Nobody escapes the truthlight. Not even the President of the United States.
Are there odds in Vegas that this country will survive to 50, uh, leaders of the "free world"?
44 will not be a leader of the free world. Barack Obama made that all too clear in his inaugural address.
"At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents."
You see, furry comrades, if the people are the only ones remaining faithful to the founding documents, while the high office holders exercise their "vision", we will not long remain true to the founding documents.
Purebred dog breeders have taught us this. The barbie breeders have spent so much time exercising their "vision" of the perfect dog, that todays' perfect dog bears little resemblance to the original breed standard.
"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises"
Well, of course we can't know for sure if he will keep all his promises until the final day of his term, but history is not in his favor.
He has already failed to end petty grievances, as witnessed in the Inaugural Prayer.
"Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around – when yellow will be mellow – when the red man can get ahead, man – and when white will embrace what is right." - Rev. Joseph Lowery, Inaugural Prayer
"In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned."
More National Greatness.
Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished.
(Ms. X just shakes her head). It was precisely this (low) level of worker productivity that helped to precipitate this crisis. But I know, I am just a dog blogger. So I give you the great Peter Schiffs' take on the real problems of American "productivity".
This is just like a show-breeder claiming that their pugs or english bulldogs are no less healthy than they were before the BBC ran the famous Pedigree Dogs expose. Of course they're not. The expose', simply revealed to the world a storm that has been brewing for a century. Just like our Financial Crisis.
"Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done;"
It takes Big Government to enable Big Plans. History gives us an inverse relationship between the size of government and the freedom of the individual.
He may be correct that our memories are short. Few alive today remember that Lincoln (Obamas' patron saint) began the modern version of our current demise.
Can you hear a show breeder saying this? "There are some who question our ambition of creating the perfect dog, who suggest our genepool is incapable of producing a functioning healthy dog. Their memories are short. They have forgotten what we have already done.
Oh yes. We have seen BIG changes in this country since the original values were laid down. Those changes have not moved us toward greater individual freedom.
"What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them."
No. No. We understand all to well. "October 3, 2008, the American people were betrayed by those whom they had elected to represent them" wrote William Cox. Of course it wasn't the first time it happened, but it was the the sea change of Ms. X's lifetime.
The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end.
It is NOT the venue of government to provide jobs, decent wages, healthcare or retirement. Any government movement forward is a step back in individual freedom.
""So far is it from being true, as has been pretended, that the abolition of any formal government is the dissolution of society, it acts by contrary impulse, and brings the latter the closer together. All that part of its organization which it had committed to its government, devolves again upon itself, and acts as from reciprocal benefits, have habituated themselves to social and civilized life, there is always enough of its principles in practice to carry them through any changes they may find necessary or convenient to make in their government." - Thomas Paine
"Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths."
Courage and fair play. Loyalty and patriotism. Old truths that we need to return to? Well, Thomas Paine died in 1809. The old truths he expressed simply don't support Obamas' action plans.
Guess what will be left by the wayside?
The correlation to the purebred dogs show world is inescapable. Show breeders talk constantly of "preserving the breed", even as they destroy its capacity to do the work it was created to do.
Much the same way our Leaders of the Free World talk incessantly of preserving freedom, even while they steamroll any possible capacity for the individual
(You and I) to act freely.