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Election 2012 — The end is coming. The end is coming. And then winter is coming, too!

Election 2012 — The end is coming. The end is coming. And then winter is coming, too!

Please remember that the first warning of the end of the Republic was in 1800 when Jefferson crept into office — that damned non-Christian Unitarian do-gooder that believed in revolution every 20 years and thought that Muslims (Mohamadens) were fine people. Jefferson was the president that took our navy down to just 6 ships and cut the Army to barely 4 regiments … Jefferson then spent tax money to buy Louisiana and later wrote that he believed that his own actions were probably unconstitutional.

Jefferson was indeed revolutionary and perhaps our first and last libertarian president:

Jefferson slashed army and navy expenditures by half, cut the budget, eliminated taxes on whiskey, houses, and slaves, and fired all federal tax collectors. He reduced the army to 3,000 soldiers and 172 officers, the navy to 6 frigates, and foreign embassies to just 3 in Britain, France, and Spain.

During the winter months of his first term he spent time slicing and splicing parts of two New Testament Bibles specially ordered in large print from a Berlin, Germany printer because he wanted to get rid of all the nonsense in the Bible. We now know this as the Jefferson Bible, which is in use around the world in various languages (Spanish | German).

His opponent predicted that women’s virtues would be unprotected and quickly molested once Jefferson took office because he believed that government had no role in the relations between people … and … Jefferson was the ultimate boogeyman by rolling back the equivalent of the Homeland Security Act (the Alien and Sedition Acts) and upon inauguration declaring the will of the minority views in our society as also being of importance:

“The will of the majority is in all cases to prevail”, Jefferson declared. But, he added, “that will to be rightful must be reasonable; the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression”

The election of 1800 was radical and nasty, and yet the election of 1824 is still considered the nastiest in all of American history. Much of our current day politics evolved out of the bitter battles of 1824 and 1828 more so than the earlier elections which actually involved primarily our founders running for office.

There are times, such as in 1860, when we really are at the brink. Right now we are just generally spoiled children that want things our way and want our toys back if the other side refuses to play by our rules. This too shall pass.

Our nation has been at its probable end ever since it started. Thank God for the day after when all the ninnies end up so silly looking.

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Election 2012 … Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

It is all what it is. Since 1800 we have come to routinely expect lies, deceit and heavily filtered info by candidates, their campaigns, and their supporters.

We have a choice. Some of us vote for the lesser of two evils. Some vote for the supposed philosophy espoused by a candidate in the hope that it will prevail.

Yet we all must be responsible for seeking out the facts on our own and being skeptical of everyone.

We should consider perhaps that the more the flag is waved, or our hearts are appealed to, then the higher the chance that a smokescreen is being created for something else.

ELECTION 2012

… and the WINNER is (so far):

Politifact has judged Obama public statements of fact to flunk the truthfulness test 31% of the time. Obama is also the recipient of 6 ‘Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire’ judgements … http://www.politifact.com/personalities/barack-obama/

HOWEVER, Romney WINS the untruthfulness contest easily with 43% of his statement of facts flunking the truthfulness test … Romney also beats out Obama badly in the ‘Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire’ judgements against him … http://www.politifact.com/personalities/mitt-romney/

So should we trust someone more that misleads us 31% of the time, rather than 43% of the time?

Or is it what it is and we should just vote A) the lesser of two evils, or B) vote for the philosophy, hoping it prevails, and consider lying an All-American election normality? Election 2012 is not a contest of angels.

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The Ugly Legacy of Election 2012 … Kid’s Stuff!

As for thinking that 2012 is so dysfunctional, try a bit of history.

The dysfunction was present even before George Washington finished his first term.

Neither Madison nor Jefferson could persuade their own home state to adopt the first 10 amendments to the Constitution — and Madison was their primary author and patron saint. No one cared.

Alexander Hamilton ‘the ultra federalist’ agreed to sell the amendments in exchange for some deals … Washington is what it always was. So while Madison was the Constitution’s primary author, and author of the first 10 Amendments, it is his philosophical rival in every way that got the deal done.

Folks that wistfully wish for the days of yore are seriously on drugs if they believe that things were better.

President Washington started his first term with $75 million in debt and it took succeeding presidents 45 years to pay it off.

There was a rebellion against taxes even then … and Ol’George didn’t hesitate to go shoot em up to prove that DC was DC and rules were to be followed. Unlike today when folks talk about ‘the next time we return our guns will be loaded’, George Washington faced an actual armed military force … and he sent a small army of 13,000 to go put the rebellion down … In the end, Washington got his national sales tax on certain items … and not a cheap tax either: 18 cents per gallon of whiskey.

The election of 1800 was total trash talk (and Jefferson became the semi-official first American anti-Christ) … while Jefferson’s vice president Aaron Burr killed the former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel just as Jefferson’s first term ended … Burr was running for governor of New York at the time since Jefferson planned to dump him as his VP.

1832 or 1834 is still considered to be the ugliest campaign year in history … although by the end of the century there were 5 Republican senators that openly declared in favor of the Democratic nominee for president. We now know those Republicans as the Mugwumps.

And let us not forget how former president Theodore Roosevelt bolted the Republican Party to run as a Moose candidate.

What we got in 2012 is pretty damn tame.

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Thomas Jefferson about banks: Caveat emptor!

Many folks seem to think that money shellgames by the Federal Reserve is bad and almost evil — yet the actions of ‘for profit’ banks is just normal capitalism and somehow acceptable.

Caveat emptor!

What was it President Thomas Jefferson said?

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (around the banks), will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

President Thomas Jefferson in 1802 letter to Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin

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A Centrist Is … A Believer In The Greater Good

A centrist is a state of mind, not a political belief.

A centrist can be left, right, statist, libertarian or even a menshevik (but probably not a bolshevik).

Centrists believe that we are all in this together and we can find a solution if we work together.

I consider myself a conservative — a progressive conservative even: open to new ideas and ways of doing things.

Progressive should mean that you see something that needs a solution and you put your mind to find a way to achieve a positive outcome.

There can be contradictions. I am often contradictory.

— I believe Social Security would have been found unconstitutional if Roosevelt hadn’t threatened political stacking of the deck by changing the Supreme Court’s structure. Yet I also believe that Social Security is a great idea, an appropriate policy for any nation with a modern, non-agrarian workforce that really doesn’t have the means to finance their eventual retirement.

— I believe that the individual mandate of the Affordable Health Care Act, aka ObamaCare, is unconstitutional but I am all for a national healthcare plan and universal coverage. We could have creatively worked out a solution that covered more without mandating coverage of all.

A Centrist can be contradictory in what they believe and in what they are willing to accept. I am an American first and a conservative second.

It bothers me to no end the occasional chatter about something being unconstitutional or not what our founders intended. In both cases such folks seldom have a clue what they are talking about — and obviously know little of our founders; whereas Madison drafted most of the Constitution he couldn’t sell it and it took a strong federalist like Alexander Hamilton, who strongly disagreed with Madison (and Jefferson) on many things, to convince the several states (including Virginia which was among the very last) to ratify the Constitution. It took a Centrist that believed in the greater good and willing to trade some of his own priorities in order to get passage of a founding document which had numerous objectionable aspects to him.

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There is not a lot of competition for the center.

And let’s not confuse being centrist with being moderate, although there are commonalities.

I consider myself first and foremost a conservative. It bothers me greatly however that conservatism really has very little meaning today in relationship with being a principled conservative that is not seen as cold hearted, mean and often spiteful.

There are those that are trying to rewrite the principles of conservatism. Here is a case in point: http://tinyurl.com/43xdqlg — the author perverts a number of traditional conservative principles in a very Ayn Randian way.

Here is a conservative Q&A website that shows perverted conservatism in action. This website poses a series of indoctrinal questions about what conservatism means and how conservatives should think about the situation or issue: http://tinyurl.com/3jc6k8f

One of my (dis)favorites is:

>> Q: WHY DON’T CONSERVATIVES CARE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO THE POOR, WEAK, DISCOURAGED, AND OUTCAST?

>> A: “Conservatives do care about what happens to such people. That’s why they oppose government programs that multiply the poor, weak, discouraged, and outcast by undermining and disrupting the network of habits and social relations that enable people to carry on their lives without depending on government bureaucracy.”

I guess there was no problem the day before the government got involved, eh?

I am very much for minimal government. Yet government does have a role to play … and blaming the government for being inefficient at dealing with the failure of our society to successfully deal with issues on our own is a very poor criticism in my book.

So if all of that seems contradictory … well, at least you can’t convict me of being dogmatic.

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Hip-hop ode to Alexander Hamilton, shot to death by an American vice president. No duck hunting involved.

You think politics are bad now?

We once had a vice president (Aaron Burr) that killed one of the nation’s founding fathers (Alexander Hamilton) — and the only real charge against Vice President Burr was that he may have taken advantage of Hamilton, who was not known to be a gun person or have much interest in the duel. It is said that Hamilton’s gun only fired as he fell to the ground.

Alexander Hamilton was elected a member of the Continental Congress in 1782. Ol’Alexander was a leading proponent of a stronger national government and advocated a national government that would have virtually abolished the states. Hamilton supported a popularly elected president, but one that was president for life.

On the eve of the presidential election of 1800, Hamilton wrote a bitter personal attack on the president (Adams) that contained confidential cabinet information, intended to derail Aaron Burr’s chances of ever becoming president — Burr was campaigning against Jefferson and one other candidate. Hamilton’s effort worked. Burr lost to Jefferson … and it would eventually cost Hamilton his life.

Burr failed (barely) to win in the 1800 election and became Thomas Jefferson’s vice president (1801–1805). Being the vice president was a job given to the loser way back then.

Burr shot Hamilton dead while serving as the nation’s vice president in 1804.

Hamilton’s written attack was meant to be private and to rally support against Burr.

Somehow Hamilton’s attack letters were leaked and published by Burr himself.

Hamilton was destined to grace the front of a $10 dollar bill. And if there was ever an official opening for patron saint of the Federal Reserve it should be Hamilton that gets the nomination.

As for former Vice President Burr, he was arrested in 1807 for treason as he tried to start his own country. Charges were dropped and he soon left the U.S., returning some years later and lived life out as a successful lawyer and lobbyist.

So you think that 2011 is full of whine and vinegar when it comes to politics? Hell, we’ve always been this way.

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A Long Story Short: Conservative Principles And Lack of Believability

by Bill Golden
Bill4DogCatcher.com and JeffersonConservative.com

We conservatives must be believable if we want to be believed.

We need vision and firm answers to real problems. We have failed that standard miserably.

We’ve hidden behind ‘principles’ when reality is that we are too worried about answering the hard questions.

The price: even conservatives, such as myself, doubt the motives and intentions of other conservatives just as strongly as the liberals and moderates do.

“I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions, I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know, also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times.”
–Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816.

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