Lewis On Tyranny – Today’s Quote

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

C.S. Lewis

Politeiaphobia – Today’s Quote

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.

Confucius

Andrew’s Note:  Yes, I made up Politeaphobia but it seems as real as any other phobia I’ve ever heard of.  Politeiaphobia:  from the greek Politeia meaning “conditions of the right of citizens [to form a government]” and phobia meaning “fear of.”

Taken together, Politeaphobia is “fear of government.”

Tyranny Requires Accomplices – Today’s Quote

No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.

Edward R. Murrow

Lewis on Tyranny – Today’s Quote

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.  It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.  The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

C.S. Lewis

Obama on Ministry of Interior Troops – Today’s Quote

We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve gotta have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded [as the U.S. military].

Then Candidate Barack Obama in 2008

USSAAndrew’s Notes: 

  1. I know…this organization sounds an awful lot like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) but DHS already existed in 2008 so what type of organization was the future President referring to? 
  2. In communist and totalitarian regimes these forces are called ‘Ministry of Interior’ troops and are charged with internal security and suppression of dissent
  3. Forces that aren’t ‘military’ wouldn’t be limited by Posse Comitatus or the Constitution’s limitations on the use of Federal troops
  4. “just as powerful, just as strong…” Law Enforcement is charged with using the minimum force necessary… I don’t want a ‘civilian national security force’ using the old military doctrine of overwhelming force in a domestic setting (now the military uses appropriate force and other watered doctrines of force…can you imagine firebombing Tokyo or carpet bombing Dresden in the age if television, Twitter & Facebook?).
  5. “just as well funded…” how are we going to pay for that?
  6. What oath of office will Ministry of Interior Troops take…will it be to “support and defend the Constitution” like our military does?

Wiesenthal on Rememberance – Today’s Quote

There is no denying that Hitler and Stalin are alive today… they are waiting for us to forget, because this is what makes possible the resurrection of these two monsters.

Simon Wiesenthal

Plato on the Nanny State – Today’s Quote

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

Plato

Jefferson on Sin and Tyranny – Today’s Quote

To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

President Thomas Jefferson

Andrew’s Note:  It’s almost as if President Jefferson forsaw the day when union membership and dues were required as a condition of employment (but not in all the States).

REALITY CHECK The Government Didn’t Build That Either!

Note from Andrew:  Today I’m pleased to present the second article in a periodic column by my friend Roger Reality.  Roger has been a key mentor in my life particularly with regard to critical thinking and analysis, and as you will see…he speaks with passion.  Enjoy.

President Obama has been actively and correctly bludgeoned for his passionate, bold and philosophically accurate (for him) statement in Roanoke, VA claiming that businesses are not built by those that start, own, manage, build, expand, sell and/or fail at them but rather by “somebody else”, by which the President meant, in context, the government.  This claim is truly and staunchly held by the President and virtually all other Socialists, Communists, Collectivists, and the various in-bred philosophies that they have spawned.  At their core, these philosophies are fixated on a massive, bloated, inept “governmental apparatus” collecting from its subjects (money, liberty, self-reliance, guns, etc.); monitoring its subjects (speech, religious views, electrical consumption, carbon footprints, “inappropriate” political views, medical care, etc.); and dictating to its subjects (how much and to whom “charity” is provided, the property you can own, who provides medical care, and many thousands of other aspects of life through laws, regulations, and policies designed to give Government control over virtually every facet of life).  I will defer an examination of that Reality for a future column but it is germane to grasp how automatically and convulsively President Obama extolled his belief that government, not business owners, not “hardworking people” as he called them “built that”.

What surprises, baffles, and angers me about the fierce media debate and advertising melee that ensued is that no one that I have seen or heard has properly framed the actual fatal flaw in Mr. Obama’s statement and thus logic!!  Mr. Obama’s claim is as ludicrous as it is disrespectful!  The traditional media have utterly and probably intentionally missed the point!!  The Reality is that even the “roads and bridges” that the Obama Administration and campaign ultimately pointed to in order to explain the President’s comments WERE NOT BUILT BY THE GOVERNMENT!!

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