It is NOTHING about running the Government.

    Read the pre-amble to the Constitution. Then read the rest of the document and it explains HOW the government is supposed to function.

    You are so entrenched in agreeing with the supreme court decision of seperation of church and state that you speak before you think.

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  5. We need not look much further than Maxine Waters, Democrat, Los Angeles, who railed against bank Executives last month, yet personally lobbied for $12 Million in TARP funds to a small bank she held a personal interest in, to see just who is "dirty" in government.

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  6. God doesn't run the country, Elected officials do.

    True... God doesn't run the government but the principle conveyed is that liberty isn't for the government to take away because it doesn't come from the government in the first place.

    Feelgood fluff. You still need to follow the laws of the soil, or land.

    True but control over your own life and the choices you make (within the bounds of the law) are not for the government to limit. Penalizing someone for being wealthy or buying the "wrong" kind of car is simply immoral.

    Just remember, might doesn't always mean "right"

    "A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilage of being neutral." - Alexander Hamilton.
    "Diplomacy without power is feeble, and power without diplomacy is destructive and blind." - Hans J. Morgenthau.
    "We must consider first and last the American national interest. If we do not, if we construct our foreign policy on some kind of abstract theory of our rights and duties, we shall build castles in the air. We shall formulate policies which in fact the nation will not support with its blood, its sweat, and its tears." - Walter Lippmann.

    The point of the above is that there is a fine balance between negotiation and force; tilting it too far either way is foolish. It seems, overall, that the Republican Party is too quick to use force and the Democrat Party is entranced by negotiation. What reason would any country have to take America seriously if we did nothing but talk? That is the point of the thrid principle.

    Because the private sector failed to be honorable, ethical and lawful, the public sector will now regulate and oversee everything the private sector does.

    So who do we go to when the public sector is corrupt, wasteful, and irresponsible? The private sector creates prosperity while the public sector feeds upon it. It's sad that anyone would hold illusions to the contrary and even sadder when someone holds up the notoriously bloated leviathan as a moral examplar.

    "Your entitled to your opinion, but you aren't entitled to your own "truth". And just remember, your Republican "truth" isn't the "truth" of the majority of Americans, nor the rest of the world."

    And... you successfully repeated, in a mocking form, exactly what the man just said. The truth is that government is reckless with our money and bloated with corruption. The truth is that social security is a pile of unpaid bills. The truth is that welfare does not reduce poverty. The truth is that you can't revive an economy by dragging it into debt. The truth is that the Constitution is silent about most of the things that are declared "rights". The truth is that no war has been legal since World War 2. The truth is that a minority does not have the power to abolish the majority's rights or vice versa. The truth is that embryonic stem cells are scientificially and medically meritless. The truth is that bad laws are passed by earmark bribery... and neither party's hands are clean. The truth is that there has yet to be a single factually valid instance of human rights abusesin Guantanamo Bay. And beyond these, there are many more truths that only apply if they jive with a partisan's viewpoint. Truth is not relative but self-evident and frankly, the world's "truth" is primarily their private fantasies.

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  7. I am pissed.

    http://tinyurl.com/dbl6wv

    I checked with the House Minority Office this morning.

    My article is acurate.
    .

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  8. Things the public sector does, which enable prosperity:

    1) Education. This may be the reason the US became a power when it did. Yet as we get richer and richer, we seem to be less and less willing to fund this.
    How much of our increased wealth has been used to improve the quality of or access to Education.
    Why do we not have more teachers and smaller classes?

    2) Defense/Security
    Without this, where would we now be.
    Services such as port security, highway security, police and more allow for the private sector to be prosperous.
    Do we now have companies which benefit from these services, and don't pay their fair share for them?

    3) Infrastructure.
    We all pay for this.
    (Well most of us, some companies are given huge tax breaks, and get this for free, or at less then it costs to serve them).

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  9. The right-wing is marvelous at sloganeering. "Arbeit Macht Frei" was one of your big hits, but these examples are just eyewash -- a transparently feeble, right-wing stab at corralling liberal and progressives into arguing against god and country. But, of course, it will rouse the rabble.

    “Our liberty is from God not the government.”

    This couldn’t have been said better by the Taliban -- Welcome to the Theocracy.
    Of course, it’s the right-wing’s God, or more accurately, it’s their fundamentalist interpretation of “god” that provides them with their “liberty,” Unfortunately, if you happen to be a deist (sorry, Jefferson) suggest a differing version of god (ditto, Rep. Keith Ellison) -- or (heaven forbid) suggest no god at all, well too bad. “Liberty” only goes so far (and righties will tell you just how far that is, thank you very much).

    “Our sovereignty rests in our souls not the soil.”
    A stupid, nonsensical, and meaningless statement. I guess that means that private ownership of land is of no consequence to our sovereignty, eh, Commie?

    “Our security is through strength not surrender.”
    Two words: False Dilemma

    “Our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector.”
    Unless you’re a defense contractor.

    “Our truths are self-evident not relative.”
    Ummm -- “Self-evident”: “requiring no proof; not needing to be demonstrated or explained.” Okay, since your truths require no proof or need not be demonstrated or explained, we expect you to shut the hell up about them.

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  10. 1) Education is provided by the public sector to our general detriment. This isn't a bragging point for public sector control, yanno.

    2) I would hope that the "public sector" does this since the government is directly commanded to in the Constitution.

    3) Another governmental function (although in earlier days, the most efficiently-run and efficiently-laid rails were done by private interests).

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