“Liberty or Death? No thanks! Screw the liberty, just give me health insurance!”

On the 235th anniversary of one of the greatest calls for liberty – “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” – the President of the United States signed one of the biggest curtailments of human freedom in United States history.  The irony may have been lost on Washington leadership today, and perhaps the quotation from Washington, DC, today would have been “Liberty or death? Why so extreme? Screw the liberty, just give me health insurance!”

Remember this quotation, it is all the more relevant today:

“It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

BlueCross BlueShield would not lower my annual premiums by an average of $2500 today

After the historic, infamous, vote yesterday, I called BlueCross BlueShield today to ask if I should divide the $2500 in average annual savings over the next 12 months – I figured I’d just subtract $200/month and let them keep the extra $100 for the year. I said that the President had promised me that I was going to save that much per year and that given that health insurance reform would take effect tomorrow, I would beat the rush to find out how to save the money.

They laughed.

I even sent them this link in order to show them that I had been promised the savings many, many times over the last 18 months:


The next step will be to portray the insurance companies as evil because they have not reduced premiums, increased coverage and lowered costs. The is about controlling you and your life from Washington, not health care.

“How lucky you are! I had someplace to escape to.” In that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.

Another sad day in the decline of freedom in the world.  Freedom is a precious thing that must be protected at all costs, once lost it is difficult to reclaim.  This quotation just about says it all:

Not too long ago two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky you are! I had someplace to escape to.” In that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.

Ronald Reagan, October 27, 1964

There are two ways to allocate all resources, by free choices between free people or force.  The point of the gun is the method of thugs, power-hungry politicians, parasites, and dictators.  Will you choose freedom or thuggery?

Good cannot be accomplished by evil means.

Throw out the old flag along with the Constitution…

With the “Health Insurance” vote, it has become clear of the two major parties, there is one party of freedom and one party of totalitarianism.  Anyone intellectually honest knows the Constitution prohibits government actions such as this (or the Patriot Act for that matter). To see a document of enumerated, limited powers twisted into the opposite by power-hungry politicians sworn to protect and defend it is disgusting. The Founders are not just spinning in their graves, they have spun so fast they have completely disintegrated.  Just like the protections in the Constitution.

So, the United States can now throw out the old flag while Congress throws out the last vestiges of the Constitution.  As such, a more modern flag is needed.  Several contenders to replace the old “Stars and Stripes” with a more timely flag are shown below.

Which do you prefer?  Let us know in the comments!

Sickle and Strips
Sickle and Stripes - Option 1
Stars, Sickle and Stripes
Stars, Sickle and Stripes - Option 2
Star-sickle and Stripes
Star-sickle and Stripes - Option 3

All this talk about rules…we make em up as we go along-Alcee Hastings

Incoherent, arrogant, Democrat Rep Alcee Hastings (D-FL) states “we make [the rules] up as we go along.” Talk about a crooked politician. Alcee Hastings needs to go.  His full quotation:

“I wish that I had been there when Thomas Edison made the remark that I think applies here. ‘They ain’t no rules around here, we’re trying to accomplish something.’ And therefore, when the deal goes down, all of this talk about rules – we make ‘em up as we go along.

Think about this: Alcee Hastings was impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate for bribery and perjury. And then the people of Palm Beach County elected him to the House of Representatives. Now he acknowledges that he makes up the rules as they go along. So much for an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. So much for the rule of law – this is the rule of whim. Hastings should resign.
And what Edison actually was reported to have said was: There ain’t no rules around here, we’re trying to accomplish something.   He did not say “They ain’t know rules around here.”  While Rep Hastings may not like “rules,” he swore to uphold the largest – the Constitution and plainly is either too ignorant or too uninformed to do so.



If those people think they’re only going to vote on this once, they’re nuts

“If those people think they’re only going to vote on this once, they’re nuts,” Senator Hatch said.

The problem with this statement is that it is unlikely that the House or Senate will have to vote on the Bill again.  If the House “deems” the Senate Bill passed and votes on amendments (“reconciliation”), Speaker Pelosi will certify that the House has “passed” the Senate version of the bill and a group of amendments to it as a separate entities.  The amendments will be sent to the Senate and the original Senate Bill will be sent to the President to sign.  Voila, the United States will have socialized health care.  No need for more votes.  Again, this is if the House makes use of the “deem and pass” shenanigans that have been threatened.

Certainly none of the Senate Democrats will then… Continue reading If those people think they’re only going to vote on this once, they’re nuts

A benevolent dictator is still a dictator.

A benevolent dictator is still a dictator, no matter the motives.  Whether or not he arises “for a good cause” or not, does not make the result any better.  A slave with a benevolent master is still a slave.  A slave for a “good cause” is still a slave.

No one would argue that the slaves were “extreme” demanding freedom, but even if they were, as Goldwater said, extremism in the defense of liberty is … Continue reading A benevolent dictator is still a dictator.