Conservative Corner: Looking at People Through American Eyes

                

If you have ever thought about it, or if someone has asked you, what does an “American” look like? As we all know an American has nothing to do with the color of the skin, but as Dr, Marin Luther King pointed out, the content of their character is the important thing. Unfortunately, even today, racism is still a problem, even with a black man as the leader of the free world.

There was a very ugly time in our past when people were prosecuted for a number of different reasons, including color of the skin, shape of the face, color and length of hair and the way of speaking. We all are guilty of things we probably aren’t proud of. Some of us learn from our mistakes, some of us never do.

Many people, manly those who are liberal or progressive thinking, believe Conservatives and the Tea Party movement are racist due to the lack of minorities in their ranks.  True, there aren’t many minorities who consider themselves conservatives; however, conservatives welcome with open arms all Americans. There is still an ugly side of America. A side we must be wary of. These are groups and individuals who still have racist and anti-American opinions.

We all know of the hate group, The Knights of the Klu Klux Klan (K.K.K.), however, hate goes beyond a bunch of ignorant, arrogant jerks wearing their wife’s best linens on their heads. There is hate on all sides. Many people, especially the targeted Tea Party, have identified the NAACP, the New Black Panther, and individual such as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Al Sharpton, and others with racist attitudes.

 Rep. Maxine Waters told her supporters the tea party movement could go “straight to hell,” according to newsmax.com. Jesse Jackson compared the Tea Party to the racist forces that Martin Luther King fought against in the civil rights movements of the 60’s. Al Sharpton calls the Tea Party a “monster” on his MSNBC show. Mr. Sharpton also called Tea Party people and conservatives “extremists”.

Unfortunately, today there are many double standards in the media when it comes to fairness in race. It seems like if a black person on TV says something racially negative, it is ignored, however, if anyone else says something negative against blacks they are “branded” a racist. It seems like one of the guiltiest groups in our country is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Recently the NAACP held an award ceremony in which the actor Jamie Foxx celebrated his award with the comment, “black people are the most talented people in the world”, according to newsbusters.org. Could any other race do that without repercussions?

The same double standards are in politics. During Obama’s first term Janeane Garofalo blasted conservatives and Tea Party people by calling them, “a bunch of tea bagging rednecks,” Garofalo added “this is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up.” Also, philly.com reminds us how the New Black Panther Party stood guard at polling stations during the last two presidential elections. This act is, of course, is illegal.  No one needs this kind of hate. The fact that most conservatives are not happy the job Obama is doing as president is not a secret, however, blaming his policies on the color of his skin is as absurd and completely wrong.

I am not saying that white people and other groups are not judgmental and have a difficult time with those who are different, but it seems today that people are more afraid of making comment about black people for fear of retaliation from the powerful and one-sided “civil rights” groups.

 We seem to have lost the will to love and care for each other as Americans and patriots. It seems we only look at each other with a kind eyes and a full heart when something bad happens like a natural disaster or a terrorist attack. I hope someday look we will cast aside our differences and see each other in this country as we really are, not Republicans or Democrats, not liberal or conservatives, and most defiantly not as black, white or any other color, but as Americans.

 

               

 

 

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Conservative Corner: The Tax Man Cometh

It’s that magical time of the year when the postman is busy delivering the flood of W2 income tax paperwork and not just junk mail. The time of the year when visions of temporary wealth flood your mind, or fear of owing Uncle Sam worries the soul. Some may be happy with the idea of helping to financially support the local, state and federal governments, while others have the idea that taxes are a sorry excuse of a reason for helping to fund a seemingly tyrannical government. No matter how you feel about taxes, there are two things for certain you can count on; death and taxes.

It has been said that some conservative groups, like the grass roots group Tea Party Movement, wishes to eliminate all taxes, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Conservatives understand it takes the tax dollar to fund very necessary needs that the government performs. Without taxes we would not have police services, firefighters, teachers and other important services. Unfortunately, our taxes dollars are being wasted like a sailor on shore leave. Conservatives are baffled by the politicians need to spend our money in a very foolish fashion. Every presidential administration spends money, some, of course, spend more than others. The current administration seems to have a huge problem with spending money that they don’t have.Image

Under the Obama Administration government has grown by leaps and bounds. With programs like the abuse of the Food Stamp Program, the failed stimulus plan and “Cash for Clunkers” programs, the bail out of General Motors and Chrysler, Obamacare and more, the cost for Obamacare alone will cost the taxpayer $50 billion a year according to thedailycaller.com.

For those who seem to think government spending under George W. Bush was more, the national dept went up $4.9 trillion in both Bush’s terms according to cbsnews.com; however, with Obama just starting his second term, we saw the dept go over $16.3 trillion at the end of 2012. It is forecasted to hit $17.5 trillion this year, and up to $25.9 trillion by 2022 if spending continues.

Democrats seem convinced that more taxes is a clear answer to the problem of solving the national dept. If the employment numbers were higher it might be a decent idea, however, for the last four years the unemployment rate has been over 7.5 percent. It’s even higher in Oregon. With many Americans being un or under employed for the last 4+ years, increasing or creating new taxes is a great was to stifle an already troubled economy.

Many people claim that the tax dollars of the rich can carry the burden of curing an ailing economy, but they already pay more than the rest of us. According to csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0415/Taxes-and-the-rich-How-much-do-they-pay-now, the top 1 percent of the country actually pays about 20.3 percent tax, while the middle class pay 10.3 percent and the lower class pay about 3 percent. The problem, however, isn’t more and new taxes, it’s spending.

President Ronald Reagan once said “We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.”

If the Federal Government could control is obscene spending habits, there may be a way to pay off some of the dept and ease the tax burden on all Americans and not the ones that the government chooses. We need to pressure our lawmakers to limit spending and the decrease the size of our government. If you are interested in helping curve the immense size of our government, spending and taxes, please go to http://www.oregonteaparty.org to help out the conservative cause in Oregon, or http://www.teaparty.org to help out on a higher level.

It is our job as Americans and patriots to keep government small to ensure our freedoms won’t disappear. For, as Reagan said, “Man is not free unless government is limited.”