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    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Liberty: A Primary American Value

Liberty!

Posted on July 11, 2008 by Dezra Helgeson

From our discussion at the Mn Prager Discussion Group meeting on July 10, 2008:

There are three major mottoes which in brief, have been given special status to remind Americans what in our governance we primarily believe in: E Pluribus Unum, Liberty, and In God We Trust. They are written on our currency. The two most important documents of our United States defining who we are and how we conduct our management and perpetuate our cultural lives are the Declaration of Independence and the Supreme Law of the Land, our National Constitution.

Today, what these basic mottoes represent is under attack by the Left Wing of our country’s Democratic Party and its leadership in Congress and on the Supreme Court. The motto E Pluribus Unum is to be trumped by “Diversity,” In God We Trust is to be wrenched from the Nation’s psyche and replaced with State Secularism, and Liberty is to be replaced by “Equality. In the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, we read, “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” In the Preamble to the American Constitution, our supreme law, we read, “We, the People of the United State, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution for the United States of America.”

Now let us reread both Preambles according to the beliefs, teachings, and practices of the leadership of today’s American Democratic Party which promises change in governing our Judicial and Congressional offices, and a Presidential office held by Barrack Obama, if he is elected this November…Who, indeed, is for change.

“We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Equality, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

We, the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and…..Secure the Blessings of Equality to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution for the United States of America.”

Questions to consider and comment upon:

  • How does a government secure the blessings of liberty?
  • How does a government secure the blessings of equality?
  • From where do we get the Right of Equality?
  • How will Equality be enforced?
  • Who judges equality?

 

 

Irreligion in America’s March Toward Marxism

 Recently we have been debating  over how much freedom Obama’s “Healthcare” plan will take from each and every American citizen (except Senators, Representatives and other Federal workers).   Well educated Americans who are aware of World History know full well that Obama’s “Healthcare” plan is  an attack on American values far more shattering than the ultimate trillions of dollars of its financial cost.  It will crush the American soul, for people will become servants under  “Obamacare” and subsequent governments, destroying  the fundamental value basic to why America has been America;  its freedom, its democratic ideal that government should serve its people.  It is in Marxist states government reduces its people to servants for as servants they will be made more equal. 

But there is another vital pillar upon which Marxism depends:  the irreligion of its servants made equal. 

Please read or read again the remarkable forcast made by the prominent American religious leader, Neal Maxwell, in a speech made over 30 years ago regarding the decline of American values:

“A religious conviction is now a second-class conviction, expected to step deferentially to the back of the secular bus, and not to get uppity about it’ . This new irreligious imperialism seeks to disallow certain of people’s opinions simply because those opinions grow out of religious convictions. Resistance to abortion will soon be seen as primitive. Concern over the institution of the family will be viewed as untrendy and unenlightened.

“In its mildest form, irreligion will merely be condescending toward those who hold to traditional Judeo-Christian values. In its more harsh forms, as is always the case with those whose dogmatism is blinding, the secular church will do what it can to reduce the influence of those who still worry over standards such as those in the Ten Commandments.

“If people, however, are not permitted to advocate, to assert, and to bring to bear, in every legitimate way, the opinions and views they hold that grow out of their religious convictions, what manner of men and women would we be, anyway? Our founding fathers did not wish to have a state church established nor to have a particular religion favored by government. They wanted religion to be free to make its own way. But neither did they intend to have irreligion made into a favored state church. Notice the terrible irony if this trend were to continue. When the secular church goes after its heretics, where are the sanctuaries? To what landfalls and Plymouth Rocks can future pilgrims go?

“If we let come into being a secular church which is shorn of traditional and divine values, where shall we go for inspiration in the crises of tomorrow? Can we appeal to the rightness of a specific regulation to sustain us in our hours of need? Will we be able to seek shelter under a First Amendment which by then may have been twisted to favor irreligion? Will we be able to rely for counterforce on value education in school systems which are increasingly secularized? And if our governments and schools were to fail us, would we be able to fall back upon the institution of the family, when so many secular movements seek to shred it?”

For a video and full transcript of this presentation please tab onto Vision and Values.

Health Industry Prager Fan: “Obamacare Won’t Reform Health Care! It Will Destroy It!”

A good “Prager” friend of mine, wrote the following letter to a Marxist devotee relative of his:

 “…… your dreamlike socialist trances are delightfully retro. I hope that on your deathbed you renounce these ideas so that you may still have a 5-10% chance of going to heaven.
Since ample factual examples in history of the horrific, devastating impact on the human spirit and on human freedom of socialist and other leftist political systems apparently have little impact on you, I have to conclude that your wishes for the future of the American “health industry” are purely ideologically driven. If you point to Europe as some kind of positive example of health care, the situation is hopeless. Western Europe as a whole is a dying culture. Its once unparalleled greatness, as each country would pass the baton of greatness from one to another, is a thing of the past. It is now simply a mass of mediocrity, materialistic idlers who expect every infantile need to be met by the State. They are not even reproducing themselves. (I talked to a Dane yesterday, and he said that native Danes are producing 1.4 children per couple. Children are very inconvenient, they hamper your lifestyle, and they are not carbon neutral.) Most of the medical advances Europeans and Canadians rely on to maintain a semblance of good medical care come from–guess where?…………..America!
 
The “health industry” is only a term for a collection of various groups, entities and forces. I am in the health care industry. Doctors and nurses are in the health care industry. Insurance companies are. Drug companies. Medical device companies. Vitamin sellers. Alternative health care providers like acupuncturists. The Government. They are often at odds with each other–e.g., doctors vs. insurance companies, traditional medicine vs. holistic medicine, The American Medical Association vs. the American Psychological Association (regarding prescription privileges). The health industry is not a monolithic blob that has come to engulf us all. American health care research and development has been one of the wonders of the modern age, or any age. It is now dying due to over-regulation by the Government and the successful ability of personal liability lawyers to convince juries of multi-billion dollar lawsuits because John Doe didn’t realize that cigarettes were bad for him. He was tricked by the cigarette companies all those decades!
 
You may not realize it, but various governments (Federal, State, County and City) already account for over half of all people insured, including all government employees, the military, Medicare, Medicaid–even your Tante Betty, who, as a widow, has federal health insurance that is similar to, but better than, Medicare. They pay so little that providers and hospitals lose money. So they have been able to cost-shift to the rest of us, raising our health care costs. If the Government takes over the whole system, there will be no one left to cost-shift to. This will result in massive Government expense and an implosion of the provider system that is already so demoralized. If you are unhappy with the state of medical care or insurance, you might start by scrapping the largest buttinskis of all–the Government. Of course, if you like the care that people get under Medicare or at the VA, then you’ll want it for the rest of us.
 
I have seen a number of polls since June (CNN, Fox, NY Times, Gallup, etc.), and they consistently come out with 85% of those surveyed saying they are satisfied with their health care. Do facts matter? Are we going to scrap a system that most people like, despite the “crisis” mentality fulminating from the Left,  for an ideologically-driven plunge into Western European-style socialism?
 
I am not sure whether you realize that, this time aound, the health insurance industry is lined up with Obama and Congressional Leftists. They have been suckered into believing that Big Government’s mandatory coverage laws will work in their favor by giving  them vast new numbers of mandatory enrollee premiums. Similarly, the AMA leadership has gotten snookered by Obama into believing that the doctor-patient relationship will remain protected if they support him. The rank-and-file are rebelling. They are sheep being led to the slaughter.
 
The idea that people will spends hundreds of thousands of borrowed dollars  to go through the many years and rigors of medical school and post-doctoral specialization so that they can provide good medical care for a pittance to their socialist brothers is naive. The doctors and nurses and psychologists who I know, and there are many, are already motivated to do good for others. There is nothing evil in wanting to also make a profit, unless of course you are a Marxist.
 
Where you and I do seem to agree is that business tends to be amoral. Companies will do business with Nazis, Socialists, and Saddam Hussein if there is a profit to be made. Once we realize this, perhaps we can, like adults, realize that this is one undesirable part of the healthy innate human striving to explore, grow, discover, and prosper. I don’t admire most big businessmen, but I do admire capitalism. It is the system that most closely allows humans to express their innate humanity. If I want your money, I need to offer you something that you want. If I want to keep getting your money, I need to improve what I offer you or my competitor will get your money. I need to treat you right or I will lose your business. I can be black or white or red or yellow, and if I make a better loaf of bread, you don’t care and you will buy mine. Another Henry, Henry Ford, became a bazillionaire by making a low-cost, affordable, reliable product. he didn’t suck the financial juices out of the proletarian class. I don’t care for Bill Gates personally, but I love what he has done. He has made my life, and the lives of billions of people, so much better. I hope he makes another $100 billion, because that will mean he has come up with something else that is pretty spectacular.
 
There is nothing special about medical care. It is a service, and it is an extremely costly business to run. One successful new drug costs hundreds of millions or billions of dollars, and most drugs don’t make it to the market. Your socialized medicine, if enacted, will kill health care in this country. You will squeeze out profits, make health care providers see more and more patients until even more of them become demoralized, and will destroy the greatest medical research and development system in the world. Western Europe already provides decades of experience. To support their health care nanny states, they have very slow growth, anemic job creation, and high unemployment. In the U.S., Massachusetts comes perhaps the closest to what you would might like to see (thank you, Mitt Romney), and they are now going bankrupt from the costs of their health care system.
 
I suspect that, were you to respond, you would ignore these facts and cite a different set of issues. Thus, we would be talking at cross-purposes. I would say, however, that health care, like all other human endeavors, is imperfect. What a brilliant revelation! Do you have to destroy the fundamental system, however, to improve it? There are other, highly effective, free-market approaches that are not being used enough because of left-wing Government allegiance to its donor base. These include making insurance portable, ending employer-based coverage and instead placing the responsibility on the individual and his family (e.g., Health Savings Accounts), allowing for interstate purchasing of health insurance, and tort reform. In Massachusetts, a June survey by the Massachusetts Medical Society found that  25% of physicians acknowledged that they order tests and do procedures at times to protect themselves from lawsuits.
 
Obamacare won’t reform health care, it will destroy it.”
 
Thank you for the note, good Prager friend.  ghr
 
 

ATTENTION! Big Brother Obama Will Speak To His Children, September 8

ATTENTION!  ATTENTION!  Big Brother Obama Will Speak to His Children:  September 8!

All  Schools Receiving Government Money Must Comply!  Our Leader Will Allow No Exceptions! 

As is the curse with all Lefties,  Obama hasn’t any idea about the precedent he is setting.  Or do these Marxists know exactly what they are doing?   Are they so sure of  their Marxism they don’t give a damn?

From the “Minnesota Majority”:  “On Tuesday, September 8th, most of America’s children begin another school year. President Obama has prepared a special lesson for them on the first day of school. Broadcasting live from the White House via the internet, the president will speak directly to classrooms across the nation. The federal Department of Education has prepared a special lesson plan to accompany the speech.

 
The lesson plans are available for viewing at the Department of Education’s website. Some of the contents have education professionals and parents concerned (see Fox News story). One exercise in the lesson plan for elementary students asks students to write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. The letters would be returned to students at a later date “to make students accountable to their goals.” What goals? The president’s goals? Since content of the president’s speech has not yet been made public, it’s hard to say what the Education Department has in mind.
 
Before the live broadcast, the lesson plan for Jr. High and High School students calls for students to hear excerpts from Obama’s past speeches on education (political speeches) and then asked how they think Obama will inspire or challenge them.
 
A letter to school principals says the President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. A laudable message and no apparent cause for concern, but the lesson plans prepared by the Department of Education suggest there may be more to the message.”
 

“The Bigger The Government, The Smaller The Citizen

The first hour of the Dennis Prager radio show is the best source of  information about America’s troubles, conflicts and  issues.  Yet, yesterday’s first hour of Prager’s show was even better.

Dennis was outraged.  I love it when Dennis is outraged, since he covers his outrage nearly every time he reviews the nation’s countless contemporary idiocies.  He is good then, as always, but yesterday he was at his very best. 

There simply are some occasions when the fullness of the human mind and flesh become so saturated with stories of such unbelieveable stupidity the entire world of reality seems short circuited.  

It seems that in Tampa, Florida, a gentlemen attempted to cash a check, I believe, from his wife who enjoys the same bank account with him.  A new policy appeared at this Bank of America requiring a thumb print be place on such checks.  One problem, America.  The man had no thumbs and no fingers.  He was born without them.  He was told he could not have the check cashed without a thumb print, sorry.  The teller advised the gentlement to return with his wife on hand (on prosthetic, to be more accurate) and everything would be fine. 

He refused and demanded to see the bank manager.  The lady assured him she could not disobey bank policy and recommended he open up his own, separate account….

He refused and asked the manager if she was aware of the law under the Americans with Disabilities Act which protected him from discrimination such as he felt he was facing.  He reminded her to respect diversity in America which she seemed to ignore.  The manager assured the customer she knew the law and had correctly offered him a reasonable alternative as required by the law.  She was following proper procedure. 

THIS ISSUE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DIVERSITY! ……….Prager exploded………

THIS ISSUE HAS TO DO WITH SOMETHING SO TERRIBLY MISSING IN AMERICA TODAY….Prager continued………..!!!!!!!   COMMON SENSE!!!!!!!

Most would let the story go right there…but not dear Dennis.  He reminded listeners of how we indoctrinate our younger generations to resolve issues….The gentlemen used the victim card and threatened using that card.  Lawyers most certainly would be enriched.  

 Dennis recommended the perfect action the gentleman should have followed…..

He should have taken his prosthetic appendage, inked it up, and place its dimple onto the check…..and everyone should have gone home, or back to other business,  happy.           

God Bless Dennis Prager!

But Prager went on with his education lesson of the moment.  A computer could have made the same mindless solution to the gentleman’s situation.  But the manager had become a bureaucrat,  a computerized human being void of common sense.  Dennis reminded listeners of one of the greatest truths of modern American…yes, bigger that American….human life…

THE BIGGER THE GOVERNMENT, THE SMALLER THE CITIZEN!   (The Marxist dream.)

Nearly all of the major economic decisions in Europe these days are not made by politicians representing any voters.  There is nothing democratic about their accountability, yet they direct national and international life.  This Obama administration has made agreements with the European Union to integrate certain economic policy with these bureaucrats. 

In the good old USSR, (the Soviet Union…that country which so many university professors profess was America’s moral equivalent during the Cold War…)these people were called party apparatchiki..the slime of the earth…..They ran the country including its spies sending the country’s citizens to the gulags.  They ran the government health system.  They ran the post office.  They ran everything they could including tomato production.  The government spied on its spies.

The Obama administration has proposed a health policy run by the government, or one that eventually will crush any private effort to compete in the health care business. 

What is it so many Americans don’t understand about government ownership?  Rising to the top through the slime of political intrigue,  and gross dishonor, are the slimiest of the slime, leaving the bored and disillusioned behind.   These are the top echelons of the aparatchiki of goverrnment….

In the United States they usually occur in the House of Representative, others in the Senate, many in various Unions, gangs, and in the underworld in general.  They become potentates for life because there never is any competition.  They become powerful, but formless.

Think Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Christopher Dodd, Arlen Specter.  Think US Postal Service and the IRS, or the endless number of community tax funded left wing agencies. Think of the typical modern American university.  Where is the competition to help these mishaps stay normal?

What is it so many Americans don’t understand about government ownership of the American health industry?….Not just the expense, but what it means changing the whole nature of the country’s character and its relationship to its citizens?  Why do we want to abandon the tradition of government serving its people? 

THERE SHOULD NOT BE A SINGLE AMERICAN REMAINING IN AMERICA WHO HAS A SHRED OF RESPECT FOR THIS OBAMACARE PROGRAM THAT HAS BEEN OFFERED TO THE PEOPLE OF THESE UNITED STATES.

Prager expresses his concerns over most institutions “BIG” whether public or private.  Nevertheless, Big Government can always do so much more damage to one’s civilized world. 

When will America’s politicians read the law of the land, that is, the Federal Constitution and begin to discuss issues based on what is good for the Nation?  Remind them all that…

THE BIGGER THE GOVERNMENT, THE SMALLER THE CITIZEN!

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