Archive for the 'Democracy' Category

01
Mar
09

Where Is Our Republic?

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government…”

– United States Constitution Article 4 Section 4 Clause 1.

Our Founding Fathers agreed to a Republican form of Government for this young upstart nation vice a Democracy for many reasons, among which, as James Madison said “A pure democracy is unwieldy, dangerous in its passion, and subject to mob rule thereby lending itself to instability and violence. Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”

In a Republic, the majority may never have complete control over the minority. The rights of the minority are protected by the checks and balances built into the Republics by-laws. One of the checks and balances our Constitution provides was in how or country was represented at the Federal level. The members of the House of Representatives were elected by the people of the respective districts, the Senators were appointed by the legislatures of each of the several States. One chamber was for the people and one chamber for the States and the President was elected by a majority vote of the electors of the several States. This ensured that the rights, needs and desires of the PEOPLE and the STATES were represented at the Federal level.

Since the Seventeenth Amendment was adopted to the Constitution, the voice of the States has been taken away. The Checks and balances put into place by our founding fathers have been removed and our form of governance has been whittled away to an unwieldy Democracy. The people vote for our President, the people vote for our Representatives and the people vote for the Senators. Fifty-one percent of the country now has complete control over the other 49 percent. Look back at the history of our nation, prior to the adopting of the 17th Amendment things were pretty smooth, the People and the States had to agree in order for legislation to pass both houses. Now the People have to agree with the People, which ever side has 51 percent will usually win. I am well aware of the Senate 60 vote filibuster issue, but I contend it is merely a matter of time before Harry Reid tries to change that. The House has already all but eliminated any input from the minority party, I don’t expect the Senate to be far behind.

In order to reacquire the promise of Article 4 Section 4 Clause 1 of the Constitution, this American believes the road starts with repealing the 17th Amendment.

Written by: DJ

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17
Jan
09

The Solution Is Found Within Each Of Us

So, all we hear is how crappy the economy is anymore and how the US is spiraling into some sort of black hole of which we will never recover from. And for all this psycho babble talk (and with the help of my new friend Liz), I say BULLSHIT.

Of course, my optimism is not due to Messiah Obama coming into the big chair here in a few days. No. I could care less about him. He isn’t magical and he surely isn’t my Messiah. No, my optimism is rooted in the belief that Americans are a different breed. In the history of our country we have never laid down in the face of a problem, adversity, or even a big bully throwing torpedoes at our ships. Hell no. We were build on the notion that WE THE PEOPLE had the power here in this land – not only control of our government, but also to fix whatever happened in the economy. During the Revolution war we rode our horses around and flipped the bird at England. We told her to shove off and go find some other people to rule.

For the first time in the history of the world a group of people decided they wanted to be free of tyranny and live their lives how they wanted.  They didn’t want to be told what religion to practice. They didn’t want to work hard just to give someone “tax” money. They didn’t want to have the government come in their house and dig around. And so much more. And with those thoughts, we made this country.

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13
Oct
08

Arizona Ballot Propositions for 2008

I was having difficulty finding an overview of all the Arizona ballot propositions so I compiled a list where all of them can be seen in one place. This entry covers Propositions 100, 101, 102, 105, 200, 201, 202, and 300.

Proposition 100: Protect Our Homes

Overview: Block the legislature from enacting a real estate transfer tax

Supporting Arguments:

  • Governments already collect taxes on your property based on the property’s value. This new tax would unfairly cause a second tax to impact your home or property.
  • Since the tax is assessed against the total value including the amount you owe on your mortgage(s), the overall equity earned by the seller is decreased.
  • In the current slow market, a transfer tax would make it more difficult for people to buy or sell homes. Once a transfer tax is put in place, it can be raised at any time. This costs people buying or selling their homes even more money.
  • A home is often the biggest and most important asset a person has in life. A transfer tax reduces the equity people have worked hard building. People already pay multiple taxes and fees on their homes. This tax will layer on one more significant closing cost you will have to pay.
  • This tax imposes the higher tax burden on lower income households that typically spend a larger percentage of their income on their home. [4]
  • Proposition 100 would prohibit state and local governments from imposing a tax when a home or other property is bought, sold, or transferred. The “Protect Our Homes” measure would guard against future efforts to pass a tax on property transfers. [5]

Opposing Arguments:

  • Arizona’s current tax system is too reliant on sales tax revenue, which is unstable, regressive, and unnecessarily limits economic growth. [7]
  • A real-estate transfer tax would raise in the neighborhood of $200 million per year, creating an opportunity to reduce or shift taxes in a manner that would increase economic growth. [8]

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06
May
08

How Do You Feel About a 103% Tax Hike?

Digg This I am not the biggest Glenn Beck fan. I think he is way off base sometimes and completely disagree with him. But, that is the beauty of being a human, right? You can be unique as you want to be, or try to xerox yourself…

With that said, sometimes Glenn Beck spits out some absolutely beautiful jems. Things that need to be said, addressed, and spread.

One thing that has been mentioned over the last decade but never talked about and definitely not addressed. In fact, many people think that it is some sort of fairytale. This issue is Social Security and how it is going to bankrupt our economy. BANKRUPT, people! There is no way around this unless we all start giving up a whole lot more of our paychecks.

Yes, we need $54 TRILLION dollars to finance Social Security for just the baby boomers. That means that we need to raise payroll taxes by 103% to cover that. Can you afford a 103% tax hike to cover this tab? If you can’t cover this type of hike, I hope that you (a) send this page to your friends (b) Digg this page and/or (c) write your Congressman. We need to get on this as soon as possible because, guess what, the baby boomers are already starting to draw their checks.

It doesn’t matter if you are an anarchist or a fascist, a Republican or a Democrat, a socialist or a conservative – you need to act…. no, you have to act. We all need to demand that this problem is addressed and fixed. At the very least, we need to demand that our politicians quit trying to bury the $%#@!$ truth from us like they always do. This is not a problem they can just continue to bury because it is a problem that is going to bury us.

Below is the video of Glenn Beck – Touching the Third Rail.

29
Apr
08

Ron Paul on CNN

Digg This I don’t know why so many people are scared of this man. He is the only one out there that doesn’t talk spin and rhetoric.

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26
Feb
08

Alexander Tytler Quote

Hey, looky who is back already! I just wanted to add a quote that I heard on the radio in November 2007. Does this quote resemble America today?

Judge for yourself!

“A Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can exist only until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury.

From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been about 200 years. These nations always progressed through this sequence:

from BONDAGE to SPIRITUAL FAITH; from spiritual faith to GREAT COURAGE; from courage to LIBERTY; from liberty to ABUNDANCE; from abundance to SELFISHNESS; from selfishness to COMPLACENCY; from complacency to APATHY; from apathy to DEPENDENCY; from dependency back into BONDAGE.” – Professor Alexander Tytler (Lord Woodhouselee)




Quotes:

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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