January 23, 2011
The PJ Tatler » The real political parties
Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depositary of the public interests.
This is a quote from Thomas Jefferson and “…although not the most wise depository” is my emphasis. It’s also the thought that has been coming to mind recently.
Common people are by definition not “the best” so it’s understandable there will be those who think normal people are not capable of governing themselves. However a frequent component of common people is the ability to recognize the limits of their talents, which will often result in the restraint of humility along with a capacity to understand the faltering limits of others.
“There but for the grace of God go I” would be a phrase more comfortable in the conversation of a common man than an academic “public servant”. And why shouldn’t it be since we’ve all but dismissed the topic of God from our public forums.
Trust me on this – the greatest powers of God are reserved for the weak and the humble. And the opposite is very much true as well – pride is a nearly insurmountable obstacle to receiving God’s grace.
So while the common man is not the best at everything, he has a resource available that may as well be considered a secret weapon in the eyes of those who would look down upon him. And that weapon is the grace of God.
January 4, 2011
via Keep Your Laws Off My Body – By Jonah Goldberg – The Corner – National Review Online
There are so many liberal/progressive ideas that just don’t make sense…
From the comments section:
In addition to the health care mandate, we have the bureacrats telling us what we can eat, how much to exercise and that we can’t drink alcohol, soda or tap water. Oh, we also can’t introduce smoke tobacco variety into our bodies, but we should legalize pot marijuana smoking.
There is no consistency here, no logic at all.
March 17, 2010
Instapundit » Blog Archive » MORE PROBLEMS with the Slaughter Solution? The biggest problem, of course, is that two weeks ago Ob…
Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit points to an explanation of “Slaughter Solution” rules, however I love Glenn’s appropriate comment:
The biggest problem, of course, is that two weeks ago Obama was calling for an up-or-down vote, and now the House is doing its best to avoid just that…
I think this is a huge reason for the public’s skepticism regarding Obamacare – it changes from week to week in nearly every way… who’s supporting it, what’s covered, how much it costs, how it will get thru Congress. For normal people catching the news on a even a semi-regular basis, healthcare reform is a huge question mark.
Add to that the certainty that very few government programs effectively accomplish what their supposed to do and you shouldn’t be surprised to find a majority of people don’t want Obamacare.
March 15, 2010
Taking a walk around the block
He’s looking sharp (NOT!) but we wanted to get him out of the house so took a stroll around the block.
This was the day he was served w/papers notifying him about the conservatorship filing. Like he really cared… the poor processor was very nervous about it all and I felt sorry for him. Maybe he didn’t like the idea of being in a home with a bunch of handicapped kids. Oh well – job done… for now.
Oh, and he sticks his tongue out occasionally just to be different… I guess. Nobody’s ever asked him why.
March 14, 2010
How is it that Republicans are responsible for the demise of healthcare reform when Democrats own majorities in both houses of Congress and possess the greatness of The One? Either Repubs have some magic Kryptonite in their possession or the Dems were never as strong as their media enablers would have everyone believe.
Then there’s the argument that healthcare reform is unpopular because the vast majority of America is too stupid to avoid being manipulated by Republican scare tactics. But then those same stupid Americans have a hard time swallowing the obvious political payback occurring between the Democrats and their union supporters. Why can’t stupid Americans stay stupid when it comes to the Dem’s political tricks?
Finally, congress is mandating that everyone must pay into this wonderful plan of theirs – except members of congress.
Seriously… this is just too lame to believe.
February 23, 2010
The Canadian Press: ‘My heart, my choice,’ Williams says, defending decision for U.S. heart surgery
Yeah, a Canadian politician traveling to the US for his medical care was bad enough. But this quote regarding medical care in Canada was the clincher:
“I would’ve been criticized if I had stayed in Canada and had been perceived as jumping a line or a wait list. … I accept that. That’s public life,” he said.
“(But) this is not a unique phenomenon to me. This is something that happens with lots of families throughout this country, so I make no apologies for that.”
In other words, if you’re Joe the Plumber in Canada, tough noogies.
Which leads to the question of where wealthy Canadians like Danny Williams will go for health care if America adopts Canada’s medical plan.