Sunday, March 12, 2006

Question Of The Week, 3/12/06

Good morning. Before posting this weeks question I scanned the news wires and my e-mail to see if there was anything interesting there. Then I read the on-line version of my local Sunday paper(you have to be a paid subscriber to do that) and checked out the on-line version of the Lincoln Journal Star to see if Nebraska is any closer to passing a concealed carry bill. Then I figured out this weeks question had been rattling around in my head along with a bunch of other stuff like, how do I get out of taking care of the lawn without paying to have it done this summer, how can I get Poker Face to perform in Missouri and will I ever find my old friend(?), before I got off work last night. So, this weeks Question Of The Week is. What or who (can be a group of people) is the biggest threat to our freedom and liberties (the country our Founding Fathers left us) today? I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

8 Comments:

Anonymous d.a.n said...

The biggest threat to any nation is the lack of Education, Transparency, Accountability, and Responsibility.

Responsibility = Power + Education + Transparency + Accountability
Corruption = Power - Education - Transparency - Accountability

People seek security and prosperity with the least effor and pain. Some will get it unethically and/or illegally. Power exacerbates the problem.
Laziness is a natural human trait, but it is immoral to surrender to it completely.

Too much laziness is truly at the very fundamental root cause of most of our problems.

We are all culpable (voters and politicians).
But, since bought-and-paid-for politicians will never allow newcomers to pass any badly-needed, common-sense reforms, it is now up to the voters to do what they were supposed to be doing all along: vote out (or recall) all irresponsible incumbent politicians, always.
Voters still have the right to vote.
But, unfortunately, the bought-and-paid-for incumbent Political Class has an advantage. They have power to abuse for self-gain. Voters' laziness works against them, because they have to work to understand the problem and solution and then get out and vote responsibly, instead of pulling the party lever. Voters must take off their partisan blinders, and start voting out (or recalling) the cheaters.
The middle-class is being squeezed, and the ranks of the poor continue to grow.
The gap between the wealthiest 1% and the rest is now larger than ever since the Great Depression of 1929.
What irresponsible government is doing now could potentially turn the next recession (which occur every 2 to 11 years for the last 46 years) into the next depression.

The solution requires education.
Otherwise, voters will wait until it is too late.
Leaders could help, but voters need education to understand what is really going on now, has been going on for thousands of years, and will continue until voters learn to use their votes wisely to create responsible government, instead of always letting it grow more corrupt.

The voters, while they still have the right to vote, can learn to vote wisely, and simply do the simple, common-sense, no-brainer thing there were supposed to be doing all along, or they can learn the hard, painful way (again and again).

3:39 AM  
Anonymous Jake Porter said...

The American people are the biggest threat. For far too long they have let the television and government brainwash them and now very few can think for themselves.

The Democrats and Republicans. It is not ok for the President to do something just because he has an R beside his name the same way it was not ok for Clinton when he had a D by his name.

Skull and Bones. George Bush and John Kerry were both members of this secret society and now many members work within the government.

And many others such as PNAC, the CFR and many more.

I think we are watching something very historic take place. I think that we need warn others no matter if they believe us or not.

5:07 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Lack of understanding what our Founders intended. Most Americans are in hot pursuit of materialistic fulfillment and don't see the erosion of our Constitution.

5:11 AM  
Blogger Gun-Toting Liberal said...

I agree with all of the other commenters so far. But since I would elevate this problem to RED right now, I'm going to be predicatable and blame the GOP for being the single biggest threat to our Democracy right now. Sorry... don't like playing the role of "party hack" very much, but the Republican Party has been in control for years and I've never been more frightened than I am now for my liberty and civil rights.

Blog ON, y'all!

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Traven said...

Many threats, but at this time: organized religion. IslamoFascism and some of the more bizarre Christianist sects come to mind immediately. Get 3 of them together, they want to burn books. Get six of them together, they want to burn people.

9:40 AM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

I want to thank everyone for stopping by to answer this weeks question, good answers. I'm glad I never said I'd be picking a weekly winner when I started posting the Question Of The Week. If the biggest threat to our freedom and liberties is a thing I'd have to say it is Apathy (noun)Lack of interest: disinterest, impassivity, incuriosity, incuriousness, indefference, insensibility, insensibleness, lassitude, lethargy, listlessness, phlegm, stolidity, stolidness, unconcern, uninterest, unresponsiveness. If the biggest threat is a person or a group of people we should take a look at organizations like the Bilderbergers, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. I don't think it matters which party is in power. If you go back and look at the presidential cabinet members/appointees you'll find that a good deal of them were members of these organizations. Each of these organizations want the same thing. Complete control. Letting others know about their power grab could stop or slow them down.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

6:28 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I used to deliver the Lincoln Journal Star, and strangly enough somebody reminded me of that last time I made it to my computer!

Hmm...onto the topic.

This is a rather thought-provoking question, and I'm delighted you sought out my opinion. Now, I'm responding to this before I read the other comments, and, depending on your readership, I'm going to put myself way out there...but that's kind of the point. So...

*dramatic sigh*

My answer is rather difficult, because, imo, there's no single group, but many groups with many different agendas, that poses the greatest risk to the American way of life. IMO, the greatest threat is those who wish, for whatever reason, to undermine and/or destroy the traditional family and the solid American values that go along with that.

This includes those who promote divorce over hard work (instances of abuse are different), pornography, undermining the proper authority of parents and other adults (again, abuse is different), child sexuality, homosexuality as a political agenda and appropriate subject material in schools (though some say otherwise, I'm neither homophobic nor a gay-basher but choosing an alternative life style does and should have consequences, such as not being able to produce or rear children), governmental officials who usurp the role of parent by determining that non-educational material should be taught in schools, media that glorifies adverse behavior, an economy that forces both parents out of the home to eke out a bare existence without proper supervision for their children, or worse yet single parents who can't eke out said living and still can't supervise their children and rarely have sufficient support, organizations that try to promote or even force parents to send "disabled" children out of the home and a myriad of other groups that want to degrade families in various ways.

I believe that without solid families, America is not going to be able to withstand the onslought of the other dangers we face. An America built by solid families is going to be better able to put the proper pressure on their government, because they'll have the time and resources it takes. An America built by solid families is going to be better able to withstand war and international pressures. An America built by solid families is going to be better able to withstand financial crisises. It's going to be able to withstand rampant violence and a myriad of other dangers that an America made up of shattered families that don't connect well or at all will be able to do.

Solid families has been an American strength for such a long time that we've taken it for granted, and it's no coincidence that now that we're losing our solid families we're facing more and more crisises that we're not prepared to handle.

Which isn't to say that "solid American families" means any one thing. We are a diverse nation and what constitutes a family for some is different than what constitutes a family for others. The same for family values. However, when we were united (once upon a time) to make our families a priority, whatever those families consisted of, America was a stronger, surer nation that relied more on its character than its military prowess.

What I fear most is an America without character-building families to make it strong and sure.

11:29 PM  
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12:16 AM  

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