The Declaration of Independence

July 6, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

On this July 4th, 233 years since we declared our freedom from Great Britain, I would like everyone to think about what the Declaration of Independence means to them.  To me I have sat and read it again this morning, and I still believe the truths that our fore fathers wrote about still stand today.

Our country seems to be torn between what we were and what some would have us to be.  We, as written by Thomas Jefferson, were given certain unalienable rights.  Those are the things I would like to focus on today.

The first unalienable right is the right of Life.  Seems to me a simple term, and to the framers of our Declaration I am sure it was also.  The people of that time wanted to be able to live free of the tyranny of a king across the sea.  We today as a nation do not respect Life.  We have found over the course of time that it is ok to kill the unborn and call it choice.  We have turned our back on these principles and yet many believe we are honoring our past.

The second unalienable right is the right to Liberty.  Liberty is term that has been misqouted or miss used today.  In essensce liberty is a synonym for freedom.  Our fore fathers wanted a word to define their freedom from undue and unjust goverment control.  We still have liberty today, although today its meaning has been perverted by our goverment and the media.  We have our liberty or freedom as long as it does not interfere with someone else liberty or freedom.  Our government today is chipping away at the very liberty’s and freedom’s we all hold dear.  We as a country have to stand together, not as Republican, Democrat or Independent, but as Americans and make sure our government does not take away the freedoms of any group or people.

The third unalienable right is the right to the pursuit of Happiness.  This means that we should be allowed to pursue what makes us happy and or fulfills our dreams.  It is not promised in the Declaration that we will be happy or that the governments job is to make us happy.  We are only promised the opportunity to pursue our happiness.  To that end if you fail in life or can not make your own happiness you can not blame your neighbor, your community or the government.  We have choices in this life and it is up to us to take control of our lives and strive to be great and happy.

There is more to the Declaration that just these rights.  If you have the time today please take the time to read it.  Share it with your children, and let them know that our country was set up to allow them to be great and to succeed.

If you do not have a copy of the Declaration you can access it at:  http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

If you would like a copy of the Declaration or our Constitution you may Visit AskHeritage.org and they will send you one.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th and remembers it is not only about fireworks and cookouts, but is about the greatness of our country and what it stands for.  God bless the USA.

The Race for the Fightin’ Fourth – Part 1

January 29, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Bob Inglis - Congressman SC-4

Bob Inglis - Congressman SC-4

This is the first segment in a series of interviews for known candidates that are entering the 4th District Congressional Race.  No portion of this article or the following articles in this series represents an endorsement made by Gary Coats or The Conservativist.

I had the privlidge to sit down with Congressman Bob Inglis on Monday, January 26th after his morning campaign event in Spartanburg.  Congressman Inglis was very generous with his time and his answers, allowing me to see deeper inside the mind we have often criticized.

Bob Inglis is a resident of Greenville County’s north side in Traveler’s Rest.  Originally from Bluffton, SC, he ended up in the 4th after attending Duke University and the University of Virginia Law School.  Bob is married to Mary Ann and has 5 children between the ages of 11 and 22.

Upon sitting down with the incumbent from Traveler’s Rest, my mind began racing in a variety of directions as to where to start the interview, so, I began with the obvious question.  Where do we, as Republicans, go from here?

Congressman Inglis stated that Republicans need to begin solving problems.  That is a strength of a Republican, a stregth of our party.  Our problem solving needs to improve the underlying programs already in place.  Inglis also stated that the tone of conservatism needed to remain positive and transformative and not turn to an angry and reactionary mind set.

We have often criticized Inglis on energy, so we took a second to look a little deeper into this policy.  When asked Inglis gave us a rhetorical question:

“What is conservative about spilling my waste on to your property?”

Inglis believes that the strength of free markets will solve our energy problems, with a few addendums.

First of all, he states that there is no accountabilty for emissions that are polutting your property.  If we can find a way to attach a cost to the waste bi-product on coal, nuclear energy immediately becomes a viable and profittable solution.  He stated that coal is cheaper until it is cleaner and the clean coal initiative is a big government program.

I immediately followed by asking if this is where cap-and-trade came into the picture?

Inglis’ response:

“Cap-and-Trade is the largest tax increase in the world.  It will not work.”

So what does Inglis propose?

“Eliminate the payroll tax and replace it with a carbon tax. By eliminating the 12.4% cost of the payroll tax and implementing carbon taxes, the cost to the government would be net neutral. “

Let’s look at it like this.  I would love to keep that 6.2% tax in my paycheck and the companies paying the match would have that money to give to its employee’s, invest in captial projects, create jobs.  Brilliant!  Here is a link to the article here.

And finally, we talked about the bailouts.

The congressman believes that the initial bailout of the banks was necessary.  He believes that the banking system had to remain operational to prevent another depression.  Inglis states:

“I could not be the next Herbert Hoover.”

He goes on to further state that we, the people are at fault for this as well.  We have been living on borrowed money and not saving has hurt the people.  We were encouraged by former President Bush after 9/11 to spend.

On the auto bailout, he points to Greer, SC and BMW.  He said a bailout to the big 3 would not solve the problem.  They must change the way they do business, and that means working with UAW to change that model.  BMW has proved that it is possible to build cars for a profit in Greer, SC.

On President Obama’s stimulus package.  He said he would be voting against it.  There was very little stimulus and many long term project and government programs that expanded the size of the government.

Synopsis:
Inglis impressed me the other day.  In the 30-45 minutes that we talked, I saw a side of Inglis I hadn’t seen before.  It was a very personable and logical individual and he took the time to explain why.  He doesn’t always get to do that in town hall meetings with out being chastised.  If he can do that throughout the campaign season, he may be able to turn some of the neigh sayers in his favor.