Monday, April 10, 2006

Where do you live?

I’m betting that most of you who are reading this blog right now live in a home or an apartment. You probably have the bulk of your stuff there and maybe even some idea where most of it is. You probably even have locks on your doors to keep that stuff in and others out. After all, it is your stuff and you should be able to decide who has access to it.
Probably, on a daily basis, you decide who has access and who doesn’t. You decide who gets in and who stays out. It’s your stuff, your place and you should have a right to decide what goes on.
Right now there are those who want to take that right away from you. They don’t want you to be able to decide who has access to your stuff or your place. They are going to try and tell you that you have to let anyone in. They will assure you that they simply are trying to make their lives better and since you have all this stuff you should be willing to share. In fact, if they break in and take your stuff you don’t even need to call the cops. They will politely remind you that these people mean you no harm.
And what if these thieves should decide to just stay at your place? It’s best if you keep the fridge well stocked with the things that they need. They will grow on you and soon you will be offering them all sorts of social improvements; health care, education the whole deal. If you’re lucky they may even kick in a little to help you meet all their needs. After all these are pretty much nice folk. They may even clean the place once in a while. You probably didn’t want to do all the cleaning, so they will do what you won’t do. In just a couple of years you will act as if they are part of the family. You won’t hold all that other stuff against them. Besides you will have grown accustom to all the financial burdens and won’t mind their free use of your stuff.

Would you let me know if you got enough room for a few more? Heck, don’t bother I’ll just come over. Where do you live again?

I want the locks put back on the doors. I want to have some say on who comes in and who gets access to my stuff and my home. America is my home.

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Blogger Crazy Politico said...

That was outstanding! What a great way to explain it.

1:53 AM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger Christi said...

Excellent analogy, ablur! Perhaps we should all head over to the homes of our spineless leaders and see if they’d mind if we camped out there.


4:50 AM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger a.k.a. Blandly Urbane said...

I don't know? It has a "takes a village" feel to it, I kind of like it. You can probably claim them as dependents...although...maybe not.

At the point that they move in and share all my hard earned stuff, has the phased-in access to earned regularization taken place yet or not?

Well put! Thanks

12:30 PM, April 13, 2006  
Blogger Rocks and Minerals said...

I found you via The Freedom Folks blog.

"Where do you live?" says it all.

I have been wondering how I could get these points across to my young adult night school (H.S.) students. They are mostly kids who aren't, for a variety of reasons, able to make a go of it in day school.

There are presently 8 students in the class. They have lots to say about issues that are in their very small worlds.

Because there are a couple of students who are illegal aliens in the group, when the discussion goes towards that direction, I must bite my tongue.

During class last night, one student started discussing benefits that are given to illegal immigrants that are not offered to her or to her family.

These kids STRONGLY believe that George Bush is responsible for ALL of the ills that they see in their daily lives. Unfortunately, they and their parents (yes, these "problem" kids do listen to their parents sometimes) have been influenced by the leftstream media, politicians, and liberal educators.

I plan to read your write-up to them before class begins Monday night.

You have written something that anyone and everyone can understand.

Thank you very much!

1:43 PM, April 13, 2006  
Blogger ablur said...

I thought you would enjoy this. Thanks for commenting.

as soon as I finished it I knew you would want to read it.
Too bad we can't move into our leaders homes. They at least have border security there.

glad you enjoyed it. Share it around. America needs to stop being hypnotized by the left and see things in a clear picture.

Hey, Rocks

I would love to hear about how it went. I would love for this to get around and wake up more people.

3:37 PM, April 13, 2006  
Blogger Rocks and Minerals said...

I read your analogy, minus the ending paragraph, to the students in the class that I teach last night. Fortunately, or unfortunately, three kids were absent. The most outspoken young lady was among them. The other two were the kids who are illegal aliens.

The five students listened politely as I read.

After I finished, the most outspoken young man in the group said "Now what was that supposed to be about? I have two ideas." He was a bit on the angry side. I asked him what he thought it was about. He said "Immigration." I nodded my head as a "yes." He let out a few inappropriate-for the-class expletives and then went on.

He described how his dad had come to the U.S. illegally from Mexico, gained citizenship, and has gone on to live a good productive life and takes great care of his family.

The young man said that all of the people in the whole-wide-world should have such an opportunity to improve their lives. He pointed out that the only reason illegal aliens are here is to improve their situations. And that each and every one of them should have that right. Unfortunately, he means have that right, here in the U.S.A. He thought that it would be better for people to enter the country legally, but,if that failed, they should still enter illegally. Oh my. The other students listened and agreed. Oh me, oh my.

Having shown them the Muslim cartoons some time ago, I went over this with them:


With the rioting, threats, and petulant demands by many of the world's Muslims over cartoons being revisited by South Park this last two weeks, I was put in mind of something I've been thinking about for some time. The United States Constitution spells out a set of rights for all people within the United States, and adds that these are not the only ones. (See the Bill Of Rights). Over the years, they have been expanded both explicitly and implicitly, but there are a whole set of so-called "rights" that have been gaining more and more prominence -- and they need to be addressed.

1) The right not to be offended.
"Offense" has no absolute meaning. What someone might find offensive, another might find amusing, thought-provoking, or even laudable. The government has absolutely no business deciding what is so offensive to certain people that it will protect them with the full force of law from having their proprieties assailed.

2) The right to a job.
Nobody has a right to get any job, or any specific job. That is strictly a matter between the potential employer and applicant. There are discrimination laws that need to be enforced, but no employer should be forced to hire and keep a worker.

3) The right to come to the United States in a time, place, and manner of your own choosing.
The United States has quite possibly the laxest laws regarding immigration in the world. Whether seeking to visit, work, live, or even obtain citizenship, we are the most welcoming nation on earth. But we do have set rules and policies, and it is our right to demand they be followed -- regardless of whether it might make a head of lettuce cost another dime or so, or whether high-school kids will rediscover the joys of earning extra cash mowing lawns.

4) The right to get money from the United States government.
For years and years, it has been the stated policy that no money or assistance would be given to terrorist organizations. Hamas has been pretty high on that list for some time. We stated long before the recent Palestinian elections that our policy would not change, that there would be no exception granted, should Hamas succeed in their attempt to subsume the Palestinian Authority. Now we're hearing all kinds of whines because we are actually doing that.

5) The right to free health care.
This one especially frosts me. There is no such thing as "free health care." As the old saying goes, if you think health care is expensive now, wait until it's free. What these folks are demanding is that someone else pay for their health care. Perhaps they think the doctors should work for free. Perhaps they want the government to pay for it, which means that everyone else pays for it. Or maybe the insurance companies should simply "eat" the costs, right up until they are sued by their stockholders or go out of business entirely. I definitely think that there needs to be a revamping of the financial side of health care, but to "fix" it by putting the government in charge of it is insane.

I'm a bit of a libertarian, and one of the tenets of that philosophy is that if you want to find the most inefficient, most cumbersome, most inept way to achieve a goal, put the government in charge of it. There are certain areas where the government is the only body that can do certain things -- national defense is one, along with maintaining the road systems and carrying out our relations with other nations -- but by and large, it's simply the laziest approach to a problem.

And never forget: "the government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have."

They all agreed that people should not be guaranteed these rights, even though they were contradicting themselves regarding previous statements. Hmmm...

Tomorrow night, it is on to addressing the issue of the Westbrook Baptist Church members showing up to protest at the funerals of our fallen Veterans.

I finished my readings last night with this:


Thoughts on FREEDOM

"It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."
-Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
-George Orwell

"Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, 'What should be the reward of such sacrifices?' ... If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!"
-Samuel Adams

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made so and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
-John Stuart Mill

"There will always be dissident voices heard in the land, expressing opposition without alternatives, finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side and seeking influence without responsibility. Those voices are inevitable."
-From the speech JFK was prevented from giving in 1963

"Dissent is a necessary good in a free country. Mindless harping for minor partisan advantage entails great danger in time of war."
-Stephen Green

and finally

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."

I will continue my endeavors to enlighten the group towards a more right-minded way seeing the things that go on around them locally, state-wide, and in the country. World issues are a whole other subject. In general, our discussions about them are on hold.

I have spread your word around with my adult friends and family. All that I have given it to agreed that it is a fine piece of writing.

3:10 PM, April 18, 2006  
Blogger ablur said...

Thanks for reporting back. I would like to encourage you to start a blog as well. Look at your writings. Looks like you are fully ready to debate this issue with anyone. I also notice that you debate with respect and encouraging words.
You got the knack of persuasion. Thanks for coming by and sharing.

6:03 AM, April 22, 2006  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

"Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it." - Andrew Jackson

With 216 border incursions by Mexican Federal Military and Police, actually firing on US law enforcement officers and generally crossing the border at will, one begins to suspect that a war has been declared and only one side is showing up. And $5B for a thoroughly monitored, sensor-infested and quick reaction border wall and defense system handed over to NORTHCOM is actually quite cheap. About the cost of the superstructure for a nuclear aircraft carrier and far lower in maintenance.

And for those municipalities exploiting human labor and allowing trafficking in humans, perhaps they should be reminded that slavery is only permissible as a punishment. For telling someone they will only be protected if they stay and work for *you* allows you to set any price on their labor or none at all. By doing so they effectively shred the Constitution and secede from it.

I, for one, do not want to dishonor those that died in the Civil War by having a *second* Civil War that will *also* have slavery involved. And yet that is *exactly* where the trend lines are headed. Either that or having no Nation at all.

6:08 AM, April 24, 2006  

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