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Remember the Boston Tea Party?

They dressed up like native americans and then boarded a ship in Boston Harbor to have the biggest tea party of all time. Dumping the tea that they were being taxed for into Boston Harbor and thus they had there party. Among those in this elite group were men like John Adams. These men had a lot to loose for this demonstration against the King of England. What do you think have we lost the significants of this in modern America? Are we now so wrapped up in being dutiful Americans that we no longer are willing to stand up and be counted? Every generation must do its time in standing up for liberty. Well our time is now, stand up and be counted but do with as much respect as you can master.

Written by tfheringer

September 14, 2010 at 1:26 am

FDR, Obama and Bloodletting

Written by Donald Hank

Monday, 20 April 2009 03:22

The Keynesian cure for the economy.bloodletting_001

How long will it take for America to wake up and realize Keynesian economics (government-induced stimulation of the economy) doesn’t work?
First the bad news: Judging by past history, the restoration of common sense in government could take as long as 2400 years.
That’s how long it took medical science to abolish bloodletting, an intended cure for infectious diseases, which was first practiced in about the fifth century BC and persisted until the mid-1800s.
The theory was that diseases were caused by an imbalance in the “humors” (bodily fluids), but the effects were not beneficial. Not only did the lancet introduce infectious germs but the loss of blood weakened the patient, often leading to death. Yet doctors didn’t base their methods on results.
Human behavior is flawed. Our thinking is easily manipulated by the expectations of perceived authorities.
Even though millions of people witnessed the results of bloodletting, not enough noticed the lack of efficacy to bring about its abolition. I call this blindness the “respect effect.” Those who doubted the efficacy of bloodletting would never have dared say so because they would have been criticizing an untouchable group.
Europe and most of Asia had gone through a long feudal period where society was divided into the rich landlords and the serfs, their de facto slaves. The latter had no right to contest the wisdom of the former.
Worse, most of the doctors had had formal training, often at a respected university and were thus seen as “educated.” The scientific method, though articulated in the fifth century, was not commonly used in medicine. Thus the practice persisted until recent times. In the novel Fathers and Sons, for example, set in the mid-1800s, Turgenev mentions a doctor whose kitbag contains lances.
Apparently, medical training for physicians consisted simply of passing on the “wisdom” of the older professors and doctors to the students, who were not supposed to question them. Thus, a dangerous superstition gripped academe, while largely sparing the commoners.
Indeed, in those 2400 odd years during which doctors practicing bloodletting failed to cure their patients, while enjoying the full prestige of professional legitimacy, the commoners, who couldn’t afford doctors, discovered, thanks to the mother of invention, countless herbal and home cures for all sorts of human and animal illnesses, cures that were infinitely more effective precisely because they had been proven, through trial and error, to work and because the intelligentsia weren’t there to interfere.
Thus, for millenia “doctors” were overpaid quacks while the common man was far advanced compared to such practitioners.
It wasn’t until the 19th century that the intellectual elites discovered, using the common man’s time-tested techniques, that the unfounded assumptions about bloodletting were false.
Now what I have said about medical science applies in kind to economic science.
The principle of supply and demand had always been widely accepted by all social classes, whether or not they could articulate it. After all, the free-market system gave positive results, particularly once the industrial revolution was in place.
No one could deny it.
But a new superstition was about to grip academe.
In the 19th century, as physicians were abandoning bloodletting, a handful of intellectuals reverted to the old elitist ways, founding a new system based on nothing but unproven assumptions. Though couched in abstruse and high sounding prose, Das Kapital is nothing but a collection of random, loosely connected observations and theories. Vladimir Lenin foisted this so-called system on his country and after almost 70 years, his successors turned in the final results: abject failure.
By contrast, America turned in respectable test results, proving the efficacy of free market principles.
Conclusion: the more government, the worse the results. The less government, the better the results.
But before that, John Maynard Keynes had thrown his weight toward more government and had become the intellectual mentor of FDR, who implemented Keynesian economics. Keynes once suggested that if the government paid men to dig ditches and fill them back up again, that would stimulate the economy.
FDR adopted this idea of experimental government intervention, paying farmers to kill piglets in an effort to increase farm prices. It brought up meat prices but it didn’t help people buy meat.
It is now recognized that FDR, far from “getting us out of the Depression,” actually prolonged it<http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/FDR-s-Policies-Prolonged-Depression-5409.aspx&gt; by about seven years.
Yet FDR was praised as a “genius” by the media and the intellectual elite.
Why?
For the same reason that physicians for years had resorted to bloodletting: the respect effect.
Academe never seriously questioned FDR’s “genius.” Having graduated from Harvard and Columbia, he was one of their own. Their writings reflect that misguided respect, which was passed on to today’s Democrats and Obama, who has resumed economic bloodletting, calling it “stimulus.” It will bleed our children and grandchildren. Yet regardless of the economic ills of interminable debt, the elite dutifully extol his “genius.”
But here’s the good news: Unlike FDR, Obama did not win by a landslide. Nor, judging by our coast-to-coast tea parties, does he enjoy anywhere near the popularity or trust that FDR commanded for four terms.
There are good reasons for this:

  • In FDR’s day, the Soviet experiment was just getting started. Today, the world’s most visible socialist states have failed spectacularly.
  • There was no significant conservative/libertarian movement in FDR’s day. Today, such organizations flourish.
  • Today, thanks in large part to the Internet, the hot issues of taxation and spending are spotlighted despite efforts to obfuscate.
  • Sound economic theory supported by facts competes with socialist ideas in academe, as articulated by Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, etc.
  • FDR supported national defense. Obama has all but ignored the military and apologizes to our enemies.

The honeymoon is over, and the scientific method, applied to Obamanomics, will melt the Keynesian fantasies like snow in a spring thaw.

Donald Hank

is a former language teacher, currently operating a technical translation agency in Wrightsville, PA. A former language teacher, he holds an undergraduate degree in French and German from Millersville State University (PA), a Master’s degree in Russian language and literature from Kutztown State College (also in PA), has studied Chinese for 3 years in Taiwan at the Mandarin Training Center, and is self-taught in other languages, having logged a total of 8 years abroad in total immersion situations. He is also the founder of Lancaster-York Non-Custodial Parents, a volunteer organization that provides Christian counseling for non-custodial parents.

Written by tfheringer

April 21, 2009 at 1:52 am

Posted in Freedom, Liberty, Obamanism

Tea Parties and Harbors

boston-tea-party-1789-engravingI  think I might have got it this time. The answer to our economic delimia is to throw money at it and hope that will miraculously cure the problem. What makes you think that Washington can get things right this time, they never have in the past. Just so you do not think I am just against Obama, remember he was in congress before he became president and he was not able to fix it then, this means I blame congress as much for this as I do the president. Further, race has absolutely nothing to do with it, some of the more vocal opponents of the president and his policies happen to be black. If you think I just blame this on the Democrats I don’t Republicans have had an ample amount of time to really repair the damage and have yet to succeed. In fact it was Republican policies following the lead of Democrats such as Clinton that have got us to this mess in the first place. Lets just dump their tax’s into Boston Harbor and when that is filled we will use New York Harbor, just please keep it away from middle America we have enough problems with stupid politicians where we live.

Written by tfheringer

April 19, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Right Wing Extremist

I have been a right wing extremist for many years. In fact I have been a right wing extremist most of my life and I have yet to kill anything other then some ducks. I have not blown up any countries and this is something I abhor so do not look for me to do it. Yet, this extreme liberal extremist government thinks we are extremists, those who live in glass white house and congress buildings should not throw stones. Until they are willing to drop this kind of thing I see no reason to pull in my comments. In fact, they are determined to kill as many human babies who are yet unborn just to show they can do it. This needs to  stop and it needs to stop now.

Those of us who want to make a stand on Biblical values are going to be made to shut our mouths, this even though the constitution guarantees us the right to freedom of speech and religion. The Bible forbids homosexual acts and this is evident in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. So what am I to do? I will continue to preach the truth until you pull the Bible out of my cold dead hands. If there is any hate it begins in congress and the White House, nothing is being done about them, because there is no transparency there. It is simply a mater of them having taken all the power and forbids us of any kind of redress of grievances.

Written by tfheringer

April 17, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Give me Liberty or give me death

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. If I am a right wing extremist, so be it, however when it is to defend liberty then it is not wrong, but entirely necessary. I do not believe in more government, but less unfortunately the new socialism in Washington, believes in absolute government from birth to grave. They will trample our liberties down to get to their goal.

taken from quotes liberty tree

Patrick Henry quotes

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!

Patrick Henry quotes

Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.

Patrick Henry quotes

The great object is, that every man be armed.

Written by tfheringer

April 16, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Higher Tax's cannot fix us

It would be a good idea to fire the president, congress and the supreme court. These guys have no idea about what will help America. Apparently according to them spending a lot of money and taxing us heavily will make the problems go away. Obama and his cronies in congress including those from the minority party are nuts if they think that hard working Americans are going to go down over this without a fight. Our fore fathers fought over taxation without representation,  we are fighting taxation with thieves for representation. Most Americans if not all Americans are now under represented in our own government. This makes King George look like a saint, in some respects that would be better then what we have now. It is a travesty to turn our nation over to an international criminal conspiracy now called globalization. Uniting all of north America into a super nation is not going to help any of our people or the people of the other north American nations. I call for a national boycott of all that is coming out of Washington. So to speak a national sit in to object to our governments grabbing of more authority then they deserve.

Written by tfheringer

April 15, 2009 at 9:53 pm

The Sons of Liberty Revisited

Much needs to be said about Liberty these days considering we are loosing most of our inalienable rights to Washingtons, Power Brokers.

Socialism is now called Obamanism, the real truth is that he is a dictator and is introducing communism into these United States in the guise of  making things better. Resist globalism while it is still possible. Since when can Washington do things better, just check out what they have done over the years and weep.  Power always corrupts and absolute power always corrupts abs0lutly the “We can do” means nothing it is just a slogan that sounds cutesy. The real I can do means he can impose a communist state without those of us who would resist being allowed to say one word in our own defense and in defense thus of liberty. Our founders shed blood that we might have freedom, just to have Obama take it away, he is worse then King George.  Please Oh! God deliver us from this present evil.

There will be a new birth of freedom just as soon as some of the states in the union realize what is being done. Alaska, you can be first to leave the union. I will not fight,  but I will stand up and be counted for freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press. Since the internet is the new press, then every computer in America has the possibility to right a new declaration of independence from Obama’s Socialist Regime.

Written by tfheringer

March 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm