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THE RIGHT AND THE RIGHT COME TOGETHER

With the dawn of a new year, the fight for limited government and individual freedom begins anew tomorrow. Not only will we do battle with the usual socialists in the Democrat party, but the “compassionate” big-government “conservatives” in the GOP, as well. Frankly, as my friend Lyn Nofziger pointed out in his blog a couple weeks back, it’s a battle we’ve been losing and continue to lose, as more and more Americans seem content to let government live their lives for them...all in the interest of safety and security, of course.

That being the case, it’s critical that limited government folks in the GOP find a way to work with limited government folks in the Libertarian Party. We all want pretty much the same thing, we just differ on the best way politically of getting it.

With that in mind, the Libertarian Party has asked me to speak at their convention in Los Angeles February 18-20...and I’ve accepted. If you’re in the neighborhood and are so disposed, I hope you’ll consider joining me at this important three-day conference. For additional details, please go to: http://www.LPC.Org

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

“When Muslims are dying and need our help, we give it, as when thousands of Muslims from Indonesia to Somalia suffered from the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami. The United States will send millions of dollars in aid, not just from our government but from ordinary Americans who want to help. We don't ask whether those suffering share our values or politics or religion, whether they like us or wish us ill. No doubt, among those families who will receive American help in some of these nations will be sympathizers of our enemies. We will help them not because we hope to change their minds but because it is right to do so. And that is the difference between those fighting for good and those fighting for evil.”

- Columnist Linda Chavez

ALWAYS TIME FOR SOME BUSH-WHACKING

“President Bush finally roused himself yesterday from his vacation in Crawford, Tex., to telephone his sympathy to the leaders of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia, and to speak publicly about the devastation of Sunday's tsunamis in Asia.”

“We hope Secretary of State Colin Powell was privately embarrassed when, two days into a catastrophic disaster that hit 12 of the world's poorer countries and will cost billions of dollars to meliorate, he held a press conference to say that America, the world's richest nation, would contribute $15 million. That's less than half of what Republicans plan to spend on the Bush inaugural festivities."

- New York Times editorial on the initial disaster aid figure the U.S. announced for tsunami victims

BY WHAT RIGHT?

“The United States government...should not give any money to help the tsunami victims. Why? Because the money is not the government's to give.

“Every cent the government spends comes from taxation. Every dollar the government hands out as foreign aid has to be extorted from an American taxpayer first. Year after year, for decades, the government has forced American taxpayers to provide foreign aid to every type of natural or man-made disaster on the face of the earth: from the Marshall Plan to reconstruct a war-ravaged Europe to the $15 billion recently promised to fight AIDS in Africa to the countless amounts spent to help the victims of earthquakes, fires and floods--from South America to Asia. Even the enemies of the United States were given money extorted from American taxpayers: from the billions given away by Clinton to help the starving North Koreans to the billions given away by Bush to help the blood-thirsty Palestinians under Arafat's murderous regime.


“The question no one asks about our politicians' ‘generosity’ towards the world's needy is: By what right? By what right do they take our hard-earned money and give it away?”

- David Holcberg of the Ayn Rand Institute

SURVEY SAYS!

Should President Bush provide financial disaster aid to tsunami victims directly from the U.S. treasury...or make a public appeal for Americans to donate voluntarily to private relief efforts?

* Give the money from the government treasury
* Ask for voluntary, personal donations
* Huh?

Cast your vote by clicking the “Survey Says!” tab at www.citizenoutreach.com

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR

“Democrats and the media have been reluctant to spotlight the breadth and depth of Republican strength in 2004. Strangely, so have Republicans. It's almost as if they don't believe their own good fortune. ‘We're no longer a 49% nation,’ says Ken Mehlman, Mr. Bush's campaign manager in 2004 and now the Republican national chairman, in a breathtaking understatement. And Mr. Mehlman warns that the Republican majority is ‘not overwhelming’ and won't produce ‘automatic victories.’

“True, but Republicans have the presidency, the most senators (55) since 1931, and are near their modern peak in the House (232). They have all but completed the sweeping political realignment they could only dream about a generation ago. In the dark days after the 1964 rout, those dreams seemed quixotic, farfetched, even crazed. Now, they've been realized.”

- Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS, THE PARTY’S OVER

“After three vote tallies and nearly two months of waiting, Democrat Christine Gregoire was certified as Washington’s governor-elect yesterday…”

- Associated Press, 12/31/04

O.J. IN A MAIL TRUCK

“Yesterday, in Pembroke Pines and Cooper City, FL, several U.S. postal inspectors driving unmarked cars sped after a letter carrier fleeing arrest in a mail truck at about 10:15 a.m., according to Postal Inspector Del Alvarez. The letter carrier, who was not identified by postal officials, wove in and out of traffic for several miles in what was described as a medium-speed chase. Then the letter carrier headed home, turning into a parking lot. Stopping the truck, the carrier surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody. Alvarez declined to say why inspectors arrested the letter carrier. He said only that there had been an investigation, and several federal charges were pending.”

- Sun-Sentinel, 12/29/04

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20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sympathetic to the idea that the government ought not to tax the people and then give the money away. However, I also have trouble with the notion that our government ought not to help with finacial and logistical aid for disasters such as the Tsunami along the Indian Ocean rim.

An argument can be made that private donations cannot hope to "do the job" of giving relief to these victims. It is clear that logistical support such as using warships and helicopters, etc. is needed, and those resources are only available from the government, at least at the scale necessary for relief operations to be a success.

If we are to take the argument that the government must not provide "charity" when natural disasters befall nations, then should we then oppose the use of the National Guard to help in the relief of our own hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes? Isn't that "charity" as well?

Many will counter that this is just the government restoring needed public services, but Guardsmen do much more in such disasters such as setting up shelters and distributing food and clothing to the victims. Must we oppose such actions as unneeded government "charity"?

I think not. I think it is clear that in the case of the Tsunami victims, if the US was to turn it's back on the relief operations on such principles, we would be proving to the world their worst fears about our nation. I say provide the relief. Even though much of the population is Muslim, and may, in fact, turn out to resent us even more for our help. Our government must do it because it is the right thing to do.

January 4, 2005 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger hardcas said...

Regarding the distribution of our treasure to those in need all over the world, I refer everyone to "Not Ours to Give" by David Crockett. (Yes, that one!) He spoke before Congress on this very topic in 1832, I believe. Look it up. Great lesson in there.

Regarding Abu Gharib, when I heard/saw what was going on, the first thing that popped into my head was fraternity pranks. I can distinctly recall the 'gotcha' visited upon the pledge master of a particular fraternity at Catholic University of America, affectionately called "TPU" for "The Pontifical University". (Dark Ages, of course.)

Once pledge week was over, some students (we think) blindfolded Bert, stripped him to his scivvies, without any ID, gave him an empty golf bag that had $1.00 in it (so he wouldn't be a vagrant) and left him by the side of the road next to the fence around a certain US Army facility engaged in germ warfare. At night.

Was Bert humiliated? You betchum, Red Ryder. Was he a little chilly? Ditto. Did he feel stupid? Ditto, again. (Couldn't resist that.) Did the cops pick him up very quickly, take him in, question him, look at him as if he were nuts? Of course! Was he physically hurt? No. Was he ever in any danger of being hurt? No. Does he remember the incident? Sure. Did the cops remember the incident? Sure did. =;o)

Abu Gharib was an overgrown fraternity prank, folks. Fraternity pranks are designed to temporarily humiliate individuals who might or might not richly deserve it at the time. These actions may have been inappropriate but name me one fraternity prank that is!

The pranks themselves definitely rank right up there with a later prank involving an alligator but, the documentation of Abu Gharib was right up there in the Stupid Department. We never did that. Oh, the university may have suspected who did it but there was no proof. There was at Abu Gharib. Not very bright.

The prisoners at Abu Gharib were not attending a tea party and our soldiers are not there to serve the tea and crumpets. Can the prisoners get over the humiliation? Yes! Will the soldiers who were dumb enough to document their shenigans get over it? Yes, in time. Did Bert get over it? Yes. Did the alligator get over it? Yes. And all survived with psyches intact.

Your turn, folks. Get over it!! Let's move on to real problems in this Country so blessed by God. Stop playing the political game, "Watch my left hand!", which is what this whole exercise is.

January 6, 2005 at 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck, Response to Chuck Baldwin's column relating to religious leaders not speaking out against the government's massacre of Branch Davidians outside Waco, Texas, and the tragedy near Ruby Ridge, Idaho: Many more conservatives spoke out than did Democrats and Liberals.There have been all sorts of investigations concerning the mistreatement of Iraqi prisoners who are trying to kill us and of the soldier who accidentally shot and killed an Iraqi prisoner, but none about Americans, including children, who were burned alive at Waco and those who were shot at Ruby Ridge.

January 6, 2005 at 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck--Don Imus must be watching/reading you. He sent $10,000 worth of pre-paid telephone calling cards to Walter Reed Army Hospital----The military does not sound to pleased with his o"on air" comments about the facility, and the lack of military service personnel being able to contact their loved ones, etc. on a toll free line, etc. He has further thrown a jab at cell companies for not providing such a service for free----
Somebody out there must be listening

January 7, 2005 at 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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retiree group, USAnext. I'm up to my teeth with AARP's
extreme left political stance and now I can put my dollars where
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oppressive taxes to keep us old duffs on the dole.
RAM, Edgewater, Florida

January 10, 2005 at 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In your survey are you talking about our military or civilian organizations?

Our military should not be involved in the torture of prisoners.

Sincerely
Gale DeVoar Sr
6214 Carew St
Ho, TX 77074 7412
713-771-6001
gw@devoar.com

January 11, 2005 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger cathy said...

we should just make what they need here and ship it there,to boost our own economy,and still give them help.
why put american dollars in someone's pocket who won't share it with those in need in their own country? they don't need money, they need things to help them get on their feet, like fishing boats and fishing equiptment (lots of their economy is fish)and the like,wood for re-building homes,etc. and at the same time we can keep american dollars on our own soil where it belongs,boosting our own work force and economy as well.

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