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November 22, 2018
https://image.shutterstock.com/image-vector/pilgrim-praying-over-thanksgiving-feast-450w-485069371.jpgTHE FIRST THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION by GEORGE WASHINGTON

[New York, 3 October 1789]

“By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.”

“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

“Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.”

“and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.”

“Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.”

Go: Washington

 

 

BE THANKFUL OUR COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON FREE ENTERPRISE

THE ORIGINAL THANKSGIVING STORY

CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN FREE ENTERPRISE, by Richard Ebeling, at mises.org.

We have written in the past about the failure of the collective sharing experiment tried by the Pilgrims who came to the New World on the Mayflower. Here are some excerpts from the article:

“The Plymouth Colony was planned as a collectivist utopia. In the New World, they wanted to erect a New Jerusalem that would not only be religiously devout, but be built on a new foundation of communal sharing and social altruism. Their goal was the communism of Plato’s Republic, in which all would work and share in common, knowing neither private property nor self-interested acquisitiveness.”

“What resulted is recorded in the diary of Governor William Bradford, the head of the colony. The colonists collectively cleared and worked the land, but they brought forth neither the bountiful harvest they hoped for, nor did it create a spirit of shared and cheerful brotherhood.”

“The less industrious members of the colony came late to their work in the fields, and were slow and easy in their labors. Knowing that they and their families were to receive an equal share of whatever the group produced, they saw little reason to be more diligent in their efforts. The harder working among the colonists became resentful that their efforts would be redistributed to the more malingering members of the colony. Soon they, too, were coming late to work and were less energetic in the fields. Collective work equaled individual resentment.”

“Because of the disincentives and resentments that spread among the population, crops were sparse and the rationed equal shares from the collective harvest were not enough to ward off starvation and death. Two years of communism in practice had left alive only a fraction of the original number of the Plymouth colonists.”

“Realizing that another season like those that had just passed would mean the extinction of the entire community, the elders of the colony decided to try something radically different: the introduction of private property rights and the right of the individual families to keep the fruits of their own labor.”

“The Plymouth Colony experienced a great bounty of food. Private ownership meant that there was now a close link between work and reward. Industry became the order of the day as the men and women in each family went to the fields on their separate private farms…….Hard experience had taught the Plymouth colonists the fallacy and error in the ideas that since the time of the ancient Greeks had promised paradise through collectivism rather than individualism.”

“In the wilderness of the New World, the Plymouth Pilgrims had progressed from the false dream of communism to the sound realism of capitalism. At a time of economic uncertainty and growing political paternalism, it is worthwhile recalling this beginning of the American experiment and experience with economic freedom.”

If our country had been founded as a socialist collective state, you and I may not be alive today. A growing population can only be supported by a certain level of production. And socialist economic planning can’t produce as much as a free market system.

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Colleges = Leftest Indoctrination Camps

September 20, 2018

indoctrination ahead warning sign with children symbol

Warning to parents! College is the most dangerous place you can send your kid. And I’m not talking about physical danger. I’m talking about mental danger.

At some point you may not know your kid when he comes home. 18 years of raising your kid could be thrown away in no time at all. Your kid will be taught ‘what’ to think or else. Is your kid strong enough to stand up to the kind of pressure he will face from the Post-Modernist indoctrinators who teach in and run the Universities?

WALTER E. WILLIAMS ARTICLE

In this article, Colleges: A Force For Evil, Walter E. Williams states: “Many of the nation’s colleges have become a force for evil and a focal point for the destruction of traditional American values.”

“The threat of our future lies in the fact that today’s college students are tomorrow’s teachers, professors, judges, attorneys, legislators and policymakers. A recent Brookings Institution poll suggests that nearly half of college students believe that hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment.”

“Leftists often say that the U.S. is the world’s worst country. But here are some empirical facts they might explain. According to a recent Gallup Poll, about 13 percent of the world’s adults – 630 million people – would like to move to another country. roughly 138 million would like to live in the U.S. -making us the No. 1 destination….”

Why would they want to come to America if it is as bad as the leftists say  it is?

JORDAN PETERSON VIDEO

Jordan Peterson goes into more detail in this great video, Dangerous People Are Teaching Your Kids, From Prager University

Excerpt from the video: “They are indoctrinating young minds throughout the west with their resentment-ridden ideology. They have made it their life’s mission to undermine western civilization itself which they regard as corrupt, oppressive and patriarchal….. You are supporting ideologies that claim that all truth is subjective, all sex differences are socially constructed and that western imperialism is the sole source of all third world problems. They are the post-modernists pushing progressive activism at a college near you.”

“To understand and oppose the post-modernists, the ideas by which they orient themselves must be clearly identified. First is their new unholy trinity of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Diversity is not defined by opinion but by race, ethnicity and sexual identity. Equity is no longer the laudable goal of equality of opportunity but the insistence of equality of outcome. Inclusion is the use of identity based quotas to achieve this misconceived state of equity. All of the classic rights of the west are to be secondary to these new values.”

“All these concepts originated with Karl Marx …… Marx viewed the world as a gigantic class struggle. The grasping rich against the desperate poor. But wherever his ideas were put into practice, in the USSR, China, Viet Nam and Cambodia, to name a few. Whole economies failed and tens of millions were killed.”

“We spent decades long cold war to stop the spread of those murderous notions. But they’re back in the new guise of identity politics. The corrupt ideas of the Post-Modern Neo-Marxists should be consigned to the dust bin of history. Instead we underwrite their continuance in the very institutions where the central ideas of the west should be transmitted across the generations. Unless we stop Post-Modernism, it will do to America and the Western world what it has already done to its universities.”

John McCain: Public Servant or Self Servant

August 30, 2018

MESA, AZ - JUNE 4: Senator John McCain (R - AZ) appears at a town hall meeting on June 4, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona.

Why has the passing of Senator John McCain turned into a political tennis match? Since Senator McCain was a politician, everything he did was, by nature, political. Lets try to take an unbiased look at Senator McCain’s life and see what we come up with.  Being unbiased will be difficult because I am biased against politicians in general, and political insiders in particular.

MILITARY SERVICE

Flying missions over Viet Nam and taking flack from AAA is something that takes a special kind of person. Heck, taking off and landing on an aircraft carrier takes a great amount of fortitude. He was shot down and captured by the enemy. He was tortured while spending 5 plus years in the infamous Hanoi Hilton.

This is serving your country at a level that cannot be denigrated in any way. He deserves to be honored for his service in the military. I salute him.

But what a person does at one point in his life doesn’t inoculate him from criticism for what he does the rest of his life. Many like to talk about John McCain”s life of public service. Service in the military is real service. Getting into politics doesn’t automatically grant a merit badge for public service. Your actions speak louder than what you say.

PUBLIC SERVICE OR SELF SERVICE?

I see John McCain through the same lens as I see his contemporary John Kerry. Both used their military service to further their political career. John Kerry threw his medals over the White House fence to prove his bona fides in becoming a Democrat. John McCain wore his medals on his chest to prove his bona fides in becoming a Republican. They both became insiders working to prop up and grow the size, and power of Government.

I am amazed how individuals go into politics to serve the public but seem to serve themselves. How many politicians become multimillionaires after decades of being hailed as “public servants”. How politicians become multimillionaire making only a couple hundred thousand a year amazes me (not really). Of course it helped both Kerry and McCain that they married into money.

Does anyone remember ‘The Keating Five’? Probably not. The MSM rarely talks about McCain’s role in the savings and loan crisis from the late 80’s. If you want to know more about McCain, the Keating Five, and Charles Keating, read this article from 1988: McCain: The Most Reprehensible Of The Keating Five. Charles Keating was owner of Lincoln Savings and Loan. He gave money and perks to McCain and his family. These payments could be considered a quid pro quo if McCain and 4 other senators, including John Glenn, could keep regulators away from Keating’s Lincoln Savings and Loan skimming operation.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“No one forgets that John Glenn was the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth. You won’t let anyone forget that you were a prisoner of war. But you have played that tune too long…..Clearly, both you and Glenn sold your fame for Charles Keating’s money.”

“It was a Faustian bargain. It was also a bad joke on the rest of us and a disaster for many old people who lost their life’s savings to Keating. The money was never really Keating’s to give. But he never would have got his hands on it if you and the rest of the Keating Five didn’t halt the government takeover for two long years while Keating’s people continued their looting.”

“And now, the tab for the Savings and Loan heist must be paid from taxpayers pockets.”

In 2002 McCain wrote a book titled, “Worth The Fighting For”. He did a C-SPAN book TV interview. Here is the part of the interview where he is questioned about Charles Keating, the Savings and Loan crisis and the Keating Five.

What do you think of his performance?

MAVERICK OR POLITICAL INSIDER?

McCain was known for his bipartisanship and willingness to work across the aisle. This reminds me of a quote by Thomas Sowell: “The only thing worse than partisan legislation is bipartisan legislation.

In 2002 McCain teamed up with Senator Russ Feingold to pass the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act aka  McCain-Feingold Act. In 2010 the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that it was unconstitutional because the First Amendment right to free expression applied to corporations. His bipartisan legislation violated free speech.

The media and Democrats used McCain’s bipartisanship as a pugil stick to beat Republicans over the head. The media and the Democrats thought of McCain as a ‘useful idiot’ in the advancement of their agenda. And he was blind to it even when it was right in front of his eyes. He wasn’t the lovable Maverick when he was running for President against Obama in 2008. The media hammered him. But after he lost, they eventually kissed and made up. He was getting what he valued from them. And they were getting what they valued from him.

WHAT DID HE VALUE AT THE END?

I’ve learned from reading ‘Human Action‘ by Ludwig von Mises that people act purposefully to attain a desired end. Put another way, what you value is revealed by your action. What insight can we gain about what John McCain valued if we look at his actions over the last year or so of his life?

Remember last year when congress was voting on repealing the Affordable Care Act? McCain had promised his constituents that he would vote for its repeal. It worked out that his vote would be the deciding vote for repeal. He made his grand entrance and turned his thumb down as if he was Caesar in the movie Gladiator deciding the fate of a warrior. He did this to spite Trump. He valued his hatred for Trump more than he valued his promise to his constituents.

McCain’s running mate in 2008, Sara Palin, was told through back channels not to come to his funeral. He has placed partial blame for his loss in 2008 on her. I know he hated Trump and didn’t want him at his funeral. But Sara Palin? She had nothing but praise for John McCain in her tweets upon hearing of his death.

If you knew you were going to die in a year would spend it clinging to your power as long as you can? And playing politics with people you didn’t like? Or would you spend it in a less selfish way?

Every human being is selfish by nature. But at some point most people learn to get over themselves. Although some people never get over themselves even at the end. What do John McCain’s actions tell us about him?

 

July 4th 2018: Independence Day!

July 4, 2018

Statue of Liberty on the background of flag usa, sunrise and fireworks

I reread the fourth chapter in Thomas Sowell’s book, “The Quest for Cosmic Justice”, every 4th of July. It is a must read. The fourth chapter is titled “The Quiet Repeal of the American Revolution”. I wish what he states about the difference between the American Revolution and all other revolutions was understood by all Americans. Here are some excerpts from this chapter.

“The war for American independence was not simply a landmark event in the history of the United States. It was a landmark in the history of the world – and especially a landmark in the history of the evolution of free and democratic societies. It’s international significance was symbolized by France’s donation of the Statue of Liberty to the Unites States on the one hundredth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and by the creation of a facsimile of this state in China, more than a century after that, by protesters vainly seeking to create a free and democratic government in that country”

“The American revolution was in some ways the most far-reaching of all the great revolutions in history. Other revolutions may have had more sweeping rhetoric, or greater extremes of violence and terror, or more categorical claims of change. They may even have had more radical changes of personnel, as in the change from czarist to Communist rulers in Moscow, while replacing one form of autocratic despotism with another and more bloody from.”

“The French Revolution of the succeeding decade used similar rhetoric, and was supported by such prominent figures in the American Revolution as Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine, but nevertheless the French Revolution was grounded on entirely different assumptions and of course took a different path all to characteristic of later revolutions that began with lofty ideals and ended with new and more ruthless despotism.”

  “The American Revolution, however, went further in rejecting a basic conception of man and society that goes back thousands of years, and which is still with us today…people with the most diverse philosophic persuasions have proceeded as if what was needed was to replace false doctrines with true doctrines and false leaders with true leaders – the heathens with the faithful, capitalists with socialists, royalty with republicans, and so on. But, unlike the French revolution and the Bolshevik revolution, for example, the American revolution and its resulting constitution established was not simply a particular system but a process of changing systems, practices, and leaders, together with a method of constraining whoever or whatever was ascendant at any given time…. it gave to the common man a voice, a veto, elbow room, and a refuge from the rampaging presumptions of his “betters”….. it was seen by others in the world at large as a landmark in the general struggle for human freedom. That is why it must be opposed by those with more ambitious visions (even if they do not consciously feel any animosity against constitutional freedoms) because, on issue after issue, those freedoms stand between the morally self-anointed and the realization of dreams which have overwhelming importance to them. Some of these dreams revolve around the quest for cosmic justice, in which constitutional constraints may be seen as technicalities to be finessed. Other dreams may be about personal ambitions that can be fulfilled only in a very different kind of society from that established by the Constitution… Ego and ideals are of course not mutually exclusive but may readily exist in the same individual, who may even mistake the former from the latter.”

America is an idea. It was based on the pretense that the individual was sovereign. Our founders knew that Government power had to be restrained or else it would be used arbitrarily by politicians and bureaucrats who were in position to wield it. Our Government was established to protect the individual and his property from aggression by other individuals. Those ‘other individuals’ mainly included individuals who were in positions to wield Government power against other individuals. The “idea” of America was: the individual is sovereign over State power.

It is amazing how Americans, especially the elite establishment in and out of government, don’t understand this “idea of America”. People from other countries seem to see the truth about America more clearly.

Here is a video of Bono talking about America being an ‘idea’.

 

OUR LIVES, OUR FORTUNES, OUR SACRED HONOR!

Paul Harvey. From last years 4th of July Post.

 

LETS CELEBRATE AMERICA

 

JIMI HENDRIX: NATIONAL ANTHEM AT WOODSTOCK.

In my opinion there has never been a more moving rendition of the national anthem (Number two is Whitney Houston’s version at the Super Bowl). His guitar making the sounds of ‘the rockets red glare’ and ‘the bombs bursting in air’, and his playing a short version of “Taps” near the end are moving to say the least! This version always makes me tear up with pride and joy about the “Idea” of America.

 

RAY CHARLES:  AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL.

This version gets me every time.

 

GOD BLESS AMERICA

God bless the ‘Idea’ that America represents.

 

 

Related ArticleWhat Does Independence Day Mean? at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleJuly 4th – Our Choice: Liberty Or Tyranny! at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleJuly 4th, Declaring Independence From Tyranny, at austrianaddict.com.

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Let’s Take A Timeout And Laugh

June 14, 2018

George Carlin and Rodney Dangerfield each has a unique comedic style. Take some time to escape from your normal day and laugh a little. You deserve it.

George Carlin examines the meanings of expressions or sayings we use in the English language.

Rodney Dangerfield doing what Rodney does.

 

Some Christmas Music

December 25, 2017

Christmas memories from my childhood are always brought back through music. Here are some Christmas songs that bring back good feelings.

Angelica Hale – Oh Holy Night.

Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Nettles – Do You Hear What I Hear.

Sissel Kyrkjebo – What Child Is This.

Martina McBride – White Christmas.

Silent Night – Tori Kelly

Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg.

How Great Though Art – Carrie Underwood & Vince Gill

This isn’t a Christmas song. But I get goose bumps and tear up every time I hear this rendition by Carrie Underwood.

HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!