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The Left Can Only Win by Redefining Morality


The only question that remains is, Will the people agree to this redefinition that can only lead to the ruin of a nation as well as its people?

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A Religion of Peace’s War Against Children


Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani activist who won international acclaim for her work promoting peace, and two other young girls were shot and seriously injured Tuesday, police and hospital officials said.

Local police and hospital officials told NBC News that Malala was shot in the neck and head shortly after leaving her school in the Swat region. Doctors said they were working in an attempt to save the lives of all three girls.

Malala was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011 for a blog she wrote under a pseudonym for the BBC. She also won the National Peace Prize in Pakistan, was honored with a school named after her, and quickly became an outspoken critic of the Taliban in Pakistan and public advocate for peace.

In early 2011, the militants had added Malala to their hit list.

“We wanted to kill her as she was pro-West, she was speaking against Taliban and more important she was calling President Obama as her ideal. She was young but was promoting a Western culture in the Pakhtun populated areas,” Ihsanullah Ihsan, the spokesman of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP said Tuesday.
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Americans, Have We Become Failures When We Were Once Successful?


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Your Thoughts Become Your Destiny


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Socialism, A Scientific Economic Theory


Foolish Thoughts?

This is an election year, a year where many persons seek to be elected into a political office including the President of the nation. The economy and government’s role in it is on the front burner of everyone’s mind. It is an election that, in my mind, will determine whether the people seek a socialistic form of economic system or a system of free enterprise. It will be the ultimate test of the value of the democratic system of government.

The end results may not be seen in the immediate future but never the less time will be the judge of the outcome. And there are many who are uncertain of what is to be expected of them and that uncertainty is felt throughout society right now during this recessionary period. And they are looking to government for the solutions

Economics is a strange creature. It can be measured on the individual level as well as on the collective level. It can be established in many forms also as history has shown us. But regardless of what form of economics is the dominant form at any given time there is one principle that must be applied and that principle is the law of supply and demand.

From an economic viewpoint any society can be divided up into four types of collectives, government, private business, charities, and the family (individual). The success of each is dependent on how well they deal with the relationship between revenues and expenses. In a perfect system of economics expenses would never exceed revenues. But that would only occur if both revenues and expenses can be totally controlled. Unfortunately we do not live in a perfect existence and the economy of any society cannot be controlled regardless of what anyone knows or believes.

Socialism is a form of economics where the focus is on the demands of the individual with the expectation of the collective to provide the supply to meet that demand. It is also the foundational basis of their perception of the meaning of rights. In their eyes the needs of the individual is synonymous with the right to possess the object of that need even if it is at the full expense of that collective.

For a socialistic form of economics to thrive theoretically one must believe that people are by their nature altruistic or that life is deterministic and that men can be trained to be altruistic by the application of laws. This would imply that an advocate of socialism believes that a free enterprise form of economics is the cause of greed and self-interest thus immoral and unjust.

It is the profits inherent in a free enterprise form of economics that best exemplifies the self-interest and greed of human beings. To the socialistic mindset it is the fact that within a free enterprise system that profits must come at the expense of some is seen as the crux of the immorality and the injustice of the system itself. It is a declaration that one individual must suffer so that another man may know the benefits of the system.

Socialism is an economic theory that attempts to use a scientific approach for the solutions of the problems of life. Its a viewpoint that sees the imperfections of life then tries to ascertain the cause of that imperfection for the purpose of eliminating that cause and replacing it with a man made solution. Since it is seen as being a scientific approach then in the eyes of a socialist it must be a valid solution.

If socialism is a scientifically valid solution to the problems of life then there can be no reason not to implement it in any society and this is the substance of the socialist’s argument. Even religions are strong proponents of this form of economic system. Yet when it’s fully implemented it proves out to be a failure. It is the acceptance of it being scientifically valid theory that leads a socialist and those on the left to continue to have faith in this theory.

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High Taxes Does Effect Behavior, Mr. President, and Treats People in a Punative Manner, Especially the Rich


Raising the tax rate is always argued from the point of view of increasing revenues for governments. What is very seldom heard is how high tax rates effect the behavior of people. As my regular readers know I have written many posts on some of the effects taxes has on the behavior of people. And as this story in the Wall Street Journal reveals it not only effects the behavior of people but it also has a negative effect on the revenues of the taxing governments.
Another case for self-interest over the altruistic viewpoint of a Socialized government.
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‘As the post-Olympics glow fades, U.K. policy makers are trying to figure out how to keep the flame of British sports burning. They could start by changing Her Majesty’s tax laws. After Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won his third gold in London last week, reporters asked him why he doesn’t compete in the U.K. more often. “As soon as the law changes I’ll be here all the time,” he said.

Punitive tax policy had kept the world’s fastest man from competing in Blighty for the past three years. Explaining Mr. Bolt’s decision to skip a 2010 race in London, his agent told reporters: “He will earn a lot less by competing in Britain if he maintains his current endorsement level.” Mr. Bolt competed in Paris that August instead.

The lesson is that taxes influence behavior, and punitive taxation hurts everyone, not least the punitive nation.’

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Society and The Power of Governments


There are a lot of differences between the Right and the Left. And a lot of these differences are not reconcilable. The biggest reason for these differences is the basic differences of the meaning and purpose of what a government is. Both sides will agree that governments are the regulatory arm of any society. The only problem lies in the amount of power that a government possesses. History teaches us that when a government is a totalitarian government it is then that the people are powerless. And when the people are powerless then abuse of power by the government is inevitable.

This would lead us to believe that if governments are a necessity of a society then it must be a government that has limited powers. This would further lead us to accept that any powers that the government does not possess belong to the people. And if a society has set up a government with limited powers then those powers need to be clearly identifiable. For if they are not clearly identifiable then there is no way for anyone to determine when and if government is acting outside of the powers given to it. This is also an inevitability. And this in itself would be considered as an abuse of power by the government.

Now, let us not get into the mindset that division of powers eliminates abuse of powers no matter how strictly one adheres to that division of powers. The only way to eliminate the abuse of power is to eliminate the cause and in this case, the possession of power itself is the cause. This is also a historical fact.

Another difference between the right and the left are the concepts of individualism vs collectivism. These concepts are a little harder to define because many who advocate for individualism have elements of collectivism within their set of beliefs without being able to differentiate between the two concepts. And they justify this by declaring it as a necessity of life when it is, in reality, a part of what they were taught to believe in regards to a society. I might also add that those on the left have a misunderstanding of the meaning of the concept of individualism.

It is from this misunderstanding that we come to a third difference between the two sides, the concept of rights and privileges. Those on the left will declare that rights are possessed by a collective. Those who are of the right will declare that rights are the possession of the individual. This is the crux of all political disagreement in every society. It is also the crux of the accusation of extremism on both sides though this accusation has no merit. Either collectives possess rights or individuals possess rights. On this there can be no compromise.

The left sees some collectives as possessing rights that other collectives do not possess thus see them as being a privileged collective. In other words, the left understands the word in terms of being an adjective. It is from this viewpoint that inequality of collectives are perceived and is the foundation of their entire understanding of society and lack of justice. Thus, for justice to ever be achieved in a society, a socialistic form of economics as well as government must be set up and abided by. Anything less than this will always lead to an unjust society in their minds.

The big problem with a socialistic form of government is the fact that it requires a totalitarian form of government. One is the necessity of the other. If we are to see a totalitarian form of government as a just government then it must be a government run by people with altruistic attributes which is to say that it is a government without any powers over the people. This, in itself, would be a self-contradiction.

The right would see privileges in terms of being a noun. Privileges would be seen as what any individual could do with the permission of government. A license is one form by which government gives its permission to individuals. Since licenses are regulatory by their very nature they also can be seen as a hindrance but not a preventative to the freedom of the individual. And this leads us to another difference between the right and the left, the freedom of the individual vs the regulation of the behavior of the individual.

While there may be a need to regulate the behavior of individuals of any society we must ask at what point does it become an over-regulated society which by its very nature would be declared as an abuse of power by the government?

What say you, my friend?

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Welcome To My Home, Stranger


Don’t believe anything needs to be said here, is there?

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The Fallacies of Racism


A very interesting 10 minute discussion on racism by Thomas Sowell as well as the history behind it. It is a clip for thought for those who are open minded enough to listen to. And words that when applied to the political atmosphere of today debunks all of the charges or racism that you hear so much of.

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Kids and the Way They Wear Their Clothes These Days.


Now, I do not know if the picture below is stating a fact or not. In fact, I will go even further by saying that I doubt that it is true. But there is one thing I am certain of. As a parent I would not hesitate one second about using what it says as the reason to tell my son to pull his pants up. I would not hesitate to remind him that if someone was to misconstrue his intent and takes advantage of him that he had no one to blame for it but himself if he continued to wear his pants half way down to his knees. And if any parent was to use me as verification that this was a fact I would not hesitate one second before backing them up.

Jail Birds

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