Sunday, March 28, 2010

You can't do anything? Hold up

Okay, so the last post and this post are related to politics, but politics is something I feel we too often ignore, but something that's terribly important.  Now, even though the health care bill is a huge deal I'm not going to talk about that, that's the past.  This post is about us doing something about the future.
Part One
Many teens, and adults, would happily sit back and do nothing, until it came to voting.  So they do their one act of politics that year and vote, then they go home and wait to see the results.  Surprise surprise, they candidates they voted for didn't win.  What happened?  They hardly did anything.  If all someone does is vote, if they don't get involved then their not going to make a huge difference.  The sad thing is, some don't even vote.  Not to say voting isn't important, that is a civil duty.  Given our freedom it's our responsibility to vote.  (Of course, if you're a teen I don't expect you to vote yet, nor can I vote yet, but have no mistake that I will vote when I turn 18)
I was reading a book yesterday entitled A Century Turns by William J. Bennett when I read about an education bill in congress.  George Miller, a liberal congressman from California, proposed an amendment that would practically outlaw homeschooling.  Mike Farris and his Home School Legal Defense team weren't happy about this, nor was Focus on the Family.  Soon tens of thousands of homeschoolers and their supporters were phoning the capitol.  The capitol's phone lines were so backed up that the congressmen and congresswoman could hardly even call their offices.  Soon the capitol gave up crying for the mercy of the callers.  They removed the amendment from the bill.  Point of the story?  We got involved.  I realize that not all of my readers are homeschooled so it doesn't have the same affect as it does for me.  But the point is that this was an example of people getting involved and stopping something they didn't want to happen from happening.  This is a perfect example of what we should be doing.  We need to get involved in our government and change things.  Us as teens are not limited by our age[and certainly not adults].  I will be out there campaigning for good, conservative republicans into congress and my state legislature.  If you don't think that our government is in trouble see part two of this post below.

Part two
I think we can all agree that communism is wrong.  If you don't let me explain.  Take the two sides of Berlin during the Cold War.  One side, West Berlin, was controlled by the U.S., France, England, and other generally free countries.  The other side, East Berlin, was controlled by the U.S.S.R., a communist government.  When you look at pictures and statistics it is clear that West Berlin was very prosperous under the free governments, while East Berlin was the exact opposite.  I will not go further then that, if you need more information, Google it[that's the norm these days isn't it? If you really want to get into it, go to the library].  The basic thing though was that the communist side was like a wasteland, while the free side was a very prosperous land.
We can conclude from this and other examples that communism is not a good thing.  With that in mind, let me inform you, if you did not already know, that America was founded as a free nation, a capitalist nation, and a democratic nation[actually, it was not a simple democracy, it was also a republican nation, but that's another topic].  We don't want our nation to become a communist nation, or a socialist nation.  Besides the fact that socialism itself is bad, the simple fact is, one way or another, socialism will always lead to communism.
The other night, at my economics class (it was the night after the health care bill passed in the House) we were talking about command economies, otherwise known as communist economies.  The curriculum was written around fifteen years ago.  In the first page of the chapter we studied it listed seven things that would happen before we, America, became a communist nation.
  • Confiscation of private property-The government can now take your property if they deem it necessary. There was a time when the government 'bought' a house from a family in order to put in a mall in the area.
  • Restraint of economic competition-This is happening with health-care reform because the government is now going to control one seventh of the economy.  When they take over health-care their removing health-care insurance companies economic competitive market.
  • Governmental monopolization of production and distribution-This happened when the Obama administration took over General Motors, a top car manufacturing and distributing company.
  • Control of consumption through forced rationing-This is one that you have to think about, but in a way the government has started to do this through health care reform.  I won't explain.
  • Strict control or abolition of labor unions-This is the only thing I could not find out via internet or remember from the class, but I am certain that this has happened in some form.
  • Nationalization of banking systems-Sadly, I could again not find a direct source for this, though I am certain it has happened, if not from economics class, from watching the news.  One way, in an indirect relation however, the government has nationalized banking systems is by bailing them out.  If the government can bail the banks out they can take them over, simple as that.
  • Governmental determination of wages-The government made the minimum wage.  This may sound nice at first but if a company has to pay their employees more their unable to hire more employees and/or build up their company.  When this happens the company starts to go down and then there's less and less jobs until the company goes bankrupt.
[As a note written after this blog post, two or three days afterward.  Even though I sadly cannot remember some of these, for which I apologize, even without them, even if I didn't say anything about them, the others that have happened should be enough to convince you that we're not going in the right direction as a country]
     All if not most of these has happened in some way or another.  This is a very scary thing.  It means that we're on a fast road to communism.  Remember this book was written roughly fifteen years ago, this is terrifying.  I'm not going to ramble on any more.  I think we can agree that our government is changing in a bad way.  I urge you to get out on the streets and campaign for good candidates, do sign waving, walk door to door, go to your local republican party office and see what you can do to help.

    That's the last political post hopefully for a while, as I don't like to be so negative as I was in this post.  The next post[hopefully] will be on wizards and powerful beings.


      Madeline said...

      Good post, Seth. If you've been watching Glenn Beck you'll find that he has been trying for quite a while to get us to realize where this country is headed - socialism - and it will if we don't stop it.

      The only problem I find is that you said it's too late to do anything about the healthcare bill (law) - it isn't too late at all. The government wants everyone to think it's too late and to just move on quietly. I am fully behind my state and the many others who have filed a lawsuit against this bill claiming that it is unconstitutional.

      Seth said...

      I'm not aware of when I said that. I said that it's the past, and the reason I said that was because many people[I included] are getting tired of people going on and on about the health care bill. Yes, it was a huge thing. Yes, it isn't something we should ignore. But no, we shouldn't continue to gripe and complain about it. I know full well that it's not over, I'd just rather not complain about it. The way I'm going about to stop it is campaigning for my state senators and representatives to get a republican majority that will actually do something about this bill.

      Though if I did say that please tell me where, because either I said something I didn't mean to[in which I will edit or delete that], or I had a reason behind saying it that wasn't what you said.

      Also, I sadly don't watch Fox News very often, I can't find the time to, that doesn't limit me on the news of what's going on in D.C. though.

      Wayne Leeke said...

      Lets keep Communism out of our government. Good post Seth.

      Random Dan Thoughts said...

      good post, sir. (this kid is good - ;))

      R.P.H said...

      Hey Seth :-) Great post! Thanks for the follow on my blog and I hope all is well with you.

      God's care,

      Seth said...

      Thanks Ryan, all is well with me :).

      Thanks dad lol

      Storyteller said...

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