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The Positives of Conservatism – Limited Government

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So I’ve decided to try and start a series of posts on the positives of Conservatism. To elaborate, we spend a LOT of time trashing the left. And while it’s good sport for us, it hardly does anything to win the hearts and minds of those who vacillate between left and right. So, it’s my opinion that we, as Conservatives, need to actually start uniting behind a real message of hope – one that works because it’s not contrary to the left, but rather, promotes the things that are great about America. If we can do that, we stand to begin winning hearts and minds to the RIGHT path.

Part of this series will be questions to ask people. Liberals will likely retort with race-bating, hate-bating, or some other emotionally charged response about how Bush screwed this or that up, or how the Tea Party is wrecking America. But these questions are designed to be individualized – which means you have to start having conversations with individual people.

In other words, how government is supposed to be.

So here is something to “pass through the grass”.

On Limited Government

When I stand around a watercooler, I never hear anyone who sings the praises of the government. Mostly, the conversation takes a downward turn about how stupid everyone in the belt-way is, or how inept the government is, or how they simply hate them. Without exception, I NEVER hear, “oh, I love the government”, or “I simply love Congress”.

The only part of the government, really, that gets any real respect and adoration is our Military. And that’s because they justly earn it. Thanks for your service, my Brothers and Sisters in Arms.

Today, approval of Congress has never been lower, something like 85% disapproval, less than 10% approval according to Real Clear Politics. It’s never been as bad as it is now. Now chalk it up to things like the shutdown, or the O’care rollout, or their general acts that are morally questionable when spending money and earmarking – but either way, less than one person in ten has a positive view of Congress.

Logic dictates one of either two courses of

  • They are unwilling to improve.
  • They are unable to improve.

To that end, either way, that doesn’t sit will with me when we consider that we’re to trust government with our money, our freedoms, or even our health care.

Ask: If everyone in government is so stupid and incapable, then why do we want to continuously trust them with things that could effectively mean life or death?

Government only was commissioned for specific things. Originally and specifically, it was commissioned for:

  1. print money – Dept of Treasury;
  2. negotiate treaties and communicate with other nations – Dept of State;
  3. raise and maintain a military – Dept of War (now Defense); and
  4. manage commerce issues between the several States – Dept of Commerce.

The way I see it, this is what it should be. But now, government has become so bloated and unworkable, it’s beyond repair. We as individuals need to evaluate just how involved government is in our lives. We saw a glimpse of this during the shutdown. Frankly, it should be a very disturbing thing to all Americans as to how dependent we have become on government.

Ask: Are you saying then that you NEED the government, because you’re incapable of taking care of yourself, or you want the government to pony up because it continuously takes from you. In either case, why is the government something that is desirable?

Ask: Wouldn’t you feel better if you were to realize the American Dream on your own, rather than holding to a handout?

Ask: Wouldn’t it not be better to be unaffected by what happens in Washington on a personal level, than to have people in Washington make decisions without considering how it affects you?

In the end, the more that government is involved in our lives, the less liberty and freedom we enjoy. We can’t allow the bureaucrats to sacrifice our liberty for the entitlement of others. Each person is to control their own destiny – without an overreaching government messing it up.

So, the first benefit of conservatism is that we believe that with government out of the way most of the time, people are more free to control their own destinies. Government has its purposes, but it’s better to have those purposes limited and specific, not over-reaching and broad.

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October 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

ObamaCare Website Failures – Intentional?

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Now this borders on conspiracy theorist, but it does make a lot of sense.

Question: Did the government engineer the Heathcare dot gov website to purposely obscure the costs of premiums? 

It might make sense, given the previous commentary from Aetna’s CEO about how the code drop only happened last month and they government would “fix it on the fly”. That level of sheer incompetence does border on the intentional – they had three years to get it done! It didn’t take other high volume websites that long to come online and meet the demand.  But it certainly did for the ACA’s website.

Or maybe there were some who felt that it wasn’t going to work out anyway, so rather sink a lot of website development costs into something that people would effectively reject, they’ll just take the money and produce a pathetic product.

There’s also the thought that government web developers are so incompetent – that that’s why they’re in government – they got fired from civilian, for-profit gigs.

I don’t know.  But I’m quite sure that, as not many Americans have actually signed up for ACA as ObamAd, Inc would like, not disclosing the costs of ACA to the public without signing up would not be in the best interests of the Administration. The aim is to get you to sign up, not to have you see the costs, get “sticker shock” and then walk away.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the next step was to start signing everyone up automatically.

Read the Piece: http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/10/14/obamacares-website-is-crashing-because-it-doesnt-want-you-to-know-health-plans-true-costs/

Rush’s Commentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV6cpyFs56M

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October 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I Bet If It Was Amazon…

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If there is one thing I like about Amazon.com, it’s the fact that they know what is important and what isn’t.  And they know how to build a system that doesn’t take years to construct, cost tens of millions of dollars to get working, and isn’t buggy as crap. Instead, they know how to take the ample time to prepare for a good system rollout.

But according to Aetna’s CEO, Mark Bertolini, code drops for the site showed up within a month before go-live. Mr. Bertolini indicated, though more diplomatically than I would, of how much that ObamAd, Inc was hell bent on getting the project launched on October 1 and that all the testing now was “on-the-fly”.

So in other words, it was more important to get it out there, rather than getting it right.  That is the same madness that has driven the entire ACA in the first place.  Nancy Pelosi wanted to “pass it to see what was in it” and then she wanted to “fund it before we could fix it”. Obama and the rest of the Congressional jackasses were refusing to negotiate on anything because this is “signature legislation”. It’s all about “getting the framework into place” rather than actually having a working solution.

Many of my friends are in IT, systems designers, enterprise architects, web developers and code jocks. All of the ones I’ve spoken with in my circle find the entire thing laughable. And then I bring up Amazon and it puts it into perspective, because if they were really about business, it wouldn’t nearly be this nightmarish.

Typical government idiocy.

Watch and Read it: Obamacare insurance market deeply flawed: Aetna CEO.

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October 15, 2013 at 8:36 am

My Cheaper Insurance

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This past weekend, I received an upsetting letter from Humana One regarding my family’s medical insurance. I had been expecting higher premiums, but nothing had prepared me for the full effect of ACA aka Obamacare.

My family of 5 is in relatively good health. Maybe once a year one of my three children needs an antibiotic for strep or an ear infection, common things. I go to my annual exam if I particularly feel like it. My husband has a few more issues, but we pay for it out of pocket anyway because I had a high deductible plan. Basically, we are a profit for any insurance company. My husband’s employer’s insurance is a joke as it would consume nearly one of his two week paychecks for the premiums. I found our $11,900 high deductible policy on line. It worked for us. It covered the routine exams at 100 % and would keep us from losing our house if something major happened. There were no copays. Once we met our deductible, everything else was covered at 100% for the rest of the year for the whole family. The deductible might seem high to some, but paying 20% coinsurance per incident on some of those other plans out there could easily cost more and with a higher monthly premium, too.

Now back to the letter. My high deductible plan cost $431 a month, but to comply with ACA my new premium is $1003. That’s 232%. Was the ACA plan better? Oh, it covered more. It included things like abortion and maternity. I happen to be a committed wife. I’m 41 years old. My husband had a vasectomy. I will never be in the position to use these forced improvements to my policy. Also, my deductible was raised to $12,600. Then, the abortion provision began to urk me. Forcing me to pay for something that is an absolute affront to my faith is disgusting.

What is the going rate of liberty today? According to the subsidy calculator on Colorado’s health exchange site, it’s about $890 a month. Oh, I argued with the Humana One representative about whether the subsidy was a government hand out or not. If someone else’s tax money is paying for my insurance, it’s a hand out. I don’t want it. That might perplex some folks, but I don’t want it.

Last year, I studied several Supreme Court cases with my children. One sticks to mind with regards to ACA – Wyman v James. The gist of this case? If one accepts government aid, the government can enter one’s home. No thank you. I don’t want it.

My solution is fairly basic. I’m depositing the money that I would have paid to premiums into a bank account. I’ll pay for any medical expenses from it. I refuse to enroll in ACA. I called Rep. Lamborn, Sen. Udall, and Sen. Bennett to inform them of my situation. I don’t expect much from any of them. I’m telling everyone I know. The rest I trust in God. He has never let me down. Maybe this last point is what the supporters of ACA don’t understand. The government is not my God. God shall supply all my needs.

 

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Note from the Editor: Hello folks, this post was authored by my wife and newest author and contributor to The Rabid Conservative. When you have a moment, feel free to comment and welcome her to the blog.  I think I can say we’re all looking forward to hearing her perspective on things (that way, it’s not just me all the time, right?)  Good first writeup, Nic)

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September 6, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Welcome Mr. Guillory to the GOP!

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During a press conference at the end of May, Louisiana state senator Elbert Guillory decided enough was enough and changed parties – from Democrat to Republican.

Now party jumping isn’t exactly new – it happens frequently.  But the causes of this switch are what is interesting – racism among the Democrat Party.  Mr. Guillory became a Democrat in 2007 but after continuously hearing all of the lame excuses about the primary reasons why ObamaCare isn’t being embraced by the population: because Obama is black.  Yeah, I agree Mr. Guillory, that’s quite lame.

Mr. Guillory had these other comments that make one wonder if history is even taught in public school.

“In recent history, the Democratic Party has created the illusion that their agenda and their policies are what’s best for black people. Somehow, it has been forgotten that the Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an abolitionist movement, with one simple creed – that slavery is a violation of the rights of man,”

“Democrats, on the other hand, were the party of Jim Crow. It was the Democrats who defended the rights of slave owners.”

“At the heart of liberalism is the idea that only a great and powerful big government can be the benefactor of social justice for all Americans. But the left is only concerned with one thing: control. And they disguise this control as charity.”

It’s a startling omission how so many people today believe that the Democrat party is the party of civil rights when they, themselves, filibustered the bills that came through Congress to give blacks equal rights.  I kind of wonder if blacks today have, in fact, given up their hard earned freedoms and liberties in exchange for government subsidy.

This opens a wider angle here – the one that demonstrates that freedom cannot be achieved through dependency and entitlement.  We sacrifice our freedom and liberty to make our own way in the world when we call upon government to rescue us from the difficulties of life, rather than calling out to God in Heaven who is the benefactor of all good things.

Today, the black community is walking itself into slavery again – this time, being enslaved by government entitlement that keeps them from the drive that pushes people to overcome.  The Democrats weep alligator tears when they see people starve.  Conservatives weep when we see people lose their freedom for a handout.

The rigors of life are the mountain that gives us accomplishment, growth, strength, and courage.  When we constantly carry a child around, we deprive them of the drive to stand on their own feet and learn to walk.  Growth and maturity come from adversity, and the determination to overcome that adversity and not bathe in complacency.

My daughter said to me this morning, “Dad, I am having a hard time finding ways to earn money”, after asking me to buy her a notebook for her art.  I told her she would have to pay me back for it, not because of my greed or “frugality”, but I want her to begin to understand that it’s okay to want things – but we must work for them.  If we just get them without effort, we don’t treasure them as much.

Democrats and liberals out there, what is your freedom worth to you?  Are you so hell-bent on a over-controlling government that you are willing to sacrifice freedom to get it?   Seriously.

Here’s Mr. Guillory’s video for you to enjoy.

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June 19, 2013 at 8:09 am

535 Politicians Couldn’t Do It, But Five Could…

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While cruising through the news, this little video surfaced from ABC News. Shot in June 2011, it illustrates a very good point with respect to our government’s dysfunction.

Watch it Here: Hosted on ABC News so I can’t embed it directly 😦

Now, I did some additional scooping through the net about the five people that were paneled. This is what I learned about them – from left to right. I wanted to know if the people they implicitly pitch as a “random sampling” of people were actually balanced.  As far as I could tell, the panel was biased liberal.

  • Barbara Schauer is a member of the DC Tea Party and is noted as a fiscal conservative, but a social liberal.  As the linked article indicates, she is going to feel a little jilted, no matter the company she keeps (except her little puffy doggies, that is).
  • Drew Greenblatt is the president of Marlin Steel Wire Products, LLC, a Baltimore-based company that makes things out of wire, such as baskets and racks. He bought the business in 1998 and has grown it. Mr. Greenblatt has also testified on Capitol Hill regarding the concerns of small business with respect to bookkeeping regulations.
  • Megan Nabavian (in the clip, it’s spelled Nabaviania), is a 30-something recruiting director with NALCO Consulting. She also graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Leslie Echols is a Business Development director for BAE Systems in DC, supporting Homeland Security. She has a Masters in Public Relations from the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Tim McBride was a major surprise. I started digging – a student of American University, Tim ran for student body president. In May 2012, McBride came out as a transgendered person – and now is known as Sarah McBride. The clip ran in June 2011, so it’s pretty old news, but for the rest of it – I’ll leave that to you.  All I know is, this person surely ain’t a chick, despite what he wants to dress like.

Well, at the end of the video, we see something that we don’t see in Congress – negotiation about the issues without politics.   Seriously,  it’s so bad that Congress and the government as a whole is basically useless.

This is why we don’t want tax increases – people lose money that gets thrown down a very large rat-hole or in the gullet of some special interest glutton.  The government needs to abide by sound financial principles such as ‘don’t spend more than you take in’.

And for the record, I think we COULD do without the nukes.

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January 4, 2013 at 8:31 pm

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Congress Hits A New Low

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Well, it was only inevitable – the so-called 2006 mandate that ushered the Democrats into power and culminated to the 2008 win of Barack Obama has now shown that it was dismally unable to deliver on any of its misguided promises

In 2006, the GOP lost the farm, not because of a rejection of conservative ideas, but because of the liberals and moderates that have infiltrated the Republican party.   The GOP showed itself not much different than the Democratic party, not because of the failure of the parties, but because both have been swayed by stupid progressive values and programs that seek to rob power from the people and give it to the all-powerful state.

Since the GOP lost its distinction as being the “party of Reagan”, the “conservative choice”, and basically reneging on the Contract With America that hoisted the GOP into power in 1994, they have recently showed that they are just as willing to spend ridiculous amounts of money on entitlements and earmark projects and do very little to protect the traditional family.  They have sought to sit in the middle and try to appeal to the more moderate people in the country  (which I defy anyone to show me a true moderate without showing me someone who is conflicted in their beliefs)

Well, today we’ve been informed by Rasumussen that Congress’ approval rating is about ready to fall into the single digits.   More and more Americans, Democrats and Republicans are showing staunch disapproval for the job that Congress is doing.  Perhaps it’s for different reasons, such as the libs railing that they couldn’t get health care passed while the conservatives look at the Congress as a cesspool for progressivism.  Either way, more people are unhappy than happy these days.

I get the feeling the hammer is about to fall on Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats that remain in Congress after November 2010.  Harry Reid is doomed, three others (Dodd, Bayh, and Dorgan) are jumping ship, and the Dems are looking worse and worse everyday for their respective elections.

The tide is about to change…

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February 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm

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