Divided, We Stand by Wendy McElroy

One of the most destructive ideas in American history may be collapsing under its own unsupportable weight. Andrew Jackson stated the idea succinctly: “The people are the government …” In the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln expanded, “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Of the people means government consists of members drawn from the people, not from an elite or an invader. By the people means they are the ones in authority. For the people means those who govern are acting to benefit the people at large rather than vested interests or themselves. Today, the ruling elite are clearly just that — an elite. The average person knows he has no power over political decisions that are devastating his life and wealth. He knows those in power care nothing about his well-being.

There is a radical disconnect between “the street” and the government, leaving the street rebellious and cynical. If the mood leads Americans to question government rather than obey it, then, it will ultimately be a good thing.

“The people are the government” is a dangerous notion because it leads the people to trust their government and their elected officials. The belief that they are active and valued partners of the state makes people become less likely to question political motives or demand explanations. It also makes them more likely to obey the law however unjust it may be.

Active skepticism toward anyone in power is a powerful protection of freedom.

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Breaking Down Broken Arguments Against Oil and Natural Gas By Mark Green

A big thanks to CNN’s “Truth Squad” for weighing in on the oil and natural gas industry’s assertion that it could add more than a million jobs over the next two decades with the right policies from Washington. We like talking jobs and energy, and it’s great whenever someone else tees things up.

Don’t get carried away. The Squad’s skeptical. The Squad scores this one an “incomplete,” saying the industry’s jobs claim depends on changing current energy policy, which would face opposition in Congress and from the administration.

Which is EXACTLY our point!

Current policy is preventing this industry from doing more to help the economy – through job creation, investment and contributions to the federal treasury. Not to mention improving our energy security.

With different policies, America’s oil and natural gas companies could be working right now on creating 1 million additional jobs by 2018 and 1.4 million by 2030 – and with them significant tax revenues for government and additional energy supplies. That’s the conclusion of the Wood Mackenzie research and consulting firm. Let’s say it again: More jobs, more revenues to help reduce the deficit and more energy. Blocked by current policy.

Policy is keeping federal areas, onshore and off, closed to energy development. Places like the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Policy is affecting our energy partnership with Canada, our #1 source of imported oil, by keeping us from fully utilizing Canadian oil sands. Policy is holding up construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would deliver oil sands crude to U.S. refiners. Want a better energy future? Change bad energy policies.

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RE: We the people

From a comment line:

    You just don’t get it, do you? Shaekspeare did when he penned “a rose by any other name smells just as sweet”, or to use a modern paraphrse, ‘a rose is a rose’. Bernie may be the only one who openly and officially belongs to the official ‘Socialist Party’, but when you look at the associations, actions, and stated beliefs of hundreds of other members of Congress, they are, by even a narrow definition of the terms socialism and socialists, in fact Socialists. If you lie, you’re a liar. If you take innocent human life, you’re a murderer. If you cheat, you’re a cheater. This isn’t brain surgery or rocket science, This is just plain common sense. If you stand for bigger, more invasive, more powerful government at the expense of liberty and personal responsbility, if you think that elites know better than the average person, and that they ought to manage our daily lioves for us, you’re a socialist, no matter what you say to the contrary. Our nation and our Constitution weren’t founded on socialism, they were founded on liberty and Judeo-Christian principles. Socialists want to replace the tried and true Biblical principles with relativist, atheist/agnostic, elitist dystopian gobbledygook. Sorry, we ain’t going for it. – by Hammond Hank

Today’s Toon

Rick Santelli To Obama: “We Need to Create Jobs”