Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Wisdom of a Statesman


From Benjamin Franklin’s Way to Wealth, sayings collected from Poor Richard’s Almanack were displayed on children’s cups in the early 19th century.  People found Dr. Franklin’s wisdom an appropriate accompaniment to the gift of a porcelain mug for their children.


Now, we have a president who preaches that personal industry is a myth and our only responsibility is to the state which gave us everything. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

100K


You like me! You really like me!

Or you like pictures of dogs.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

After Independence Day


Welcome to the third to last Objectivist Round Up.  

This week those of us who are advocates of a government limited to the protection of individual rights were dealt a strong blow by the Supreme Court decision to uphold the individual mandate, as well as the rest of the Affordable Care Act, as constitutional.  As some in the country struggle with what makes America America, those of us who understand the exceptional wisdom -- and limitations -- of our Founding Fathers continue to fight for its future.
The Declaration of Independence laid down the principle that “to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.” This provided the only valid justification of a government and defined its only proper purpose: to protect man’s rights by protecting him from physical violence.
Thus the government’s function was changed from the role of ruler to the role of servant. The government was set to protect man from criminals—and the Constitution was written to protect man from the government. The Bill of Rights was not directed against private citizens, but against the government—as an explicit declaration that individual rights supersede any public or social power.
The result was the pattern of a civilized society which—for the brief span of some hundred and fifty years—America came close to achieving. A civilized society is one in which physical force is banned from human relationships—in which the government, acting as a policeman, may use force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use.

~Ayn Rand in “Man’s Rights

I urge you to read Ayn Rand’s essay in its entirety.


Darius Cooper presents Phrygian Cap posted at Practice Good Theory, asking "Do you know the symbolism of a Phyrgian Cap?"

Jenn Casey presents 2012: The Year So Far at Rational Jenn, saying "In this post I take a brief look at my accomplishments in the first half of this year. It's been an ambitious, crazy, productive six months. Soon, I'll come up with some Half Year Resolutions for the rest of 2012. How has your 2012 been so far? What are you planning for the rest of the year? I'd love to hear all about it in the comments!"

Stephen Bourque presents A Monument to America's Destruction at One Reality, calling it "A lesson of last week's Supreme Court ruling is that the Constitution is an empty document."

Paul Hsieh presents Another Doctor Squeezed By ObamaCare posted at We Stand Firm, saying "One of my colleagues is struggling to decide what to do after the Supreme Court health ruling. I hope he doesn't quit medicine, but I wouldn't blame him if he did."

Lynne Bourque (that’s me) presents Assonantal Assaults posted at 3 Ring Binder, saying "I had excellent teachers at my parochial elementary school. These are not them."

For inclusion in the penultimate round up to be hosted at The Playful Spirit, submit your post here.



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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Assonantal Assaults

What’s more threatening:

Snakes on a Plane (Children, do not press the forward arrow key.)


Hens on the Deck (The poop is slippery, trust me.)


Or

Nuns on the Bus



Really. This would be hilarious if it weren't so disturbing.

Every hour of each day, Catholic Sisters stand in solidarity with all who live in poverty, and we confront injustice and systems that cause suffering.

We cannot stand by silently when the U.S. Congress considers further enriching the wealthiest Americans at the expense of struggling, impoverished families. [emphasis added]

This is too much! Look toward your churches first, Sisters!

I wonder if they're going to confront injustice by chucking chalk at the pedophilic priest – or relieve the suffering they see by liquidating some church properties and distributing the tax-free windfall to those in need. And that’s the funny part!

The disturbing part is that these women, who have devoted their lives to religious missions through medieval mysticism are now pushing their brand of "economic justice" politically. The best government, they assure us, is the one that will further their religiously-based mission. 

Sorry Sisters. Your ascetic altruism is no longer unassailable – it’s a life of evasion, plain and simple. Furthermore, and more importantly, your bait-and-switch morality – offering the grace of God and everlasting life to those who live lives devoted to others – no longer fools those of us who understand that life is all there is:  Every individual has a right to his own life, and there is no magic egalitarian in the sky or in the People’s House.

There are, however, far too many of you who try not to raise the situation, outlook, or abilities of those in poverty, but to feed their irrational suspicions that if someone is poor, it is because someone else is rich. You advance the idea that they are victims of the rich and entitled to other people's money. All I have to say is shame on you, Sisters. 

I could completely ignore you as part of the quirky sartorial charms of my childhood if I didn’t fear that your brand of collectivism has already ruined the world I live in. Get back on the bus and stop stumping before the desperate, big government, whose force against individuals you so sickeningly embrace, realizes that you are not above taxation.