TankerKC
Since Nov 6, 1998

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1. Most folks think of political issues in terms of liberal or conservative. I don't buy that. Political issues are about freedom or tyranny. There are many folks in both major parties that just want to control your life. They want to tell you where to be educated, where to get health care, what to eat, what to drive, where to live, what to smoke, what words to use-and not to use, who to associate with, who to hire, how much to pay them, what to produce, what to read, what to watch on TV, how to raise your kids...you get the point. The government facilitates this by taking money out of your pocket, then promising to give a bit of it back-if you remain compliant. Have fun driving your Government Motors (GM) car.

2. We live in the greatest country in the history of the world. It is not because of any group (race, religion or union), it is not genetic, it's not because of the piece of land that we live on with all of its great natural resources, and it's not because of a bunch of blowhards in Washington. It's because of the interaction of free, self-reliant individuals pursuing their own self interest. Individual liberty is the key to greatness and it is guaranteed us by our Constitution. If people are allowed to succeed, and fail, on their own, we will continue to be great. Not perfect, but great.

3. The government has become so large and obtrusive that many believe that every problem requires a government solution. The truth is, the more they meddle in private business, the more they have to clean up (see the mortgage fiasco as an example). I don't look to the government to protect me from myself. "The government does not solve problems, it subsidizes them." -Ronald Reagan

4. Disagreeing with a black president, does not make one a racist. To charge that it is, is demeaning to us and our President. "I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic, and we should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration." -Hillary Clinton

5. There are already too many laws on the books. Try to go through a day without making even a minor violation. It's hard to do. Realize that at any moment, you can be questioned, detained, cuffed, tazed or worse...all for your own good, of course. This is unlikely to change, because EVERYONE is in on the take...judges, prison guards, parole officers, defense lawyers, prosecutors & cops and more.

6. Never take what you read in the news papers or see on the TV news at face value. I have NEVER read a description of any event that I personally witnessed that was accurate-except for sports scores, because they are really important. Over the past 30 years in the military (and now civil service), I have been a part of various actions that were reported on the news, and reporters NEVER get it right. I'd be less annoyed by this fact if I thought it was out of pure stupidity, but it is not. They frame their camera shots to fit their preconceived notion of the story, only talk to people who say what they want to hear, and mis-quote or ignore you when they don't like what you say.

7. The government is full of bureaucrats who believe in government solutions to all problems. Individuals that believe in self-reliance and personal responsibility aren't attracted to those jobs.

8. Go to the DMV today and asks yourself, "Do I want these guys providing my health care?" I don't. I don't want them running my bank either. There are proper functions of government. Keeping the peace, fire protection, national defense and running fair courts are among the proper functions. Running car companies and ensuring that we don't consume too much trans-fat are not. I'll just call the DMV a necessary evil.

9. Global Warming/Climate change is nothing but a marketing strategy. Take your old product and slap a new green label on it, and watch sales rise. There is so much conflicting information out there on global warming, that I find it hard to really know the truth of it all. Contrary to what you may have heard on the news though, there is no scientific consensus on climate change. I do know this: Al Gore is not a scientist. He never was a very successful student in any subject. I'm not going to ask George Bush to interpret climate data for me either.or T Boone Pickens, or anyone in Congress for that matter.

10. No criminal ever decided not to commit a crime because the gun he planned on using was illegal.