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R.I.P., America

R.I.P., America

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As America’s 241st birthday approaches, patriots agonizing over our political and social shambles inevitably ask, “How much longer can the nation survive?” But their lament is as late as America: The country died long ago, both politically and spiritually.

Recognizing a corpse now decayed and stinking is easier than pinpointing the precise moment of death. Some folks contend that the “Great Emancipator,” Abraham Lincoln, killed America as surely as his orders slaughtered Southerners. Others believe the patient survived Lincoln only to succumb to the Marxist contagion in the late nineteenth century. Still others indict as murderers those who erected the American Empire around the time of the First World War or the post-World War II Surveillance State.

All we can say for certain is that the virtues, spirit, and love of liberty the Founding Fathers bequeathed us have vanished from the public square as they have from our hearts and lives. Comparing the fiercely free and autonomous, devout, courageous, sensible, industrious, innovative and adventurous America of the 18th century with today’s imposter shows two irreconcilably different countries. Indeed, we ought to dispense with celebrating July 4 as the contemporary nation’s nativity: The only thing 2.5 million Americans in 1776 share with 320 million today is a bit of geography.

Exhibit A: The federal government. The one the Founders designed was a tiny, almost invisible speck rather than the modern monstrosity on the Potomac. It lacked most of the monstrosity’s parts, too. There was no bureaucratic “Deep State,” nor did the Constitution allow one. That document also limited the president to 10 duties that it described in a mere 325 words: command the armed forces; consult with the Cabinet; determine which culprits deserved reprieve or pardon for offenses; make treaties; appoint men to federal office and to the Senate if needful; inform Congress of the “State of the Union”; recommend “Measures” to Congress; convene or adjourn that body “on extraordinary Occasions”; supervise the “faithful execution” of laws; and “Commission all the Officers of the United States.” Contrast this scant list to the staggering omnipotence and celebrity that currently bathe the executive. Eighteenth-century Americans would have rarely if ever felt a presidential hand on their daily lives; 21st century ones never escape its smothering grip. (We’d find similar discrepancies in the judicial and legislative branches, too, were we to correlate actuality with the Constitution.)

Meanwhile, politicians have steadily degraded the Founders’ republic into a democracy — a form of government the Revolutionaries despised. Also known as “mob-rule,” democracy strips political minorities of their liberty, pursuit of happiness and, yes, often their lives. Even Alexander Hamilton, the Founder most sympathetic to a powerful State, denounced democracies because history had proven that “their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity.” James Madison feared that under dictatorship by the majority, “there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party or an obnoxious individual. Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” And Elbridge Gerry’s words ring true now as then: “The evils we experience flow from the excess of democracy. The people do not want virtue but are the dupes of pretended patriots.”

Worse than Americans’ abandonment of the Founders’ republican federation is their hatred of political liberty. Yet the desire to live free not only inspired but actively caused the Revolutionary War and the establishing of a new country.

Most modern Americans not only submit to tyranny, they enthusiastically welcome such enslavement. For example, they unilaterally presume that without governmental regulation, products and entire industries are dangerous: “The magnitude and multitude of toxic chemicals… is out of control. Even though some carcinogens are regulated (for example, formaldehyde, linked to cancer, is regulated in the U.S.), most brands are still manufactured overseas, where regulation is far behind. And only the most toxic chemicals are regulated in the U.S….”

They embrace official sexual assaults at airports (and other venues), cravenly trading liberty for the illusion of security: “I know we need the TSA to keep us [safe] from exploding underwear,” says one serf. Says another: “Airport security is a necessary nuisance travelers must accept if they wish to be able to fly around the world safely.” A third “doesn’t object … to the fact that he was searched closely, that his belongings were scrutinized…” When one of the agency’s pedophiles molested — sorry, patted down a young boy, Americans shamelessly defended the TSA: “I fly a lot and have been patted down a few times and so has [sic] my wife and sister. GET OVER IT! You people are IDIOTS! You are the same people that if and when something happens you will complain that they didn’t do enough”; “I know TSA officers, on the whole, are good people trying to do a thankless job…”; “The kid broke the rules… .” Victims themselves allegedly “[understand] the TSA has a job to keep travelers safe…”

And all this says nothing of Americans’ rabid, reflexive socialism, their craving to live off anyone’s money except their own, their demand that others buy them such “rights” as housing, financial security in old age, and medical care. While earlier Americans exulted in their ability — and freedom — to provide for themselves, our generation idolizes politicians who promise to rob the neighbors on our behalf.

Can we resurrect the dear departed? I doubt it. Too many people reap too much money from its replacement, whether they draw a paycheck or welfare from Leviathan or work for one of the beast’s myriad cronies. At this point, only another revolution — and I mean a literal one, with guns and casualties and unimaginable suffering — will pry greedy bloodsuckers and Progressives from their anchorage at the public trough.

Whatever date of birth the People’s Socialist American Republic claims, it certainly isn’t July 4, 1776.

— Becky Akers

Becky Akers is a free-lance writer and historian who publishes so voluminously that whole forests of gigabytes have died. You’ve heard of some of the publications that carry her work (Personal Liberty Digest, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Barron’s, New York Post); others can only wish you’d heard of them. She’s also written two novels of the American Revolution, Halestorm and Abducting Arnold. They advocate sedition and liberty, among other joys, so the wise reader will buy them now, before they’re banned.

Source: Will County News

Tax Increases, More Spending and ‘A Disaster’ of a Budget for Illinois

Tax Increases, More Spending and ‘A Disaster’ of a Budget for Illinois

Tax Increases, More Spending and ‘A Disaster’ of a Budget for Illinois
Written By John Biver  

State government summer re-run season is underway at the Illinois capitol building where both political parties are cooperating to send our state further into the fiscal abyss.

Midnight came and went as we closed out the month of June without a budget being signed into law, so Illinois has begun its third straight year without one. Governor Bruce Rauner and the leaders of the General Assembly once again have failed in their principle task.

On Friday the Illinois House voted on a budget that includes a permanent massive tax increase — and leaves most of the financial problems unaddressed. State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) called the house plan “a disaster.”

In order to better celebrate Independence Day weekend, Illinois taxpayers may want to avoid reading the details of what our elected officials have once again produced. Perusing just one source, here are a few examples of their “accomplishments” as things stand midday, Saturday:

  • “No other state has come close to the mess that Illinois is in.”
  • The state’s credit rating is about to be downgraded to “junk,” which increases “the cost to taxpayers when the state borrows money.”
  • “Illinois already has the lowest credit rating of any U.S. state…”
  • Illinois “owes more than $15 billion in late payments to vendors — including doctors who provide health care to state employees and social service agencies that care for disabled people.”
  • “Some homeless and domestic violence shelters have been forced to close or reduce services…”

If that isn’t bad enough, Illinois Review reported that 23 of the 51 Illinois House Republicans joined the Democrats in voting for the budget “disaster.” Thus we should expect that during next year’s campaign, those Republicans will not dare blame the Democrats for the state’s continuing fiscal mess.

In addition to providing more very important information, the Illinois Policy Institute has an online calculator so taxpayers can measure the damage to their family budgets that will come with the bipartisan tax increase. Since the median household income for Illinois is approximately $60,000, here is what it will look like for a family of 4:

What is key, of course, is to keep in mind that this tax increase does not come anywhere near solving the state’s problems. As more people and businesses escape to states where taxes are lower, the burden will only grow for those who remain.

Currently, the state of Illinois takes in approximately $31 to $32 billion a year in tax revenue.  The proposed budget currently before the General Assembly is $36.5 billion, which is why tax and spend lawmakers are again looking to dig deeper into the pockets of hardworking families.

IFI’s Dave Smith points out: “Illinois lawmakers have proven themselves utterly irresponsible with the tax revenues they are getting now, so why would anyone think they would do better with even more taxpayer resources? In fact, between 2011-2014, the lawmakers hit citizens with higher taxes with the promise of righting the ship. Instead of using those funds in an effective and efficient manner, they squandered it.”

That irresponsibility is exhibited in the numbers that continue to get worse: $251 billion pension liability$15 billion of backlogged bills; $800 million in late fees; and $3.1 billion in Medicaid funding.  You can read more HERE.

More taxes, more spending, more debt and more bleeding of Illinois families.  That’s the message too many state lawmakers are advancing for the citizens of Illinois.

Take ACTION: Click HERE to ask the governor and your state lawmakers to vote against any legislative proposal that would increase tax burdens for Illinois citizens.

Let them know that you oppose any new tax increases when they refuse to cut government waste and bloat. You can also call your lawmakers through the Capitol Switchboard at (217) 782-2000.

State Representative Ives, who voted against the House proposal, summed it up on the house floor yesterday in less than four minutes:

Read more:

Big Illinois Government’s Insatiable and Impossible Demands from Taxpayers

State Senator McConchie Outlines the Simplicity of the Budget Crisis

‘Taxpayer Bargain’ Budget Puts Taxpayers First


Spread the Word!

Please share this information on social media and with your like-minded friends and neighbors.  Only a strong response from Illinois citizens can stop this tax exploitation from going through.

It is only because of concerned citizens like you that we are able to continue promoting pro-family values in the Prairie State.

Source: Will County News

FIND OUT HOW MUCH THE ILLINOIS TAX HIKES WILL COST YOU

Craig Lesner Budget and Tax Research Director Illinois Policy

Craig Lesner

JUNE 30, 2017

Use our tax hike calculator to find out how much the $5 billion tax hike will cost you.

FIND OUT HOW MUCH THE TAX HIKES WILL COST YOU

Illinois lawmakers are currently working to round up the votes needed to pass $5 billion in tax hikes.

The current proposal increases the personal income tax rate to 4.95 percent from the current 3.75 percent rate. The corporate income tax rate rises to 7 percent from the current 5.25 percent rate.

The proposal also expands the sales tax to laundry and dry-cleaning services, as well as storage and other services to bringing in an estimated $300 million.

Illinoisans will also pay an estimated $54 million in new cable and satellite TV taxes.

REJECT THE $5B TAX HIKE

Stand up for Illinois taxpayers. Sign the petition to reject the $5 billion tax hike.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

https://www.illinoispolicy.org/how-much-will-the-5-billion-tax-hike-cost-your-family/

Source: Will County News

Exposé of Fake News Machine CNN

Exposé of Fake News Machine CNN
Written by Laurie Higgins  Illinois Family

A bombshell undercover video narrated by James O’Keefe and released on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, shows CNN supervising producer John Bonifield admitting that the Trump collusion tale is “mostly bullsh*t” that CNN pushes because it’s a ratings blockbuster.

Bonifield admits what is obvious to many Americans about the mainstream media’s evidence for the endless Russia story: “We don’t have any big giant proof….I just feel like they don’t really have it, but they want to keep digging.”

When asked why CNN is “constantly like, Russia this, Russia that,” Bonifield answers, “Because it’s ratings….Our ratings are incredible now.”

Fifteen-year journalist and producer veteran Bonifield agrees with Trump that the dominant media’s obsessive pursuit of this story for which there is no evidence is a “witch hunt”: “I think the president is probably right to say…’you are witch-hunting me.’” Bonifield admits it’s a witch hunt because there is “no smoking gun” and “no real proof.”

Bonifield claims the laser focus on the nonexistent Trump-Russia collusion tale is being orchestrated from the top with CNN CEO Jeff Zucker ordering journalists to “get back to Russia,” after taking a day to cover Trump’s decision to pull out the of the climate accords.

Bonifield mocks the naïve concerns of ordinary people about journalistic ethics: “It’s a business. People are like, the media has an ethical—pssshhh….all the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school, you’re just like, that’s adorable. That’s adorable. This is a business. Especially cable news. Cable news isn’t the New York Times. It’s not even like NBC News. I mean, NBC News gets like 20 million viewers a night. Cable news is getting a million. So they gotta do what they gotta do to make their money.”

Glimmers of behind-the-scenes truth-telling continue as Bonifield acknowledges how differently Trump is being treated relative to Obama: “I think there are a lot of liberal CNN viewers who want to really see Trump really get scrutinized….if we would have behaved that way with President Obama and scrutinized everything that he was doing with as much scrutiny as we apply to Donald Trump, I think our viewers would have been turned off….they would have felt like we were attacking him.”

But even as Bonifield admits the CNN bias, he inadvertently demonstrates it when he refers to our former president as “President Obama” and to our current president as “Donald Trump.”

Bonifield confesses that he is not alone in seeing the truth about the fake news business: “I love the news business, but I’m very cynical about it and…so are most of my colleagues. I’m not alone.”

This deeply troubling exposé comes on the heels of CNN being forced to retract a Russia story and issue an apology on the weekend, following which CNN management imposed strict oversight rules that require all Russia stories to be run by top editors prior to publication. Perhaps these rules would have been unnecessary if CNN journalists had taken those cutesy little ethics taught in journalism school a bit more seriously.

Now if only the U.S. Senate would demonstrate an interest in ethics that CNN lacks by censuring lyin’ Chuck Shumer (D-NY) whose whopper about Trump being investigated by the FBI—when Shumer knew he was not being investigated—was just exposed by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA).

Source: Will County News