What is going with this country? What is wrong with people? Our society seems to have lost its’ ability to think beyond the present and beyond themselves. I truly cannot take it anymore. In the words of my mentor, Mr. Glenn Beck, it is going to make blood shoot right out of my eyes!
There was an e-mail going around recently which discussed how to trap wild pigs. While I don’t remember it word for word, the gist was this: First, you put out some food out for the pigs. It may take a little while for them to eat the food because they’re not used to it, but they’ll eat it eventually. Once they do, you put up just one side of a fence. Again, the wild pigs will be wary of this new object, but they will get used to it and continue to eat the food you put nearby. Then, you put out another side of a fence. Yet again, the pigs will be unsure of this foreign object invading their space. But, yet again, the pigs will acclimate to their new environment. This scenario is repeated until the pigs are finally fenced in by all four sides. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
Our government has been feeding us little bits of socialism for decades and we don’t even know it. Why don’t we know it? Because they’ve been giving it to us in such tiny doses that we don’t even realize what they’re doing to us. Along with the socialism (the “fence”, if you will), they keep giving us rewards (the “food”) with which to hypnotize us. Actually, I think maybe it’s more communism they are giving us, but either way, it’s bad. Check out the ideals of the Communist Manifesto:
- Abolition of Private Property. (HOA’s, eminent domain, etc.)
- Heavy Progressive Income Tax. (See previous post regarding taxes.)
- Abolition of Rights of Inheritance. (Estate taxes, “death” tax)
- Confiscation of Property Rights. (Again, HOA’s and eminent domain)
- Central Bank. (Hello, Federal Reserve! Just look at what King Paulson is doing with OUR money!)
- Government Ownership of Communication and Transportation. (FCC, DOT, etc.)
- Government Ownership of Factories and Agriculture.
- Government Control of Labor.
- Corporate Farms and Regional Planning.
- Government Control of Education. (Dept. of Education. Let’s face it, the government controls the schools except for that very small percentage of the population who can actually afford to send their kids to private school or home school them.)
Now we are seeing the government involve itself with mass home ownership (think, mortgage bailout) and even the entire U.S. automotive industry. Why are they doing this? Well, they like for us to believe that they are doing it for our own good. You know, you little people really can’t take care of yourselves, so we need “help” you. At least this is the excuse they like to dole out. That’s what the government always does. Just think about the ever-increasing red light and speed cameras here in the Valley. They claim that they are doing it for our own safety. If you are dense enough to believe this myth, then I don’t know what to tell you. I don’t understand how you’re able survive in the world. Anyway, the only reason they have these cameras is so that they can increase their income. You see, since they can’t figure out how to stay within their budgets (i.e. the taxes they impose upon us), they need another way to “tax” us, all under the guise of “safety”. Private companies are contracted to mail us tickets and the more they send out, the more money they (and the government) rake in. What a brilliant scheme!
Another example of the government trying to “help” us is the strong possibility of yet another “stimulus package”. The Democrats are determined to pass one the day after Obama’s inauguration, as if it worked the first time. And what do the citizens say? “Yeah! Give me more money! Gimme, gimme, gimme!” I hate to break it to everyone, but, and read carefully, WE DO NOT HAVE ANY MONEY! “But, then where are they gonna get the money?” Well, they’ll either print more, like they’ve been doing, reducing the value of our dollar even further and forcing the U.S. dollar to essentially become Monopoly money OR they’ll try to borrow it (that is, if anyone is still willing to do so with our credit rating being lowered) – either way, we, the taxpayers get to pay for it. Is that how you want your money spent, given to people in the hopes that it will save our broken economy? I’m sorry, but if the government’s going to screw us, I need a little more than a “hope”.
I just can’t believe what sheep most people seem to be. They can’t think beyond what’s in front of them. Think critically, people! Then again, when you look at the state of our educational system, I guess I can understand why no one is able to think critically anymore. Students are trained to memorize “facts” and spout them out. They are taught to pass standardized tests just so they can graduate. The only time they are made to think beyond that is in college, and even then, they are usually indoctrinated into liberal thinking and nothing more. (Just so I don’t offend any teachers out there, I’m not saying every teacher or every school system does this, it just seems to be the overwhelming majority. And, most teachers are forced to do so because of the standards given them.)
On the more “everyday” level, I’ve recently come across some instances of selfish, “now-thinking” that have not only annoyed me, but they bothered me deeply. I was walking one of my dogs the other day, crossing the street at an intersection in my neighborhood. I heard a car coming at a pretty good clip, but I was almost halfway across the street, so I figured the car would stop. Although most people might think nothing of hitting a person, they will screech to a halt, when faced with a defenseless animal in their path (sad, but true). Needless to say, I was a bit surprised when, instead of stopping at the stop sign before her, the young girl driving the beat-up white compact decided to pause a mere moment, almost clipping me and my dog before speeding off around the corner. I realized that the girl had seen me from far back on the street and had wanted to “beat” me to the stop sign so that she didn’t have to wait the five seconds for me and my canine friend to pass.
About a month ago, I was pulling up to a CVS Pharmacy drive-thru, when, out of nowhere, a large tan diesel truck came whipping around the corner, nearly hitting the front bumper of my meager sedan. I won’t attempt to detail the exact set-up of this particular CVS, but he was coming from the wrong direction. The arrows painted on the ground advise you to come from the direction from which I was coming. In order to pull into the drive-thru from the truck’s direction, you have to make a very wide turn, or back up first, as it is a very tight squeeze. Yet another example of someone trying to “beat” me because he didn’t want to have to wait; someone who had to break the “rules” because his time is, apparently, more precious than mine.
One night, I was walking both of my dogs when I saw a man with three large German shepherds come out of the park and onto the street before me. I did not wish to have a confrontation with three huge dogs, especially since I’d only had my two for a couple of weeks, so I stayed where I was while I watched the man and his buddies cross the street. To my surprise, as soon as he crossed, he simply let go of all three leashes! I could not believe it! It was completely dark outside and he was walking along the side of the street with three large dogs off leash! I was speechless! (Okay, so I wasn’t exactly “speechless”, I was whispering cuss words at him, to myself.) Of course, with this new turn of events, I made sure to stay put until I could no longer see the stranger and his giant dogs. The last thing I needed was a dog fight and a lawsuit. This man had absolutely no regard for anyone but himself. How did I know his dogs wouldn’t come after me or my dogs? One man cannot hold back three 100+ lb. dogs. It’s just not possible. Even if his dogs were extremely well-trained, that does not mean that they are perfect students. Dogs are still animals and once they get in group-think attack mode, there’s no telling what they’ll do. As I walked further down the street, I saw him about a half-mile from where I first spotted him, crossing the street with his unrestrained pups. If the worst happened, he would be liable, but I would be the one punished because I would have two dead dogs. Another case of utter selfishness.
Every day I am more and more disgusted with humanity and its’ lack of civility towards humanity. I’m not one of these utopian society peaceniks, mind you, but a little common decency would be nice. Why must everything always be about you? While I am, by no means, a “religious” person, the Bible has it so right in so many ways. The “golden rule”, as corny as it may sound, is dead on. Look, I would never be so pretentious as to pretend that I am anything but completely and utterly imperfect, but a little “do unto others as you would have done unto you” could go a long way in this world.