Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Progressivism = Liberal Fascism

By John Sykes

Liberal Fascism: 
A term, that contrary to popular belief did not originate from Jonah Goldberg, but from author H.G. Wells. In a speech to the Young Liberals at Oxford in July 1932, Wells called for progressives to become 'Liberal Fascists' or 'Enlightened Nazis.' Wells though that a new world order was the solution, a liberal fascism...in boils down to: the state is the solution.
Jonah Goldberg Quotes:
“If there is ever a fascist takeover in America, it will come not in the form of storm troopers kicking down doors but with lawyers and social workers saying "I'm from the government and I'm here to help.” 
“The government cannot love you, and any politics that works on a different assumption is destined for no good.” 
“America's political system used to be about the pursuit of happiness. Now More and more of us want to stop chasing it and have it delivered.” 
“If you think shrinking government and getting it less involved in your life is a hallmark of tyranny it is only because you are either grotesquely ignorant or because you subscribe to a statist ideology that believes the expansion of the state is the expansion of liberty.” 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

We should only have room for one flag, one language and one loyalty...!

By John Sykes

Thanks to Bradlee Dean

To Sin By Silence...

By John Sykes

Are we are to survive as “a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” ?

By John Sykes

From "The utter failure of our political class to respond to mortal danger":
The next few elections will decide whether we are to survive as “a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Constitutional government in the world is only two centuries old, and the US Constitution is the longest-lasting and most benevolent one in existence.  Lincoln truly did not know “whether any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.” In 1860 the Constitution was only seven decades old.  But today, under the combined assault of enemies domestic and foreign, we still cannot guarantee whether constitutional government will survive.  It has many, many enemies. 
Ronald Reagan said that each generation must decide again to choose freedom or tyranny.  We are ultimately responsible for failing to teach our political history to our children, who are abysmally ignorant and misled.  The future of liberty, electoral legitimacy, political balance of powers and rationality is by no means assured.  Unlike the Founding generation, the generation of Lincoln, and the Greatest Generation of World War 2 our people today are steeped in folly and self-indulgence. 
We can win against the Left-Islamist alliance just as we won the Cold War.  But so far we have done little but retreat in confusion, for lack of clear leadership and unity. 
Today our future is as unsure as it was in 1944 when Harry Truman won the Democratic nomination for Vice President.  The Cold War ended two decades ago.  Today we must mobilize our resources for another life-and-death struggle or give in to the forces of barbarism. 
The next elections will decide our fate. 

Read it all here

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Lame Duck Squacking At It's Worst...

By John Sykes

From Chris Stirewalt in Trolling for Relevancy: 
So what’s an embattled lame duck to do? Pivot, right? And this president, having pivoted more times than a ballerina practicing pirouettes, is ready to dance. Obama is putting into effect a long-promised threat to use executive action to grant residency to some of the millions in the country illegally. Even as the court’s rebuke on ObamaCare rules was still echoing off the marble steps, Obama stepped out to announce that he and Attorney General Eric Holder will “identify additional actions my administration can take on our own within my existing legal authorities to do what Congress refuses to do and fix as much of our immigration system as we can.” Given the explosiveness of the issue among Republicans and the growing anxiety on the right about Obama’s executive overreach, the president seemed to be deliberately trolling his opponents. He’s done it before, and it has worked. Democrats disillusioned with the president’s missed expectations have again and again stepped up to defend him against what they see as a GOP mob. A cynic might even surmise that the president is hoping to push Republican hard-liners to start drafting articles of impeachment. With a lawsuit looming over Obama’s authority to ignore or repurpose existing laws, this move is audacious to say the least. Republicans may oblige him, but it says a lot about the state of this presidency that Obama considers his current best option to bait his foes into a constitutional crisis.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Truth Is The Greatest Enemy...

By John Sykes

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State." Joseph Goebbels

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bringing Home The Bling...

By John Sykes

These are pretty sharp reminders to Conservative Christians on the value of the bling that surrounds us. Please note that the conclusions apply no matter how much of that bling you, the poor or the rich have, need or want!

From Conservatives Are Often Materialistic, Too:
Progressives are not the only ones building arguments on the faulty foundation of materialism. Scrambling for a rebuttal to Occupy Wall Street and the Left’s focus on inequality, many right-of-center economists have fallen in love with data on economic consumption. This chorus, which includes some impressive conservative thinkers, argues that being poor is not as bad as liberals intimate because poor people have lots of cool stuff.
In a representative op-ed from 2013, economists Donald Boudreaux and Mark Perry purport to debunk the myth of middle-class stagnation using consumption data. “While income inequality might be rising when measured in dollars,” they write, “it is falling when reckoned in what’s most important—our ability to consume.” Those last seven words are telling. The authors insist that the “food, appliances, clothing and cars” available to low-income people make inequality a moot point. A 2011 Heritage Foundation report offered the same general conclusion, as its title makes painfully obvious: “Air Conditioning, Cable TV, and an Xbox: What is Poverty in the United States Today?” Plenty of other sharp economists, such as Scott Sumner, echo the point. These conservatives agree that consumption data deserve more attention than they receive.
As a matter of technical economics, they may well be right. But anyone who has glanced at the happiness literature—or interacted with real humans—can attest that high-quality possessions are no substitute for the deeply empowering sense that we are earning our own way. That we are adding value to the world around us. That we have the opportunity to climb as high as our ambitions and talents can take us. No matter what the consumption data show, trends in mobility and relative inequality will always have significant purchase on the human psyche. Any conservative wonks who think otherwise are only fooling themselves.
Both Left and Right owe America better than the false premise of materialism. Common sense, ancient wisdom, and modern research all converge to tell us that a thousand things are more important to people than the contents of our homes and our bank accounts. We should celebrate this fact. People are not money-crazed automatons. Politicians and pundits should stop talking as if we were.

From What Every Christian Should Know About Income Inequality:
As followers of Christ we must champion economic policies and principles that are rooted in biblical virtues and beneficial to the flourishing of our fellow man. To do that we must refocus on what matters and stop becoming distracted by envy-driven concerns that some people are earning more money than we are.

Envy and Relatavism mix far too well!