- If you believe that power tends to corrupt but our government should “do more,” you might be a Liberal.
- If you believe “income inequality” is horrible but you don’t donate 50% of yours, you might be a Liberal.
- If you believe that those who botched the rollout can run healthcare effectively, you might be a Liberal.
- If you believe that criminals will follow “sensible gun laws,” you might be a Liberal.
- If you believe that “society determines gender roles” & we’re not wired differently, you might be a Liberal.
- If you believe FOX News is “biased” but think NBC, CNN & ABC are “fair,” you might be a Liberal.
- If you believe in evolution but think all endangered species should be “protected,” you might be a Liberal.
- If you believe in “diversity” when it comes to skin color but not political views, you might be a Liberal.
- If you believe healthcare is a “right” but others keeping the money they earn is not, you might be a Liberal.
- If you believe in “affirmative action” but not for Hollywood, the NBA or the NFL, you might be a Liberal.
- If you believe disincentivizing work through prolonged welfare is “helping” people, you might be a Liberal.
- If you believe “climatologists” have no monetary incentive to push global warming, you might be Liberal.
- If you believe “social justice” is taking from the rich and giving to the poor, you might be a Liberal.
- If you took European history and still believe big government is the answer, you might be a Liberal.
- If you believe animals have souls but human embryos do not, you might be a Liberal.
- If you believe these statements are “lies” and you can’t coherently articulate why, you ARE a Liberal.
Sam, Russ, and Chin are the toughest kids in school. They’re also some of the richest. As one might expect, there is a rivalry among the three of them. Siri is a small girl of means and she happens to be one of Russ’s girlfriends. Siri’s cousin, Ira, is very protective of her, as are the several other members of her family at school, despite their bitter intra-family feud over which brand of their religion is best (they’ve been fighting amongst themselves for years).
Sam has almost no interest in Siri and barely knows her. But when he discovered she was killing off brain cells by smoking crack and blowing cocaine up her nose, Sam wanted to save her because he genuinely cares about people in general. So, he boldly proclaimed at an assembly before the whole school that if Siri were to take things a step further and inject herself with chemicals, that would be a “red line” for him and he would do something to intervene. Though he didn’t say what that intervention would be, everyone assumed Sam meant he would intervene by using his immense physical strength because he isn’t necessarily persuasive with his words or his money alone.
In her unbalanced state, Siri didn’t seem to care much about Sam’s threat, so she went ahead and injected herself with chemicals that killed off some more brain cells (maybe just to test Sam or get his attention). When Sam heard that Siri was injecting herself he could hardly believe it, but he was both disgusted and moved with compassion. He wants to do something to stop her from shooting up again. Sam is conflicted over what to do because he knows Siri suffers from multiple personality disorder and he can’t be sure which of her personalities, the strongest one or the one fighting for control, is responsible for injecting the poisonous chemicals. He knows from recent experience that he can’t trust his own eyes or ears to let him know what’s really going on. He also does not know if his actions would have any positive effect.
Nevertheless, Sam decided that Siri needs to be taught a lesson, and she needs to be punished for not listening to him when he threatened to get involved. After a few days, Sam announced to the whole school that Siri needed an immediate hard spanking, after which some of her drugs, but not the chemicals for shooting up, should be taken away. He also said that other students should help him. Sam framed it as a “warning” or a “shot across the bow” to send a message that Siri should never shoot up again (he didn’t mention his bruised ego from Siri disregarding his threat). Then he waited.
Only a few kids agree with Sam but they aren’t very tough and they pledge only minor support for Sam if he administers the spanking. The rest of the student body is adamantly opposed to Sam’s spanking idea. Russ, arguably the second toughest kid in school (or at least he has that reputation), vehemently objects to Sam even touching his girlfriend, Siri.
Chin also objects to Sam’s posturing, but Chin has learned from his great-grandfather, Sun, to never broadcast his retribution plans to his adversary. Ira, on the other hand, Siri’s unstable cousin, screamed loudly that if Sam spanks Siri he will bite off Sam’s finger, or worse.
Russ, a rugged, audacious but calculating member of the chess club, announced to the whole school that he will protect Siri from Sam but didn’t say exactly what he will do. When Sam moved into position to spank Siri, Russ moved himself in between the two as a show of strength. He also brought his strong, silent friend, Chin, with him.
This flustered Sam and caused him to blink. Then he tried talking his way out of confrontation by claiming he never announced a “red line” and that it was the school’s line, but he stayed within striking distance of Siri because he didn’t want to look like a coward.
Sam remains internally conflicted because it appears there are no good solutions to the problem caused by his mouth writing a check his body can’t cash. So he continues arguing with himself, even more fervently. Without understanding the landscape, Sam made an impassioned but awkward plea to the student government for his idea to spank Siri, however, the other students weren’t buying it.
Despite his massive strength, Sam has some bipolar issues himself and rarely speaks with the same voice. Part of him thinks shooting up chemicals is so atrocious that something—anything—has to be done, as an intervention, to draw attention to and hopefully end the destructive behavior. But another part of him thinks maybe it’s none of his business, maybe administering a spanking will have the absolute opposite effect, or maybe the spanking has unforeseen consequences that could be worse for Siri, and maybe it’s not worth losing some of his own brain cells or body parts to Russ, Chin, or Ira (or any of Ira’s other extreme family members), just to do what he thinks is best for Siri. Besides, Sam might be overestimating how tough he is because Siri certainly will not just sit still for a spanking.
Sam is an excellent organizer and smooth orator but has very little experience in making decisions like this, so currently he is trying to make up his mind what to do. He plans to take a tally of his internal thoughts and feelings soon and then make a decision. Making things even more complicated, it appears Sam’s best friend, Britt, may have sold Siri the chemicals she injected into herself.
The rest of the school thinks Sam should stay out of it but Sam is worried about his reputation. What do you think Sam should do?
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With America considering military intervention in Syria, responsible citizens among the voters who elect our leaders deserve to be informed. Before we commit the lives of more soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, and billions or trillions of dollars of debt for future generations, We, the People of the United States of America are supposed to have a good idea of what’s going on. But our elected leaders choose to give out (or leak) only enough information to serve their purposes.
We don’t know, for example, whether Assad’s current ruling class in Syria used chemical weapons on civilians supportive of the opposition or if the opposition used the chemical weapons on civilians to make it appear as though Assad crossed President Obama’s hastily announced “Red Line.” Although unthinkable to many of us, it’s not unreasonable to believe jihadists would do such a thing in order to stoke outrage and military intervention from global powers. We also don’t know if the opposition is controlled by Al Qaeda, as some suspect, and is worse than the current ruling class. And we don’t know why, if he used chemical weapons on a few hundred opposition civilians, Assad didn’t use the weapons on more of them. We, likewise, don’t know exactly why Great Britain won’t support President Obama’s choice of which side to support. We’re only fed little bits of information in attempt to sway public opinion—the Holy Grail in American politics. That information is further filtered to match the narratives supporting the agendas of the institutional media.
When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered, “What difference does it make?” in response to questions about the false story she and the White House gave to conceal the terroristic attack on our consulate in Benghazi, resulting in the murder of four Americans, this is exactly why it matters. Voters who think critically cannot reasonably trust what the administration is telling us about what’s happening in Syria, following the fabrications about Benghazi and the failure to take responsibility for that story nor the ‘stand down’ order denying critical military support. As public opinion forms regarding whether we should be in yet another war or military conflict, our system of government requires that the electorate be accurately informed. So far, those of us who are not lemmings have no reason to believe that we are. Accountability is the difference it makes, Ms. Clinton.
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July 24, 2013; As the odds-on 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee and presumptive leader of her party, Hillary Clinton today announced that she got tough and pressured the two most outlandish Democrat candidates to drop out of their respective races: Eliot Spitzer in his bid for New York Comptroller and Anthony Wiener in his campaign for Mayor of New York.
In a prepared statement to the press, former Secretary of State Clinton said, “These two clowns were making it a lot more difficult for us to get past the embarrassment that is Barack Obama.” She seemingly couldn’t help herself when she added, “See, I told you all along that you should have nominated me instead of that shifty ‘community organizer.’ He says they are ‘phony scandals,’ but everyone knows he’s as guilty as Ted Kennedy in a DUI line up. Does this guy think New York voters are as dumb as the Solyndra backers?” “If either Spitzer or Wiener would have been elected,” Clinton said, “it would have been even worse than when Missouri Democrats elected that dead guy.” Or maybe worse than when New York voters elected someone from another state who moved in just to get elected, Mrs. Clinton?
Elaborating further at the press conference, Clinton took a stab at Wiener’s recent admission that he was sexting lewd photos of himself while campaigning for mayor, “Look, even my husband knows that if you’re going to do the nasty as a politician, at least wait until you’re elected so the press will defend you.” She went on to assail Spitzer’s affairs with New York call girls saying, “And when you admit to cheating, maybe you shouldn’t disclose it cost you over $100,000 to get someone to sleep with you. Interns are a lot cheaper.”
Clinton wrapped up the press conference saying, “We can’t rely on the stupidity of New York voters forever. If the Democratic Party keeps running these guys who don’t have enough sense to stay out of scandals, eventually the voters are going to figure out they can’t rely on government for everything, like to keep them from getting fat from drinking too much soda … oh, wait.”
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As we celebrate the founding of this great nation, let us remember the overriding right that the greatest country in history was founded to preserve: FREEDOM.
Our Founding Fathers realized the importance of liberty and valued it so much that they staked their lives and fortunes to secure it for us all. And let us remember with equal gratitude the many men and women who’ve fought and died to secure and protect our right to freedom. Lest anyone forget Benjamin Franklin’s maxim,“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety,” the following quotes from our wisest President, Thomas Jefferson, help to remind us why we celebrate this day:
- “The freedom and happiness of man are the sole objects of all legitimate government.”
- “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.”
- “I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”
- “Oppose with manly firmness any invasions on the rights of the people.”
- “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”
- “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
- “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
- “In every country where man is free to think and to speak, differences of opinion will arise from difference of perception, and the imperfection of reason; but these differences when permitted, as in this happy country, to purify themselves by free discussion, are but as passing clouds overspreading our land transiently and leaving our horizon more bright and serene.”
- “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”
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