Work for it or do without – Understanding Conservatives
Written by Average American Bob
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
For liberals who mock and degrade Conservatives you may want reexamine your understanding of who we are and about what we advocate before you knowingly participate in… or support hate and slander campaigns:
Limited Government & Follow the Constitution
Our founders knew that the failure of every great country was because the centralized government became so big and powerful that the common people became slaves to it and could not support it. Our founders in their wisdom designed a Constitution that would limit the Federal Government’s role to securing her people with a strong military, and the numerated powers that were clearly outlined in the Constitution that would take care of only what could not be done effectively by the states.
We elect representatives with the expectation that they will hold true the oath they take to defend and follow the U.S. Constitution, not try to manipulate or circumvent it. Three separate and equally powerful branches of government for the checks and balances.
There are those who say that the Constitution is out of date for today’s complex world. Our founders understood that and gave us a way to add to, delete or change the document. It’s called the amendment process. Yes it’s a difficult process and for good reason our founders didn’t want any one group to be able to change your protection of freedom without the absolute okay of you, the American people. So it takes super-majority votes in the Senate and House as well as two thirds of the states.
As I have said many times… any time any President, politician tries to introduce legislation that would go against the Constitution… they are doing it knowing that they could never get their change through the amendment process. Our Constitution has outlined clearly that LIMITS what the government can do to you… it was never about what the government must do for you. If we continue to allow our elected officials to try and by-pass the Constitution, we will lose our Republic and fall helpless to whomever those who are in power at the time.
Self Reliance and Personal Responsibility
Where is it written anywhere in either the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution that one person is responsible for the livelihood of another? Where in either of those two great documents does it allow for the government to take from one person and give to another for the sole reason the government feels that the recipient is more deserving than the person who earned provided the money?
If the excuse is that there is a “moral” obligation, where does it allow in our free society for the government to dictate what is moral or not? Our founders understood clearly that the only obligation of the Government was to make sure that there was EQUAL OPPORTUNITY… understanding that there would always be a great difference in results. People are just different… some have more talent than others, some are risk takers. Others have great drive and ambition while there are those who don’t care and are lazy and unmotivated.
Let everyone live their life the way they want. If you want more… you work longer or harder, get educated or learn a trade. But don’t expect those who make great sacrifices in effort, time with family and long hours to be directly responsible for anyone else. Here is a basic truth… when you allow the government to take more from you to give to others you are allowing them to take your basic freedoms and liberty.
We all understand about helping the truly needy, those who either are mentally or physically unable to take care of themselves. But for those who are able-bodied? Force them back to work or to improve upon their situation by NOT giving them enough to be ‘comfortable.’
Be honest, if one of your adult kids moved home and stopped looking for work, sat around the house all day and watch TV and played video games, ate your food and sucked off your generosity, what would you do? You know exactly what you would do. At some point you would kick them out and MAKE them go get a job and take care of themselves. Now, if you are willing to show tough love with one of your own kids, why would you not be willing to do the same thing for someone you don’t know?
Psychological fact: A person must feel uncomfortable in their poverty before they will do anything about it. It doesn’t mean that poor people aren’t happy. I grew up in a poor family and we were a very happy, close family.
This is just common sense. Even JFK understood this basic concept. The more money you earn that you are able to keep the more you have to spend on things YOU want, the more you have to give to help people YOU want to help. Nothing helps an economy grow than more people spending more money. This is a simple concept of basic freedom, the freedom to live your life the way YOU want.
A person in CA earning $90,000 a year has over 70% of his earnings going to pay taxes. (Income tax 35%, SS & Medicare taxes approximately 10%, State income taxes 12%, sales taxes 10% and property taxes 3%). And that doesn’t even consider embedded taxes in gasoline, telephone bills, utility bills, etc. How much is too much? At what point does the person working their butt off wake up one day and say it’s no longer worth it?
The percentage will change from state to state but you get the idea. Success is being so penalized that at some point, people just don’t even want to try. High taxes will kill the Great American entrepreneurial spirit in this country.
Our country was founded on Christian/Judeo principals that has love, caring and compassion at their core. It gives us a clear definition of right and wrong. Look how we have strayed from the traditional family and the huge impact that has had on the character of so many of our young people.
From day one, the left has done everything in their power to remove all evidence of God from the public eye, the one thing that gives most people their moral compass and the constant reminder of our core values. Look how the left wants to disregard or get rid of so many of our traditions, some of which have been with us for over 200 years, such as Christmas decorations on public buildings or spaces. A time of joy, peace and giving generated by the celebration of Christ’s birth.
Why are people so upset with that? So what if you don’t believe in Christ or even God. Enjoy the day off from work that the holiday affords most people and chill. You may not believe that all the wonders of the universe were created, but you still enjoy of its beauty and greatness don’t you? Chill!
No organization on the face of the earth wastes more money than the U.S. Government. And it’s not only the waste, it’s the high cost of corruption when the government participates in paying special interest and favored companies, even entire countries, giving away our hard-earned dollars. Look at the massive debt and deficits our kids and generations to come are facing. Do some basic math and ask yourself what is it going to take to even start paying down the debt?
Bush was bad racking up 4 trillion in 8 years! The CBO says that by the time Obama leaves office, he will have added 10 trillion dollars of NEW debt that will be more than EVERY PRESIDENT BEFORE HIM, IN OVER 200 YEARS COMBINED!!! Using Obama’s own words… “That’s irresponsible… That’s unpatriotic!” (His words about Bush in a pre-election speech 2008)
Yes, we are a melting pot for many ethnic and religious groups… but what did T. Roosevelt say:
“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American and nothing but an American … There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
To our Liberal counterparts, we are not ‘haters’! That’s the label used by the Radical Left Liberals and Progressives who hate Conservatism. We are lovers of our country and Constitution. You will never hear us say that we love our country yet we want to “Fundamentally Transform” her. That’s like saying… “I love my wife but I want to Fundamentally Transform her.” Just doesn’t make sense does it?
We are Americans who sincerely believe in American greatness and have no wish to be like any European country… or any other country for that matter. We love the freedom, liberty and free enterprise system that allows anyone to strive for any level of success they desire and have the best chance of archiving it.
Just because we don’t think it’s right to give free contraception to all women or believe in taking an unborn human life, doesn’t mean we hate or even dislike women. Trust me, we love our wives, our daughters, sisters, girlfriends, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, cousins… we love women!
Just because we say that we believe that man has very little to do with Climate Change, especially here in the United States (because have seen the propagated lies and the reports of omission and manipulation of studies, computer models), doesn’t mean that we don’t care about the planet, clean air and clean water.
It’s absurd to say that an entire group of people believe that. Never forget we have kids and grandkids too, but refuse to accept a hoax that is designed to steal hundreds of billions in new CO2 taxes to feed the phony eco groups who in turn support only the Left. Corruption that is so obvious it should be embarrassing to liberals.
I always want to laugh when I seeliberal rich folks jump up and down about how the oceans are going to rise by several feet because of ice melting, yet they are spending hundreds of billions developing ocean-front homes, high-rise buildings and resorts. It seems to me that they really aren’t too concerned.
Just because we want to close our borders for the security of our country and preserve our sovereignty as a nation, as well as control the flow of illegal drugs and immigrants to our country, or hold accountable to a degree those who are here illegally, doesn’t mean that we hate Hispanics or anyone else. We want a way to deal with the immigration situation that is fair but we also want the government to follow our laws.
We can’t stand by and let the Federal Government pick and chose which laws they will enforce and those they won’t because it fits their political agenda. That turns us into a lawless nation. It doesn’t work. The president ordered ICE to not deport illegals when caught. There is a law suit pending against the president for that action.
We just had over 65,000 incarcerated illegals, including murders and rapist released back into our communities by the Justice Department that is riddled with corruption. They were all arrested, tried and convicted, yet this administration disrespects the hard work and efforts of the police, our courts and prison system and just let them go. Not comforting knowing that 90% off violent crimes are committed by re-offenders.
We Constitutional Conservatives want what most Americans want, i.e., maximum personal freedom and liberty. Equal opportunity for all… but no guarantees of equal results. We want peace and harmony, but understand that there are those Islamic Radicals who hate us for no other reason than who we are, thus we may have to fight those who seek to hurt or kill us.
But mostly we want our government to serve us and our country, not the other way around. We expect to be told the truth, not stonewalled and hide or cover-up the truth at every turn when scandals happen. Obama has said, with every major scandal since Fast and Furious that “I’m outraged and promise that we will get to the bottom of this and make those who caused the problem accountable and bring those who hurt or killed our people to justice.”
Go back and check… no one person held accountable for any of them… not one person brought to justice for Benghazi. That’s just gross negligence and failed leadership. Any CEO or president of any company in America would have been fired years ago. Now, a new wide-spread scandal with the VA Hospitals. Why should we tolerate such incompetence and gross negligence from our political leaders?
So before the name calling starts again I hope you’ll understand that we, as a country are in very serious financial trouble and this time around we need fiscal conservatives, from any party, to hopefully keep us from going over the financial cliff and bring back some sanity in spending. Yes, it will hurt for some us, but it’s better than all of us being subjected to a full collapse of our financial system. So when all the mud-slinging steps up, I hope you will focus on the candidates actual qualifications and not vote for the ‘personality’ or just because there is a D or an R behind the name.
Average American Bob
What Kind Of America Do You Want to Live In?
by Average American Bob
We are at the cross-roads my fellow Americans. Over the last two decades the battle between Liberalism and Conservatism has escalated into a full-fledged, no holds barred fight for power and control. And make no mistake; both major parties have core values and broad plans to gain and/or retain power. The major difference is that Liberals/Progressives use their power to control the masses by increasing the size of government with growing an ever-increasing number of people who are dependent on government, who will most always vote for those who will promise to continue the dependency programs.
The Conservatives also have core values and a plan to retain power but do not have an agenda to ‘control’ the populist. They want to start returning to the idea of maximum personal freedom, liberty and choices. They want everyone to have equal opportunity, so that every citizen can live their life the way they want and pursue their idea ‘happiness,’ as stated in the Declaration of Independence. They believe in the Constitution, as written by our founders, as the governing laws of our great Republic.
It demands that in exchange for a level of personal freedom, not found in any other country in the world. It asks that we be self-reliant, do our best to provide for ourselves and demonstrate personal responsibility by making good decisions, working hard and climb the ladder of success to whatever economic level you desire or your ambition, talent and skill will allow. This is provided through equal opportunity with no guarantee of equal results.
We have a civic obligation to provide for ourselves and families, obey our laws and contribute to our society through taxes for our police, fire fighters, military and care of common use parks, streets, buildings, etc. Nowhere in our great Constitution does it allow the government to take money, in the form of taxes or fees, and give it to someone else because they, the government have determined that the recipient is somehow more deserving of that money.
This is not about Democrats and Republicans anymore. This is about far-left Liberals/Progressives who believe that the government should have the power to force people to pay for the livelihood of those who have less, while taking a good percentage for themselves, as all social programs need more and more government for administration, oversight and forced compliance. In order for the Liberals/Progressives to be successful, they need two groups of people:
1) those who work hard, take risk, sacrifice, strive for success and fulfill their idea of the American Dream by earning achieving much more than the Average person, and
2) They also need another group… those who can’t or won’t.
For anyone who has read the Decoration of Independence and the United States Constitution, you already know which political ideology those great documents were written to support and which ideology it was written to protect you from.
You would think that, during a child’s journey through their K-12 education, teachers would engrain in students an accurate understanding of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and its Amendments. If they did, we would not be at the cross-roads we are today. But the truth is that within human beings there are and always will be those who are filled hate, greed, envy and those who desire power who are willing to exploit those people for their own gain.
The Story of Three Americans, Tom, Robert and Harry –
All lived in the same area, went to the same schools, all came from lower income, poorer families. Tom paid attention in school, studied hard and got good grades. With the help of scholarships from colleges, civic clubs and other sources, he went to a two-year college, then transferred to a four-year University and got his degree in business. He worked part-time to help pay his education cost. After graduation he was offered a job at a major corporation and worked his way up to middle management and a six-digit income. He got married, had two kids, bought a home and for him… was living the American Dream. He didn’t live above his means; he saved his entire life for retirement and finally did retire in a home that was paid for and close to his children and grandchildren.
Robert was a bit of a ‘goof-ball.’ Didn’t pay attention in class and subsequently got Cs even a couple of Ds… except during football season where he maintained straight “A’s” while he was on the team. During his junior year of high school his mother got very sick and felt, because his dad didn’t make very much, that he needed to help. Yes they had a very small house, his dad never paid more than $300.00 for any car he bought and most of his clothes were hand-downs from his cousin. But they were a very happy family. When they did go out to dinner, which might be once a month, it was a real treat. They didn’t take vacations, but they took weekend camping trips once and a while, and he and his dad enjoyed fishing off the local piers. So when the bills were mounting up Robert decided to quite high school and go to work to help out. He took a minimum wage job at a local newspaper as a ‘fly-boy,’ the one who used to take the bundles of newspapers off the end of the press.
A year later he joined the military where he was offered the opportunity to get his GED high school equivalency. He learned discipline, team-work and leadership skills. Robert also learned that with hard work and doing his job better than others he would be promoted ahead of other soldiers. He earned the rank of E-5 Sergeant in just 30 months, for which he good great pride.
As much as he liked military life he decided to go back to being a civilian. But with little work history and the economy not doing so well, he ended up taking a job at a gas station, but always keeping eyes and ears open for the opportunity of a better paying job. Six months later he found an opening at an oil refinery where he got enough of a raise in income he could afford a new car, get married and have his first child. Two years later he found a job delivering bottled water where he learned to ‘sell.’
The increase in pay allowed him to buy their first new home. Three years later he got his big break being hired by the phone company to sell advertising. He did well, worked his way into management and after 7 years had the confidence to go out on his own and build a personal business in professional speaking and business training which gave him a very good six-digit income that was even more than Tom earned. But Robert had to sacrifice much more. When he started his business he worked many days late into the night. As his business grew, his career choice meant that he had to travel extensively taking him away from his family for up to 40% during a typical year. With other decisions he made concerning spending and investing, he too retired near his kids and grandkids but his home was not paid for and with a down-turn in the market he decided to keep working a couple of months a year to maintain his life style.
Neither Tom nor Robert ever expected or took any government assistance or anything from anyone. It was THEIR responsibility to make their own choices and live their lives the way the chose. It’s obvious that while Robert and Tom made very different decisions in their lives, they both reached their goals.Robert had a higher lifestyle during his working years, but at great personal sacrifice. And because he didn’t plan as well as Tom and made poor investment choices, he ended up with a lower lifestyle for retirement. Both had the same opportunities and the results were because of free choices. That’s living the American Dream for both men.
Then there was Harry. Harry didn’t like school so he seldom did homework, opting to go play whatever sport of the season with his buddies at the park. He started getting into trouble in his early teens, nothing too serious. He dropped out of high school and took a job in an auto mechanics shop. He hated getting up every morning and was often late. As a result, he was fired within13-15 months. He applied for and got unemployment. Was only about half of what he was getting but he could live on it. He stayed with friends, ate junk food… but he didn’t have to get up every day to go work.
As his unemployment was coming to an end, he started to think about where he could get a job. But then the Government extended his unemployment and he was pleased that he would not have to go through the work search yet. He then learned he could get food stamps and housing assistance (he laughed many times when he thought about getting money for so long without working). So when the unemployment finally stopped after almost two years he started doing jobs under the table.
He got his girlfriend pregnant and when the baby was born she started getting all kinds of assistance from local and the federal governments. His girlfriend was also able-bodied but she didn’t want to work either. Her new baby provided a convenient excuse not to work, and the government gave her the means in the form of welfare not to work.
Harry found that there were many women who wanted to have babies so they could collect government money. Some even agreed to give him some of the money they got for the babies he fathered. Of course none of the women would tell anyone that he was the father, so he never was forced to pay child support. He most certainly was not going to admit anything. The government was giving out the money like a winning slot machine.
The fun part was that he heard politicians who told the world that people like him and his girlfriends never had a chance, they didn’t have the same opportunities, that he was a victim of the system and that he should hate those who were rich and making six-digit incomes. The government was up to over thirty programs where he could get money or assistance.
And you can be sure that he voted for every politician who promised him more and more free money and other stuff like cell phones. He would vote against any politician that stated that he should be self-reliant and exercise personal responsibility and go to work every day. Why? His government funded life-style lets him live as good as many who were working. If he took a minimum wage job he would take a cut in pay.
Harry knew that even though his money and assistance came from the government it was really coming from his fellow Americans who strived to be successful and he simply didn’t care. Life was good… he didn’t have to get up and go work… he just hung out with his buddies and visited his girlfriends. He even had enough money that he could go to the movies, buy beer, cigarettes and even a few drugs here and there. He even had a big flat-screen TV to watch sports and movies. Some of his friends on welfare even took nice vacations.
Every once in a while he would wonder why all those hard-working people would make such a commitment to being successful when the government was stealing so much of their hard-earned income to give to people like him. What suckers! At times he would feel ashamed. His sense of self-worth was little but, “whatever!” The only positive he could muster was that he was giving those rich people, who felt guilty about people like him, a sense of superiority and he, in this strange way, could stroke their morality and help them feel good about themselves.
The Methods and Techniques of Social Engineering and Propaganda Used to Advance a Socialistic/Marxist Agenda
Make no mistake, the Liberals/Progressives have been introducing socialist programs for over a hundred years. Social Security, Medicare, the Senior Drug Program and most recently the Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as “Obama Care.”
Government-run programs have a history of going broke. The end result is they constantly have to be modified, and in turn, require government to take more from hard working Americans and payout less to program recipients. But it’s the methodology that is used to slowly and methodically introduce these programs and grow the power of a centralized government that can and will take more and more of your freedom and liberty away in the names of ‘Fairness’ and ‘Equality’. You will hear phrases such as, “It’s the right thing to do” – “we have a moral obligation” or “for the greater good.” Think about that for a moment. Who’s ‘right thing to do’? Who’s morality? What greater good? When did we the people or the Constitution give the power to the federal government to decide morality for all of us?
In a free society there will always be those who are rich, those who are poor and those in the middle. When did being poor become something unacceptable? I, and many others who have come from poor homes, have been able to use our ambition, desire to have more, and the willingness to work hard in order to move up the economic ladder. Yes, it takes sometimes many years, but that’s the price of success.
You probably already guessed that Robert’s story above is very close to my own. There is a distinct difference between “the truly needy” and poor people. And the only motivation of the left to take from the middle class to give the working poor, is to buy votes without caring if they kill ambition, take away pride and a person’s sense of worth.
As the battle continues, understand this, conservatives are as compassionate and charitable as some liberals and, according to polls, more than most.
It’s the motivation that has to be examined –
We all understand that we have to help the truly needy, those who CAN’T or are UNABLE to help themselves with the basic needs of housing, clothes, food, clean water and healthcare. In those cases there are thousands of private resources, churches and organizations that do the most effective jobs at helping those people. If our Government wants to help those truly needy people, give more to those organizations in the form of grants. As far as helping the poor… stop giving them free stuff and money.
I’m all for training programs and child-care assistance that help people get back into the work force where they can be productive, tax-paying citizens (doesn’t matter how little), where they can recapture their sense of self-worth, pride and the pride of accomplishment. That’s what the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 accomplished as it offered the training and work requirements that got people off the welfare roles in three years. So why did Obama strip that Act of the key requirements in favor of more money and no requirements in the first so-called ‘Stimulus’ program? (Here is a three-minute video that verifies this statement)
So does this far-left Liberal President really want to help the truly needy and poor? I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say yes… but only as a second thought. Every decision this administration makes is first political. It has been his strategy from January of 2009 to get as many people as possible dependent on government. The ultimate goal is to have more recipients than providers. I’ll use my same analogy that I always use in explaining this phenomenon: If you take from Peter and give to Paul… you will always have the support of Paul. If you can get to point where you have more Pauls than Peters… you have bought enough votes to stay in power forever because all those Pauls will never vote to receive less.
That’s why we are at the crossroads. This administration has been successful in giving those “who have less,” more than any other administration before them. They have not given a second thought as to the cost. Just spend, spend and spend some more. Don’t worry about passing regulation and the healthcare act which kills jobs… because that just drives more people into dependency. This president has done nothing to promote job growth and won’t. His constant statements about being for the middle class are lies.
After Fast and Furious, the IRS and NSA scandals and the most obvious, Benghazi, you now know that Mr. Obama is willing to lie to you and anyone to advance his agenda. Did he not promise that those making under $250,000 would not pay one more dime in taxes? Well with Obama Care we are all paying for dozens of new taxes imbedded within the law. And that’s just what is within the new law. Many other tax hikes have been imposed on business through new regulations.
If you have any doubts that you are being lied to, then just look at all the lies that were spewed by Mr. Obama and his pundits’ daily leading up to the passage of the ACA. You could keep your healthcare plan, your doctor or healthcare facility being the biggest ones.
All you have to do is use your common sense to understand that everything the progressives do is to advance an agenda that requires a larger government that has the power to control the populist… not serve them. The conservatives want a government that is small and serves the people within the confines of the Constitution, giving maximum freedom to the individual.
Don’t ever believe that conservatives don’t want equal opportunity – we do! We just don’t believe in taking money from those who work so hard to be successful to guarantee equal results.
Your choice is simple. Do you want a government so big and powerful that can dictate to you how much of your hard-earned money you will keep and how you will live your life? Or, do you want a government that is subservient to the people, and allows you maximum freedom by letting you strive to whatever success is for you, and allow you to keep more of your own money and live your life the way you want?
I welcome your comments.
Average American Bob