A Step On An Island

February 12, 2010

I look into the mirror
I see no happiness
All the warmth I gave you
Has turned to emptiness
The love we had has fallen
The love we used to share
You?ve left me here believing
In love that wasn’t there” — Changes Yes

2009 was perhaps the most eventful year in my life, and I’ve led an eventful life. It’s hard for me to write some of the things I’m about to say, both because I’m being very careful of saying too much, and at the same time because I’ve changed so much over the course of the year. I haven’t said much throughout much of the year, and yet I’ve had a lot to say. Especially over the last month, I’ve had more to say than I have ever had before, and yet, I’ve had to sit in near silence.

As many of you know, I am no longer a part of the tea party movement. I simply can’t continue down that road. It seems, overall, heading in different directions. Looking at it in retrospect, I’d say that we jumped the gun and set ourselves up for a potential embarrassment. Fortunately for us, Obama’s arrongance ended up proving us right. Still, imagine had congress and the President backed off the stimulus bill, the bailouts, health care, and a couple of other things? He pushed forward, and proved us right.

Perhaps we fell victim to our initial success and the flies merely swarmed to the biggest piece of meat. The self righteous, the self serving, the politicians, and the heroes all came. They knew more about saving the world than we did, the only problem was, we didn’t want to save the world, we just wanted government to quit throwing money around. There’s a thing called principle which is the payment towards the amount of total debt that we owe, and there’s a thing that’s called interest, which is what we our federal government pays. The percentage of total government revenues that goes directly to the interest on the national debt? Good question, I’ve been searching for the answer to that for a long time. But what do you think will happen when the cost of interest on the national debt reaches 100% of total government revenue? It doesn’t take a genius to figure that one out.

Even if it were only 33% of total government revenue, we are still paying 33% of our own taxes to go directly to the interest on the national debt, and that’s 1/3 of total government revenues not going to police, to roads, to education, to NASA, to PBS, the Arts, or a myriad of other things people think government should be spending money on. The problem is that the debt is growing, and between both the Bush administration and the Obama administration, we simply will not recover.

That’s what the Tea Party is about. It’s not about saving our children’s future, it’s about saving our own so that we can pass the ideology of a free nation and of human Rights on to the next generation. A few great men and women fought valiantly for a very noble idea, that we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable Rights. They won, and they passed this ideology on to their children, who then passed it on to their children, and on and on until we reach today. Now, we want to throw money around to every single problem and call that compassionate. We’ve ruined countless lives by giving people just enough to get by on, just enough to satisfy their needs, just enough to deprive them of their ambitions, and by default denying them their potential. We’ve come to think that we can demand other people pay for our little projects of the heart and take credit for ourselves for being compassionate, but if we are so compassionate, why then won’t we give of our own wallets instead of demanding somebody else pay? We’ve overspent, now our own share is coming due.

That’s what the tea party means to me, or at least it used to. I could talk about the many things that happened that’s changed me. Some of it was the tea party, some of it was my own actions, but most was an inner reflection. Yes, the recall of Mary Landrieu is a ridiculous idea, using Saul Alinsky tactics is not a healthy way of doing politics. I will not call any Senator that is not my own, I don’t want them calling my Senators and telling them how to vote, regardless of their views. I don’t care if they agree with me or not, I live in this state, along with my fellow Louisianians. Our Senators represent US, not some Californian who’s had too much sun. Not only that, it’s an utter waste of time to call a Senator who represents a different state from where you live… haven’t you ever heard of caller id? (hint- it gives your area code.)

Do I support auditing the Fed? Sure, why not? After all, it sounds like a good idea. But can you tell me why this is a good idea and what you hope to accomplish by auditing the Fed, or are you just running around calling everybody else sheeple while supporting this bill simply because Ron Paul sponsored it? Yeah, the left is snickering, but when was the last time you talked to a leftist with an original thought that you didn’t see from television the night before?

I used to think apathy was a terrible thing, but I’ve come to a conclusion that apathy is really a good thing. When people are happy, they can careless what government does, so long as government doesn’t interfere with their pursuit of happiness. Even if they are miserable, if government isn’t the source of that misery, the can careless what government does. But when government starts interfering with their happiness, that’s when people pay attention.

Later this year, we’ll change our government again, but be careful in your selections, the next tyrant may be worse than the current tyrant. I’d rather take the good, and dream of the perfect than to take the perfect, and for wish for the good. It’s funny how Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin is suddenly the biggest heroes of the Right. I like them well enough, but they’re aren’t the only people who have been standing up for conservative values.

But it would be completely unfair for me to blame my separation from the tea party on them. In fact, the biggest problem is who I am, or rather, who I’ve become. I’m more interested in spreading the love of Human Rights to my fellow man. That six months ago, I did not understand what Jefferson meant when he stated that it’s a great offense against God to offend the Rights of your fellow man, but today I do. That Rights come from God, and because they come from God, they belong to every human being equally. That our system of government works perfectly, but our government can’t withstand a voting public that does not understand Rights. The biggest threat to our freedom isn’t our government, it’s ignorance.

I suppose that’s all I’ve got to say about that, at least for now.

NADA would accept arbitration, cash settlement.(NEWS)

Automotive News August 24, 2009 | Roland, Neil Byline: Neil Roland Dealer groups have proposed third-party arbitration and potentially millions of dollars in compensation for rejected General Motors and Chrysler dealers as an alternative to legislation that would reverse their terminations.

This month the proposals were given upon request to key U.S. congressmen in the hope that the plans would be forwarded to GM, Chrysler and the Obama administration’s auto task force for consideration, group leaders said.

The two groups, the National Automobile Dealers Association and the Committee to Restore Dealer Rights, agreed on the outlines of a proposal but differed on some important details, leading to submission of two distinct plans.

Copies of both were obtained by Automotive News.

The Committee to Restore Dealer Rights, which represents the 789 rejected Chrysler dealers and the 1,350 GM dealerships selected for termination, led the push for the legislation. Its leaders are dealers Tammy Darvish, Jack Fitzgerald and Alan Spitzer, each of whom lost franchises during the reorganizations.

Darvish is vice president of her family’s Darcars Automotive Group, which has stores in Maryland and Virginia. Fitzgerald has Fitzgerald Auto Mall dealerships in four states and Washington, D.C. Spitzer heads Spitzer Automotive group in Elyria, Ohio.

Under both proposals, dealers seeking reinstatement would be able to appeal to a three-person arbitration panel made up of a faactory representative, a dealer and a neutral party, copies of the plans show. this web site fitzgerald auto mall

The proposals also call for terminated dealers to receive compensation of $3,000 per vehicle sold in either 2006, 2007 or 2008, as chosen by the dealer.

The proposals also call for compensation for money spent since January 2005 at the urging of the carmakers to acquire real estate, improve facilities or pay for the blue sky for another franchise, the proposals say.

The plans indicate for the first time a willingness on the part of dealer groups to talk with GM and Chrysler about a possible compromise.

GM says it will not negotiate with the committee that represents its rejected dealers.

The NADA plan was backed by American Trade Association Executives, which represents state and metropolitan dealer groups, and the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers. site fitzgerald auto mall

“We will continue to work only with NADA, as they represent all dealers,” GM spokesman Greg Martin told Automotive News last week. He declined to discuss specific proposals.

The legislation to reinstate rejected dealerships passed the House this summer but has stalled in the Senate.

Neither GM nor Chrysler responded to requests for comment.

A key difference between the two plans is who would set the criteria used by arbitration panels to determine whether rejected dealers could be reinstated.

The NADA proposal calls for GM and Chrysler to offer reinstatement automatically to any dealers that meet or exceed criteria previously disclosed by the carmakers. Any disputes about these standards would be decided in arbitration.

Under this proposal, “very few, if any, dealers would get their franchises back, the committee’s Jack Fitzgerald said.

The committee calls for arbitrators to “decide whether terminating the dealer is fair and reasonable based upon the affected dealer’s financial viability and other factors proposed by the affected dealer and manufacturer.

Both the automakers and influential lawmakers had sought an alternative to legislation.

The dealers’ proposals were given this month to key congressional offices, including those of Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., the Senate’s assistant majority leader, and House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., McEleney said.

Spokesmen for Durbin and Hoyer declined comment.

Roland, Neil


2 comments
avman
avman

JBS, I agree with you on the freedoms that we don't have, and it is an infringement of human freedoms to force some to pay for others. When I say government isn't the biggest threat... well, my next post should clarify it.

jbs1717
jbs1717

I tend to disagree with, at least, some of this. First is the notion of a "free country". Let's use social security as an example. Do you have a choice in participating in social security? No, you do not. If we lived in a "free country" you would have a choice to participate or not to participate. One of these is called freedom, one is called tyranny. This, to me, is what the TEA Party is all about. You could use the same example of SS for welfare, medicare, selective service, etc. In all of these you do not have a choice, that is called tyranny. The TEA Party started with taxes and maybe it has moved to other areas. I can not speak for anyone else but I want less taxes, less government(less tyranny)and more freedom. As of now the only group I know who is preaching this message is the TEA Party. I'm sticking with the TEA Party. So, as you can see I do not believe we live in a "free country".

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