Archive for February, 2010

The First Amendment isn’t only for freedom of speech…

Posted in US Constitution with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

There seems to be some sort of misunderstanding about the people among us who chose to live their lives quietly without boasting, babbling or participating in endless chit chat.  They chose, as is their right, instead to be quiet, soft-spoken.  These people are not sad or lonely; they are not angry at the world or depressed, simply quiet.  They are content in their own thoughts to spend their time marveling at the world around them, quietly.  Without expression or the compulsion to proclaim to anyone within ear shot that they have now developed a thought.   It is a mistake to assume that if a person is not rambling on and on about one self or defining to you in loud bold tones how nice the weather is or simply is standing alone quietly, that this person has some sort of sadness disorder. 

Being quiet is not a sadness disorder or a state of negativity; it is simply having the personality trait of an introvert and exercising the right to be quiet.  Has anyone ever considered that our silence is our time to recharge, reflect, contemplate or simply enjoy our own thoughts?  Or is it possible in our silence we are following the golden rule of “if you have nothing nice to say, do not say anything at all.”  It always astonishes me that those that feel their voices resonate a bird’s song or that stating the obvious is somehow fresh news to everyone nearby or that they are the only ones in this world that had chicken for dinner as opposed to beef.  As much as it is the birds right to chirp its miserable song, so too is it the introverts right to not sing in harmony. 

It is time to set the record straight to all of you loud extroverted chatter boxes that seem so intent on exercising your freedom to speak be quiet please, if only for the time it takes for you to catch your next breath.  Not all of us feel it necessary to boast or sing or proclaim the obvious, “nice weather we’re having.”  Please exercise some personal control and have some respect for the right to silence and please be quiet!  Try it for a moment and see how it feels, both the space and person nearby will appreciate it.

by Kim Lentz


Where is the United States Constitution?

Posted in US Constitution with tags , , , on February 24, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

The United States Constitution pales in comparison to some of the more extensive government documents, page wise that is, but not in content.  It consists of six pages, 5 of which contain the constitution and 1 that contains the Bill of Rights, 39 signatures, and its purpose, to draft a national constitution to replace the Articles of Confederation.   Signed September 17, 1787, but where is it?  The original document is preserved at the National Archives, but where is it?  Where is the Constitution, its meaning that is?  Sadly, it is buried under reams of legislation, some good some very bad, that our past and present Congressional members and our President have piled on top of the document.  Piled high with pork, piled high with disingenuous policies and rhetoric, piled high with “special interest” payoffs…I could go on and on.  The Constitution that our Founders drafted on 6 sheets of paper has slowly, over time, disappeared.  Again, I’m speaking of its meaning; it’s intent.  We, the citizens of this great country have thrown in the towel, we have given up.  We have, slowly over time, allowed the arrogant self-serving members of Congress to write into law one restriction after the next on our freedom.  We have also allowed our government to slowly manipulate us into believing that we cannot possibly make a decision without their leadership.  Labels on hair dryers remind us not to bathe while in use.  Instructions are given to us to not pour our scalding hot coffee on ourselves while driving because the contents are hot.  Flight Attendants remind us to stay in our seats upon approaching our landing zone.  We have allowed ourselves to be manipulated into thinking that our own common sense, our own good judgment, our own experiences are not quite good enough and in the absence of an elite education, we are unable to live our lives without harming ourselves.  This attitude is unacceptable!

 As Americans, each of us need to take responsibility for our own lives and educate ourselves about our Constitution and our Bill of Rights and take back our country.  We need to become proactive with our government affairs and educate ourselves about the issues that directly affect each and every one of us.  Our elected officials, yes the ones that work for us, know we are not paying attention!  Our Constitution gave us freedom of speech, religion, the right to bear arms, a speedy trial, trial by jury, citizens rights, abolished slavery….and more.  The Founders knew that man can become tyrannical with having too much power for too long.  They knew that by following the Natural Laws inherent in all men, they could draft a document in a way that would limit the possibility of a man or men taking over the government. 

Declare your independence from this government, this is not the government that is going to inspire greatness or lead us into a free and prosperous future.  Educate yourself and your children, join the movement, and get involved.  It’s time our employees start functioning at a higher level.  Restore our freedom and liberty by voting for honesty, integrity and the American dream.

by Kim Lentz

Freedom / Liberty-do each still exist?

Posted in US Constitution with tags , on February 18, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

Are we still a free people?  Do we still have the right to exercise our libertyFreedom is to act according to one’s will without being held up by the powers of others and Liberty identifies the condition in which an individual has the right to act according to his or her own will.  Our government is slowly manipulating its citizens into servitude, yes that‘s right, servitude.  Servitude is a state of subjection to an owner or master; it is a lack of personal freedom, as to act as one chooses.  Gradually our government is taking our freedoms and liberties away from us by mandating everything that we do.  Honestly do we need our government to mandate that we have digital television as opposed to analog?  Does our government have the right to mandate that each of us have healthcare?  What about the amount of water our toilets use?  Do you honestly believe that members of Congress need even to discuss something so ridiculous?  Not to mention the fact that the 1.6 gallon mandated toilet rarely flushes on the first try…meaning a second flush is needed.  Isn’t this wasting water?  These are all things that our CAPITALISTIC system should be addressing.  The free market, as it used to be, adjusts to what the individual exercising his freedom demands.  And what about our enormous debt that will never be paid down, do you really think that our countries massive debt is not crippling or dare I say putting us in bondage?  If you do not believe this is a form of servitude, think again, our massive debt is the most troubling of all.  We owe other countries all over the world enormous amounts of money, we are now beholding to the leadership of these countries.  Are we still free?  Do you still feel as if you can make decisions for yourself?  I do not believe so.  Yes it is nice I suppose to have our government remove the thought and research that goes into making an informed decision, I guess if you are a completely dim and lifeless human being.  But is that the America we want to live in?!  Absolutely not!  As Americans, we make individual decisions based on our personal needs and desires we decide our own destiny, not some government.     

Restore America-vote for freedom and liberty.

Thomas E. Woods, Jr. author of “Meltdown”

Posted in American history, keyne economics with tags , , on February 13, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

Once again common sense clashes with Keynesian economic theory.  Click on the link and listen to the author Thomas E. Woods Jr. of Meltdown, explain in simple terms what really fueled the Great Depression and how the same bad economic policies of then are now being used.

Fusionism, what does it mean?

Posted in Fusionism on February 10, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

Fusionism is an American political term for the combination or “fusion” of libertarians and traditional conservatives as well as social conservatives in the American conservative movement. It is also known as libertarian conservatism.

The concept of fusionism was expressed by Senator Barry Goldwater, a five-term United States Senator from Arizona (1953–1965, 1969–1987) and the Republican Party’s nominee for President in the 1964 election.  He was also a Major General in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He was known as “Mr. Conservative”.   He also co-authored the book The Conscience of a Conservative, the book became an important reference for the Conservative party.

Goldwater is the politician most often credited for sparking the resurgence of the American conservative political movement in the 1960s. He also had a substantial impact on the libertarian movement. [1] Reason Magazine, August-Sept, 1998.^ Robert Poole, In memoria: Barry Goldwater – Obituary.

Goldwater rejected the legacy of the New Deal and fought inside the conservative coalition to defeat the New Deal coalition. He lost the 1964 presidential election by a large margin to incumbent Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson. The Johnson campaign and other critics painted him as a reactionary, while supporters praised his crusades against the federal government, labor unions, and the welfare state. His defeat allowed Lyndon Johnson and the Democrats in Congress to pass the Great Society programs, but the defeat of so many older Republicans in 1964 also cleared the way for a younger generation of American conservatives to mobilize. Goldwater was much less active as a national leader of conservatives after 1964; his supporters mostly rallied behind Ronald Reagan, who became governor of California in 1967 and President of the United States in 1981.  The Conservative movement found its way back to Washington once again and the city on the hill never looked brighter.

Shining city upon a hill

Posted in ronald reagan on February 7, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

This phrase is in reference to the metaphor, Salt and Light in the gospel of Mathew.  Mathew 5:14 states “You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”  In 1630 John Winthrop, a Puritan, referenced this in his sermon to the colonist of New England settling in the New World.  Both Presidents John F. Kennedy in 1961 and Ronald Reagan in 1989, referenced this phrase referring to the vision of America.  So, what has happened to this vision, the “Shining city on a hill“?  Greed.  Our freedom is being sold to the highest bidder.  And who owns the largest portion of our freedom?  China.  China is estimated to own about $1 Trillion of our debt.  Japan is not far behind at around $800 Billion.  Do you still believe our deficit doesn’t matter?  Think again.

Remembering President Ronald Reagan

Posted in ronald reagan with tags , , , on February 7, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

January 20, 1981

I’d like to take a stroll down memory lane:  in his words, excerpts from President Ronald Reagan’s inaugural speech to a struggling nation.

To a few of us here today this is a solemn and most momentous occasion, and yet in the history of our nation it is a commonplace occurrence. The orderly transfer of authority as called for in the Constitution routinely takes place, as it has for almost two centuries, and few of us stop to think how unique we really are. In the eyes of many in the world, this every-four-year ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle.”  He is referring to our  unique form of democracy, where its people elect their leader every four years, the only republic like it in the world.

Well, this administration’s objective will be a healthy, vigorous, growing economy that provides equal opportunities for all Americans, with no barriers born of bigotry or discrimination. Putting America back to work means putting all Americans back to work. Ending inflation means freeing all Americans from the terror of runaway living costs. All must share in the productive work of this “new beginning,” and all must share in the bounty of a revived economy. With the idealism and fair play which are the core of our system and our strength, we can have a strong and prosperous America, at peace with itself and the world.   All must share in the productive work, all.

It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the federal government and those reserved to the states or to the people. All of use need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.  The citizens created this government, by its people, for its people.

We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look. You can see heroes every day going in and out of factory gates. Others, a handful in number, produce enough food to feed all of us and then the world beyond. You meet heroes across a counter, and they’re on both sides of that counter. There are entrepreneurs with faith in themselves and faith in an idea who create new jobs, new wealth and opportunity. They’re individuals and families whose taxes support the government and whose voluntary gifts support church, charity, culture, art, and education. Their patriotism is quiet, but deep. Their values sustain our national life.

Now, I have used the words “they” and “their” in speaking of these heroes. I could say “you” and “your,” because I’m addressing the heroes of whom I speak – you, the citizens of this blessed land. Your dreams, your hopes, your goals are going to be the dreams, the hopes, and the goals of this administration, so help me God.

 We shall reflect the compassion that is so much a part of your makeup. How can we love our country and not love our countrymen; and loving them, reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they’re sick, and provide opportunity to make them self-sufficient so they will be equal in fact and not just in theory?  We the people…

On the eve of our struggle for independence a man who might have been one of the greatest among the Founding Fathers, Dr. Joseph Warren, president of the Massachusetts Congress, said to his fellow Americans, “Our country is in danger, but not to be despared of . . . On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.”

 Well, I believe we, the Americans of today, are ready to act worthy of ourselves, ready to do what must be done to ensure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children. And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.  As a free people, we are destined to lead the way to democracy.

Under one such marker lies a young man, Martin Treptow, who left his job in a small town barbershop in 1917 to go to France with the famed Rainbow Division. There, on the western front, he was killed trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire.

We’re told that on his body was found a diary. On the flyleaf under the heading “My Pledge,” he had written these words: “America must win this war. Therefore I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.”

 The crisis we are facing today does not require of us the kind of sacrifice that Martin Treptow and so many thousands of others were called upon to make. It does require, however, our best effort and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds, to believe that together with God’s help we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.

 And after all, why shouldn’t we believe that? We are Americans.

 God bless you, and thank you.

 At the end of his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan viewed with satisfaction the achievements of his innovative program known as the Reagan Revolution, which aimed to reinvigorate the American people and reduce their reliance upon Government. He felt he had fulfilled his campaign pledge of 1980 to restore “the great, confident roar of American progress and growth and optimism.” This is what I would like to see in Washington again and in the United States of America.