WHERE are the voices for freedom?

A battle for freedom is being fought half-way around the world in Iran, and on every communication medium in existence from cell phone videos on You Tube, to Twitter, to Facebook, and beyond. The rebellion for freedom and fair elections rages and blood flows in their streets. Highly visible personages risk their lives by openly opposing tyranny. The parallels to our own American Revolution are not lost … except here in America.

Where are our voices in support of the fight for freedom, in Iran and elsewhere? Is it not ironic that the American Revolution was bred, fostered, fought and won by “radicals” — by people whose social and political agenda was not unlike liberals of recent years?  The liberal factions in the U.S. for decades have touted themselves as the real freedom-fighters.  I don’t agree that they’ve had any exclusive right to claim that badge, indeed they have not (witness our civil rights legislation passed by the conservative party), but the liberal faction has indeed claimed it.

So where are “they” now? Where is our President’s voice? That of our usually-quite-vocal Secretary of State Clinton? Why do we (the corporate “we”) not learn the lessons of the past, the lesson that you can’t play footsie with regimes such as that in Iran and North Korea?

This morning on Bill Bennett’s show, he had a marvelous guest who spoke with great knowledge about the Middle East and the Obama administration’s lack of understanding of that part of the world and the utter failings of it to address the Iran crisis intelligently. Fouad Ajami is the Director of the Middle East Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University and he argued persuasively against the hedging approach of pretending to be with the current Iranian regime in case it prevails, and our failing to openly support the dissidents. Good reading includes the following piece by Professor Ajami in the Wall Street Journal online:

President Barack Obama did not “lose” Iran. This is not a Jimmy Carter moment. But the foreign-policy education of America’s 44th president has just begun. Hitherto, he had been cavalier about other lands, he had trusted in his own biography as a bridge to distant peoples, he had believed he could talk rogues and ideologues out of deeply held beliefs. His predecessor had drawn lines in the sand. He would look past them.

via Obama’s Persian Tutorial – WSJ.com.

The article is a good education about Iran and the naïveté of our current diplomacy there. His most salient point is:

The president has to choose between the regime and the people in the streets.

I agree, do you?  America stands for something — individual freedom. We need to speak out for freedom and liberty whereever the battle is being waged.  Perhaps we need to start at home.

The Big Bill: Debt and Developed Countries

The current cover of The Economist is awfully on-point, with a giant ball and chain attached to a crawling baby. It is, of course, the debt bill faced by the developed world, which is the biggest in history.

The entire associated article is empirical, direct, and highly worth reading.

via The Big Bill: Debt and Developed Countries By Paul Kedrosky · Saturday, June 13, 2009 as quoting from The Economist print edition via Government debt: The big sweat | The Economist.

The cover says it all

And for those who like data, the chart is pretty graphic as well!

Read the full article in The Economist and then call your Senators and Congressmen and implore them to find a way to put the brakes on with the spending spree.

A really interesting photo

This is neat, sent to me by my friend Herb Lewis. Look at the camels in the photo and then scroll below the photo for more.

Camels
Camels

This is a picture taken directly above these camels in the desert at sunset.
It is considered one of the best pictures of the year.
Look closely, the camels are the little white lines in the picture.
The black you see are just the shadows!!

Loving My Brain even more

I’ve talked before about PersonalBrain (www.thebrain.com). Watching a webinar on it now and my admiration grows.
Still using Evernote and the pair works well, although not integrated.

CNSNews.com – Obama Taking U.S. in ‘Descent into Marxism,’ Soviet-Era Newspaper Commentary Says

(CNSNews.com) – A commentary published in the once-official newspaper of the Soviet Union heralded America’s “descent into Marxism” citing the United States’ takeover of General Motors, poor education standards, and the election of Barack Obama as president.

via CNSNews.com – Obama Taking U.S. in ‘Descent into Marxism,’ Soviet-Era Newspaper Commentary Says.

The lead sentences in the article explaining how the descent will be (has been?) accomplished:

  • “First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system….
  • Secondly, “their faith in God was destroyed,….
  • “The final collapse,” said the Pravda article, “has come with the election of Barack Obama.  … spending and money printing …  If this keeps up … America at best will resemble the Wiemer Republican and at worst Zimbabwe.”

And if anyone doubts that Marxism is to be avoided, take it from someone who should know:

Russian “Prime Minister Putin, less than two months ago, warned Obama and UK’s Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, it only leads to disaster,” the article said.

DID THIS GUY GET IT RIGHT OR WHAT? – de Tocqueville

In “Democracy in America,” Alexis de Tocqueville anticipated people being governed by “an immense, tutelary power” determined to take “sole charge of assuring their enjoyment and of watching over their fate.” It would be a power “absolute, attentive to detail, regular, provident and gentle,” aiming for our happiness but wanting “to be the only agent and the sole arbiter of that happiness.” It would, Tocqueville said, provide people security, anticipate their needs, direct their industries and divide their inheritances. It would envelop society in “a network of petty regulations — complicated, minute and uniform.” But softly: “It does not break wills; it softens them, bends them, and directs them” until people resemble “a herd of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”

via DID THIS GUY GET IT RIGHT OR WHAT? – Nealz Nuze on boortz.com.

Wow. Prophetic? Read more. Not a partisan comment at all, but does any of this sound like what we hear from government circles today? I’m looking for my copy of Democracy in America now.

The preceding is an excerpt from a column by George Will,

“Upside-Down Economy”  via George Will : Upside-Down Economy – Townhall.com.

And another view/description:

“Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others.”

Ayn Rand

All of the focus in the national discussion, outside of conservative talk shows, is about the national deficit and debt (a bit of discussion about those terms in another blog entry). The real discussion should be about the loss of liberty. Truly, our freedom is at stake in the current federal government trends, not just our pocket books — our fundamental freedom.  That the government would be so attentive to our every need is … ludicrous … and quite dangerous. It would then “be the only agent and the sole arbiter of that happiness.” (Tocqueville as quoted above).  Not you, because you have abdicated your personal responsibility and placed it in the hands of others.