Friday, March 13, 2009

We Surround Them

Glenn Beck has this pretty cool thing he is doing called 'We Surround Them'. If you agree with the values and principles he has listed then you sign up to join and send them your picture. Below is the link:
I found some of the principles very interesting, especially the ones listed below. These to me are what really separate America from other countries and make this such a great place to live. But if we do not stand up for these core values our country is going to start to resemble a socialist state. Socialism is not working for the European countries and failed miserably for the Soviet Union. Our most important right as Americans is our freedom - the freedom to say anything we want and spend our money however we choose. As soon as we give our government the power to censor us (Fairness Doctrine) and the power to take more and more of our hard earned money to redistribute it to the people and parties they deem worthy, we have lost our freedoms.
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
This is America, where you have the freedom to do and be anything you want, but you have to go get it. It is ridiculuous for people to think the government's job is to hand them happiness and prosperity on a golden platter. You have to work for it and make it happen on your own. Some people are going to work harder and have better ideas than others thereby leading to different results. i.e. inventor of mind balloons, golden tickets, and the wheel. Should someone who serves cheeseburgers be compensated the same as a brain surgeon (Yes Casey we already know your answer)?
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
Citizens should not be required to be charitable. If the government forces you to be charitable, thats not called charity, its called taxes. Many people out there think it is the government's duty to take money from the wealthy and redistribute to people they deem less fortunate. That is BS. If I want to be charitable then I will send money to the individuals and organizations of my choosing, when I want, and for the amounts that I want. Its my money. I do not think its anyone's right to take my money and give it to someone else, but apparently Obama and the Democrats disagree. As a citizen I am willing to pay my fair share of taxes to help keep our country up and running (transportation, infrastructure, national security, education) but I do not want my money going to pay off other people's bad debt and defaulted mortgages.


  1. Here is a topic where I will disagree to an extent and probably get bashed by the majority of you. I do believe in 6 of the 9 principles and very strongly too. My problem though is that most of these principles are really theories that require there to be an even playing field to make such blanket statements. It's like Econ theories about how markets should theoretically work ceteris paribus (with other things the same). Until schools in the Bronx offer the same educational opportunities as those in Highland Park and Sugarland (for you Houston folks), then I don't think you can say something like "I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results." There is no way you can truly argue to me that a black kid in the Bronx has the same chance of being successful in life as a white kid in any other white neighborhood. Right now too many people are a product of their environment and we have to do something to break that cycle. To me, that is paying more taxes to a campaign you believe will spend that money the wisest to get most of our citizens out of this rut. Whether or not that is actually happening is another debate. But again, I would agree that there is no guarantee of equal results if everybody started off in the same boat and was not born into a situation that is almost impossible to get out of unless you can rap or play basketball.

    Call me a socialist but I just don't think that a capitalistic society can be successful unless you have fully liquid assets (i.e. the people, the infrastructure, etc). Most people don’t have the luxury to be able to just move to another place in America where the overall quality of life is better and you definitely can’t move buildings. Those things can’t be easily re-distributed. Money on the other hand can and that’s where I do agree with the government spending. So far I can’t say that I agree with what the Obama campaign is spending the money on, but I do agree that it has to be spent. Once we reach the point where America is truly the land of opportunity as long as you take control for yourself, then we can start getting upset when people who don’t “deserve” your money are given it.

    But hey, if you don’t like it, you can always move to France!

  2. I think I could write an entire book in response to this blog, but i will limit my response to a few key thoughts:

    1. If I have to choose between my tax dollars fighting a meaningless war on the other side of the world or helping people in my own country...I choose the latter.

    2. I believe that Government is most wasteful not by what they spend their money on but how they go about doing so. Can you maximize the affect of what you are trying to do while spending as little as possible. President Obama is also a firm believer in this but it is too early to tell if he can change what has become common practice in our government.

    3. If the wealthy citizens of this country are looking for someone to blame for our most recent election, they need only to look in the mirror. The distribution of wealth has become more and more off center in this country since the 50's and has continued to get worse and worse. As the majority of our country's wealth continues to go into the hands of few it is only natural that the lower to middle classes will grow, hence, will vote in a president who is looking for their best interest. Is that not the fundamental staple of capitalism? To do what is in the best interest of yourself.

    4. I have heard people on TV say things like Barrack's economy and Obama's financial disaster. I don't know if it's racism or party lines blinding the masses but give me a freakin break. Let's give the guy at least a year before we blame everything on him.

  3. Brett -
    I don't blame Obama for the financial mess, but I do hold him and Congress accountable for how they are reacting to it. Raising taxes during a recession, bailing out failing companies, and giving cash to people who can't live within their means are all stupid ideas.

  4. Justin-
    I agree that we must continue to improve the quality of education and neighborhoods in bad areas. But as long as we need janitors and farm laborers there will always be kids growing up in poor environments. And harder jobs that require more education and skill should be higher paying. So there will always be different socio-economic classes otherwise you take away the motivation to take a harder job. But I agree that long term the goal should be that any kid in America can go to school and become whatever he wants regardless of the environment he was raised in...meaning truly equal opportunity. I do not however agree that wealth redistribution is the way to solve this. Punishing those who do work hard and putting money into the hands of people who do not want to work doesn't do any good...the welfare system is a big part of the problem. There is no incentive or motivation for someone receving free money every month to go out and make any themselves. They are a drain on our society. New Orleans is a good example, generation after generation of welfare families - they don't want to break the cycle.