What is public good?

Ayn Rand wrote:  “You propose to establish a social order based on the following tenets: that you’re incompetent to run your own life, but competent to run the lives of others-that you’re unfit to exist in freedom, but fit to become an omnipotent ruler-that you’re unable to earn your living by the use of your own intelligence, but able to judge politicians and to vote them into jobs of total power over arts you have never seen, over sciences you have never studied, over achievements of which you have no knowledge, over the gigantic industries where you, by your own definition of your capacity, would be unable successfully to fill the job of assistant greaser.”

Recently, we adopted the most important piece of social policy we have seen in our lifetime.  I say this because it is the turning point for America.  The Healthcare Bill Congress passed has allowed them to overstep boundaries and take into their own hands the “public good”.  We allow men and women who can not control their own lives or finances to decide what is best for all of us.

What is the public good?  Someone define it for me.

Some of you will say it is something that can be agreed upon as a “good for all”.  I am here to tell you, this does not exist.  You can never please everyone.  As long as mankind is in control:  There will always be poverty. There will always be thieves.  There will always be one person who is better at a task than another.  There will always be competition.  There will always be unrest.  There will always be violence.  There will always be hunger.  There will always be someone who finds pleasure at the expense of his brother.

One man’s “good” is another man’s sorrow.  There is no such thing as public good.  It will never be.


Sleeping Pods in Airports

Sleeping Box–great forward thinking by Arch Group.  I remember a nine hour layover I had in Washington-Dulles once.  It was awful.  No one wants to sleep in those airport chairs.  You’re trying to sleep, but having to keep one eye open, while holding onto your belonging hoping someone doesn’t just come by and pick something up for their own charity. Really, you don’t get to sleep at all.

However, does anyone else foresee a problem here?  How will they monitor these things? What is to keep two people who are very attracted to one another from jumping in there for a couple of hours? I can just see how this is going to go. A child walks by with his mother and asks, Mom, what’s that noise?  I suppose time will tell.

Digital Parenting

In recent weeks, it has become apparent to many parents across America that sitting your child in front of a television and allowing them to watch Baby Einstein videos for hours will not breed a child genius.  Disney has decided to refund families $15.99 for each of their Baby Einstein videos, if they were purchased in the last four years.  This is due to parents claiming the videos did not make their kids child prodigies.

Shocking! I know.  Who would have ever thought that DVDs could not do just as good if not a better job at raising children than their parents?  Have we completely forgotten about the value of social interaction in the wake of technology?  The fact that these children are not all winning the Nobel Peace Prize (although apparently all you have to do now days is want to change something, not actually make any change) had nothing to do with Baby Einstein videos. It’s because their parents believe that a movie can raise their children.  They’re stupid because you are their parents, not because Disney made them that way!

Not all of these parents can be that illogical.  They can not all believe that these videos were going to make their children the next Thomas Edison or George Washington Carver.  This has got to be just another ploy for people to get attention from the news media and sue an organization.  I refuse to believe that there are that many incompetent people raising children in America.

I Am Angry

I am angry.

Angry that our country has become a place where we believe it is okay to give money away to people in return for nothing.  In fact, the more “nothing” one does, the more money they will receive.

I am angry that our country has elected a President whom we are still not certain was actually born an American citizen.  Should we not be certain, without a shadow of doubt, that this is true before we even allow a person to run for the office of President of the United States?

I am angry that Americans have become so immune to “politics” that it does not faze them when a man/woman who represents our country is charged with embezzlement, fraud, DUI, adultery, etc… and I am even more surprised when that man/woman is reelected back into office.

I am angry that the people of America, the land of the free, would elect a man who wants to take away our RIGHT to choose the healthcare plan we want.

I am angry that Americans do not take care of their own.  If believers (christians) across America and the world were doing what we were called to do, there would be no need for welfare, homeless shelters, or any other government funding to take care of these people.

I am angry that people believe everything they read or hear and do not find out information for themselves.  I am angry that this leads to misinformed voters (in all parties), misinformed conversations, and a misinformed America.

I am angry that we elect selfish congressmen and women who attach amendments to bills for their own selfish gains.

I am angry that more Americans are not angry.

Quality Over Quantity

Recently, the media have been giving Senator Jim DeMint a lot of grief about his statement in response to Arlen Specter switching parties.  Senator DeMint stated, “I would rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who really believe in the principles of limited government, free markets, and free people, than to have 60 that don’t have a set of beliefs.”

I agree with Senator DeMint.  I am a firm believer in QUALITY OVER QUANTITY.

When did people quit running for office because they believed in the position? What is the media saying to the American people by rejecting this statement by DeMint? The media is telling Americans that is okay to have people in office who are just there to get paid and don’t really care otherwise what is happening.  Why would we want to continue to elect people like that? 

It’s time we stopped supporting politicians who do not do what they say they will do and do not truly believe and stand for what they say they believe and stand for.  It’s time we take back our country.

Young Voters and New Media–Senior Thesis

I finished my senior thesis.  It is on the types of new media young voters (18-34) are using and the impact this is having on politics.  I hope you find it as interesting as I did!!

Young Voters and New Media

Stimulus Package

I personally believe that the government is robbing millions of hardworking taxpayers of money and calling it a “stimulus package”.  This past week, Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina had a tough decision to make, to accept or not accept the stimulus package.  This piece of legislations caused a great deal of controversy in this southern state.  There were a lot of protests for and against the stimulus package.  

For those people against it, they believe that since we did not support the stimulus package to begin with, we should stand on our morals and values and continue with that decision.  This means that since the package passed, we, as a state, would not accept it either.  

People protesting for the stimulus package represent two sides to the argument.  One side believes that it was a good move on the governments part and it will help our economy (I completely disagree with this argument).  The other side states that taxpayers in South Carolina are paying for the stimulus package anyway, so we may as well benefit from it.  They especially mention that it will help us to pay more teachers and thus benefit our schools and the future minds of America.  

Now, I can understand both sides.  It is very important to stand by your morals and values.  But, at the same time, if we are going to be paying for the stimulus package anyway, why let all the other states reap the benefits?  Governor Sanford had a tough decision to make, and I do not envy him for it.  Governor Sanford finally did accept the stimulus package, becoming the last governor in the country to do so.