Who and What is the Happy Warrior

The Happy Warrior is the title of a poem... and yes, I love this poem. I do not wish to be mischaracterized, for the most part poetry is not my bag. I am not an afficionado of literature nor am I a metro-sexual (I despise that term) but a dear friend introduced me to this masterpiece of prose several years ago... it has provided no end of inspiration. The Happy Warrior by William Wordsworth outlines the qualities of a magnificent soul. I aspire to possess even one or two characteristics that "every man in arms should wish to be."

This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.

(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Why I'm voting against President Obama: Reason #3

Before I enlarge upon the next reason, let me clarify that these reasons are not in any particular order of importance... That being said, for me there is one paramount reason:  Obama's belief in big, comprehensive, paternalistic government... essentially his comittment to the socialist or nanny state.  We fundamentally disagree about the role of government.  I happen to agree with almost every 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th century political philosopher... you know the ones who served as the architects for Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Franklin, Hamilton and others we summarily refer to as "the founding fathers".  This is the idea that governments are necessary evils. One even titled his definitive work on political philosophy: Leviathon.  He meant, of course, that government can become a monster if men continually conceed their power to it. Sovereignty is retained by citizens as an endowment from God NOT from governments.  This is a vital, fundamental difference between the philosophy espoused by Obama and our founders/myself.  Governments occur as citizens collectively surrender bits of their freedom to acheive a larger common good.  The best government is limited government!  Limited governments by definition should be small and have minimal reach into the lives of the people (especially the ability to take or award money from or to the citizenry).

Fast foward two and a half centuries and our secularized society is making a full court press to extinguish God from the public square, to debate him out of existence and to shame His moral foundations (i.e. traditional concept of marriage, the primacy of the family in the social order, individual responsibility, submission to authority, conception of the sacred, etc.) out of society.  Does anyone need a more obvious illustration of this effort than the recent vote at the Democratic national convention?

Behind President Obamas political philosophy is the substitution of God by the government.  We, as citizens should not rely upon God for our daily bread but upon government.  We should not declare our allegiance to some untouchable, inmaterial Being (certainly not at some high school graduation ceremony or in a court room) but our allegiance should be declared to government.  The most fundamental expression of allegiance is by the contribution of our money.  God's tithe (10%) has been far eclipsed by government's requirement that we pay upwards of 50% to accomplish their "good" works.  Government is by far the more oppressive overseer. 

So sorry but I included two reasons (although interrelated) why I'm voting against President Obama in this post.  I'll try to keep my discussions more focused.

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