The readership of my blogs is small but growing and you have sent me some great comments. Listening to the news about Ben Ghazi, the IRS‘s political transgressions, and the attack on James Rosen of Fox and the AP reporters, I thought some of my new readers might enjoy a look at some archived blogs or combined pieces of those blogs. So bear with me. I don’t want to bore any of you and if there is a past blog you would like to see re-published, please tell me. Don’t be reticent about passing all or parts of any EIGHT DECADES OF INSIGHTS blog along in an email or a posting to friends and family. One of my goals is to stimulate conversation on items and events that are critical to our individual freedoms.
Was the pushing of an unpopular, poorly crafted health care bill through Congress politically wise? Or was it only for the goal of centralizing seven percent of the economy? Thousands of new IRS officers will be policing the system. What better way to control people and their destiny? Is making the IRS even stronger and more pervasive an attractive political goal? Now we know the IRS is Obama’s tip of the spear in transforming America.
Every civilization is built on a foundation of words. Words are (or were) the measure of a person. As I was growing up in small mill town in Western Pennsylvania, I learned that you judged people by how good their “word” was. Wealth, talent, strength, the car you drove, and the girls you dated were important, but nothing was as valuable as the reliability of your word. Your reputation in all fields depended upon the integrity of your word. Once that was gone, it was nearly impossible to get it back. I submit that it is the same with nations, political parties, politicians, and leaders. Can you believe what you are hearing from IRS officials, the Attorney General, the Press Secretary and even the President?
They must know that much of what they are saying to us is untrue. I just don’t believe they value the integrity of the words they speak and print. This is dangerous. Without truth and honesty, our freedom is at risk. The end does not justify the means. The truth does not matter to them. They believe it is okay to distort the truth as long as the lies promote the end. The end in their political terms is the destruction of the opposition and replacing our system with their version of a just and fair society where the rulers know what the people need and use whatever means are necessary to achieve and protect their utopia.
History has seen many examples of a few believing, they – not the people – know best. How did that work for the Nazis, the various communist regimes, experiments in socialism and Islam, and for several other ancient empires? They did not leave much behind, except fading memories of ugly repression. None of them could stand the truth. They all used words to further their causes and beliefs. The theory that “the end justifies the means” reigned supreme. Freedom is the final casualty when words are only a means to an end.
A nation built on lies cannot endure.
By the author of the Jack Brandon Thriller Series. http://www.factsandfictions.com
- IRS, AP and James Rosen Scandals Strike at the First Amendment (usnews.com)
- Truth, Justice: the American Way? – ABC News (blog) (abcnews.go.com)