We Must Not Fail in the Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness

Our pursuit of Life, Liberty & Happiness!

"Wish not so much to live long as to live well."

-- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1746
I guess there is wisdom uttered in this quote by Franklin. As one ages the quality of life, in most cases, does diminish and ends with wishes of youthful vigor. The fortunate times from Franklin’s day until now has been individuality in how one’s life was spent. Now our government delves into our personal lives to such an inordinate proportion that we may not always have the "right" to live as well as we choose.

As we hit mid-stride in the age of the "boomers," it is more apparent that our government is still taking much from us and at a more rapid pace than ever before. Our Congress has taken our Social Security, medical decisions, and soon they may even "incorporate" our personal investments to help their quest to redistribute the wealth. This does not include the unconstitutional government giveaways of  disability, food credit cards and welfare that overtax us. I do not question that some need a hand up but not a lifetime of handouts. 

Our Declaration of Independence says, and I paraphrase, that when the just powers of government is no longer at the consent of the governed, it is time to remove those in power and replace them with those most likely to give back to us our rights. It should be your right to live as you choose always remembering that your rights end at your neighbors person and property. Let us not fail in this trying time to restore our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Those now in power, passing unconstitutional laws and ordinances daily, do not deserve to return to office! When you vote to fill an empty office, remember to ascertain if the next candidate is handpicked by the resigning office holder. If the one leaving office did not meet your expectations, don’t expect their chosen one to either.

--Steve Ramey, American, USMC Vietnam Veteran and freedom lover.

08 October 2012
Semper Fidelis et Vigilo!

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beachski23 October 09, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Slavery was going on LONG before the Civil War and is still going on today. All ethnic groups have been enslaved; NOT just black people. If I recall my history correctly, Mike please correct me if I am wrong, but the Roman's enslaved their own people, who by the way were Roman's and WHITE, well before the Civil War. Slavery today, is in the Middle East, China, Korea, and India; not so much in Africa anymore I don't believe. Still going on in countries that have had slavery a LONG time; well before the Civil War. I am not racist in any sense of the word and believe that ALL people should be treated equally regardless of the color of their skin, their nationality, or their gender. Inside and in God's eyes we are all the same color. So please, do not bring up the slavery card. To those that know history, it gets old.
Tammy Osier October 09, 2012 at 10:26 PM
This political stuff was hot when I did my blog,"We are only asking for self-government" and I'm not even sure it got read. If anyone has time, please go to my name and find my blogs and read it. It's about what I learned at the Atlanta History Center concerning slaves fighting with us in the Civil War and the war of ideals. It brings the subject into a more personal view. Actually, thanks to Amy for clarifying what I was trying to say. I was trying to make the point that unless we are not vigilant and question what we hear from our leaders, we could develope a sense of being indoctrinated without knowing it. With that kind of attitude (pretty complacent in past years), what would happen if we really did get an evil man in the white house? They could do anything and we'd allow it. Beachski- great post!
Amy L October 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Again, I am all for sweeping, even radical, tax reform. I don't really care how it is collected as long as we don't run deficits and devote more to infrastructure spending. But how likely is any of that to happen. We have a divided government where more then half the members care more about their party and careers than the country. They know that it is in the best interest of the Republican party to delay, obstruct, and generally do nothing in order to make sure they can accuse the President of being ineffective. The only reason we have had the small recovery we have had is that they COULDN'T block his first stimulus bill. Since then though, they have had the numbers to block everything. And of course, nothing has gotten done. They refused even 10 dollars in spending cuts to every 1 dollar in increased revenue in Boehner's "grand bargain."
George Wilson October 10, 2012 at 03:11 PM
@all "Gish Gallop" look in up on google
Amy L October 10, 2012 at 05:13 PM
If you haven't seen this, please look it over and educate yourselves. The charts provided are an excellent, easy to follow resource for explaining the underlying problems with our current economy and taxes. http://www.businessinsider.com/who-pays-taxes-2012-8?op=1 The takeaway for those of you who refuse to read is that yes, rich people pay most of the taxes in this country. But, they only do so because wages for the rest of us haven't increased in 50 years. 96% of the income growth over the past 30 years has gone to the top 10%. And it is not because companies are doing poorly. Corporate profits as a percentage of the economy are at an all time high while wages are at all time lows.


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