DEFENDING THE MORAL HIGH GROUND Republican’s / Conservatives need to reconsider their electability/governance strategy. We’ve been ceding the high moral ground to the opposition and we need to take it back. Not just with rhetoric, but with solid, principled solutions to America’s problems.
BUILDING THE MORAL HIGH GROUND Start from a Solid Foundation We need a unified, granite-like framework from which to argue the good sense and morality of our positions. The framework must be broad enough to encompass solutions to most of our nation’s problems.
SEIZING THE MORAL HIGH GROUND - - HERE’S A SPLENDID FRAMEWORK
A PHILOSPHY OF GOVERNMENT The effectiveness of Government must be gauged by its protection of its individual citizens from mental, physical and economic injustice. But it must rely on individual initiative and accountability.
THE MORAL COMPASS BEDROCK STANDARDS NOT MORAL RELATIVISM Unchanging standards in a greatly changing world … possible? Yes ... there are great technological / Communication / Globalization and Political forces at work. But does the nature of people really change?
THE MORAL COMPASS 3 BEDROCK SOURCES OF PRINCIPLE - - THE 2 BELOW NEED NO EXPLANATION <ul><li>THE CONSTITUTION vs “JUDICIAL INNOVATION” </li></ul><ul><li>ETHICS /MORALS FROM THE GREAT RELIGIONS vs “FEEL GOOD / P.C. ” MORALITY </li></ul>
BUILDING THE MORAL HIGH GROUND A KEY TOOL AVAILABLE: CAPITALISM
BUILDING THE MORAL HIGH GROUND A KEY TOOL AVAILABLE: CAPITALISM The primary underlying principles of capitalism are: individual rights, contracts, rule of law, private property, free trade, voluntary associations, entrepreneurship, and limited government. Thomson (op cit) asserts "Capitalism is made possible by a limited government that has as its primary purpose the protection of individual rights, which in turn takes the sovereignty of the individual as a moral absolute."
A KEY INGREDIENT OF CAPITALISM: BUSINESS & THE BUSINESSMAN Most people recognize the right of scientists and engineers to be free to ask questions, to pursue new ideas, and to create new innovations. The businessman is the one who takes the achievements of the scientists and engineers out of the realm of theory and turns them into reality. Behind the activities of the businessman there is a process of rational inquiry every bit as important as that of the scientist or inventor.
A KEY INGREDIENT OF CAPITALISM: BUSINESS & THE BUSINESSMAN The Businessman must: find and train workers to produce a quality product; control costs to make the product affordable; market and distribute his product to potential buyers; and, he has to finance his venture and future growth. All of these issues - and many others - depend on the creative thinking and actions of the Businessman. Under Capitalism, the Businessman is not a totally free agent. He must persuade investors, employees, and suppliers that his venture is profitable and worthy of support. If he cannot, his investors, employees and suppliers will take their assets to others.
A KEY INGREDIENT OF CAPITALISM: BUSINESS & THE CORPORATION Young People today are quick to find fault with major corporations. They pounce on the failed ethics of a few and tar the whole industrial complex with a reputation for a variety of illegal actions and motives. But as shown in the next few charts, most corporations are peopled with executives and workers of high integrity, who care deeply for our Nation. 100 honored “Best Citizen” corporations (drawn from the top 1100 publicly held companies) are recognized annually by an independent rating group. Two are described briefly here. A reference is given to the full list of 100, whose names are household words. Also missing from the young people’s calculus, is the dynamic role played by corporations in developing the prosperity of our Nation and people. Moreover, the decision-making and leadership role required for such progress is then dispersed across many executive suites and worker groups, rather than just lodged in another government power center. Such a distribution of power is fully in line with the history-justified concerns of America’s Founding Fathers.
A KEY INGREDIENT OF CAPITALISM: TOP 100 CORPORATE CITIZENS In 2008, CRO—in partnership with IW Financial, a Portland, Maine, research and consulting firm that did much of the ranking analysis - - applied a quantitative methodology to emphasize the corporate responsibility efforts of large, impactful corporations in eight categories: Climate Change, Employee Relations, Environment, Financial, Governance, Human Rights, Lobbying and Philanthropy. For many corporations, their position on 100 Best may impact operations. It also translates into recognition for some of their policies and practices, a well-earned “attaboy” from an unbiased arbiter. In the nine years that “100 Best” has been tabulated, just three companies - - Intel, Cisco (No. 14) and Starbucks (No. 35) - - have appeared on the list every year. Ref:http://www.thecro.com/?q=node/304c
A KEY INGREDIENT OF CAPITALISM: 10 BEST CORPORATE CITIZENS - 2008 Ref:http://www.thecro.com/?q=node/304c
A KEY INGREDIENT OF CAPITALISM: INTEL CORP., #1 CORPORATE CITIZEN Intel ranked in the top 100 in five of the eight categories, scoring its best mark in Environment (environmental disclosures, policies and performance). “Intel helped establish a goal for PFCs (perfluorocompounds) that the entire industry could support,” Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini told CRO. “ It came together before Kyoto and was the first worldwide, industry-wide goal to address climate change. We view our environmental strategies as integral to the way we do business. We strive to lead by example, and to be trusted stakeholders to governments worldwide.” Otellini says Intel views sustainability “through a business lens” and such an approach can lead to a competitive advantage. “For example, we have a dedicated capital funding program for energy conservation projects,” Otellini adds. “Since 2001, we have spent more than $20 million and achieved savings of more than $42 million and more than 500 million kilowatt hours.”
A KEY INGREDIENT OF CAPITALISM: EATON CORP., #2 CORPORATE CITIZEN Eaton, is a diversified industrial manufacturer operating in more than 140 countries in industries ranging from aviation and military weapons to machinery and passenger cars. The company scored its best marks in Employee Relations and Climate Change. Alexander Cutler, the Cleveland, Ohio, company’s President, CEO and Chairman, says Eaton is a “different” kind of company because of the importance it places on values, including establishing a global ethics framework, respect for the individual and a holistic approach “to doing business right.” Eaton never asks employees to compromise their personal ethics, and supports internal help and counseling phone lines , Cutler says.
A KEY IRRITANT OF CAPITALISM: GOVERNMENT REGULATORS The Businessman's application of thought, persuasion, and reason is a true VIRTUE . America’s unparalleled prosperity stems from Capitalism’s respecting this virtue and allowing the Businessman his freedom of action and judgment. Government regulation, by contrast, often subordinates the Businessman's thinking, to the decrees of unnamed government officials. These officials are prone to the politically expedient. They do not back their decisions with their own money. And most importantly, they do not impose their will by reason, but by governmental force.
ON THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT <ul><li>PEOPLE OFTEN DEBATE OR ARGUE ABOUT THE "ROLE OF GOVERNMENT" . BUT HERE IS A BASIC POINT: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> IF YOU EXAMINE ANYTHING BEING "DONE BY GOVERNMENT” , YOU WILL FIND HUMAN BEINGS DOING IT. THEY MAY ALSO USE EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT WORK IS DONE BY INDIVIDUAL HUMAN BEINGS. IF YOU GO TO A SCHOOL, YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY "GOVERNMENT" THAT RUNS THE SCHOOL. YOU WILL FIND A PRINCIPAL, TEACHERS, STAFF, etc. - - ALL INDIVIDUAL HUMAN BEINGS. SIMILARLY, FOR ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT MONOPOLY; FOR EXAMPLE A POLICE STATION, A MILITARY INSTALLATION, A COURT, A JAIL, A VETERANS HOSPITAL, OR A ROAD BEING BUILT. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> THE FACT THAT THESE HUMAN BEINGS CALL THEMSELVES "GOVERNMENT" DOES NOT IMBUE THEM WITH MAGICAL POWERS TO DO THEIR JOBS BETTER THAN THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO DO NOT CALL THEMSELVES "GOVERNMENT”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE THAT JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE CALL THEMSELVES "GOVERNMENT" , OR THEY ORGANIZE THEMSELVES INTO AN INSTITUTION CALLED "GOVERNMENT" , THEY CAN DO THEIR JOBS BETTER? </li></ul></ul>Ref: www.BUILDFREEDOM.COM
JEFFERSON & RAND ON KEEPING A WARY EYE ON GOVERNMENT
ON THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN “ MAN AND SUPERMAN” , GEORGE BERNARD SHAW WROTE, "GOVERNMENT IS THE ORGANIZATION OF IDOLATRY." THE DICTIONARY DEFINES "IDOL" AS: A REPRESENTATION OR SYMBOL OF WORSHIP; A PRETENDER OR IMPOSTOR; AN OBJECT OF PASSIONATE DEVOTION; A FALSE CONCEPTION OR FALLACY. IDOLATRY IS THE PHENOMENON OF WORSHIPPING IDOLS. ISN’T THIS AN APPROPRIATE TERM FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THE "MAGICAL POWER" OF MORE GOVERNMENT? Ref: www.BUILDFREEDOM.COM
ON THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT DEMOCRACY IS RULE BY PERSUASION, BUT THE UNPERSUASIVE OFTEN TRY TO COERCE THE UNPERSUADED. FAILING UNIONS, LIKE FAILING INDUSTRIES, TURN TO GOVERNMENT FOR PROTECTION SEEKING LEGAL COERCION. FAILING INDUSTRIES HAVE TRADITIONALLY SOUGHT CORPORATE WELFARE IN THE FORM OF TARIFFS (COERCION OF CONSUMERS). REF: “Dues and Don'ts For Unions”, George F. Will, Washington Post, June 20, 2007
IN JUNE 2007, THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT RULED 9 TO 0 AGAINST THE WASHINGTON EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (WEA), WASHINGTON STATE'S TEACHERS UNION, WHICH WAS CLAIMING A (PERVERSE) GOVERNMENT-CONFERRED ENTITLEMENT. FIVE DAYS LATER, ORGANIZED LABOR AND ITS POLITICAL ALLIES, INCLUDING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, HILLARY CLINTON, MARCHED IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THEY WERE ASKING CONGRESS TO DENY TO WORKERS, WHOM UNIONS ARE TRYING TO ORGANIZE, THE RIGHT TO A SECRET BALLOT. Failure of Responsibility: WASHINGTON STATE SUPREME COURT REF: “Dues and Don'ts For Unions”, George F. Will, Washington Post, June 20, 2007
ON THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT A SECOND CASE ALSO ILLUSTRATES THE INCREASINGLY CASUAL ENCROACHMENT ON THE RIGHTS OF FREE SPEECH AND ASSOCIATION. MANY STATES, INCLUDING WASHINGTON, ALLOW UNIONS TO LEVY FEES ON PUBLIC EMPLOYEES WHO CHOOSE NOT TO JOIN A UNION BUT ARE INDIRECTLY REPRESENTED BY THE UNION IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. ABOUT 5% OF WASHINGTON'S TEACHERS CHOOSE NOT TO JOIN WEA. 30 YEARS AGO THE SUPREME COURT HELD THAT NONMEMBERS CANNOT BE FORCED TO PAY THE 25% PORTION OF UNION FEES THAT ARE USED FOR POLITICAL ACTIVITIES. IN RESPONSE, SOME STATES OK’D IMPLEMENTATION OF A MUST "OPT OUT" PROVISION, WHEREBY NONMEMBERS ARE FORCED TO REQUEST THAT THE POLITICAL PORTION OF THEIR FEES BE REFUNDED. THE UNION THEN MADE “OPTING OUT” A TEDIOUS CHORE. IN 1992, WASHINGTON VOTERS APPROVED BY REFERENDUM AN "OPT IN" RULE. UNIONS WERE FORBIDDEN TO COLLECT NONMEMBERS' FEES FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES, UNLESS AFFIRMATIVELY AUTHORIZED BY THE INDIVIDUAL . (cont’d) --> Failure of Responsibility: WASHINGTON STATE SUPREME COURT
AMAZINGLY, WEA CONVINCED THE WA SUPREME COURT THAT REQUIRING WEA TO ASK PERMISSION BEFORE USING OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY , WAS AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL BURDEN ON WEA'S RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH. THIS NOVEL THEORY DID NOT PERSUADE EVEN ONE OF THE NINE JUSTICES OF THE U.S. SUPREME COURT. SPEAKING FOR THE COURT, JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA NOTED THAT GOVERNMENT HAD GIVEN A PRIVATE ENTITY, A PUBLIC EMPLOYEES UNION, "THE POWER, IN ESSENCE, TO TAX GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES” . WITH UNDERSTANDABLE HARSHNESS, SCALIA SAID OF THE UNION’S OPT-IN COMPLAINT: "THE NOTION THAT THIS MODEST LIMITATION VIOLATES THE FIRST AMENDMENT IS, TO SAY THE LEAST, COUNTERINTUITIVE." Failure of Responsibility: WASHINGTON STATE SUPREME COURT Ref: G.F. Will, op cit
Failure of Responsibility: School District Kent, Washington - The KING 5 News Investigators have uncovered the story of a developmentally disabled teenager in the Kent School District who became a victim of bullying, extortion and exploitation. Amanda was born developmentally disabled; evaluations describe her as mildly retarded and easily taken advantage of in an effort to belong. Middle school was especially hard. "They'll say, well, you're not so smart … or whatever. Those are hurtful things," said her mother, Madhuri. Amanda was open with the counselor, telling her startling secrets that prompted the counselor to warn school administrators to not leave Amanda unsupervised. Here's what no one but Amanda and her counselor knew for over a year: Amanda was being sexually exploited, yet her supervisor says Child Protective Services and the school cannot be called. Dr. Kathleen O'Shaunessy is a clinical psychologist who reviewed the case. Because of Amanda's limited comprehension - and the exploitation - she says the counseling center had a legal obligation to report what was happening. KING 5 called Counseling Executive Director Mike Heinisch. His comment: “(At 15) She was at the legal age of consenting (to have sex). It was not a mandatory reporting situation.” Amanda’s mother describes the situation as "total neglect on the school part." The King County Sheriff's Department, got a full confession from one of the boys. Charges were never filed in the case. Ref: KING 5 News, by Susannah Frame, updated Thurs., Feb. 21, 2008 ent
Failure of Responsibility: MEDICAID and the associated System Sumner, Washington - The family of 98-year-old Cordelia Robertson is outraged that after spending $300,000, her life savings, at a local assisted living facility, she's about to be kicked out. Franklin House, will not take Medicaid payments. "She's comfortable with the place and they have been very good to her. I have no complaints with the staff itself," said Cordelia's son Gene. Cordelia has lived there nine-and-a-half years. Gene says over the years, he's been repeatedly assured by management that Cordelia could stay at Franklin House when her money ran out and have Medicaid pick up the payments. But now that Cordelia's money is gone, Franklin House, which is owned by Assisted Living Concepts in Wisconsin, is refusing to let Medicaid cover her costs. It says families received a letter years ago warning that current private pay residents would not be guaranteed a room if they switch to Medicaid. KING 5 News contacted Laurie Bebo, CEO of Assisted Living Concepts, and she confirms they are phasing out Medicaid patients. “I believe we've been clear with people..” said Bebo. Ombudsmen like Louise Ryan say Cordelia's case is not unique. "They need to know when they move into a facility that they will have some assurance that they can stay there and that they're not at the mercy of corporate decisions that are made to please shareholders," said Ryan. Assisted Living Concepts operates 21 facilities in Washington state. [ Ed: And, has Medicare contracted to provide a fair payment structure or is the facility expected to subsidize the care as though it were the government ?] Ref: KING 5 News, By Deborah Feldman, updated Thurs., Feb. 21, 2008
Failure of Responsibility: RADICAL POLITICAL CORRECTNESS BREMERTON, Wash. - Police say vandals threw pieces of bricks with notes attached through the windows of four banks in Bremerton. The notes say the banks are a target because of ruling class decadence. Police spokesman Andy Oakley says officers responded to alarms at two banks about 4 a.m. and found the broken windows. They also found broken windows at two other banks. In all four cases the bricks had the same note from "social youth chaos." see note: --> --> Workers at the McDonalds next door to the Key Bank say they saw what appeared to be a burgundy older-style car back into Key Bank before the window was smashed. Police are working with the FBI and checking surveillance tapes in an attempt to identify a suspect. Ref: KING 5 News, By Deborah Feldman, updated Thurs., Feb. 21, 2008
Gov’t Mismanagement PORTLAND, OREGON SCHOOL BOARD PROFLIGACY School Board to crack down on “golden parachutes”: Portland School Board member, Julia Brim Edwards is working to stop the abuse of contract buyouts in the school district. Already, special consulting contracts and buyout provisions in just three years has cost taxpayers $800,000. The former Deputy School Superintendent left the district with a $250,000 severance package after working only for a short time. The former School Superintendent, Ben Canada, also received a $250,000 severance package. Former human resource consultant for the district, Neil Goldschmidt, was paid $282,000 and only worked full-time for four of the seventeen months. Julia states "We shouldn't be in the business of providing 'golden parachutes'. I don't believe in pay for no work , and I don't believe most of the people in this city believe that." Ref: Portland Tribune 2-11-03. Oregon Tax Research (www.oregontaxes.org) Local Tax News 3/1/03
Gov’t Mismanagement SALEM, OREGON SCHOOL BOARD PROFLIGACY Some schools flush with money. Salem schools have reacted interestingly during our recession. The Salem school district just moved into a new $3 million district building and gave a 2% raise to its employees. The new West Salem High School has been called a "palace" by some because of its four tennis courts, four baseball fields, four soccer fields and new 2,900-seat stadium. At West Salem High there are more musical instruments than students and one computer for every two students (700 in all). The West Salem prosperity stories come at a time when other schools in Salem are struggling. One Salem newspaper headline read "schools find extra $3 million" . Ref: Statesman Journal 9-2-02, 9-11-02. Taxpayer Association of Oregon (www.oregonwatchdog.com) Waste Watch Report Spring 2003
Gov’t Mismanagement OREGON STATE EDUCATION PROFLIGACY Pension over-spending creates $.5 B in questionable spending: The Oregonian helped to determine that the average annual pension and health benefits cost per Oregon teacher is $18,300 per year – which is 55% above the national average. Portland teachers’ monthly health benefits alone are over $900 per month. The pension costs are so high that many teachers have retired at 107% of their final year’s salary. It was calculated that, if Oregon’s education spending on benefits were the same as the national average, the State could save $500 million dollars per year! Ref: The Oregonian 7-10-05
Gov’t Over-Regulation Horrors BENTON COUNTY, OREGON COUNCIL “KNOWS BETTER” THAN THE VOTERS Gas Tax Administrative Costs Unknown. Benton County has been working on a county-wide gas tax. The county has an estimate on how much it will raise but not how much it will cost to administer. The fee would be collected by DMV and distributed back to local governments within the county. DMV officials were unable to determine how much it would cost to administer, leaving the county in doubt about how much each jurisdiction would actually get. DMV has never administered a county gas tax, because the five times it was proposed in the past, it was shot down by County voters. Ref: Corvallis Gazette Times 3-5-02. Oregon Tax Research (www.oregontaxes.org) Local Tax News 4-15-02
Gov’t Over-Regulation Horrors PORTLAND, OREGON ZONING REGULATIONS Landowner Nailed By Portland Rules: Local Portland landowner Esther Niehaus wrote to the Oregonian , claiming that the city's rules are worse than Portland Mayor Vera Katz has described recently. Esther tells the story of trying to build a new home on a vacant lot she has owned next to her house for 44 years. To her surprise, she discovered she was living in a "conservation zone" and only half of the land could be used in order to spare the trees, foliage and creeks. Esther resubmitted the plan and was hit with a $17,000 permit fee and $539 environmental inspection fee. Ref: The Oregonian 9-3-02. Oregon Tax Research (www.oregontaxes.org) Local Tax News 9-15-02.
WORRIED ABOUT PRIVATE PROPERTY ? YOU SHOULD BE ! ! - -
SMART GROWTH -- A LITTLE BACKGROUND <ul><li>In 1890’s transportation was slow and expensive. People lived in cities for ease of </li></ul><ul><li>shopping and getting to work. Things changed with the advent of the auto. People moved to lower density suburbs to take advantage of lower land costs, yards and gardens, and less congested roads. </li></ul><ul><li>In early 1970’s, some social activists and political leaders, began to vilify “suburban sprawl”. A 1973 book by authors Dantzig & Saaty, “ Compact City: A Plan for A Livable Urban Environment”, unleashed further movement by planners to strive for higher population densities, more multi-family dwellings and less auto use. </li></ul><ul><li>But this collided head on with the American Dream of a new house on a large lot and a 3 car garage. In reaction, SG advocate Douglas Porter of the Urban Land Institute and others suggested a way around that problem: endowing regional governments with the “powers to require plans to conform to regional or state goals.” such a regional government “can take controversial stands without making its individual members commit themselves to those stands. Each member can claim that ‘the organization’ did it. </li></ul><ul><li>The nuclei of such regional governments were first created in the 1960s when the Federal departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development required all major urban areas to form “metropolitan planning organizations” (MPO’s ). [ref: Randal O’toole; www.cato.org/pubs/regulation/regv24n3/otoole.pdf ] </li></ul>
SOME SG CONSEQUENCES IN OREGON <ul><li>One of the nation’s most aggressive smart growth efforts has been undertaken in Oregon. There, state and local officials, along with the Portland MPO, regulate everything from the number and location of parking spaces that retailers can provide their customers to the number of people who can attend church services on Sundays. </li></ul><ul><li>Urban-growth boundaries were drawn around every city and town in the state in the late 1970s. On most of the land outside of the urban-growth boundaries, the state allows people to build new homes only if they own at least 160 acres that they actually farm, and the land generated $40,000 to $80,000 per year in agriculture revenues in two of the last three years. </li></ul><ul><li>To meet the population density targets inside the boundaries, municipalities were required to rezone existing neighborhoods or vacant lands to higher densities. The new minimum density zoning codes specified, for example, that the owner of a vacant quarter-acre lot in an area zoned for 24-unit-per-acre apartments could not build a single home — or even a duplex —on the lot. Instead, the owner would be required to build at least a six-unit complex, or else nothing could be built on the land at all. </li></ul><ul><li>attend church services on Sundays. </li></ul>[ref: Randal O’toole , op cit ]
SOME RESULTS OF THE GREAT OREGON LAND GRAB ! <ul><li>The city of Portland sold city parklands to developers at less than fair market value , on the condition that the buyers build high-density developments. </li></ul><ul><li>The city of Beaverton provided $9 million in tax breaks and infrastructure subsidies to a mixed-use development that was being built near a light-rail station. The development later went bankrupt because the developer could not convince bankers to finance a project with inadequate parking. </li></ul><ul><li>Metro’s land-use policies have distorted the region’s housing market greatly. The urban-growth boundary and restrictions on new single-family housing have turned Portland from one the nation’s most affordable markets for single-family housing in 1989 to one of the least affordable since 1996. Since 1990, the cost of an acre of land available for housing has risen from $20,000 to $200,000. </li></ul>[ref: Randal O’toole , op cit ]
SOME RESULTS OF THE GREAT OREGON LAND GRAB ! <ul><li>Metro planners have also placed a stranglehold on the Portland-area road system. In order to increase the use of public transportation, the agency has publicly announced its goal of increasing roadway congestion to the point of stop-and-go traffic flow on roads parallel to existing or planned transit lines. </li></ul>According to Metro’s Regional Transportation Plan, when rail transit is available, “transportation solutions aimed solely at relieving congestion are inappropriate.” [ref: Randal O’toole , op cit ]
THE OMINOUS SG CONSEQUENCES IN OREGON <ul><li>BUT THE BIGGEST LOSS TO OREGONIANS HAS BEEN THEIR F R E E D O M. OREGONIANS HAVE GIVEN UP THAT FREEDOM IN BOTH TANGIBLE AND LESS-TANGIBLE WAYS: </li></ul><ul><li>TANGIBLE: YOUR PRIVATE PROPERTY IS NO LONGER YOURS TO DECIDE ITS BEST USE. THAT PEROGATIVE NOW BELONGS TO THE GOVERNMENT. </li></ul><ul><li>LESS-TANGIBLE: OREGONIANS HAVE SUBSCRIBED TO THE NOTION THAT SOCIETY IS BEST MANAGED NOT TO DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL - - BUT TO SUBORDINATE THOSE FOR THE GREATER GOOD - - AS DETERMINED BY THE OTHERS ACTING FOR “THE STATE”. </li></ul>THE REASON WHY MEN ENTER INTO SOCIETY IS THE PRESERVATION OF THEIR PROPERTY. ~ John Locke
SO, WORRIED ABOUT THE PATH OF AMERICA ? I AM ! HERE’S MY PROPOSAL. WHAT’S YOURS ? <ul><li>WE HAVE EXCELLENT, PROVEN BEDROCK PRINCIPLES ! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LET’S STICK TO THEM. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LET’S CONVINCE OTHERS OF THEIR VALIDITY. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LET’S SHOW HOW THEY HAVE BEEN SO SUCCESSFULLY APPLIED BY OUR FOREBEARS. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LET’S SHOW WHY THEY MAKE SENSE FOR TODAY’S PROBLEMS AND FOR TOMORROW’S PROSPERITY. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LET’S NOT YIELD THE FIELD TO THOSE WHO UNTHINKINGLY WANT TO HEAD DOWN A PATH THAT HISTORY HAS ALREADY SHOWN TO BE BARREN. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LET’S PERPETUATE THE POWER OF OUR SOCIETY, SO BLESSED - - THAT OTHERS RISK ALL TO BREAK IN. </li></ul></ul>
OUR MORAL COMPASS 3 BEDROCK SOURCES OF PRINCIPLE - - THE 3rd, CAPITALISM IS SUMMARIZED AGAIN NEXT THE U.S. CONSTITUTION PRECEPTS OF CAPITALISM THE MAJOR RELIGIOUS TEACHINGS
HEADING DOWN THE WRONG PATH LET’S APPLY OUR PRINCIPLES TO SOME OF TODAY’S NATIONAL ISSUES, (SEE PARTIAL LIST BELOW). THE NEXT 6 CHARTS OFFER SOME 1st THOUGHTS. I’M CERTAIN THERE ARE MORE AND BETTER ONES. HERE’s AN INVITATION TO JOIN ME AND ADD YOUR ADDITIONAL INSIGHTS. SEND THEM WITH YOUR CONTACT INFO TO: [email_address] <ul><li>CELEBRATION OF AN ANTI-WAR MENTALITY AS A SUPREME GOAL </li></ul><ul><li>WEAKENING OF THE FAMILY UNIT </li></ul><ul><li>BIASED MAINSTREAM MEDIA THAT HAVE LOST USER TRUST </li></ul><ul><li>BIG GOVERNMENT GROWING BIGGER </li></ul><ul><li>EXCESSIVE LITIGATION THAT PRIMARILY ENRICHES THE LAWYERS </li></ul><ul><li>CITIZEN IGNORANCE OF AMERICAN HERITAGE </li></ul><ul><li>POLITICAL CORRECTNESS THAT INHIBITS THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AND THREATENS THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE </li></ul><ul><li>EVER-ESCALATING HEALTH & SOCIAL COSTS </li></ul><ul><li>CHILD PREDATORS RUN AMUCK </li></ul><ul><li>CONTINUAL ASSAULTS ON ANY PUBLIC ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF OUR RELIGIOUS HERITAGE </li></ul>
APPLYING THE MORALITY OF CAPITALISM TO CURRENT NATIONAL PROBLEMS ISSUE: <ul><li>THE POINT: THE NEED FOR A STRONG MILITARY AND SOMETIMES, THE WAGING OF WAR. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Left says: “All disputes must be reasoned out. You Conservatives are warmongers who don’t believe in peace.” </li></ul></ul>A MORAL RESPONSE: Throughout recorded History, peace has been a noble objective for man. But peace has regularly eluded us. Not because the majority wants war, but because there are those few who seek domination. These are the tyrants who have no patience for the Rule of Law, but instead believe themselves to embody the law. Their names are familiar to all, eg, Genghis Khan, Hitler, Stalin, Hussein, Ahmadinejad, etc. In 250 years, America has established the most free, and prosperous Nation in history for it’s individual citizens. Our Constitution makes provisions for War and our history shows it is people who are willing to fight and die for peace, who actually bring peace . Our history teaches that no amount of talking will persuade the Evil to become the Good. This doesn’t make us the lovers of war; it makes us the guardians of individual freedom and peace.
APPLYING THE MORALITY OF CAPITALISM TO CURRENT NATIONAL PROBLEMS ISSUE: <ul><li>THE POINT: In 1993, 6 Americans lost their lives in the 1st WTC attack, by “Serbian Liberationists”. The later burning of cars and busses in Paris was done by “youths”. Off the coast of Africa, cruise ships, full of Americans were attacked by “pirates”. [No “M” word, but always, the violence was by Radical Muslim groups.] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Left says: “Profiling indicts the innocent.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ AMERICA is also at fault.” </li></ul></ul>A MORAL RESPONSE: Individual citizens have lost their lives in the above incidents. Moreover, on 9/11/2001, 3000 American citizens lost their lives in our largest city. A duty to protect those lives resides directly in the leaders of our democratic Government -- but this duty was not fulfilled until we confronted the perpetrators after 9/11. By our Constitution, defending our individual citizens is the primary responsibility of our Government. “LIFE” is the 1st ingredient of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness ”. Morally, it is our duty as citizens to urge and support our Government to stop these murderers.
APPLYING THE MORALITY OF CAPITALISM TO CURRENT NATIONAL PROBLEMS ISSUE: <ul><li>THE POINT: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Liberal Media says: “Everybody knows the Intelligence was wrong. There were no WMD’s !” BUT IN FACT , there were certainly Chemical WMD’s used by Saddam and Bio and Nuclear PROGRAMS that had been pursued by Saddam. </li></ul></ul>A MORAL RESPONSE: A Government founded to serve the individual citizen’s rights has an obligation to see that the Citizen has access to an array of informed, unbiased news reporting. Since the use of Government regulation to achieve this is not a preferred approach, and since Freedom of the Press is ultimately a key protection of individual rights, a different approach is required. Americans must hold all journalists to their Code of Ethics. The Code includes a requirement to publicize differing sides of any story in balanced measure. We must set up a Press Council (non-governmental) to oversee and criticize departures from the Code.
APPLYING THE MORALITY OF CAPITALISM TO CURRENT NATIONAL PROBLEMS ISSUE: <ul><li>THE POINT: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Left says: (9th Circuit Court): that "there is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children.... Parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students." </li></ul></ul>A MORAL RESPONSE: An example of our Government at its worst. What duty is more precious to a citizen than the duty / right to monitor and control the education of his children. So governmental power has here been used to over-ride the primacy of the individual. Our Government “of, by, and for the people” has here been twisted into a government “of the bureaucracy, by the Courts and against the individual” - - IN THE REARING OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN ! Morality, and certainly most religious thought, says that responsible parents, who live most closely with this child as he/she grows, should have the voice that most influences the outcome of that growth. A moral govt. must nurture the Family !
APPLYING THE MORALITY OF CAPITALISM TO CURRENT NATIONAL PROBLEMS ISSUE: <ul><li>THE POINT: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Left says: Big corporations have too much power. They can force employees, suppliers to accept their terms. </li></ul></ul>A MORAL RESPONSE: Actually, the only principal power of any Business is to MAKE YOU AN OFFER . If you believe you can do better elsewhere, you can and will do so. But in contrast, Governmental power is much more unilateral. Government, in the form of Agencies, regulations and law enforcement, has the power to threaten: “Do as we say or forfeit your liberty, property or life.” Would you prefer economic power to be centralized - - in a body that is limited by the forces of competition, or a body (government) which can often orchestrate legislative, executive and judicial force?
APPLYING THE MORALITY OF CAPITALISM TO CURRENT NATIONAL PROBLEMS ISSUE: <ul><li>THE POINT: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Left says: “Capitalism makes the rich richer and the poor poorer” </li></ul></ul>A MORAL RESPONSE: Wrong! Capitalism leaves everyone free to rise by his own efforts. We are all familiar with many stories of poverty-stricken children, becoming exceedingly affluent as adults, thanks to their intelligence, drive and ideas. Capitalist countries enable the poor to rise above the economic and social level of their parents. The expression: “Only in America” reflects this truth and is well-deserved. The proof, as observed by Britain’s Tony Blair: The success of a Nation can be gauged by comparing how many people are trying to get in vs. those trying to get out . Pursuing Life, Liberty and Happiness is clearly a widely-shared aspiration. Applying the term MORAL to countries facing an exodus of its citizens is certainly counter-intuitive to most people.
SUMMARY: A WAY FORWARD <ul><li>IF CURRENT POLLS ARE ACCURATE, WE CLEARLY HAVE SOME FENCE-MENDING TO DO WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. THIS DOESN’T MEAN “P.R.” WORK. IT MEANS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EXPLAINING TO THE PUBLIC THAT : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WE HAVE REALISTIC, PRINCIPLED PLANS TO ADDRESS THE NATIONS PROBLEMS. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UPGRADING POLITICAL DEBATE TO A FACTUAL, EVIDENCE-BASED LEVEL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ORGANIZING OURSELVES TO: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HAMMER OUT A POLITICAL PLATFORM ALONG THE LINES PROPOSED BY NEWT GINGRICH (www.AmericanSolutions.com). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SEEK INNOVATIVE WAYS TO MAKE THE PUBLIC A STRONGER PART OF THE POLITICAL PROCESS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EDUCATE THE ELECTORATE TO THE NEED TO BUILD ON OUR SUCCESSFUL HERITAGE AND TO REBUT THE OPPOSITION. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ADOPT A “BIG TENT” APPROACH TO ACHIEVE THE POLITICAL CONSENSUS NECESSARY FOR SUCCESS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SOME OUTLINE THOUGHTS ARE GIVEN IN THE FINAL CHARTS </li></ul></ul>
PRINCIPLES OF CAPITALISM - - A FEW SUMMARY THOUGHTS <ul><li>· Consider the non-Capitalist alternative: exterminating self-interest and forcing everyone to work for State-dictated goals. This means, for example, that a young student desiring a career as a neurosurgeon is thwarted because some bureaucrat decrees that there are "too many" such specialists. </li></ul><ul><li>· In such a system, no one owns his own life. The individual is merely a tool to be exploited for the "good of society." But a system that sacrifices the self to "society" is a system of slavery. A system that sacrifices thinking to edict is a system of brutality. </li></ul><ul><li>· Only capitalism renounces these evils entirely and protects the individual's freedom of thought and right to his own life. </li></ul><ul><li>Only capitalism is truly aligned to the moral ideal of the Declaration of Independence: the individual's right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” </li></ul>
ACTIVITIES: THE NEXT LEVEL GRASSROOTS OUTREACH TECHNIQUES
ACTIVITIES: FAX LOBBY TO WASH DC <ul><li>MODELED AFTER </li></ul><ul><li>“ NUMBERS USA” SYSTEM- BUT FOR ALL ISSUES </li></ul><ul><li>FAXES TO LEGISLATURE & </li></ul><ul><li>EXEC BRANCH </li></ul><ul><li>SAVED FOR SPECIAL GOV’T BILLS / ELECTIONS </li></ul><ul><li>ALLOWS SENDING PRE- FORMED, BUT EDITABLE, FAXES BY LARGE GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS </li></ul><ul><li>MORE EFFECTIVE THAN EMAIL </li></ul>
ADAPTED FROM NEWT GINGRICH’S PROPOSALS. AREN’T OUR MANY UNSOLVED PROBLEMS CLEAR INDICATION THAT MANY PROCESSES OF GOV’T IN AMERICA ARE BROKEN ?
3 CORE TRANSFORMATIONS: <ul><li>NEED SERIOUS INTENT & PROCESSES: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eg UPS, FEDEX can track pkgs in real time; gov’t can’t track illegals. ATMs can check your identity in another country and give you your $$ from home. Gov’t can’t catch multiple false ID’s </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GOV’T NEEDS TO ADOPT THESE PRINCIPLES: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>market-oriented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>entrepreneurially driven </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>science & technology based </li></ul></ul>
3 CORE TRANSFORMATIONS: <ul><li>TWO MAJOR SECURITY CHALLENGES: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NEAR-TERM: RADICAL ISLAM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LONG-TERM: ECONOMIC DUEL WITH CHINA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BUT WE DEPEND ON OUR GOVERNMENT NOT TO BE CONFUSED. THE #1 JOB OF THE GOV’T IS TO KEEP US PHYSICALLY SAFE. </li></ul>