The Jazz Patriot welcomes Linda Rapoza of Fall River, MA as guest columnist today. Linda is President of the "Mildred Fay Jefferson 4th Congressional District Chapter - MA-RA and is the former republican State Committee woman for the First Bristol and Plymouth State Senate District. Linda is well known for her political activism on the Massachusetts South Coast and is a tireless and articulate spokesman for Conservatism wherever she goes. She recently played a leading role in the successful grass roots revolution that took place at the MA Republican Primary Election on March 6, 2012 which put Conservatives in control of a quarter of the seats on the MA GOP State Committee. True Conservatism, including Social Conservatism is on the rise on the Massachusetts South Coast in large part because of Linda. It's an honor to have her as part of the Jazz Patriot family.
THE RAPOZA REPORT
“Shining the light of truth on the offerings of liberal media pabulum.” - Linda Rapoza
(Warning to liberals in both Parties: The following is not for the faint of heart.)
The Department of Public Health and Education has just outlawed school bake sales. Lucky for us, the Massachusetts legislature reversed it – maybe.
While much of the money for athletic equipment and school trips comes from such activities conducted by the very people who pay for our public schools through taxation, unelected government busy-bodies never miss an opportunity to regulate anything that moves.
To some, the story of government-approved snacks seems silly. But is it? A burgeoning government at the hands of those seeking total control of the masses is an affront to the individual liberties laid out in our Constitution. This isn’t about cupcakes or candy bars. It’s another power-grab by liberal bureaucrats who see the rest of us as unsophisticated bumpkins incapable of making decisions they can agree with.
Who defines our constitutional freedoms? Is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness something “endowed by Our Creator” only if it comports with unelected government institutions? How far can government go if those who control it decide you’re incapable of making the “correct” decisions concerning your own children? Could the violation of government-approved eating habits be expanded to define child abuse?
While individuals with an insatiable appetite for hovering over our every move continue to promote anti-constitutional encroachments on our liberties, more “nudging” of the populace to perform according to the will of the state has stepped up its pace.
Along with the indoctrination of government-approved beliefs and principles in our schools and universities, this administration has inserted itself into our relationship with our churches, attempting to bully us into practicing our faith in accordance to their will.
We’re now like caged rats in a government-driven experiment for a socialistic command-and-control utopia being operated by government employees who’ve been assigned to redesign our lives for the betterment of the collective over the individual.
On June 9, 2011 President Obama signed Executive Order #13575 establishing a White House Rural Council for facilitating the federal coordination of sustainable development at the local community level. More have followed, referencing the United Nation’s Agenda 21 and its numerous tentacles, one of which is “Smart Growth” - a concept that defines sustainable development in terms of controlled living through reduced consumption; the redistribution of wealth through the elimination of the “social injustice” of private property; and population control and reduction with the goal of returning the land to its “original wilderness”. This would include a future without automobiles, a limit on rural development, and a whole host of new environmental regulations on private property, farms and waterways, just to name a few.
The new civic engagement in academia is not about rigorous debate in maintaining the liberties that built this nation, but about obedience to the U.N’s communistic concepts in caged-living, of government-controlled stackable communities where “the people” will be required to live, work and play all in the same fenced-in corral for the glorious goal of “saving the earth”.
What does the future look like? Since government-approved behavior is being dictated by the carrot-and-stick approach, you’ll be taxed on any choices that aren’t approved by the state including food processing and the dispensation of water. You’ll be required to drive a government-approved vehicle, (or bicycle), and travel on government-approved roadways. You’ll live in government-approved housing operated by government-approved energy, and you’ll even have the pleasure of partaking in government-approved recreational activities in your spare time.
Far-fetched? Hardly. The blueprints for implementation for all of the above are already in the pipeline, all of which requires a Constitution made irrelevant in order to achieve “success”.
The time for sitting on the sidelines is over. Everyone who values their freedom will have to make the decision to either fight for every liberty that’s left, or lie down and become just another speed bump to the aspirations of those who have put themselves in charge of creating a New World Order.
For those who pay no attention to history, lost liberties don’t mean much until they’re gone forever. To those who think America is worth saving, we remember the words of President Ronald Reagan: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
See also The Rapoza Report (Feb 2012)