ObamaDems of the 21st Century, like the British of the mid-t0-late 18th Century, won't let us bail ourselves out
Given the hostility of President Barack Obama to our closest ally of the 20th Century, I have caught myself wishing people a "Happy Fourth" instead of a "Happy Independence Day", as had always been my practice in an effort to remind Americans of the sacrifices made to establish self-government under the rule of law and break away from 5000 years of rule by men.
But the last two years of pitchfork threats against Bank CEOs, takeovers of auto companies, moratoriums on oil drilling, pending tax increases, and other measures ad infinitum, that prevent Americans from exercising Liberty to pursue happiness, have caused an uneasy feeling in me which found voice in the recently published book, "As if an Enemy's Country" by Richard Archer.
Archer's book recounts the freedom American colonists enjoyed prior to the 1760s when their legislatures essentially exercised self government thru representation of the people, with Royal British governors playing essentially an overseer role. This all changed when Britain began to impose onerous taxes on the Colonies to pay for foreign wars, without approval of the colonists' legislatures.
When British troops arrived in Boston Harbor and marched thru the town into essentially garrisoned positions as described by Andrew Eliot; the Massachusetts Council later wrote on April 15, 1769 to the Earl of Hillsborough, that the landing of troops in Boston were, "as if in an Enemy's Country."
That phrase encapsulates my feelings about the current administration, which seems oblivious to our history and the economic depression we find ourselves in, much like an enemy of this country would appear.
Kagan, Obama seem not to accept rights endowed by Creator nor bound by restraints of the Constitution
To add insult to injury this week, Elena Kagan in her Supreme Court nomination hearing, refused, in response to questions from Senator To Coburn (R-OK) to acknowledge that Americans possess "unalienable rights endowed by our Creator" which include Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
These rights are recognized in the Constitution (most specifically, if not explicitly, in the Ninth and Tenth Amendments) that Kagan will have to take an Oath to uphold should she be confirmed to the nation's highest court. President Obama has already taken that oath, but instead of keeping that oath has re-instituted rule by men and refuses to allow Americans to pursue happiness thru liberty. The Colonists would go on to declare their Independence from England and list grievances against them to justify same. We the People need to do the same today.
2010 List of Grievances against ObamaDems
They won't cut taxes for job producers. On the contrary, they refuse to repeal tax increases. They won't allow expanded oil drilling on land or near shore. On the contrary, they ban all oil drilling in deep water. They won't let foreign oil skimmers into the Gulf. On the contrary, they threaten Louisiana with Coast Guard flotillas for building a sand barrier. They won't secure the border. On the contrary, they are suing to prevent states from protecting themselves.
Pursuits of happiness restricted to sports
At least the South Carolina Fighting Gamecocks were allowed to pursue college national championships since the university's founding in 1801 until they finally killed the "chicken curse" with their 2-1 College World Series victory over UCLA this week.
Donkey curse of 2007 continues
DeVine Law Gamecock and the rest of We the People have been afforded no such pursuit of happiness luxury since the super-majority "donkey curse" began last year.
The pure joy, that the men of my native Palmetto State alma mater had finally proved themselves superior to all others after 209 years, has faded into despair as we gaze upon a less-Fruited Plain.
Knowing what JFK and Reagan's tax rate cuts wrought, one can only conclude that Obama will abide no rooster to crow but himself. ObamaDems won't be happy until all chickens awake only to his announcements of dawn. The latter might not be so bad if we hadn't been waiting for sunlight since Democrats took over Congress in 2007. Investors got the message of the end of tax cuts.
The testing of the character of Americans
We wrote at the time of the 2008 financial crisis that we were going to be tested as a people by hard economic times not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The testing began with a Fannie Mae induced housing collapse leading to a Great Recession. Trials continued as investors continued to be forced to the sidelines by ObamaCare, higher taxes and demonization of profits. At all times no one has any money to spend to cause any profits to be made except those from the rushed inventory build up this year before the January 1, 2011 repeal of the Bush tax cuts.
Fears of a Double-Dip recession that Robert Reich and this baseball national champion saw as inevitable months ago. It is fundamental that for money to be spent, money must be had. Even Reich favors a years-long payroll tax holiday. Students of the Reagan-Clinton-Gingrich years have been calling for capital gains, estate and supply-side income tax cuts for two years.
Now here we are, 3 years down the road of this economic downturn, knowing that it will take at least two years to get the economy humming after corrective action is taken.
Today, we see that unemployment and new unemployment claims are up while the already rock bottom housing market dug thru rock and found a lower bottom closer to Hell.
It is time to call what we are living in by its proper name: Depression.
The test gets harder
I suggest that you watch old black and white movies about the Depression that Hoover and FDR made great with assaults on business, both rhetorical and financial. Notice all those living in boarding houses and friends living in houses together. Notice the vegetable gardens in the backyards along with my fair-feathered friends making eggs and laying eggs. Notice what allows poor people to still find happiness.
I have discovered that there is joy to be had in Gamecocks and Atlanta Braves, but also in the enforced discipline of Kroger brand peas savings that allow one to have enough change to get a Kroger cola. Coke may add life, but first one has to have a life.
We the People, lend me your ears
Only the love of God and his transmitted ability to us to love and care for each other is the only thing that can get us through what we are experiencing now and get us through the darker days, months and probably years to come.
We the People that produce the jobs, work the jobs and pay the bills may be like those of the 1930s described by Amity Shlaes in her 2007 book "The Forgotten Man" a previously untold history of The Great Depression, of the taxpayers and job producers, seemingly forgotten by our government. But we don't have to forget each other just because we are poorer in funds and we mustn't forget to vote in November so that the remembering can begin anew.
The tea partiers very much remind of the patriots that rose up against King George in the 1770s as well as the Proposition 13ers that rose up against high Democrat taxes in the 1970s.
[Cross-posted on Independence Day at 73 Wire]