America: A Nation of Laws, or a Nation of Men?

Here is a great little video segment on the different views of the Rule of Law (click image to watch):

ThomasSowell

New Blog: Appeal to Heaven

Appeal to HeavenOver the years and months, What The Crap has gradually become more and more serious. This is perfectly acceptable, as blogs naturally evolve over time. Still – I have been meaning to create a space devoted to respectfully discussing deeper issues at greater length. Thus:

Appeal To Heaven

Appeal to Heaven will also certainly evolve over time. My initial goal is to clearly communicate conservative ideas and discuss the philosophy of liberty.

Please check it out and let me know what you think!!

PS – What The Crap will still be a place for posting random thoughts, videos, and other stuff I come across. Enjoy.

-wtc

My Letter to President Obama

I am a middle class web designer and developer for a high-tech internet start-up. Right before I was hired – the small company I work for was purchased by a large investment firm. The large investment firm saw a value in the product we were creating and decided to invest money into our smaller company.

This has allowed our small company to create many more jobs including my own, as well as provide good benefits and better pay. The investment from the larger parent corporation has clearly given us the critical funding we needed for the technology and staff to get our project off the ground.

My question is, how will raising taxes on wealthy investors and corporations (such as our parent company) help create more jobs and promote small businesses like our own?

Being middle class, of course, I wouldn’t mind a tax break. However – I would rather pay taxes from my earnings at a good job – than receive a tax-cut and face potential lay-offs.

I’m interested in your thoughts?

Best Regards,

-wtc

Socialized Healthcare and ‘Tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims’

Boy is this audio appropriate today:
Part 1:

Part 2:

Whatever you thought of Reagan, there was one thing true about him – he understood the fundamental epic failing of socialist philosophy applied to government. Socialism comes in the form of friendly ideas with the best intentions. It ends in Tyranny.

C. S. Lewis put it this way:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

Contrast all of the above with President Obama the other day:

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Conversations with Mark Steyn

Great video. The real meat of the interview starts at about the 20:00 mark. Give it a listen:

A Decent Video Overview of American Government

Not perfect, but good. Definitely worth viewing:

Where do you get your news?

Excerpt from Jay Nordlinger’s recent article:

It seems to me that the Left has won: utterly and decisively. What I mean is, the Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher mentality has prevailed. They decide what a person’s image is, and those images stick. They are the ones who say that Cheney’s a monster, W.’s stupid, and Palin’s a bimbo. And the country, apparently, follows.

I have a friend who teaches at a prominent university, and she says that, when Palin’s name is mentioned, the people laugh. In the course of the 2008 presidential campaign, an extraordinarily accomplished woman — more accomplished than most of the rest of us will ever be — was turned into a laughingstock.

What are the shaping institutions of American life? The news media. Entertainment television. The movies. Popular music. The schools, K through grad school. In whose hands are those institutions?

And the same theme from Andrew Klavan:

Look, the American media are in a bad way, a disastrous way.  Movies, TV, literature–instead of illuminating vehicles for art and entertainment, they’ve become like the Matrix, replacing reality with a plausible leftist imitation. Journalists especially have so shamed themselves in their coverage of the last election–hounding Sarah Palin’s daughter and Joe the Plumber while all but ignoring Barack Obama’s ties to Illinois corruption, and his long and deep association with the racist anti-American Jeremiah Wright–that it’s going to take them years to recover.  When people shame themselves that badly, they don’t admit it in a hurry.  They savage their critics instead and continue their own shameful practices as a kind of defiant denial–anything rather than look in the mirror and confront what they’ve turned themselves into.

This was my exact experience at work, and other circles when talk turned to politics. All discussion about any conservative personality consisted simply of repeating jokes from The Daily Show or SNL. No serious questions. No fair minded analysis. No discussions of reality, policy, long-term implications, the roll of government, etc. Most notably, no-one bothered questioning whether allowing a comedy show to shape their perception of a person might be a little less than truthful. Many people where actually quoting Matt Damon’s “cutting edge political analysis” – which was itself nothing more than verbatim SNL/Colber/Stewart/Maher sound-bites.

I’ll admit that this “dumbing down” probably seems especially acute to me after recently finishing HBO’s John Adams by David McCullough, and subsequently reading McCullough’s outstanding 1776. In my opinion, when real serious thinking about real serious issues, is cast aside in favor of MTV and Comedy Central – it’s no wonder people tend to prefer government hand-outs to individual liberty.

Here are some great excerpts from John Adams, which contain more interesting and coherent thoughts than several years of much else from Hollywood or Television:

Adam’s gives a speech about Liberty:

Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin discussing the Declaration of Independence:

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