Big Government: 2014 Archives

IT IS UP TO US TO DEFEND FREEDOM AND KEEP GOVERNMENT UNDER CONTROL.

50 years ago on October 27th, 1964 Ronald Reagan gave one of the powerful political speeches in the history of modern American. Among other things, he reminded us of the fragility of freedom before an all powerful government seeking to become ever stronger.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."

This conservative message is as relevant today as 50 years ago.

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IN 1964 RONALD REAGAN SAID IT WAS "A TIME FOR CHOOSING." EVERY GENERATION FACES SUCH A MOMENT AND OURS IS NOW. FREEDOM OR TYRANNY.

This speech by Ronald Reagan was delivered 12 years before he was elected president. It demonstrates the depth of his conviction that bigger and bigger government is not good for the nation and the drift in that direction must be stopped. He said it was "a time for choosing."

Today we have the same challenge and the same choice. Listen to the Ronald Reagan of 1964 and take heart that our instincts are sound and our goal is right. If the direction of history is to be turned, it will be done by the people, not by the bureaucrats and elites who comprise the government. The more government, the less freedom. The Obama Democrats have proven this beyond doubt. "We the people" must fight against the tyranny of government for freedom for ourselves and all future generations.



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SALUTE THE KOCH BROTHERS -- FIGHTING TO RESTORE THE FREE SOCIETY THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DESTROYING

The character assassins of the Democratic Party have decided that the hugely successful Republican businessmen, the so-called Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, will be the scapegoats for all their failures. They use their poisonous invective to inflame hatred against the brothers among their followers who know no better.

Democratic Senators Harry Reid and Charles Schumer along with White House operatives egged on by Obama are the most prominent of the slimes who attack the Kochs without shame or any sense of decency.

This morning (April 3, 2014) Charles Koch decided to have his say and wrote an extraordinary piece that appears in today's Wall Street Journal. He rightly charges the Obama Democratic character assassins with choking the economy as they seek to gain more and more control over peoples' lives by demonizing those who stand in their way.

This is a war by the government against its own people. He makes clear what it is at stake:

The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism.

Charles Koch has sounded the alarm. Every freedom loving American must join the fight.

I'm Fighting to Restore a Free Society
Instead of welcoming free debate, collectivists engage in character assassination.
By Charles G. Koch
April 3, 2014

I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives. It is those principles—the principles of a free society—that have shaped my life, my family, our company and America itself.

Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation's own government. That's why, if we want to restore a free society and create greater well-being and opportunity for all Americans, we have no choice but to fight for those principles. I have been doing so for more than 50 years, primarily through educational efforts. It was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process.

A truly free society is based on a vision of respect for people and what they value. In a truly free society, any business that disrespects its customers will fail, and deserves to do so. The same should be true of any government that disrespects its citizens. The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism.

More than 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson warned that this could happen. "The natural progress of things," Jefferson wrote, "is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." He knew that no government could possibly run citizens' lives for the better. The more government tries to control, the greater the disaster, as shown by the current health-care debacle. Collectivists (those who stand for government control of the means of production and how people live their lives) promise heaven but deliver hell. For them, the promised end justifies the means.

Continue reading "SALUTE THE KOCH BROTHERS -- FIGHTING TO RESTORE THE FREE SOCIETY THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DESTROYING"

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THE EVIL OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, THE TOOL OF THE DEMOCRATIC ELITES

In a very short time Dr. Ben Carson has risen to national prominence as one who speaks common sense and wisdom about the most important issues of our days. After an immensely successful career as a pediatric neurological surgeon, Dr. Carson has begun a "second career" addressing the nation's ills as vigorously and capably as he acted in his medical life.

Dr. Carson is already one of those rare writers who always should be heeded -- such as Mark Steyn and Dr. Thomas Sowell.

Political correctness is a tool of the left elites of the Democratic Party and their media accomplices to shut down criticism of their propaganda as they work to empower the central government to take more and more control of our lives, denying us the liberty pledged to us in the Declaration of Independence.

Dr. Carson explains how dangerous PC is and how essential it is that people refuse to let it deny them their freedom of speech. He compared Obamacare to slavery.

[Obamacare] is beginning to wrench the nation from one centered on the rights of individual citizens to one that accepts the right of the government to control even the most essential parts of our lives. This strikes a serious blow to the concept of freedom that gave birth to this nation.

We must not let Democrats succeed.

THE INSIDIOUS EFFECTS OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
By Dr. Ben Carson
March 19, 2014

Speech taboos are meant to silence patriotic dissent

When I was in high school in Detroit, there was a great deal of emphasis on clothing. As I became increasingly interested in fitting in with the "in crowd," fashion supplanted academic achievement in my hierarchy of importance. My grades plummeted, and I became a person who was less pleasant and more self-absorbed.

My mother was disappointed because she thought I had enough insight and intelligence to avoid the flypaper trap of acting like everyone else.

Fortunately, after wasting a year pursuing acceptance, I realized that my dreams went far beyond silk shirts and sharkskin pants. I decided to forsake the "in crowd" and redoubled my academic efforts in time to rescue my sinking grade-point average and gain admission to an Ivy League university.

To say that the "in crowd" was disgruntled when I abandoned their association would be a gross understatement. It eventually became clear to them that I would not rejoin their ranks under any circumstances, and they left me alone.

Despite the insults hurled at me, at the time of graduation, my classmates voted me "most likely to succeed." This indicated that they knew the prerequisites for success but were unwilling to fulfill them, and they wanted others to remain shackled to their underachieving lifestyle.

Political correctness (PC) operates in much the same fashion. It is in place to ensure conformity to the prescribed expressions and lifestyles dictated by the elites.

There are rewards of acceptance and praise for members of the "in crowd" as they attempt to silence or destroy any who dare think for themselves or express opposing views. Similarly, the purveyors of PC seize upon a word or phrase, which they emphasize in an attempt to divert attention away from the actual issue that doesn't fit their narrative.

I have stated in the past that Obamacare is the worst thing to occur in our country since slavery. Why did I make such a strong statement? Obviously, I recognize the horrors of slavery. My roots have been traced back to Africa, and I am aware of some horrendous deeds inflicted on my ancestors in this country.

The purpose of the statement was not to minimize the most evil institution in American history, but rather to draw attention to a profound shift of power from the people to the government.

I think this shift is beginning to wrench the nation from one centered on the rights of individual citizens to one that accepts the right of the government to control even the most essential parts of our lives. This strikes a serious blow to the concept of freedom that gave birth to this nation.

Some well-known radicals have publicly written and stated that in order for their idea of a utopian, egalitarian society to emerge in the United States, the government must control health care, which ensures the dependency of the populace on government. Historical analysis of many countries that have gone this route demonstrates the obliteration of the middle class and a massive expansion of the poor, dependent class with a relatively small number of elites in control.

This is sobering information, and those who want to fundamentally change America would much rather demonize someone who is exposing this agenda than engage in a conversation that they cannot win. Others join in the fray, happily marching in lockstep with those who are attempting to convert our nation to something we won't recognize, having no idea that they are being used.

Vladimir Lenin is sometimes credited with coining the phrase "useful idiots" to describe such individuals.

It is time in America for the people to open their eyes to what is happening all around them as our nation undergoes radical changes without so much as a conversation out of fear of being called a name, of facing economically adverse actions or of enduring government harassment, characterized by the perpetrators as "phony scandals."

Political correctness is antithetical to our founding principles of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Its most powerful tool is intimidation.

If it is not vigorously opposed, its proponents win by default, because the victims adopt a "go along to get along" attitude. Major allies in the imposition of PC are members of the media, some of whom thrive on controversy while others are true ideologues.

The true believers would be amusing if it were not so sad to behold them dissecting, distorting and repeating words in an attempt to divert attention from the rise of government control.

The American people must learn to identify and ignore political correctness if we are to escape the bitter ideological grenades that are destroying our unity and strength. Political correctness is impotent if we the people are fearless. Let us emphasize intelligent discussion of issues and leave the smear campaigns to those with no constructive ideas.

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Ben S. Carson is professor emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University. To find out more about Ben Carson and to read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com.

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