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Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I lifted the following quote from a Walter E. Williams article titled, “Evil Concealed by Money”
From the article
This is why socialism is evil. It employs evil means, coercion or taking the property of one person, to accomplish good ends, helping one's fellow man. Helping one's fellow man in need, by reaching into one's own pockets, is a laudable and praiseworthy goal. Doing the same through coercion and reaching into another's pockets has no redeeming features and is worthy of condemnation.

This is another example of an entry into an English-Conservativeese Dictionary I should write. I don’t know if “Dictionary” is the right word but the concept is to explain each issue (in this case “capitalism vs. Socialism”) in simple short common sense bullet points everyone can understand. Once we have learned that language then we can make the case for constructive common sense solutions everyone can follow.

Our solutions need to be based on the same stated goals of the liberals, Walter calls them “good ends, helping one’s fellow man”. We however need to have ours actually achieve the desired results.

In education for example is it not a crime (a sin) against our children to throw all the money we do at education, and have the results continue to be so poor? We need to make the case for “Merit Pay” Vouchers or any thing that introduces competition based on “educational excellence” or simply helping our children. We have to bring it down to the personal level. In that way we personally get to feel the problem. We really get to know the people and the “real issues”.

I hope my friend won’t mind if I share an email with you that he just sent me. I will not give his name. The picture I’m afraid I’m not capable of putting in so I’ll just say that they are of a rack of Santa outfits for children on display at Wal Mart.

-----email snippet-----
I just got back from Walmart (Henry St) tonight and had a nice bunch of pleasants.
Walking down the aisle, I noticed a grizzled older white guy stocking shelves. I remembered him from last summer when he assembled my grill (free assembly from walmart!).
I said "hi" and "thanks for doing such a great job on my grill.... I remember that you're the guy who put it together, nice job, I really like my grill... thanks and Merry Christmas".
I was just being nice but he BEAMED, REALLY beamed, and said "thanks.. we don't get too many compliments here....thanks"
I waved and pushed my cart on..... and saw a 40ish black guy pushing a broom... with a UofM hat on.
This affront need to be addressed so I said "Merry Christmas but I hate your hat"....
We had a 5 fun minute chat (while he broomed!)about MSU, UM, Muskegon Big Reds and how he wanted to wear his MSU hat but it didn't match his sweatshirt and ...what a nice and friendly guy.
I'm on my way out and I pass this:

-----my own edit----
This is where he put the nice picture
I don't have kids but how cool are these outfits!
A large, black 30ish gal is near me and I ask her what she thinks "they'd sure look good on my kids".
I said "Merry Christmas" she said, big smile on her face "Merry Christmas to you".
What a nice experience.
I'm tired of "experts and community organizers" telling us about "the 2 Americas" or "hate", "anger".
My town, Muskegon, Michigan isn't perfect but it's a pretty nice place to meet my neighbors and say "Merry Christmas". 

That is the frame of mind I’m talking about, what “Bottom Up Politics” is supposed to be about. I set up this blog as a way for me to have a place where I can step out of that “hateful-fight em tooth an nail” attitude and keep grounded in the reality of my neighborhood.
A way to check myself to make sure I’m doing “good not evil”. A way to define my methods.

Kudos to my friend and may we all, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

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