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Welcome to Utopia, also known as the Nanny State. There are quite a few people who believe them to be one and the same. For these people, most everything should be affected, controlled or led by the government, which is really just people who get paid by our tax dollars to do stuff. This group of people wants to let someone else decide what is important to them. In the past, we called these people adolescents. Adolescents are humans who are no longer children but not ready to accept that life is hard and requires work. During the past four years out of six of Obama’s presidency, these people have requested that we call them Progressives, which is ironic given that most progress requires independent, radical thought and grueling work. Progressives rely on the government and their government-following peers for thought and expect others to actually do the work, while they themselves enjoy their “Utopia”.
As a mother of two, I am raising adolescents…more like preteens. My motherly tendencies cause me to advise my children from time to time to “Grow up”. There are behaviors that are no longer acceptable of an eight year old and a ten year old. Likewise, there are behaviors and beliefs that I see from Progressives, and depressingly from some Conservatives as well, that make me want to shout “Grow up!”. As an adult, a person who has reached the age of 18 years old, you have the opportunity to make your own decisions, your own choices, your own failures and your own successes. If you fail, that’s on you. If you blame someone else for your failure, you are not mature, you are a petulant toddler.
Do you deal with personal stuff on social media? Grow up. We don’t want to know. Adults take responsibility for their actions. We don’t let other people tell us what to do unless they are in a position of authority over us, and then, at best, it is humble submission as opposed to being a doormat. Do your arguments include “sick burns”? Do you see debating as cursing someone out and calling it a win? You are a child. If you cannot see another person’s point of view even if you disagree with them, you are emotionally immature. Grow up. Do you always need other people to fight your battles with, or worse, for you? Grow up. If you cannot embrace, accept, and patiently stand strong on the opinions that you hold, you might need to reconsider them.
If you cannot praise publicly and criticize privately, you need to grow up.
If other peoples’ successes consistently make you jealous, you need to grow up.
If you cannot decide for yourself what makes you happy, you need to grow up.
If your hardest challenge was that somebody didn’t like what you said, you need to try harder things and grow up.
If you are constantly the victim of your own life and you are allowing others to make life choices for you, you need to embrace that your life is yours and grow up.
If your life’s mantra is “It’s not fair”, you need to grow up.
If you consistently refuse to identify yourself as an individual with total control for your own life and instead see yourself as part of a collective group without responsibilities, you need to grow up.
If your bank charges you an overdraft fee because you spent more money than you had and you think it’s unfair, you need to grow up.
If someone got something they asked for and you didn’t automatically get the same benefit and then complain about it, you need to grow up.
Originally published at RedState
I had the distinct pleasure of talking with Charles C. W. Cooke and asked him about his life, his experiences at work and his latest book.
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The federal government is not supposed to be in the business of helping individuals with much at all. Delivering the mail, administering passports, protecting your inventions (if you have any), maintaining a currency that everyone can exchange: these are the legitimate responsibilities the federal government has that puts it in direct contact with individuals. Or, at least, the federal government was meant to be held to that minimal level of interaction.
“The Constitution’s articles, and the subsequent Amendments, specify the prerogatives of the Feds. They are listed in Article I, Sec. 8; Articles II-V; Amendments XIII-XVI, XIX-XX, XXIII-XXVI. These prerogatives belong to one of the following categories:
1) Defense, war prosecution, peace, foreign relations, foreign commerce, and interstate commerce;
2) The protection of citizens’ constitutional rights (e.g the right to vote) and ensuring that slavery remains illegal;
3) Establishing federal courts inferior to the SCOTUS;
4) Copyright protection;
5) Coining money;
6) Establishing post offices and post roads;
7) Establishing a national set of universal weights and measures;
8 ) Taxation needed to raise revenue to perform these essential functions.” – Zbigniew Mazurak, The Constitutional Role of the Federal Government
As the country grew from its infancy, legislators & Presidents created additional services, programs and regulations that the federal government was responsible for administering, leading to the creation of new administrative departments. Year after year, Presidents and legislators, in an effort to “help” their constituents whether they wanted the help or not, created layer upon layer of new services, new regulations and birthed new administrative offices to operate, regulate and serve.
This was not the Founding Fathers’ intent when creating the federal government. [Read more…]
Originally posted at Pocket Full of Liberty.
I was born in the early 1970s, which makes me part of the Generation X. My parents are baby boomers. In my parents’ day, Republicans were, for the most part, what Democrats stereotype Republicans to be today. Country club members or at least they played golf/tennis, above average wage earners, Biblical social conservatives, fiscally conservative and mostly straight and white.
And then our world started changing, rapidly. When I was in high school, cable television and especially MTV became mainstream. CDs replaced vinyl records and VHS tapes showed up. The average person started to be able to afford a computer in their own home. I took typing and learned how to type on mimeograph paper and then how to type on a computer, printing out my results on the “dot matrix” printer.
When I was in my last year of college, Texas A&M got email and I learned about the “internet”. I think I remember calling it the world wide web, but that’s a distant memory. I was fascinated at watching my friend “download” guitar sheet music from what, to me, was thin air and electrons. Starting my first job, they gave me a laptop computer that was a miniature brick called an IBM ThinkPad which, due to it’s bulky size and weight, was quickly nicknamed the StinkPad, as well as a pager. Until then, only drug dealers carried pagers.
Fax machines were a blip in the technology race. No sooner were we able to zap a copy of a piece of paper from one place to another and poof – we could just email it using “Word Perfect”. As I continued to work, saving my work went from floppy disks to smaller “floppy disks” to Zip drives to Jaz drives to CDs to flash drives over six years. Palm Pilots came and everyone thought it was useful to be able to digitize one’s calendar, addresses & contact information – AND THEN they made it a phone! Brilliance!
When I moved to France, I could see my parents on Yahoo Messenger as I talked to them over the phone. Now, my French husband speaks to his parents back home using Skype. Information is at my finger tips and I have been trained and conditioned to take in new information, assess, accept or reject and adapt at lightning speed.
Along with all this technological magic came cultural change. Information spreads quickly and misinformation seems to spread even more so. Gen Xers have grown up in this environment from its mainstream birth. The Republicans and Democrats of today looks nothing like that of yesteryear.
I am a female Gen X Republican. I practiced most of the attachment parenting suggestions. I breastfed my children. I buy organic and straight from the farm when possible, pastured eggs and raw milk when I can. I cook most of our meals at home and eat out less than once per week. We are grain-free for health reasons. I gave up sugar and dairy because it wasn’t doing me any good. I take supplements and prefer herbal remedies when they make sense. I am pro-vaccines but am sparing about some. I try to avoid giving my children too many antibiotics. We practice good hygiene habits but a little dirt doesn’t hurt either. We grow some of our vegetables in our raised bed garden in our backyard. We gave up cable television for a while but I missed football. We recycle regularly. We collect water in our two rain barrels. We are fiscally responsible and generous in our giving. We attend church regularly and our church is located in what used to be a Kroger grocery store. My friends are from all over and from varied backgrounds, religions, races, marital situations, etc. I appreciate small businesses for their courage and good customer service, and I appreciate large chains for their inexpensive prices. I believe in treating every human being as a valuable human being. I am content in the life we lead.
The face of the Republican party is changing and it’s time we use the technology we have to spread the word. We have become what progressives desired to be in many ways and we do it better than them.
If I could have one political wish granted in these next 18 months, it would be this: That every Republican would share what a) Republicans are FOR and b) how practicing conservative values has enabled them to live their best life possible.
How about you?