Patrick Henry On The Illusion Of Hope

After being bombarded with tweets from liberals in the weeks surrounding the 2012 election, it occurred to me that most could be summarized with this message I just received, “Let 2012 go. Embrace Obama”.

This in turn reminded me that Patrick Henry, who in March of 1775 found himself on the floor of the 3rd Virginia convention arguing for separation from Great Britain, knew us all too well.

And that if this country is to recognize and return to the principles that made us unique among all the nations of history we must recognize this simple principle found in these Words of Freedom.

“It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. ~ Patrick Henry March 23, 1775

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P.J. O’Rourke On Compulsory Government Charity

After being bombarded by flyers and commercials from the Obama campaign, all claiming horrid things such as.. the other guy would make kids borrow money from their parents to go to college, or the other guy will cut this or that social program, or the other guy will throw grandma off a cliff, I have officially had it!

And I have had it with people telling me I can’t be a Christian and be against all these charitable government social programs! They say I am a hypocritical for not wanting to help the poor by voting for their candidates. I say charity is a gift you give from your heart, of your own free will, it’s not taken from your wallet by the IRS. And trust me, there is no end to the arguments on that position from the 47% of the people in this country who don’t even pay a federal income tax. But if you ask me, that’s the real hypocrisy!

Which reminds me of these Words Of Freedom… Which is the issue before our country today:

There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as “caring” and “sensitive” because he wants to expand the government’s charitable programs is merely saying that he’s willing to try to do good with other people’s money. Well, who isn’t? And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he’ll do good with his own money — if a gun is held to his head. ~ P.J. O’Rourke