Losing Liberty In Baby Steps, but Very Fast

The county and village I live in is known to be Republican. At least I thought so. In the past eighteen months I have suspected that a couple of new actions by our mayor have been under the guise of “for the good of the people.” To me that is code used by leftist big government to cover actions taken to remove liberty from their loyal subjects.

I am currently president of a local service club that is seventy-seven years old. The club is dedicated to serving the community. For the past thirty-eight years the club has held a raffle to raise money. A large percentage of the funds return directly to community members or organizations. A much smaller percentage leaves the community to fund disaster relief like the three hurricanes that demolished Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico last year.

The raffle prize in the beginning was a Cadillac automobile. With inflation and poor economies the Cadillac became a Chevy, then the Chevy turned into a cash prize. From the beginning the tickets sold for twenty dollars which was the equivalent of a hundred dollars in today’s dollar. Today the same twenty dollar bill is the new fiver. Our raffle still limits the number of tickets sold, but since I have been a member we have never sold all of the tickets. Last year we came within twenty of reaching the goal.

We hold the raffle every year at a special dance. The raffle ticket is also your entrance ticket to the dance.  It is a very nice community affair attended by friends and neighbors. It is a great time. At the same time the Chamber of Commerce runs a world class craft fair that brings thousands of people to the town over a three day weekend celebrating the waning of summer. The entire event, that of my club and the craft fair is a huge party. Every night the special tent set up for the party is filled to capacity with many happy citizens listening to popular bands and drinking beer. The proceeds from the sale of beer funds many community organizations like Boys baseball, Girls Soccer, the Band Boosters, Church Ladies Club, etc. all of them rely heavily on the proceeds to run successful programs

Last year the venue management which was made up of volunteers from the organizations that benefitted from the earnings disbanded at the last minute. Rumor has it that Dear Leader spent considerable effort to inform these local organizations that the liability they carry upon their shoulders for mishaps that may happen as a result of their volunteer workers pouring and serving beer may bankrupt them. The litigation that could result would be a disaster. The venue leaders ran away terrified of financial ruin.

Dear Leader rode in on his charging white stallion dressed in shiny armor to save the day with a plan in hand. The plan did away with using uncertified-licensed volunteers to pour beer. A professional management company will do that from now on, and they will carry the burden of liability. After all it is a state law that we will do that because it is for the good of the people.

Our club survived, but at the expense of three thousand dollars less in our till. That is a huge amount of money taken away from serving the community (which by the way is a lot like doing it for the good of the people, except we do it for fun not for control). Nevertheless, we survived.

Today, we are six days away from holding our raffle, tickets sales are crappy. We are getting feedback that community members didn’t like Dear Leader’s planned event, and they will no longer attend (why they want to stop supporting our club is another matter they don’t explain).

Yesterday, I opened an E-mail from one of our members who is also the Chief Constable. He was alarming me to get a permit to hold a raffle. Without a permit, the raffle is not legal, and as such can become a liability for the perpetrators. “Where the hell did that come from?” I asked, after slowly oozing down from the ceiling. The answer was: the Village passed an ordinance last year to comply with a State law, it is for the good of the people, and Dear Leader wants to do nothing to bring harm to the people.

My take on this matter is that slowly we the people are losing ground and our liberties are being taken away from us. It is an evolution of government. Illinois is more socialist, excuse me I  meant to say more democrat than California. The difference is that we have ordinary people living here and California has a large colony of entertainers who believe we should all bow before them. Instead, we have a colony of politicians who believe the same thing, but they don’t act in movies. Illinois is so socialistic and controlling that those in charge can be referred to as “Dear Leader.” For those who can not decipher my code Dear Leader is the facetious title given to the Mono-leader of North Korea who truly believes everyone in his country belongs to him and their very lives are the result of him and his all knowing, all loving, all embracing administration.

Evolution:

The gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form, like from limited government to huge complex overly burdened bureaucratic government. It stinks even when it is in a small town like mine and my fellow neighbors are swallowing it hook, line, and sinker.

This Is Who I Will Stand Next To

There is no argument for me. If asked if I would support Colin Kaepernick, and folks who think and believe like him, or the people who are shown in this video. I’m going American all the way. I want to be with the people who conceived, designed, and constructed this flag pole. They are my people. Those who choose to trash the symbol of our Liberty saying that it represents hypocrisy, racism, and division all have their heads in the wrong place. Maybe there is some racism left in America, but it is a darn sight more free, and less racist than any other country in the world.

When I am free to travel again I will visit this site and salute this magnificent flag.

Promises, Promises

Videos come to me from many friends. This particular one is seven minutes long, but the time watching it is very educational. It speaks to the wisdom of Conservatism, and the evils of Statism. Help me make this video go viral by clicking and watching to the end. You will not regret doing so.

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A Major Milestone Reached

God Blesses America

God Blesses America

This is my 1000th post, and I am proud that I reached it. When I began blogging, I never imagined that I would ever reach 1000. In fact at the beginning of 2013, I saw 1000 as too far in the future. Well, it happened. This post will make me happy only if it is meaningful and memorable.  To begin, I decided to copy post number one and republish my thoughts from 1000 posts ago.

Here is Post Number One:

Well the words “income tax,” required that I really get myself motivated to file. Nothing like the drudgery of  looking through old receipts and bank statements to get one excited. I scheduled two days for the task. They came and went, Then I scheduled another two days to do taxes. Again they came and went. Finally, I told myself that a great reward awaits me if I start and finish in one day. What was my reward?  A walk in the park. That is exactly what I did today. I completed the bloody 1040 and then went for a nice long walk. I didn’t mind the cold or the drizzle. It felt good compared to the drudge of filing.

Motivation is about playing tricks with your mind. Promising yourself little perks as rewards for completion of tasks is one of them. Try it, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. 

At the time, Grumpajoesplace was a blog about developing human potential. I dreamed of teaching people to learn how to visualize, how to prioritize, how to carry out goals. For a while, I did just that. I posted hints about how to set a goal, how to break things down into baby steps, and how to work on the right things. I spoke about defining High Payoff Activities. I quickly ran out of things to write about, but kept going anyway. Then, the campaign for the 2008 presidential election began. The campaign rhetoric reminded me of things I had heard before. It wasn’t like I heard the same old, same old stuff that politicians spew, it was a line of communist rhetoric cleverly disguised to intoxicate the masses. That is when this blog “transformed” into something different. I couldn’t just sit by and watch the country drink the Kool-Aid of communist socialist bull crap.

I am old enough to remember when Fidel Castro was a bright energetic freedom fighter who wanted nothing but to overthrow Batista the Cuban dictator. Fidel was charismatic, and a very good speaker. We all admired him and even the US Government became intoxicated on his rhetoric. Fidel managed to overthrow the dictator and run him out-of-town. Then he changed colors and turned Cuba into a communist socialist state overnight. He even stunned our government.

I listened to the speeches of Obama, but I heard the voice of Fidel Castro selling his socialist bullshit.

Now, we have a divided country too dumb to understand that Obama is a Muslim Socialist. They are too dumb to understand that they are selling their personal liberty for a welfare state, and they elected him a second time.

It is funny that my first post was about the IRS, I bad mouthed them in number one, and I’m not sorry I did. They are ruthless, evil union workers who extort “We the People” for every last nickel we owe. Why is it that the Tax Collectors are always considered bad guys in the Bible?

For a long time, I concentrated on the campaign exclusively, but I tired of it. That is when I sat down and brainstormed a new approach, I decided to mix up the blog-content by injecting my personal interests along with the Obama bashing. It became fun again. That is why I include stories about the silly Wabbits who eat my flowers under “Wabbit Wars,” and review books and movies. Since Peggy and I travel some, I post travel exploits and photos under the “Burning Gas” series, and I show off my passion for flower gardening with flower photos, usually under the “Monet Vision” series. I cannot forget the cartoons which allow me to exploit my artistic drive. More recently I have begun to include articles by other bloggers who share similar views and who write some pretty convincing articles. I thank them for allowing me to “reblog” their work.

Thanks to all my followers and readers who have faithfully supported me by reading my stuff. I intend to reach two thousand posts quicker than it did to get to one thousand (64 months).

A Message Worth Listening To

I strongly recommend for all to view this video. It is getting national viewership on YouTube with over ten million views to date. The entire population (300 million) should watch it over and over until it believes the message. Fortunately, some of us only need to see it once to recognize the wisdom and value of the message.

Repeal PPACPA

There are some very special people in my life who are totally committed to healthcare reform. I disagree with their opinions about the efficacy of Obama Care. It is a senseless stupid pile of paper designed to take power, and to eliminate liberty from America. Healthcare is not a right, it is a gift to us from the millions of compassionate workers who serve humanity with a desire to limit our pain and misery. They do not educate themselves for 12 years to be told by a brain-dead bureaucrat in Washington how to do the job.

The Founding Fathers did not stick their necks out to see successors take away the liberties they fought so hard to establish.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are the Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. . . .”

Another Reason to Kill Tenure

Can any one explain why this jerk is still employed by the University of Illinois to spew his socialist opinions on our young people. He escaped a murder charge on a court technicality and since then is motivated to make the world communist.

Listen to the man, he continues to push the Obama message on us. He really believes in what he preaches, well I believe in what I preach too. The difference is that I preach this message:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. . . .”

Bill Ayers and his neighbor, Obama, preach a socialist world order where all men are slaves to the elitists in power.

I loved the original Star Trek TV series. In it, Captain Kirk steered the starship Enterprise all over the universe policing for evil empires. The series assumed the planet earth was a unified and all loving, all-knowing, all-powerful government capable of spreading Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness to all civilizations.

Where will planet earth fit in the Bill Ayers model? Will we be dominated by a Death Star and the dark side, or will planet earth prevail and spread peace to the universe?

If we follow Ayers’ model, we will never become the planet that spreads peace over the universe because he doesn’t believe in a single power with military might strong enough to dominate anything.

Bill Ayers has openly criticized capitalism and professes socialism as the way to solve the world’s problems.  If he and Obama love socialism so much they should both move to North Korea.

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