Sunday, March 9, 2014
That seems to be the feeling of the “politically correct” crowd, especially when it comes to youth athletics. In order to not harm the self-esteem (so they say) of young athletes (or a child attempting to be an athlete), the P.C. police have deemed that everyone who participates in a sport, should get a trophy as a reward, just for participating. How absurd!
This might also be called the “Wussification of America”, as the incentive to excel is made meaningless if everyone gets a trophy. The cry of the liberals over the years is that we should “level the playing field”, which means every player should have an “equality of outcome”. What a more destructive way can there be to not reward competence, skill, and effort. Our country was founded and thrived on the principle of incentive to succeed with the result of monetary compensation. That’s why we are the pre-eminent country of the world, regardless of what our President Barack Hussein Obama thinks.
Once you take out incentive to succeed, you take the heart out of an individual or country and you become mediocre, not exceptional. It seems we are heading down the path of mediocrity.
Look at our schools, which at one time was the envy of the world, now many countries surpass us in educational competence. Math and science seem to have taken the biggest hit over the last few decades. It seems we are “dumbing down” our schools and society, our literature and cinema, and our news and culture. This obsession of the theory that everyone must be “equal” in income, talent, knowledge, and social status, is killing us as a nation.
Two areas of our society that does not seem to be affected is in professional sports and entertainment. Sometimes the obscene salaries of the players and coaches of sports teams, and Hollywood stars, which seems to multiplying year after year, but there is nary an outcry from the public. We don’t seem to want equality in our sports teams or our Hollywood idols, we want winners and we seem to accept the multi-million dollar salaries we pay them in order to get those winners. The incentive in athletics is to do better than the other guy and that it is what drives the athletes, and it has paid off for them financially and for their fans.
Why don’t we carry this striving for excellence to every facet of our lives. Our capitalistic, free enterprise system demands excellence and innovation as opposed to the Marxist/Socialist template of “equal poverty for all” or as Winston Churchill once opined, that Socialism is the philosophy of “the equal sharing of misery”
Yes, there will be losers and winners, as it has been since time immemorial, but in our society and culture, everyone has the opportunity to succeed, and yes, fail, but the incentive to succeed and reap monetary rewards is what drives us (or most of us) to succeed in life.
No, not everybody should get a trophy, unless it is earned by hard work, skill, and perseverance, the hell with artificially pumping up a persons self-esteem (ego) by giving him/her a trophy just by showing up and breathing. We all need an incentive to succeed, and then we’ll get a trophy.
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Saul Alinsky . . .
Born: Saul David Alinsky, January 30, 1909, Chicago, Illinois
Died: June 12, 1972, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Education: University of Chicago, Ph.B. 1930, University of Chicago Graduate School, criminology, 1930–1932.
Occupation: Community organizer, writer, political activist
Notable works: Reveille for Radicals (1946); Rules for Radicals (1971)
Awards: Pacem in Terris Award, 1969
Saul David Alinsky(January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972) was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing. He is often noted for his book Rules for Radicals. From that book here are Saul's thoughts on how to create a social state:
There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.
1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people
2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.
5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)
6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.
7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.
8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.
Any of this sound familiar?
Sunday, March 2, 2014
There is a difference between today's recipients of government assistance
and the ones I witnessed in my youth who were on relief during the 1930's.
My first hand experience was urban and not second hand reading, about
the plight suffered by those trapped in the dust bowls of our country.
We were in a deep depression and from what I remember, although my
family as well as so many others, were not in dire straights, but on the
cusp of government support, and never a part of it because of pride,
dignity and ethic. The truly destitute were in desperate need, and only
a few unqualified schemers ever thought of working the system to cheat
the government and the needy out of their portion, grabbing what was
not due them.
Recipients of the bare necessities for survival, didn't demand or claim
society owed them. They were humble and grateful, not entitled.
If a true assessment was to be made at the present state of giveaways,
I know it will show a disproportionate of the populous are not qualified
to meet the criteria of the '30s, because many fit the description of
dead beats and foreigners residing in the states who entered illegally,
availing themselves of our infrastructure and welfare system.
I heard and encountered cases where individuals with incomes above
poverty level, boasted about playing the system to acquire Obama phones,
food stamps, subsidies and other freebies.
I'm aware there are truly needy people due to circumstance who don't
require my apology, knowing my criticism isn't directed toward them.
It is acknowledgment of their needs for private and government assistance,
but as most government programs, they end up going beyond original
purpose, adding politic goodies, expanding budgets and taxes unnecessarily.
President Barack Obama's changing America is a doomed experiment
falling by the wayside as did other forms of unbenevolent societies. He goes
about like Typhoid Mary, unaware of the contamination and destruction his
ideology is causing. If he is not restrained, the middle class will perish.
As a young lad, I could hardly wait for the future. It held unimaginable
fascination and hope. For me, the future has come and it is now. Because
of who we entusted it with, I don't like it!
Many will say I'm an angry old man and they will be right! I am angry to see
what my beloved country is turning into.
Conservative commentary by George Giftos
Thursday, February 27, 2014
To listen to Obama and the Democrats, you’d think that people in our country are being deprived of their chance of success in life by the people who have attained success….the wealthy.
In our Declaration of Independence it is stated, “…..that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among those are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, it did not say that there is a “guarantee” of happiness, only the opportunity to pursue happiness. Obama and the Democrats seem to think that that is not enough, they feel that all people should have the same status in life regardless of whether they have earned that status or not.
That’s what “income redistribution” is all about. The Marxist/Socialist mindset of Obama and the Democrats, seem to think that people who achieve success and have accumulated monetary rewards for their efforts, should have to redistribute those “excessive” monetary rewards to the less fortunate by forcing them (a/k/a a form of stealing) to pay more in taxes and fees so it can be distributed to the poorer folks. Notwithstanding, that many wealthy people donate huge sums of money, on their own, to charities without government coercion.
No matter what kind of society you or I live in, there will always be people who are well-off and some who will not be so well-off. In our Capitalistic, free enterprise society, the opportunity is there for everyone, some succeed and some don’t, but is that any reason to punish success by demonizing the successful and overly taxing them to try to “level the playing field”? In the words of our great former President, Abraham Lincoln, who said, “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich”, are words that sort of contradict the philosophy of Obama and the Democrats.
The Democrats have demonized, for instance, the “Koch Brothers”, because they are wealthy (billionaires) and contribute many dollars to Republicans and Conservative groups and causes, like that is somehow un-American. The Koch Brothers are the owners of the 2nd largest privately held company (Koch Industries) in the United States. They have over 67,000 employees who rely on the Koch’s for their livelihood. These “evil” rich billionaires, besides their political donations, have donated hundreds of millions of dollars to schools, hospitals and charities such as (to name a few) George Mason Univ., Univ. of Chicago, Free Enterprise Institute, Salvation Army, the Smithsonian Institution, Univ. of Kansas, Young Americans for Freedom etc, etc. Should they be looked upon as un-American because they are wealthy and politically connected to Republicans and Conservatives?
Look at what Obama and Democrats do. They rail against the wealthy and Wall Street, and then go out to fund raise with liberal fat cats (millionaires and billionaires) who pay $30,000 to $40,000 a dinner plate. I guess in their minds, those rich millionaires and billionaires are O.K., but the other rich people who support their opponents are “evil” and should be audited by the I.R.S. (that has actually happened). You could honestly say that Obama and the Democrats are unrepentant hypocrites.
Yes, equality of outcome (and income) will never be attained in any society, but equality of access and opportunity will always be there for those who can take advantage of the opportunities made available to them by our system of free enterprise. The Marxist/Socialist systems cannot compete with Capitalism and free enterprise because they take away the incentive to be all that you can be. When there is no incentive to achieve success and monetary rewards, there is no progress. And, “income redistribution”, as orchestrated by the government and Obama and the Democrats, is not the answer.
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Damned Fools R us.
At the precise moment a majority of myopic voters elected Blarrack Hussein Obama as the President of the United States, it signaled the beginning-of-the-end for the Liberty and individual freedoms of every citizen living in this nation.
The Democrat Progressives who had been salivating to resuscitate the many-times failed ideologies of Socialism since Woodrow Wilson was a pup, enabled by the clueless & careless Something-for-Nothing crowd - had finally elected their first black president. Well, not exactly black but, close enough for Government work.
Blarrack Hussein Obama, a one-term U.S. Senator from the streets of Corruption City (Chicago) was woefully inexperienced , without any practical experience other than street thuggery, bereft of any meaningful accomplishment as either a State or U.S. Senator, he was embarrassingly unqualified to serve in public office. But, he was a nice-looking, coffee-colored chap, born outside the USA of a white American mother and a black Kenyan father. So, while he had an undistinguished record, he looked good, had an engaging smile and he spoke well.
Obama was raised in the Muslim world and thoroughly indoctrinated as a student of Islam. But so what? In the minds of the clueless & careless, he had all the necessary qualifications to be the first 'Black President' and that's what mattered. And, he had promised, 'Hope & Change'. While he never bothered to explain what that would mean, his enablers rightly presumed that it meant he would bring about some kind of long-awaited retribution for all the insults and wrongs done to black people in this country.
Finally, payback for African Americans - going back to the days when African Muslims sold blacks to slave traders who crammed them into sailing ships, delivered them to the shores of America and into the hands of slave traders in our Southern states. Payback at last! Payback at last! Payback at last!
Well, it didn't exactly work out that way for the rest of America. What we damned fools had elected, was a despotic, ego-centric, classic Narcissist with delusions of grandeur, committed to bringing this nation to its knees and reconstituting it to a system of anarchy that ignores the intent of the nation's Founders. And also, totally ignores the Constitution those Founders provided us as a guide for a civilized people, to live in a free society. Thanks, myopic voters. Can you see him now?
MORT KUFF © 2-22-2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Putting the cart before the horse may avoid rolling over the manure, but the crap is still in the
street waiting to be picked up.
President Obama chose to make the Affordable Care act his signature legacy and tackle it first,
ignoring the economy that effects us all.
Working to improve the financial structure of the individual by passing legislation, to make
job creation for small business and incentives for big business, to keep jobs here would have
presented a much different picture on the outlook to access health security acquisition.
We wouldn't be talking about 30 million uninsured. Instead of working to solve that problem,
he and his advisers has blown it to be problematic for every American. Twenty five hundred
pages of Obamacare gobble-d-goop could have been reduced to a couple of dozen.
Barack Obama's approach is a perfect example of mismanagement. To improve some elements
in health care insurance and put some providers to task has created vast, unnecessary
collateral damage to millions of Americans, in order to placate the liberal voter base.
Obamacare is turning out to be the president's Edsel!
Conservative article from George Giftos
The "Jane Fonda Obama" Video