Saturday, October 3, 2009

It’s called Socialized Medicine

We have been hounded for the last few months with conversation about the “health care” debate. Let’s get something straight right now. The debate over this divisive issue has absolutely nothing to do with “health care.” It is principally about the socialization of 17% of the nation’s economy and putting government in charge of every American’s most vital decisions.

Those who have led the opposition have been seduced by those who are for it by allowing them the privilege of naming the struggle. I hereby make you a promise: henceforth you shall no longer read the former words in anything written here or spoken by me publicly. From this day forward it shall carry the only appropriate name: socialized medicine.

Further, there is no room in the American way of life for a “public option.” Our government is only responsible for providing those services which are national in scope and require over-riding local interests for their operation. If you question this I would suggest you consult the United States Constitution which mandates: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Amendment X. The key words here are, “to the people.” By definition, “the people” refers to those who were either naturally born here or legally naturalized. This does not include those who are best described as felons by their current designation as illegal immigrants.

Operation of an interstate mail service, the coinage of money and currency, maintaining the military in national defense, or anything too large, unwieldy, or involving services which the several states could not do on a local basis are included. If the federal government is not directly charged by the constitution to operate an overarching supervision it is therefore prohibited from intruding on the lives of the citizenry in the several states. To ignore this is to usurp the powers granted by our founding document and constitutes the inability to “uphold the Constitution of the United States.” I have repeatedly admonished those of our people, and especially the leadership, who have taken that pledge and now ignore their oath.

Those who fail to keep that oath are as guilty of treason as any person who gives aid and comfort to a wartime enemy. When those in a legislature cannot find the time or the will to read pending bills, keep their contents a secret from the public, plan upcoming votes consistent with polling data and out rightly lie about their intentions, I believe that to be treasonous as well and certainly grounds for their dismissal..

In the sixth (or was it the fifth?) grade, we learned that all bills which contain claims against the public treasury are required to originate in the House of Representatives. Even with that universal truth in mind the sponsors of the bill claim that it will be revenue neutral. Assaulted by easily identified provisions which blatantly call for vast expenditures over time, they continue to maintain that fiction. Perversion of the truth has become a ritual on Capitol Hill..

If you erroneously believe that my position reflects a Republican point of view you may now dismiss it. The matter has little to do with party affiliation. I am an equal opportunity critic of all of those in high places who abuse the intent of the founders of this republic. I have observed high crimes and misdemeanors on the part of members on both sides of the aisle as well as independents. I have suffered disappointment in decisions made by both parties in the presidency. I believe that people who have little threat of dismissal and a life-time continuance of income have little reason to fear the results of their crimes against society. Representing an average of nearly 670,000 people should require at least listening on occasion to various factions within that group. Even in so-called “solid” districts there are those with valid objections. At the least, they should be heard. I also submit that none of the leaders referred to are worthy of adulation or praise.

When all is said and done, the socialization of America is not an objective consistent with the noble aims of those who sacrificed to found this nation and those who continued to shed blood to protect it. There is more nobility in a man missing a limb or his life in battle to defend us than there is in the entirety of Washington, D.C… Whether the individual representative is of either the Jumbo or the Jackass party, his feet should ever be held to the fire of outrage to defeat any attempt to socialize the greatest institution in the world. He can offer no example of success in such a governmental effort.

Many claim that this vile attempt is consistent with the burgeoning population and the necessity for change. Hogwash! This country has changed with each passing day since its founding but the spirit of its people have remained constant in their search for continued freedom. We are peopled by those who sought refuge from the very tyrannies those who lead now espouse. Why would we wish to turn our lives and its minutiae over to an oppressive federal bureaucracy?

Words have meaning. It is more important than ever that we choose the right ones. The labeling of the upcoming initiative should only reflect its intent: socialized medicine. The doctors hate it, the seniors hate it, the youth would hate it when they got the bill, and just about anyone who thoughtfully considers it would see the folly. Please follow my lead and abandon the false label and help to defeat socialized medicine and its eventual pathway to the destruction of America.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Friday, October 2, 2009

Celebrities Know Best

An enlightened reason to take the word of celebrities on socialized medicine. It’s short and highly informative.Click here and listen to advice on why you should trust an individual who plays a doctor on TV—or a nurse, or an intern, or a vampire. After all, don’t we look to Hollywood for our moral compass?

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

On Honesty and Resisting Temptation

Sometimes it’s tough; resisting temptation that is. As my knowledge has expanded over the years, some have come to trust me to be aware of what is going on in the current scene. That would be mostly the political arena. If you have an electrical problem, don’t come to me for advice. My community of friends realize I spend many hours of each day in an effort to know the players, their attitudes, and behavior. They, like you, read what I write and appreciate that I make every effort to keep the truth uppermost on the blog..

If the writing has no integrity, why bother to read it once it becomes fiction. You might just as well listen to a democrat operative spout off. By so doing, one is often offered what might be referred to as an easy target.

I was surprised recently on a visit to a local office on business and the secretary I spoke with said to me: “I know you keep up on this sort of thing and I’d like to ask you about an email I just received.” She went on to describe a message concerning a first-class stamp which had been offered by the post office to celebrate a couple of different Islamic holidays. The writer of the email implied that this was the work of the current administration and was meant to represent an “Islamic Christmas.”

She is a very conservative person and would have happily listened to any made up response of outrage at the thought. Rather than take advantage, I confessed momentary ignorance of the matter and promised I would check it out and call her the next morning. After I left I remembered that I had seen stamps at the post office with Arabic writing and hurried home to Google it for an answer. Never disappointing, Google presented a couple of million references to my inquiry and the information I sought.

The stamp, first issued on 9-1-01 (!) was to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha, both three day fall holidays to honor the sacrifice by Abraham of his son and the end of the Hajj respectively. Neither of these has a fixed date due to their use of the Georgian calendar. They have nothing to do with Christmas other than the proximity of dates. In fact, the first was observed on 9/19 and the second on 11/26 in the year 2001. This continued commemoration has advanced the price and requires renewed issuance of the stamp to keep up with postal rate increases on first-class stamps.

Playing gotcha with this president is child’s play and requires no made up scenarios to support it. What ever the subject, if you wait just a little, he will provide a contradiction to a previous statement and one can lodge a legitimate beef.

Later in the day I received an email from a dear old friend with an hysterical note attached about the arrival of a “police force” in their community which was taking over with the blessing of the town board and the complicity of the sheriff. His question to me was: “what do you know about this?” Back to Google I went for a new record—32,000,000 hits! In short, what I learned was the community of Hardin, Montana had been scammed by a career criminal and bogus military man who had presented the depressed town with an opportunity to capitalize on a newly constructed and largely useless prison for their betterment.

Again, the thought of turning law enforcement over to a private agency presented many avenues for criticism. The con man, who had so many aliases it would be difficult to nail down his actual identity, had promised to use the unoccupied multi-million dollar facility, hire as many as 200 employees, and just about every thing else except a free lunch. Given the president’s thoughts of a civilian “army” trained in the military arts as a service corps, my friend saw this as the beginning of that program. In actuality, it was just a low grade Bernie Madoff doing his thing, complete with a fleet of Mercedes-Benz patrol cars and a pre-made law enforcement symbol.

The just criticism lies with the people of Hardin who were suckered in by this charlatan. It would be easy however, to somehow pin the whole affair on the president and his insane plan to organize yet one more layer of bureaucracy on an unsuspecting public.

Here is where “resisting temptation” comes in. Just because we are presented with an easy accusation of someone who richly deserves it doesn’t mean we have to take that advantage. To separate our motives and principles from those who will seize any tiny fact and falsely expand it into a talking point, we must remain scrupulously honest. In today’s miraculous world of informational overkill, it is just too easy to check out every rumor and expose the truth. This is a reputation we can live with. It’s not near as much fun today but it is far less troublesome down the road.

Like the people of Hardin we should live with the words of Ronald Reagan, “Trust, but verify.”

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Thursday, October 1, 2009

“...the right of the people to keep and bear arms…”

In the interest of full disclosure I have been a Life Member of the National Rifle Association for twenty-three years. Prior to that, I was an annual member of that organization for thirty years. I like guns. I like freedom. I like a functioning action with the no-nonsense sound of steel on steel operating flawlessly to engage the firing mechanism. I also enjoy the satisfaction of a well placed shot. In addition to military training I have kept my hand in and continue to shoot on my private range as often as time and ammunition shortages allow.

Amendment II of the United States Constitution reads as follows:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

I would suggest that any person who has difficulty understanding those words is too ignorant to breathe let alone hold public office. For clarification, the Supreme Court of the United States has helped them by declaring the right an individual matter. As evidence of their distaste for the constitution, officials at all levels continue to attack those 27 words with a vigor born of desperation. They blanch in terror at the thought of the people being armed. Let’s take a look at some other societies who recognized the danger of having an armed population.

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1938, Nazi Germany established gun control. From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, and other dissenters who were unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1935, China established gun control. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1964, Guatemala established gun control. By 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1970, Uganda established gun control. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1956, Cambodia established gun control. From 1974 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

The above examples total 55,400,000 who were rounded up and exterminated during the last century. That is a number equivalent to the combined 2000 census population of 27 US states: SC, LA, KY, OR, OK, CN, IA, MS, AR, KS, UT, NV, NM, WV, NE, ID, ME, NH, HI, RI, MT, DE, SD, AK, ND, VE, DC, and WY. None of those people had the right to bear arms.. They are all dead.

Over a year ago, Australia passed a new law which required 640,381 firearms to be confiscated and destroyed. That program cost their government over $500,000,000 to implement or $781.25 per firearm. What was the result of this massive dis-armament program? Homicides up 3.2%; assaults up 8.6%; armed robbery up 44%; and in the state of Victoria, homicides were up 300%.

Actually, over the preceding 26 years, there had been a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, which has changed to an increase in the first year of the legislation, since the criminal is now assured he will meet no resistance.

Break-ins and assaults on the elderly have increased dramatically and the politicians are frantically seeking an answer to the cause. Apparently it has not occurred to them that armed criminals delight in an unarmed populace.

With these figures in mind, I would encourage you to be highly skeptical of anyone who is advancing any proposal which would limit the guarantees of our second amendment. Your biggest danger lies in two equally dangerous categories of people: politicians and criminals. Is that redundant?

Always keep in mind this little reminder:

With guns, we are “citizens.”
Without them, we are “subjects.”

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Is it just yet one more compound German word or does it have much greater significance? Actually it is both. The language is famous for jamming multiple words into one unwieldy (at least for those who are not familiar with Deutsch) monster of a word complete with implication and subtlety and a hyper-specific nature. One of these is “gleischaltung.”

It basically means “bringing into line” or “making the same” or basically “conditional alteration.” It became general in use during the early thirties as a means for the Nazi party to eliminate the concept of individualism in favor of thinking and action for the common support for the party. Typical of socialist doctrine the importance of each person was downplayed to elevate the Nazis as an organization and their goals. The word described the movement toward “group think.”

One of the anticipated aims was the marshaling and coordination of the youth in separate groups arranged by age and gender in progressively older units. Each group passed the fundamentals up the line as the children aged. The emphasis became more serious with each and the end product was either a worker or a soldier.

Knowledge of this propaganda structure has contributed to my outrage at the attempts so popularized on YouTube to play mind games with innocent children. To watch kindergartners (another German compound word--child’s garden) being inculcated with a praise song for an incompetent president is a step too far. Our educators have too many failures in the teaching of the basics for them to be wasting time on acting as the propaganda arm for the White House.

During my two years in Europe, I attended many parades. Each community celebrated local events and nationally recognized holidays with marching citizens. What set them apart was that as each occupational group came by they wore identical uniforms related to their organization. The coal miners wore black with shiny brass buttons and buckles, the medical types wore the traditional whites, the postal workers wore green and on it went.. The conclusion came to mind that they were uniform happy. In the passing years I have come to recognize that they were simply reluctant to give up the old habits of maintaining their group identity.

As I joined the gazillion marchers in the 9/12 parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. I made a note that no two people were identically attired. Each person chose his own outfit and in so doing, expressed his individualism quite firmly. Some better than others I might add. There were no “boiler plate” signs advertising a specific grievance. Even the chants were largely unsuccessful because they had not practiced a uniform message in advance. Each person came in protest to an individual grievance accompanied by the insistence to do it his way. By so doing, this eclectic mass of humanity very effectively gained unanimity of purpose that they could have achieved no other way. In contrast, observe ACORN or SEIU in a public demonstration with easily identified T-shirts and signage.

Although not rare in other countries there is no place in the world which celebrates individualism universally like the United States. If you doubt this I suggest you attend a school board meeting, a church building committee meeting, or just about any occasion where two or more are gathered for just about any purpose. We want to be heard and have our ideas considered. Miraculously, we manage to function like this and often obtain superior results. As Americans, we are quite accustomed to listening to others, drawing our own conclusions, making our case, participating in the decision making process, and implementing what the group decides. It all started in the first town hall meeting and continues to this day.

We do not require a 14 letter word which describes brain washing our youth and others to reach successful goals and worthwhile ends. If we are wrong-headed, someone will point it out. We still retain the right to be mistaken. I am grateful that somebody remembered it and brought it to the fore. It epitomizes everything which most of us find so offensive about the current administration. We are not and never will be robots shuffling along waiting to do our masters bidding. 1984 came and went without the predicted consequences. Let’s keep it that way.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Morning Rant 111

Although Lee Parsons was missing from church this morning, Brother Ray Wells filled in as a most effective representative of Jesus Christ. It may have to do with his 35 years in the pulpit. He pointed out a verse, Exodus 10:3, the last sentence of which is an oft quoted line offered most frequently in part and usurped by the civil rights movement: “Let my people go.” It was spoken by God to Pharaoh and as usual, not completely stated. It is actually: “Let my people go, that they may serve me.” The absence of the last five words completely corrupts the intent of God Almighty. Here lies the evil inherent in quotation of partial scripture without the supporting story contained in the entire chapter.

As brother Wells remarked: “keep in mind that some people will only be exposed to the Bible by that which we as individual believers offer them.” It is a treat to hear a fire breathing preacher to remind of us our shortcomings, procrastination and the necessity of a full embrace of the word of God.

Racism Explained to Morons

By all accounts from the left, your host at Zion Beckons is a racist. By their definition, if one decries a socialist/Marxist takeover of the government—you are a racist. By their definition if you oppose the dismantling of the Bill of Rights—you are a racist. In their warped minds if you seek to protect the federal treasury from the robbers on the left—you are a racist. If you are willing to fight for “Old Glory,” its tradition and all it represents—you are a racist. If you disapprove of the underhanded tactics used by ACORN and the NEA—you are a racist. If you disavow any respect for acknowledged criminals in high seats of government—you are a racist. If you are unwilling to “go along to get along”—you are a racist.

This does little to encourage freedom loving, noble people of color, to engage in politics for the enhancement of American values and traditions. Branding resistance to the vile policies of the new administration as racism is not only ignorant but also shames the sacrifice of thousands of Americans of all colors who fought tirelessly to achieve racial parity in our country throughout our history. We are clearly identified in the Pledge of Allegiance as “one people, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” To hurl racist epithets at those who themselves fought this battle and whose ancestors struggled to achieve those ends is unconscionable. It is also par for the course for those who currently occupy the seats of power in Washington, D.C.

If we are indeed a racist society; how come we don’t see endless protests from Chinese, Koreans, Hmongs, Japanese, Pacific Islanders, and the perpetual parade of Europeans and Africans who have sought refuge on these golden shores over the decades? What treasure do they see in American citizenship which transcends their individual racial loyalties? What other country has been peopled by so many varieties of immigrants seeking freedom, prosperity and the right to worship as they please? The short answer is—none.

Our current accusations of the racism of our people are not so much a cry for freedom as an industry for those who would take unfair advantage of our sensitivities. The race-baiters are in truth the self-aggrandizing, opportunistic, America haters who would seek to destroy the greatest country in the world by the tactics of division among its people. They would supplant our sacred founding documents, which emphasize the will of the individual, with a collective ukase to enable a governmental system which disrespects every principle which informed Americans hold dear.

This insane desire to inflict uncivil rights on our people is a travesty which the administration has taken few steps to disavow. The left portrays Obama as an object of racism but rarely identifies his actual racial component. In fact, his lineage is 50% white Irish, 43.75% Arab, and 6.25% black African. This is hardly the picture painted by the media and his supporters. Perhaps they could verify the mix by checking his birth certificate—oh, I forgot, he doesn’t have one. What a farce!

CAIR comes to D.C.

We may now observe the reward offered to those who have sworn to destroy our country and have taken nearly 3,000 in the process on 9/11/01. Even after countless attempts to duplicate that atrocity, and some successful outrages here and world wide, our government has taken a “forgive and forget” attitude and invited the “spiritual” faction to the mall for a prayer meeting. In a city full of those who would remove all vestiges of Christianity and Judaism from any and all public view, we find those who have discovered tolerance for anything Muslim in full hypocritical mode.

Their very presence insults every principle which Americans hold dear. Forgiveness is an established necessity for salvation but it must also be followed immediately by repentance. This often overlooked component is an absolute requirement. Shame on a government which does not understand these fundamental needs.

Wait, There’s More!

That’s what the pitchmen say just before they double the order for $19.95 and only charge you for additional shipping and handling ($73.50.) In a vain effort to federalize your health care system, Democrats are crafting better sounding and more visibly effective versions of the health care legislation. Most are even worse than the original but are put forth in a brand new wrapper of control to inflict on those citizens who aren’t really paying attention.

I don’t choose to advertise the phony efforts and celebrate the sponsors of these bills. Each is still clouded by the lack of transparency in this administration. The meme is “believe what I say and not what I do.” They all have one thing in common: you will wind up paying an exorbitant price for a lesser service.

As conservatives we are often accused of having objections without any specific plan for improvement. I disagree. For starters, pass legislation which deals with current failures in our health care system. Rein in the trial lawyers, allow commerce in health insurance across state lines, eliminate costly regulatory practice and return control of every aspect of medical and insurance practice to the individual states. Further, require that every person with direct control of possible government influence be required to participate in and live by whatever onerous decisions are made. We will realize the sincerity of our leaders when they have to live (or die) with their own legislation and stop feeding at the public trough.

And finally

It’s nearly October and it’s time for the hunt. Here in Missouri, we are in the midst of bow season. Game is protected on our acreage and we are favored by an excessive presence of deer on the property. How do they know that we mean them no harm? It’s not that we disapprove of hunting but rather we enjoy, selfishly, the joys of seeing deer on the property; bears, skunks, and armadillos—not so much. It’s also fun to watch the dogs go nuts when they spot them out the window grazing in the front yard.

Apparently the gold finches sense an unpleasant fall for they have apparently departed for a warmer clime. The cardinals and nuthatches remain, greedily enjoying having the feeders to themselves. I am reminded of a friend in Arizona who wanted a leg up on the coming winter and consulted an old Apache neighbor on his uncanny ability to predict the severity of the coming season. When questioned he replied, “If white man stack much wood on porch, we have bad winter.”

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon