Aristotle, Plato, Conservative, Socialist And A Fast Rocket Ship

In his writing of Politics, Aristotle said

Even the best of men in authority are liable to be corrupted by passion. We may conclude then that the law is reason without passion, and it is therefore preferable to any individual.

Contrast this thought with that of Plato

The best thing of all is not that the law should rule, but that a man should rule, supposing him to have wisdom and royal power.

It is assumed that whoever may read this agrees that a society must have laws.

It is also assumed that we may well disagree as to if those laws should be laws that are anchored permanent laws or if they should be laws that are ever changing and at the whim of the person or persons in power at any given moment.

The conservative believes in established and firm laws and believes that this is what is best for society and best for freedom of the individual. 

Absent established laws any societal code and understanding would be ever changing, making that society unstable and leaving peace, prosperity and property always at risk.

Absent this code the society is absent an identity, absent an identity the people are then unsure of their role and do not know their responsibilities.

When we have an established code/set of laws we then know our rights and our responsibilities. Further we know the responsibilities and limits of those who govern us.

What we as individuals do with those rights and responsibilities and how skilled we are with the handling of them is what will determine much of our success in a free society.

Those that handle their rights and responsibilities with seriousness and care are likely to succeed in one manner or another, while those who ignore their rights and responsibilities will likely fail  and will cause some kind of drag on society.

It is only when we have laws that are fixed and just and that are common to all citizens that we can have the sense that we are free to live our lives and carry out our business as we know our boundaries, the boundaries of our neighbors and those of of government.

The alternative is a society where the laws are ever changing as is the playing field according to the whims and schemes of those who govern.

America has been a society that lived in agreement with the quote from above by Aristotle, we are becoming a society that is being forced into the idea of Plato.

I suggest to you that Obama, his administration and the ruling democrats in Washington D.C. are corrupted by their passions and do think themselves wise.

I suggest that we are becoming a society where those who have ignored and mishandled their rights and responsibilities are to be coddled, propped up and know little to no consequences for their imprudence, their recklessness. In fact, they are only being encouraged in it.

In honesty, we’ve been moving this direction since long before Barack Obama showed up on the national scene.

Bush took us off the slow boat towards socialism and put us on a fast train.

Barack Obama put us on a rocket ship to European styled socialism.

I always had hope we could turn the boat around, slow the train to a stop, it’s a bit harder to jump from a rocket ship however.

I don’t think we have left the launch pad as of yet, but no doubt the count down has begun. It will take one loud, unified voice to yell “abort launch” to keep this rocket from lifting off.

 

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Colin Powell, Bad Advice

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I admire Colin Powell in many ways, but the man is NOT a true Republican let alone a Conservative. He never has been, he never will be, the Republican party and actual Conservatives should NOT be taking advice from this man.

In an interview with CNN Powell said the following:

CNN

“I think the party has to stop shouting at the world and at the country,”Powell said. “I think that the party has to take a hard look at itself, and I’ve talked to a number of leaders in recent weeks and they understand that.” Powell, who says he still considers himself a Republican, said his party should also stop listening to conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

“Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?” Powell asked. “Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?”

Shouting at the world and the country?

What the heck is that?

Let’s be real here buddy, the Left in this nation are the ones who do the shouting. They do more than shout at their fellow Americans, they give us marching orders. When we refuse those marching orders they try to shoot us down in anyway possible.

If anything, the Republican party and in particular the actual conservatives within the party, are not loud enough.

The problem with the party is not that it is too loud. The problem with the party is that it has moved away from conservatism and done so in leftward spasms. Too many within the party have voted for people just because they had an “R” next to their name on the ballots.

Because we are willing to vote in such a way, it is easy for people with a political bent such as Mr. Powell and worse political bents, to slip into the party and then entrench themselves. Leftists have burrowed their way into the center of the once Grand Old Party and and changed it from within.

Meanwhile conservatives both in office and everyday citizens have done little to nothing to promote conservative ideology. We do not actively seek to change hearts and minds, to convince others of conservatism. We do not, in a public arena, counter the lies and half truths of liberals. So when arguments are presented, we look weak and we look as though we have no answers.

Shout at the world and the country, heck we won’t even shout at each other or those on the other side of the isle in most cases.

If the Republican party want’s advice I’ll provide some.

Return to being a conservative party and it will become so uncomfortable for Powell and those like him that they will leave the party. Return to being conservative and for every ‘RINO’ that leaves the party, two or three will replace him or her.

Poll after poll shows that America tends towards conservative values. So long as we keep letting liberals into our party and so long as we keep letting liberals set the agenda for the nation, then the longer they stay in the forefront of American politics. The longer they are in the forefront then the longer they have the ear of the American people and the longer they have Americas ear the more likely they are to pull them over to the dark-side.

As soon as conservatives grow a set and reclaim the Republican party, the sooner this nation can turn around and be who she was meant to be.

So far as Rush, I’m not a huge fan, but I think he does a fairly good job and he at least has the willingness to not worry about if he is offending someone when something needs to be said.

 

A New Age Of Unity? Obamafied and Unified.

From time to time I will saunter through various message boards always being either religious or political. Last evening as I poked through various message boards I read through one particular thread where an Obama supporter asked a McCain supporter if he would join him in a “new age of unity” and support Barack Obama as president.

The McCain supporter did a very bad job of rebuffing this liberal imbecile who claimed that any American who will not support Obama is unpatriotic.

I looked up both individuals ‘profiles’ on this particular message board (a board I will not link to btw, I wish I had never visited it and never will again… some sick puppies over there), the profile provided a link to look at each persons previously posted messages.

I read through eight or ten of this leftists previous messages, some from more than four years ago, and was NOT surprised by what I read.

Concerning president Bush he noted that “Bush is not my president” and Bush is a murderer, a war monger, a thief, a coke head, a drunk, a war dodger, a compulsive liar, a fascist, a dictator, a Nazi…

It went on and on.

Three other leftists joined this idiot in attack the McCain supporter to show “unity”, the McCain supporter basically cowered in a corner and eventually gave in.

Today I found this article on Townhall.

I agree with the author David Harsanyi who titled the article “Unity? No, Thank You”.

No, I am not looking for unity as I know that unity per the leftist definition does not mean compromise or intelligent debate. It means that I must give unconditional support for a president Obama and his agenda.

Here is what I will do.
I will be fair and commend him when I believe his actions are correct. I will say when I agree with him. When I can I will support him.

I will also criticize him when I believe he has acted improperly and acted against the best interest of America and Americans.

Critical when necessary, fair when deserved.

I acted no differently where Bush was concerned.
I, and most of the right are consistent in this and will continue to be.

As David Harsanyi wrote, “Unity? No, Thank You”.