Where are we as a country and where are we going in the future? We CAN change the world (If we have the guts to do so)

Author:Cliff Howard

After watching the news out of Ukraine and seeing the people fighting and dying for the freedoms we take for granted in Maidan Square I was thinking about where we have been, where we are going and how we have turned into a nation that stands for nothing.

We have allowed the government to take control over our lives and many of us have accepted those facts and choose to do nothing. Obamacare takes over healthcare in this country and what do we do? The NSA spies on Americans, not just Americans but the world and what do we do? The Constitution and the Bill of Rights? What do those sacred documents mean today? The answer to all of the above is nothing. We sit at our TV’s and computers, read and watch stories of true patriots fighting and dying for what we are now throwing away while we see the freedoms many generations of Americans have fought and died for being replaced by something that is nothing better than socialism. Socialism is no longer our enemy, it is the norm in the USA.

Where have all the brave people gone? The real patriots? At one time our country and its people stood for something even if it was wrong but now we stand for nothing.

A little history. I used to be a long haired hippy. I was anti-war (The Vietnam War) and I marched and protested with the best of them. I fell for it lock stock and barrel. Until…

…Until I realized just how wrong I was and how failed I was in believing the crap the liberal anti-war crowd was spouting. Soon after the Vietnam War when Pol Pot and the Kmer Rouge took control of Cambodia and expelled our puppet Lon Nol the reports of what is now called the Killing Fields came out and I was devastated. I couldn’t believe that the all that time I was fighting against the people who were warning us of the spread of communism and people like pol pot. I didn’t believe them. It couldn’t be true or so I was told by my liberal mentors. Well they were right and I was wrong. Millions of Cambodians died and died because I and many others were useful idiots. Then and there I made my mind to never believe anyone, find the facts for yourself and never ever again let people tell you what to believe in. I follow that same principle today out of the guilt of my own previous stupidity.

I often now think back to those heady days of the late 60′s and 70′s and wonder where all the people are that used to stand for something (or thought they did) and where are the protests, where are the demonstrations against our totalitarian government.

If any of you are old enough to remember the Democratic National Convention of 1968 and the Chicago 7 (or 8) who were the alleged organizers of the riots at that convention and the trial of Bobby Seale (he was number 8). Bobby Seale was a Black Panther (no real friends of mine) but what they did to him was still just plain wrong. Wrong whether he was a Black Panther or a Saint.  After the judge refused to postpone the trial and allow Mr. Seale’s own attorney to appear and also did not allow him to represent himself Mr. Seale swore at the judge. The judge then gagged him and chained him to a chair in the courtroom. This action was seen around the world and Graham Nash wrote a song about it. A song that rings very true to me even today. Take the time and listen to it. It is not relevant as to the cause and events of today but the words still should ring true to anyone who believes in truth, justice and the American way.

What in the world has happened to us? Do we really stand up for anything today or do we just accept our fate like sheeple being led to the slaughter?
Chicago (We Can Change The World) by Graham Nash

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    “If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one….” James Madison

    “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth, I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” Benjamin Franklin

    “Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting people to eat because we do not want the state to raise the grain.” Frédéric Bastiat

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banners openly and against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less feared. The traitor is the carrier of the plague. You have unbarred the gates of Rome to him.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

    “Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.” Aristotle

    “In the Progressive Democratic Socialist’s utopian world, government controls and regulates every human activity and endeavor. Every activity is illegal unless permitted by government. Government reigns supreme while individual rights become mere privilege Government is the landowner and the citizen is the tenant. Government is the master and the citizens are the slaves.” Kenneth J. Wolf

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    Sadly both parties like the NSA spying, it’s a pro military thing for the Repubs. A “please make me safe” lunacy by the Dems, in my opinion. Geez, that Clapper makes our whole military look bad. Lying to Congress, what a great military man, and he’s our head spook.
    Viet Nam. my baby also. You do realize the Viet Cong, who defended their homeland from us, are the ones who finally took out Pol Pot and his crazies. And to their credit , they did not stay. Communism has worked reasonably well for the Viet Namese, and to their credit again, they do not hate us as much as I would if the roles were reversed.
    I am hoping for Rand Paul, the only repub I would vote for, maybe his dads philosophy rubbed off some, and I believe he would be an isolationist, and could beat the Clinton queen.
    Enough soldiers dying for nothing in Viet Nam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. had we not gone to all 3, those countries would still be in a similar place in my opinion. A real crappy place to us, but it’s not ours. look at Korea, and how the people in the South live, way better than the north, but not real democracy or freedom, just more oligarchs. Really worth it? I would have rather my uncle Joe had lived, and I could have met him. Hoo Rah.
    Socialism? We have a very real issue, It used to take way more people to build cars, airplanes ( I’m former Boeing guy) and just about everything else. Capital every year replaces labor. We in the civilized world are at a tipping point. You only need so many baristas, lawn services, custodians, anything service. Soon the accountant jobs will be almost completely gone, thanks to turbotax and the like that can do it better and cheaper, just like a lot of other fields. Then what? The day of a Boeing plant full of real machinists machining parts is over, as are a whole lot of other labor intensive fields. Just look at an episode of “How it’s made” A giant coke bottling plant with 5 employees per shift, not hundreds.

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    Thanks Cliff. Good history and nice to see you care.

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