February 25, 2011
Marie Lozito is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, wife, mother, grandmother and life-long conservative. She wrote a text on medical massage and taught at New York College of Health Professions.
Interested in, and observing politics since 1960, she
ran for elected office in 2010.
An accumulation of thoughts about a few different topics.
I wonder how much we taxpayers paid for the “Debt Commission” Obama formed? Too bad he didn't use a single one of their suggestions in the budget he proposed.
"I didn't raise taxes once", said Barack Obama in a pre-Super Bowl interview. In a way he's right. Obamacare contains 18 separate tax increases. So, it's not “once”, it's 18 times in that one bill alone! (Those tax increases are estimated to cost taxpayers $503 billion between 2010 and 2019.)
Can you believe the audacity of SEIU protesting against employers using E-Verify when hiring people? (E-Verify is a government-run system that many employers are using to verify whether job applicants are legally permitted to work.) Eliseo Medina, an officer in the International SEIU, knows there are illegals employed unlawfully here and he doesn’t want them identified. Last year he objected to ICE officers arresting illegals, now he doesn't want employers following the law and NOT HIRING illegals.
I almost fell out of my chair when I heard this one on the news. The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, actually said that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “secular organization”. HOW SCARY IS THAT??? (The Muslim Brotherhood's motto is 'Allah is our objective, the Prophet is our leader, the Koran is our law, Jihad is our way, and dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!' Its commitment is ... to 'conquer America' and 'conquer Europe.' )
About the time that our original 13 states adopted their new constitution, in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2000 years prior:
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury,
with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship." "The average age of the
world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. From courage to liberty;
4. From liberty to abundance;
5. From abundance to complacency;
6. From complacency to apathy;
7. From apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage "
The reason our Founding Fathers made this country a democratic republic was in an attempt to avoid the natural decline of democracies into tyranny. Benjamin Franklin said they gave us “A republic, if you can keep it.” Originally the people were represented in the House and the states were represented in the Senate. It was felt that the sovereign states would help keep Federal power in check and temper the emotions of the people as expressed through the House. The senators were elected by the state legislatures, who, in turn, were elected by the people. Senators were not voted for by the people directly.
Unfortunately, in 1913 the 17th amendment passed. Senators were to be directly elected by the people. This in effect removed the sovereign states from having a voice in the federal government and gave the people 'control' of both houses via their elected representatives and making the entire Congress subject to the “passions of the people” who can be temporarily led astray by charismatic personalities. (“You can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.”)
As of the 2009 tax year, the majority of the population received some money or total support, from government. Economist Gary Shilling has calculated that 58 percent of the population is dependent on the government for "major parts of their income". In 1950, the starting point for Shilling's analysis, just 29 percent of the nation depended on government for its income. Quite frankly, if you control the
person's income, you control the person. That person does not have the freedom to “the pursuit of happiness”.
We are, unfortunately, well on the way to loosing our freedom in America. It doesn't matter to me if the “bondage” comes from
one person (a dictator) or a group of people (an oligarchy) – I don't want it! The Federal government can be a good or a bad oligarchy – I don't want it! I want my freedom and my God given rights!! I want to be responsible for my own actions and decisions. It's good
to, and I want to help my neighbor BUT I want to do it voluntarily. It should NOT be forced out of my pocket by taxes and spent any way someone else (in the government) decides to spend it.
“The best government is that that governs least.” The power of government should be kept as close to the people as possible, not in a distant federal system...
a system full of unelected, powerful bureaucrats in bureaucracies... a system full of seemingly nameless individuals that do not know, understand or probably even care about the local needs of our town, county and state.
It started Monday 2/21/11... www.ConstitutingAmerica.org's 90- day analysis of the Constitution. It's available free at their website. Check it out...It is an amazing document.