distinguish between right and wrong

I once heard an ex-congressman discusseing the shortcomings of our government and said our government is riddled with
dishonesty and corruption. Nobody in the audience tried to deny it.
Our government, according to this ex-congressman, is
spending its way into bankruptcy, re-electing itself by promising
unearned handouts, crippling industry by taxation,
socializing us beyond our means, sapping the self-reliance
of individual citizens by training them to be depend on government,
and otherwise progressively undermining the
American system of free enterprise.
There is no need to identify that ex-congressman. I have
heard the same speech before, not word for word but idea for idea.
Every such talk elicited thunderous applause.

Many important problems beset society. It is common
knowledge that there is corruption in our national, state and
local governments. Every dishonest decision a person
makes gives his tacit support to rackets, graft and dishonest
leadership. What is needed is a majority of persons who
habitually distinguish between right and wrong and use
their consciences to move in the direction of right.
Once I rode downtown with someone. I was in no
hurry, but the driver was. Suddenly he saw a chance to save
two seconds by squeezing between two fast-moving cars.
“That was tight,” I said.
“Was it?”
“Didn’t you see it?” I asked.
“No,” said the driver. “When I see a tight squeeze coming,
I close my eyes.”
Needless to say, that was my last ride with that driver.
Whether we like it nor not, we are being taken for the
same sort of ride every day of our lives by irresponsible
and dishonest local, state and national leaders who do not develop personal integrity of the sort demande by life.
There is no use ignoring the situation, we face many
crises. Our leaders are constantly squeezing through tight
places, and encountering potential disaster.
They are doing the driving, and we are passengers who
can’t get out.

Society is sitting on a pile of nuclear bombs while sinister
strangers finger the trigger mechanism. People are
struggling toward financial security while inflationary
forces and “deficit drain” suck the wealth out of their incomes
and savings. People are trying to succeed under the
free enterprise system while fuzzy-minded radicals use acts
of terror and threats of war to meddle with our form of
government. People are trying to vote intelligently while
dishonest politicians sacrifice the public’s future welfare to
favor their own political ambitions.
There is no sense pretending that such things are not
happening. To ignore them is to hide our heads in the sand. There also is no sense
in thinking nothing can be done about it either. Something
can be done.
What, precisely, is being done?
Our leaders are making emphatic statements and accusations
to those people who already agree with them. That
is as much as most leaders are doing. Most other people, as
a matter of fact, are doing much less. They are taking mental
sedatives: watching television, following the sports
news, going to vacation spots, conducting business as
usual, fiddling while Rome burns. To quiet their fears,
other people turn to literary sedatives: learning to cultivate
happiness, overcome fear, be number one and acquire excellence
along with peace of mind.

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A Public Life

It is in the local town and city governments that the democratic principles of self- determination and representative government are most visible. Here a determined individual can affect his government. It is here that an individual can elect a trusted friend or family member to represent them.
It was once said that there are three things that constitute a full life; raising a family, having your own business and running for public office.
The concept of public life as an element to a full life has been ignored for decades, “politics I don’t have time.” They do so at a cost to them-self’s and their community.
According to Thomas Jefferson the goal of the republic is “to make each person feel that he is a participator in the government of affairs, not merely at an election one day in the year, but every day.”
In that sense our federal government is sorely lacking, but on the local level the opportunities for involvement are greater.
The best way to find out whats going on in your community is to attend the meetings of you local governments, i.e township, city, county, school board etc..
If you want to have a voice you will have to speak out. Write a letter to the local newspaper, send copies to your local officials, or speak-out in public meetings. Join groups of like minded individuals if you can’t find any start one and people will find you.
The crisis facing America are not those Issues that bombard us daily the crisis is that we don’t know how to come together and be effective in addressing the issues or removing the obstacles that stand in the way. We feel powerless.
Our form of government depends on average citizens leading active public lives. It requires a community of individuals to be willing to serve on school boards, county commissions and local committees. It will not survive in the hands of professional politicians no matter how well meaning. To allow the centralization of power to continue is to watch democracy decay.
Without a public life we endanger the things we care about most in our private life. Without a public life we give away the powers of our own decisions and ultimately the freedoms we enjoy most.

Obama’s Policies

Obama’s policies are just going to double down on what hasn’t worked and too many of the solutions he proposed rest on higher taxes, more spending, and an avalanche of new regulations. The way to create the jobs Americans need is to grow our free enterprise economy, not to further expand the federal government.
Obama said he would open up new federal land to develop wind farms and solar energy plants to reduce the nation’s reliance on foreign oil. But he refuses to ok the keystone pipeline

New waivers for Obamacare

The Obama administration approved 204 new waivers to Obama’s healthcare reform law over the past month, bringing the total to 1,372.

Newt shows his true colors:

Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told “Meet the Press” Sunday that he backs a requirement that every citizen purchase or acquire health insurance, a key component of President Obama’s health care law. Gingrich described his plan as a “variation” of Obama’s individual mandate.

These are just a few of the countless harmful effects of ObamaCare:

* Costs trillions of dollars, burdening our government with inescapable debt
* Adds 16,000 new IRS agents who will be administering ObamaCare at the cost of billions
* Constitutionally flawed, forcing individuals to buy health care or be fined
* Over 1,000 unions and big corporations have been given exemptions by Obama’s HHS       Department while no small businesses or individual Americans are exempted

Help for the poor and elderly

President Barack Obama plans to spend as much as $200 million worth of taxpayer money to promote his controversial healthcare law.

The records, which were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, detail the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) multimedia campaign to promote the Affordable HealthCare Act and other HHS initiatives.

Last November the Obama administration spent more than $3 million in taxpayer funds to air national advertisements regarding Medicare and the healthcare overhaul.

Still blaming Bush Obama proposed reductions in spending for Medicare and increasing taxes.
Which ought to help the poor and elderly.

$2 Billion More is Exposed in the Obamacare Law

This story Byron York had in the Washington Examiner on March 31st: “Uncovered: New $2 Billion Bailout in Obamacare.” Two billion of corporate cronyism, or crony capitalism, if you will. For example, AT&T got $140 million to subsidize health care plans. Verizon, $91 million. General Electric, despite not paying any US income taxes last year, got $36 million. General Motors, Obama’s car company, received $19 million in bailout money in order for them to be able to more easily afford health care within their companies.

at our expense.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a troubling score of the Obama administration’s proposed budget. Obama claimed that his budget reduced the federal deficit by a trillion dollars, but the non-partisan CBO says that the administration’s estimate miscounted by more than $2 trillion.

Sane people know that you cannot introduce new, gigantic entitlements and reduce spending. Logic has never stopped the liberal establishment from trying to propagate the lie that their policies are “deficit neutral.”

A recent tidbit about former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reveals that the Air Force spent more than $2 million flying her and her cronies between San Francisco and Washington for the past two years. The tab includes $101,429.14 for such “in-flight expenses” as chocolate-covered strawberries. Yes, Madam Speaker liked to live well—at our expense.