In the summer of 1787, as the Founders, led by James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, concluded the drafting of the momentous Constitution of these United States, a Philadelphia lady at the steps of Independence Hall, asked, "Mr [Ben] Franklin, what kind of government have you given us?" He retorted, "a Republic, ma'am if you can keep it."
What was a Republic, according to our Founding Fathers? A limited government, a Republican mode of governance, established with a broad-based foundation with the consent of the governed, instituted among men for the expressed purpose of protecting the unalienable Natural rights of life, liberty, property, and (not the guarantee of but) the pursuit of happiness.
The proposition was that man was capable of self-governance, and that he had been created free and equal by his Creator for that purpose. That meant equality before the law and equal opportunity in life for advancement and achievement; but they did not fool themselves with the false notion that men were equal in talents or ability. Nor did the Founders posit the erroneous nonsense that if men were nurtured properly (i.e., provided with the proper government...
In a previous commentary, we discussed the ramifications of ObamaCare in terms of lowering the standard of American medicine, and the efforts of those in the media in preparing us for the drastic measures of rationing that will necessarily have to be put in place to sustain ObamaCare.
Who will then benefit from ObamaCare? Bureaucrats, who will grow like weeds over the land and power-grabbing politicians, who will also have to "manage" our health care; insurance companies that cooperate with President Obama's mandates, since small businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as Americans who do not have insurance, will be coerced into buying insurance plans from those insurers that collaborate with the administration. For the first time in the history of this country, Americans will be forced to purchase a product they do not want, or else be heavily fined.
Who else will benefit? Enemies of freedom and privacy rights, who yearn to control the lives of others via government intrusion into all aspects of our lives. For them, government knows best. Now that the Supreme Court in two landmark rulings, in rapid succession, has ruled correctly that the Second...
Much of the recent discussion among both Democrat and Republican members of Congress regarding the need to lift the travel ban and end the U.S. embargo of Cuba has revolved around the possibility of selling millions of dollars in agricultural products to Cuba. These politicians conveniently forget that the Castro brothers are dictators of the old, unreformed Stalinist variety, who have, in fact, devastated and desolated a once beautiful and prosperous island.
Just before the July 4th holiday almost unnoticed by the media, Emily Cadei of Congressional Quarterly wrote an article entitled "Senators Claim to Have Enough Votes to Pass Lifting of Cuba Travel Ban." The legislation is supported by Senators Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) and Michael B. Enzi (R-WY). Dorgan said in a press release "The quickest way to bring democracy to Cuba is through travel and trade." The accompanying House bill, sponsored by Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson (D-MN), in addition to lifting the travel ban would ease restrictions on U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba, essentially ending the embargo that has been in place since 1961.
Opposing the lifting of the travel...
This is the second time I have read and perused this magnificent book — and what a momentous and timely book it is! The book reads much like a cliffhanger spy novel, though its nonfiction and its information is true and disturbing. The message is as timely today as it was in 2007 when it was first published.
After World War II, it took the valiant efforts of the Russian defector, code clerk Igor Gozenko, to awaken America and her allies to the fact that Uncle Joe, the greatest mass murderer in history, and our Russian communist friends were conducting serious, devastating espionage against the United States (e.g., atomic secrets among others) at the same time that we were providing the Soviets with vital economic and military aid during "The Great Patriotic War" against the Nazis.
The Berlin Wall comes crashing down in 1989 and the Soviet Union collapses in 1991. Again, the Russians were said to be our friends and allies in the war against (Islamic) terrorism. Even a professor wrote enthusiastically that we had reached the end of history, so humanity has to become reconciled to live peacefully under a soft blend of global socialism and capitalism. Now enters...
It is very unfortunate that the National Rifle Association (NRA) leadership in today's declaration stating that it plans to remain neutral in the political fight against the (Anti-Freedom) DISCLOSE Act (HR 5175) of 2010 appears to be going along with the divide and conquer strategy of the Democrats in Congress, who are once again attempting to silence political speech. This dangerous legislation is another incarnation of the failed McCain-Feingold Law banning political speech that was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court several years ago.
Citizens were alerted to this menace by Gun Owners of America (GOA) last week, and on June 14, 2010, concerned Americans received corroboration. Politico.com reported that the NRA would not oppose this bill. Why?
"House Democrats have offered to exempt the National Rifle Association from a sweeping campaign-finance bill, removing a major obstacle in the push to roll back the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling."
What is this legislation?
"The legislation in question is designed to restore more campaign finance rules in the wake of last year's Citizens United v. Federal Election...
What I have written some time ago regarding gun registration and tyranny in Ideas on Liberty and NewsMax.com still holds true today for the establishment of a National Identity Card and paving a road to the new authoritarianism:
Georg Hegel (1770-1831), the father of dialectical idealism, which Karl Marx transmogrified into dialectical materialism, lamented that one lesson we can learn from history is that man does not learn its lessons. Despite what we have learned from history regarding National Identity Cards in other countries, particularly during the turmoil of the last century, politicians with authoritarian leanings continue to beat the drums for the establishment of national identifiers. National ID cards and personal privacy are inextricably intertwined. Once the government can identify you, and possesses every minutia about your personal life, bank accounts, medical history, etc, and neatly collects it within the purview a National Id card, it will in effect, own you. And what the government owns, it will control. As Thomas Jefferson once wrote, the tendency is for liberty to yield and for government and tyranny to gain ground. And that is why in a...
Rejoice and be glad, Americans!
Owing entirely to the visionary compassion of the Dear Leader and his party, the same regime that has slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans, that poured trillions of dollars into the coffers of Wall Street kleptocrats, that brought its unique healing touch to victims of the post-Katrina disaster in New Orleans, and that routinely commits similar acts of divine charity, will now relieve you of the burden of making your own health care decisions.
This point was made — albeit unintentionally — in a widely syndicated "news analysis" intended to celebrate this development.
"Rarely does the government, that big, clumsy, poorly regarded oaf, pull off anything short of war that touches all lives with one act, one stroke of a president's pen," observed AP commentator Calvin Woodward. "Such a moment has come." (Emphasis added.)
War requires the domestic regimentation of all private life and the confiscation of private property to accomplish the mass destruction of foreign property and the mass annihilation of foreign lives. Mass murder is the only undertaking in which government consistently out-performs...
The final word from medical moguls and other pundits is coming out in full force on health care and medical journalism: Americans must be prepared, from the top down, to accept drastic medical and health care rationing. Why? Because "the establishment of the rational allocation of finite resources" (translate: the extensive rationing of medical services) will be desperately needed, if universal coverage, socialized ObamaCare medicine is to have a chance to work in this country.
To reach the goal of universal coverage and capture those elusive 30-45 million Americans, who remain uninsured and, inconveniently for government planners, refuse to buy coverage, the rest of America will be saddled with socialized ObamaCare, more taxes and less coverage, as in Canada and the United Kingdom. Remember, the elderly, those unable to work, and the very poor are covered under Medicare and Medicaid or both!
So those recalcitrant, individualist 30-45 million Americans will be forced to buy government insurance via private or public options, whether they want it or not, for those are the choices, backed by mandates and force, not the free market. And we better get used to it:...
Robert Eringer's book, Ruse — Undercover with FBI counterintelligence (2007), is a hell of a suspenseful ride! A good patriotic hustler, who risks his life for country and justice, Eringer goes after traitor Edward Lee Howard in post-communist Russia, assists in the capture of notorious killer Ira Einhorn in France, hoodwinks die-hard communist KGB Chairman Vladimir Kryuchkov in Moscow, and plays the Great Game skillfully with Cuban Intelligence in Washington and Havana. Kudos for Mr Eringer's book, an excellent sequel and denoument for David Wise's The Spy Who Got Away (1988)! Highly recommended for those who, like me, prefer cold war non-fiction, real life spy thrillers to fiction, cloak and dagger potboilers!
Originally published on Amazon.com on October 6, 2009 by Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D., Former Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Sentinel (1996-2002), Editor Emeritus, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS); Author, Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995); Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997); and Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002).
In Part I of this article, I discussed a concept that is always on the mind of the socialist planner and that is "social utility." To fully understand this concept one has to understand the socialist philosophy, if it can indeed be called a philosophy — in general, philosophies are analytical. In their world view, which is basically a gnostic one, the world is occupied by two basic forms of human life — those who are wise and chosen, and those who make up the common rabble, i.e., the masses.
The wise, in an older gnostic view, are anointed by the divine force to lead mankind and mold his nature based on an understanding derived from arcane knowledge carefully guarded by mystics of the ancient world. This idea, that certain men are chosen to rule mankind has permeated many governments of the world since and in modern times has attained a less metaphysical tint, but which is still divided between those who cling to the ancient notions of gnosticism, such as the theosophists (Alice Bailey), and the modern view of the New World Order Movement. Of course, they intermingle quite often. We are witnessing an exploding interest in wisdom derived from the gnostic gospels, as...