Archive for April, 2008

Freedom

Posted in Politics with tags , , on April 17, 2008 by raingeg

Freedom is a word often used by every side of the isle when it comes to social and fiscal thought. When you have a word that is used so much by everyone the term becomes subjective to each sides beliefs.

Freedom is “a state in which somebody is able to act and live as he or she chooses, without being subject to any, or to any undue, restraints and restrictions”. In America we have individual freedoms or rights, but at the same time we have obligations to the government and the law. These obligations must be met in order to keep the country, its people and their government afloat. One obligation the American people have to the government is a fiscal responsibility called taxes. There is another side to the coin fiscally, that is individual fiscal responsibilities, such as saving and budgeting for ones own home or life. This area is where the term “freedom” can start to have a subjective meaning.

We now arrive at the intersection of fiscal and social freedom, where both these two topics and two very different mindsets in regard each of them meet. Side A, would prefer all or more of the freedom that we currently have socially, yet they would prefer to abdicate a lot of their individual fiscal responsibility to the government. Side B, holds the opinion that the government should relinquish more individual fiscal responsibility to the people while preserving our social freedoms.

Now, we have to examine the issue of power. One must decide by asking this question, who should hold the power in this country? There are two options, the government or the people. To examine this question you have to investigate three things: How free do you want to be? Where does power come from? And, how is it measured in America? It is safe to say that power in America can be gained fiscally and it generally comes from gaining prominence monetarily. From that we can gleam the measuring tool for that power, dollars and cents. Now we have to address how free we want to be. Our freedom is subject to one of two entities having more power than the other, those being, the people and the government.

Side A, would prefer that the government have more money and provide the people with the tools needed to live. Side B, prefers having more money for themselves, therefore giving them the ability to decide what tools they deem necessary to live. Side A has a problem with this because they don’t like to have a power structure within society, they would prefer it outside of society, thereby relinquishing the choice of a certain lifestyle monetarily in exchange for the ability to live socially as they please, it is thought that doing this would create a sense of equality among the people. Their hope is that if there is a sense of equality among the people monetarily, that power would not be something so sought after by the people, therefore ending some problems that rid society. Side B would contend that the best way to control the bad parts of society is not to have Government control those parts of society, but instead have the good parts out weigh the bad ones. Intern pushing out the bad or at least controlling it with out government oppression or tyranny on society as a whole. Furthermore, Side B acknowledges that humanity as a whole will never be able to stop what is intrinsically built into its nature, that being the desire to compete with one another. They also acknowledge that it is impossible to take away what is intrinsically built into government, that being the want to control the people and gain power.

I hope it is coming very clear that each side presents two very different ideas of freedom. In order to really understand this issue we have to look at what the antithesis of freedom is. The opposite of freedom is oppression, and in order to have oppression there must be an oppressor. For Side A the oppressor is inequality and burdensome monetary responsibility. The oppressor for Side B is government having to much power or influence over the citizens money, taking away their ability to spend their money the way they see fit. After looking at each sides’ oppressor you can start to understand what the two versions of freedom really look like. Side A would prefer an America where you do not have to worry about personal fiscal responsibility, this is achieved by giving more power to the government to take care of it for you. Side B would rather take on more personal fiscal responsibility, in essence taking away the power from the government and allowing for more freedom on the part of the individual monetarily. Now ask your self, which side is really free?

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Expelled!

Posted in Politics with tags , on April 10, 2008 by raingeg

Ben Stein has a movie coming out called Expelled. It is another movie slightly like Indoctrinate U about the death of the market place of ideas. Just like science elitists try and say that the debate about global warming is over, they do the same thing when it comes to intelligent design. The movie comes out on the 18th of this month. It makes me think about the time I was shouted down by a substitute teacher in high school, because of my belief in God.

Visit the website here, and see if it is playing in your town.