A Hope, and a Future

A Hope, and a Future

Back in early 2009, I wrote a post in which I declared my intention to “go Galt” meaning reduce our household income enough and consequently reduce the amount of taxes my family pays. The post struck a chord with a lot of people. It was Instalanched and Malkalanched and linked by many others. I was invited on several national radio and TV shows. (The radio shows I did, the TV, I declined.) At one time I was a small business owner; I employed people, and I paid a lot of money to contractors as well, as my business expanded.  I made decent contributions to our household income and to the government via taxes. Now, I don’t.

I wrote then:

Gas lines, unemployment, inflation, problems with terrorists… we have all this and more to look forward to, right down to the guy in the Oval Office lecturing us that we can’t keep our homes at the temperature we like.  At least Carter had the decency to put on a sweater and give the appearance of suffering right along with the rest of us.  President Obama can’t even do that.  These things are going to happen eventually anyway because the 40% cannot carry the rest of the country, nor should a moral society expect us to do so.  My goal is not to extend the misery; it’s to hasten the inevitable crash so we can recover quickly.

Do I want Obama to fail?  Aren’t I, as a Christian, required to pray for our president?  I do pray for him.  But I don’t pray for his successwhere his success means implementing policies which harm the country’s security, kill babies, increase poverty, and decrease freedom. The Alinskyite game playing is pathetic, trying to divide us with “have you beat your wife lately?” questions designed to “catch” conservatives in being “disloyal” to the President.  Are you now, or have you ever been, a fan of Rush Limbaugh?  Grow up!  I’m not hoping for economic failure.  I’m experiencing economic failure, and I’m hoping to return to economic success.

As the natural consequences of these disastrous polices – foreign policy based on magical thinking, energy policy designed to increase costs and cause shortages, economic policy that has already stolen big chunks out of people’s retirement funds by sending the stock market back to Clinton administration levels, with no floor in sight – the country is going to suffer.  I welcome that, to the extent necessary to cause people to re-think their attitudes and comprehend the results of their entitlement mentality.  By going John Galt – reducing my income to the point that I no longer subsidize anyone else via government imposed wealth transfers – I hope to hasten the inevitable collapse.  The H.E.N.R.Y.s feel the same way; people who are in the dreaded eeevil, mean capitalist pig $250,000 bracket are cutting back on their productivity.  As they should – where does society get the right to enslave these people?  The faster the 40% opts out, the sooner the collapse, and the sooner we can correct the situation.

Think of it as praying the alcoholic in your family will hit rock bottom sooner, rather than later.  It’s time to stop enabling the entitlement mentality.  It’s time to let go of our co-dependency and desire to be liked.  It’s time for an intervention.  It’s time to go John Galt.

We certainly have massive unemployment, inflation, and problems with terrorists. I fully believe that the gas lines are coming, given Obama’s war on pretty much all methods of producing energy except the “green” methods the government heavily subsidizes and which are run by Democrat friends and campaign contributors.

I didn’t like Romney (and complained about him bitterly on this blog and at Hot Air) but I did eventually get behind him and even came to believe – eventually – that he’d be a good President. But the media won Obama a second term, with it’s “move along, nothing to see here,” coverage of scandals which would have been major if they could have been tied to Republicans.  Apart from that, people wanted to believe that there is a free lunch, and they voted in the guy who promised them one.

So, here we are. More than half of the country is drinking the Koolaid, and now more than ever, I’m not really that interested in fighting to protect them from the consequences of their actions.  To paraphrase Mencken, let them have what they demanded – good and hard.

I’m not angry, and while what I’ve written sounds bitter, even to me, that’s really not how I feel. At the end of the day, I still believe that it is God who puts the kings on their thrones.  I still believe that God is sovereign.  Since God has decided that Obama shall be in charge another four years, then I have to believe that God has done so for our good.  Jeremiah 29:11, etc. That doesn’t mean that I believe the outcome of Obama’s presidency will be good in terms of having a healthy economy or a less corrupt government or more peace in the world.  I think the path the Democrat-media complex is forcing us down will lead to another depression.  And a nation full of Honey Boo Boo voters will buy the idea that a Republican party which controls just 1/2 of one branch of government somehow had the power to cause it.  And even then, God will still be sovereign and my hope will be in him, not in a political party.

I believe another four years of Obama will be good for us spiritually.  I believe our faith in God will be renewed – all the more so since it will be blatantly obvious that government will not provide good solutions for us.  I believe our zeal for God will be renewed – all the more so since our government is already moving to disrupt and control the practice of Christianity, with open attacks on religious freedom.  After decades of Communist rule in China, there are now more Christians in China than there are Communists.  Christianity has historically flourished in adversity, and it will do so in the United States, too.

You get the free medical care you pay for.

You get the free medical care you pay for.

This is the fruit of single-payer, government-run health care:

Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards, new figures disclose today.

This is what politicians want to ram down our throats in the United States. But wait, there’s more!

The Office for National Statistics figures also showed that:
* as well as 43 people who starved to death, 287 people were recorded by doctors as being malnourished when they died in hospitals;
* there were 558 cases where doctors recorded that a patient had died in a state of severe dehydration in hospitals;
* 78 hospital and 39 care home patients were killed by bedsores, while a further 650 people who died had their presence noted on their death certificates;
* 21,696 were recorded as suffering from septicemia when they died, a condition which experts say is most often associated with infected wounds.

Consider the headlines if a privately owned hospital/nursing home group had statistics like this. And consider how the media ignores and glosses over the problems with government-run healthcare, while hyping how wonderful this new, wonderful “right” to free healthcare, and as they conflate “access” to goods and services with “free.”

We need to have an adult conversation on health care reform, and to do that we need to get past the American media’s propaganda campaign.

Quote of the Day

You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

Adrian Rogers, 1931 – 2005

The Incredible 9/11 Boatlift

The Incredible 9/11 Boatlift

What moves me so much about this are the ordinary heroes. The determination to act is what sets heroes apart from the rest of us; we all have the capacity to to help others, and to make a difference.  They are the ones who choose to do it.

“No training. This was just people doing what they had to do that day.”

“You forget all about what you’re supposed to do, what they teach you in school, and you say, ‘You know what? Morally, this is the right way to go, and deep down, this is what I’m going to do.'”

“Average people. They stepped up when they needed to. They showed me, when American people need to come together and pull together, they will do it.”

“I have one theory in life. I never want to say “I should have.” If I do it, and I fail, then I tried. If I do it and I succeed, better for me. And I tell my children the same thing: never go through life saying you should have. If you want to do something, do it.”

The largest sea evacuation in history, with no planning, no preparation, conducted by ordinary people in record time.