“I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.” — George Washington
George Washington wins the best president sweepstakes. Why? Because he could have had absolute power, it was offered to him, and he went home to Mt. Vernon to live out his days as an American citizen instead.
Our current presidents seem intent on gathering more power to themselves. George Washington provided a good example of NOT doing that.
Some trivia here:
Teach your kids about George Washington. He probably gets a paragraph in school.
WARNING: Vice President Joe Biden’s language used for effect. Do not give me
You know how when you do something you really want to do, but you know your spouse/children/boss/friend is going to friggin’ hate your ever-living-guts when you do it, and it seems like a good idea because you want to do it so bad, and then you do it and then they hate you, and the doing it, while transiently satisfying, does not at all reach the happiness you would have had if you’d had just sucked it up and done what your spouse/children/boss/friend wanted you to do, but man, you were so sick of going along with them, because if they just knew what was best (like you do), they’d see it your way, but they don’t see it your way and now they are super pissed because they’re forced to do it your way, but most likely that temporary win is going to be a big lose, because you’re now divorced/disowned/fired/shunned? You know that feeling?
And then, you know how big of an ass you feel because, man, it felt so good, to do what you wanted. I mean, you’ve wanted to do this for years, because you just knew it would be so
And now, they are kicking your ass out? You’re a
They’ll come around. They will. A$$holes. Why can’t they just get it? Why does it have to be their way? Well, not this time, suckahs! It’s my way! How do you like me now? How. Do. You. Like. Me. NOW? Yeah, that’s right. I’m king of the world, man. I did this. I enjoyed it. And I’m not going to let small-minded people like you, who just don’t get the vision, to rain on my parade. You’re all psychotic anyway…and what about those violent tendencies? You don’t have to be so mad. Simmer down. Be civil, at least. Yeah, you’re stuck doing it my way (stifled giggle) but, still it’s the best way.
You’ll see. You’ll see.
Hey! When did you change the locks? That ain’t right.
About those F-bombs: more here.
President Obama has become President Wall Street because even he realizes that his union buddies will be s.o.l. if the market tanks. Why? Because he knows that pensions depend on the stability and health of the market.
Pensions go to union members and depending on your state, some unions are in worse health than others. Chart here is very good. So, President Obama talks out of both sides of his mouth.
On the one hand he labels Wall Street evil, but even he knows that if everything implodes, his union buds will be in a heap of trouble.
I think we have gone through a period when too many children and people have been given to understand”I have a problem, it is the Government’s job to cope with it!” or”I have a problem, I will go and get a grant to cope with it!” “I am homeless, the Government must house me!” and so they are casting their problems on society and who is society? There is no such thing! There are individual men and women and[fo 1] there are families and no government can do anything except through people and people look to themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then also to help look after our neighbour and life is a reciprocal business and people have got the entitlements too much in mind without the obligations, because there is no such thing as an entitlement unless someone has first met an obligation and it is, I think, one of the tragedies in which many of the benefits we give, which were meant to reassure people that if they were sick or ill there was a safety net and there was help, that many of the benefits which were meant to help people who were unfortunate—” It is all right. We joined together and we have these insurance schemes to look after it” . That was the objective, but somehow there are some people who have been manipulating the system and so some of those help and benefits that were meant to say to people:”All right, if you cannot get a job, you shall have a basic standard of living!” but when people come and say:”But what is the point of working? I can get as much on the dole!” You say:”Look” It is not from the dole. It is your neighbour who is supplying it and if you can earn your own living then really you have a duty to do it and you will feel very much better!”
There is also something else I should say to them:”If that does not give you a basic standard, you know, there are ways in which we top up the standard. You can get your housing benefit.”
But it went too far. If children have a problem, it is society that is at fault. There is no such thing as society.[fo 2] There is living tapestry of men and women and people and the beauty of that tapestry and the quality of our lives will depend upon how much each of us is prepared to take responsibility for ourselves and each of us prepared to turn round and help by our own efforts those who are unfortunate. And the worst things we have in life, in my view, are where children who are a great privilege and a trust—they are the fundamental great trust, but they do not ask to come into the world, we bring them into the world, they are a miracle, there is nothing like the miracle of life—we have these little innocents and the worst crime in life is when those children, who would naturally have the right to look to their parents for help, for comfort, not only just for the food and shelter but for the time, for the understanding, turn round and not only is that help not forthcoming, but they get either neglect or worse than that, cruelty.
Meanwhile, the collectivist bent seems to be gathering steam.
Americans have traded bootstraps for bailouts.
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Like father, like son.