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Conservatism (Latin: conservare, “to retain”)

12 Aug

History does repeat itself.

Conservatism (Latin: conservare, “to retain”)

Revolutionary times:
They had a long-standing sentimental attachment to Britain (often with business and family links). They were procrastinators who realized that independence was bound to come some day, but wanted to postpone the moment. They were cautious and afraid of anarchy or tyranny that might come from mob rule.
Finally they were pessimists “who lacked the confidence in the future displayed by the Patriots.”

Post revolutionary times:
The Federalist Party dominated by Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton and by businessmen and merchants in the major cities were supportive of the modernizing, urbanizing, financial policies of Hamilton.
“These policies included the funding of the national debt”

Intellectually, Federalists, while devoted to liberty, held profoundly conservative views attuned to the American character. They believed that liberty is inseparable from union, that men are essentially unequal, that vox populi [voice of the people] is seldom if ever vox Dei [the voice of God], and that sinister outside influences are busy undermining American integrity, As time went on, the Federalists lost appeal with the average voter and were generally not equal to the tasks of party organization.

Perhaps we are again tiring of their ideal – in which conservatives feel themselves superior to the average man and carry on with the idea “that sinister outside influences are busy undermining American integrity”.  That sentence could fuel countless conservatives into believing they must stay a ruling class; but is actually  an excuse for consciously raping the average American of their income.

Conservatism, misdiagnosed – misunderstood

12 Aug
“Conservatism is not so much a philosophy as an attitude, a constant force, performing a timeless function in the development of a free society, and corresponding to a deep and permanent requirement of human nature itself. (wiki) I guess in a liberal-political sense I could state “basing your decisions on a primordial  knee-jerk reaction to life is not prudent” but… I beleive this idea explains to me why I was conservative and resistant to change and liberals for so long. If something feels right it will take an immense counter influence to change a mind and see things differently. Since 911 the question of “why do conservatives’ need to lie, blame and incorporate hate against an opponent to win an election” has troubled me. Through a resistant and biased investigation I slowly changed from a faith in conservatism – a feeling – to an intellectual and factual political belief system as a liberal. My s…

piritual beliefs have helped me to understand my conservative alignment of the past. Wars have been fought since the beginning of time in the name of God. A strong juju in which many will fight to the death to protect. Conservatism does not base itself in logic or on empirical data, it bases itself on a feeling or attitude of “this is what I am supposed to be doing, this is how it’s supposed to be”. I believe this is also the reason many believe blindly in a God they can never hear nor see. You just know – you feel it and rely on it – you innately know it is so.. I am a believer and if you try to tell me that a God does not exist – I’ll not listen to a word you say. In other words, my belief is based on a feeling and not on actual proof a God exists. It would seem with this post I have just stated that either God exists or God does not exist comparing an innate knowledge against actual proof. Here is the dilemma conservatives’ face – Do I follow a deep conviction or do I follow what makes sense – more of a WWJD than ?. Here again I believe there is a needed balance of the two and it also explains why being a conservative and religion are so tightly intertwined. I leave you without an answer as this is a very personal decision, I would however ask that you consider what I have posted without stating this is just liberal rhetoric geared to ,,,,,? Everything is a choice. After a long time, after allowing something other than an innate knowledge to dictate my beliefs – I have found what I believe is the right way for America to proceed. But again, a balance is needed – there are times when liberals need to be reined in and conservatives’ need to be prodded to move forward. I would perfer for politcal conversations to based on understanding rather than predjudice In other words everyone is right and everyone is wrong and balance is the key.

Separation of Church and State

6 Aug

Just because the constitution of the United States is not laced with Christian rhetoric, does not mean the authors values and virtues were are not based in Christianity. The first amendment of the Constitution states Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

It simply states the Government has no say concerning the practice or belief in the religion of your choice and that the government cannot choose a national or state religion like England has.

Nowhere in any of our Nations literature does it state Christianity or religion if you like, is not allowed or not allowed in government. This in fact is a right guaranteed in the Constitution, it’s called religious freedom and it applies to those in government as well as the general population. Can you base a law on a religious belief? Not to my knowledge but the individual members of government yesterday and today use their belief systems to make decisions on our nations laws and policies and their belief systems for the most part include religion. Up until the past 30 years the religion most practiced in the US was Christianity so yes, most of our laws and the Constitution and the Deceleration of Independence and the Bill of Rights is based on Christian beliefs.

Religious Affiliation

# of
signers

% of
signers

Episcopalian/Anglican

32

57.1%

Congregationalist

13

23.2%

Presbyterian

12

21.4%

Quaker

2

3.6%

Unitarian or Universalist

2

3.6%

Catholic

1

1.8%

TOTAL

56

100%

there’s a reference in Article VII of the U.S. Constitution: “Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth.”

Anno Domini = AD, the period

The term Anno Domini is Medieval Latin, translated as In the year of the Lord,[9] and as in the year of our Lord.[10][11]:782 It is sometimes specified more fully as Anno Domini Nostri Iesu (Jesu) Christi (“In the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ”). This calendar era is based on the traditionally reckoned year of the conception or birth of Jesus of Nazareth, with AD counting years after the start of this epoch, and BC denoting years before the start of the epoch.

This has never been about whether or not religion should be in government but rather should government be in religion. Religious freedom is protecting religion from government and those that may try in some way to eliminate it. There are so many Christians (and other religious centers) in government today and yesterday that have made decisions based are their religious  beliefs; on their virtues, that I cannot understand how anyone could say religion is not in government. Religion is in the people of the government and you cannot separate that.

 

That book has everything to do with that document, the ones that wrote it were Christians, Bible Christians.  If you find it difficult to see religion in this world ask yourself “what is the date today”? Ok, it’s June 27th, 2012. So what happened 2012 years ago? Why does the entire world base their calendar on the fact today is June 27th, 2012.

 

The term AD is used to depict the period after Christ’s birth, AD is short for “Anno Domini”. The term Anno Domini is Medieval Latin, translated as In the year of the Lord, and as in the year of our Lord.  It is sometimes specified more fully as Anno Domini Nostri Iesu (Jesu) Christi (“In the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ”). This calendar era is based on the traditionally reckoned year of the conception or birth of Jesus of Nazareth, with AD counting years after the start of this epoch, and BC denoting years before the start of the epoch. (wiki)

 

You can shout into the wind all you like but something pretty big happened 2012 years back and people have “loosely” followed it ever since. There are many types of religion in this world but they all have a common thread. They all look to something greater than themselves and they all look to the better side of mans nature. If you’re trying to force religion out of government it’s only because it’s standing in the way of what you want and if removed – you could do as you please. Like it or not religion still brings out the better side of man’s nature.

Quotes of the wise and the wealthy

6 Aug

I believe Socialism is the grandest theory ever presented, and I am sure it will someday rule the world. Then we will have attained the Millennium.… Then men will be content to work for the general welfare and share their riches with their neighbors.

Tony Blair

 

The issue is Socialism versus Capitalism. I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. We have been cursed with the reign of gold long enough. Money constitutes no proper basis of civilization. The time has come to regenerate society — we are on the eve of universal change.

Winston Churchill

 

Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.

 Albert Einstein

 

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Andrew Carnegie

Lower taxs on the wealthy to create jobs

6 Aug

Well, there is no such thing as a benevolent company, they do not exist and never have and never will. You can cut taxes on the wealthy and no new jobs will be created; only demand of product will increase job opportunity. I would tend to trust the government considerably more than I would ever trust – entities that cares more about money than human life.

 

No one really wants big government; however, if big business is allowed to continue on as they have focusing only on the bottom line and not taking into consideration America or Americans.. Americans will lose and they have been. Big business if not regulated will continue to converge on and devour anyone or anything it can profit from. Some may think that is the American Dream but it’s not. It’s just greed with no consideration for anything but money and more money and not a tear will drop for what they destroy or who they destroy along the way. I think I’ll go with government and government regulation on this one. The only thing corporations have in mind is profits and people just do not fit into that equation.

 

If you can believe that corporate America will take the general population into consideration when doing business then I would support what you say. But right now, what I wrote above is what I see.

 

Interaction with the wealthy(er)

6 Aug

A few years back I was coming in from sailing on the bay and I saw a large and expensive runabout came barreling into the bayou entrance. I moved over to discourage what I knew was about to happen. This was right at the no wake zone entering the bayou. The boater steered between me and an outgoing jon boat; they almost swamped him and they actually threw water into my 27’ boat with almost 3 feet of freeboard. I followed the man and his wife into the bayou – she facing backwards wearing her big floppy, sunglasses and an annoyed and stoic expression. I engaged the man in conversation while edging him toward the shore asking how his day was going and suggesting what he did might not have been so nice.

His wife replied and ‘you just don’t get it do you?” I asked her get what mam? She did not answer… I was so amazed at her comment I just started laughing and said I guess I don’t. He finally said “I’m sorry”…. I replied no you’re not or you would not have done it in the first place. I then left them alone but it was interesting to actually hear them say what I knew they felt.. They had the right to do as they please because they were wealthier than me and I should have yielded to them. Being a smaller craft, being under sail and being overtaken I did have the right of way in these three areas as outlined by Coast Guard COLREGS rules. (collision avoidance regulations)

You should see how the multi-million dollar boats act in the intercostals waterway… Funny thing, those boats do the same thing to Mr. and Mrs. Runabout for the exact same reason they did it to me. This is the trickledown affect I’ve heard of believe….

In America: the sailors hate the boaters, boaters hate jet skiers, jet skiers hate kayakers and kayakers hate everyone. In Houston Texas it’s the whites hate the blacks, the blacks hate the Mexicans, the Mexicans hate the Puerto Ricans and the Puerto Ricans hate everyone.

Might be a little to much hate going on..

the trickledown affect I’ve heard of I believe….

 

In America: the sailors hate the boaters, boaters hate jet skiers, jet skiers hate kayakers and kayakers hate everyone. Money is what makes or breaks the human soul.

Waylaid and wide-eyed

6 Aug

Maybe we liberals could lower the emotion and the posting of passionate statements so we do not look quite as stupid as conservatives do. My whole deal this election is to show folks what the truth is concerning propaganda, miss-information and plain old lies – by either side. I have chosen a side now – I get it. I have been a latent liberal waylaid by the cheap chatter and tricks of the conservative party. Their goal is to keep folks all riled up and upset. If your pissed off, upset or in any state of temporary insanity you will not make good decisions. So why would we allow ourselves to be continually pissed off, upset or in any state of temporary insanity? Believe it or not – hate is a lot of fun. Self righteous indignation has been one of my favorite pastimes as a conservative. Look down and see that everyone less than you is lazy scum bags, look up and see how the rich take advantage of us and complain how it’s not fair. Not anymore…. I got pissed off enough to look for the truth and it lead me here.

The primary tactic conservatives use to keep folks off balance and ignorant is to keep them emotional worked up and angry. This is the total agenda of the conservatives and it works. If you get it, if you take the time to see what’s going on – you can see it works just fine. Why would anyone that makes less than $150k or less vote republican? For Jesus? For the betterment of Americans? For a better America? I don’t think so.

This is from the movie “The American President”

They are (He is) interested in two

things and two things only: Making

you afraid of it and telling you

who’s to blame for it. That, ladies

and gentlemen, is how you win

elections.

We are trying to be better humans and look to one another as equals. Hating up or down does not help anything. Chill out and look at the facts; it’s all right there in front of you. No tactics needed, just a little common sense.