In Memory of my Departed Father on his would-be 57th Birthday

Today, March 14, 2011, would have been my Dad’s 57th birthday. My gift to him is to write a little about the greatest gift that he ever gave me. He gave me what I feel may be the greatest gift that anyone could receive from a parent, but far too few seem to in this day and age. My father bestowed upon me the gift of honor and a strong work ethic.

Like many children born in the 1950’s, my Dad was born to a working class family of humble means, where his father went to work and mom stayed home to take care of the kids. My Dad was the second of 4 children. He grew up in a small midwest farm town that is much the same today as it was then, a place someone may stop to get gas on the way somewhere else. In 1971, at age 17, he dropped out of high school to serve his country, as all the Wilkinsons before him, and joined the US Navy, figuring he may end up in Vietnam. The next 3 years were spent between San Diego, Ca and the waters of South East Asia, where among the trials & tribulations of war, he finished his High School Education. In 1974, he returned to the midwest, where he met and married my Mother. Soon after is where this story of my early childhood lessons begins.

Like many veterans in the midwest in the mid to late 70’s, my Dad worked whatever blue-collar jobs were available, construction, packing houses and truck-driving just to name a few. My Mom worked too, mostly in clothing factories where the day’s end for both of them brought bloody fingers and stories of pain, sweat and misery. Those hard days and rthe tolls of their labor also brought home the paychecks that put a roof over the heads and food on the table for my two sisters and me. There is no doubt or denying, my parents were not without their flaws and vices, as all people have, but they weren’t about to let anyone say they weren’t doing their best.

I am not ashamed to say, in fact I carry it as a badge of honor, that I grew up poor. I can say, that while I could not stand powdered milk, I still don’t think there is anything better than government cheese. I know, while most kids I knew couldn’t understand why we didn’t have a phone or a color tv, I was too busy camping, hunting and fishing with my Dad to really care. I also know that when a time came that my parents had to resort to food stamps, it hurt them to the bone. Years later, during a conversation with my Dad, he told me “nothing has ever hurt me more or de-valued me as a man, as not being able to support my family”…

When I was 8 years old, I told my Dad I wanted a leather jacket (like my favorite singer at the time, Michael Jackson). My Dad made me a deal. He said he would buy a bunch (around 150) of baby chickens, and for every one that I kept alive until the end of the summer, he would give me a quarter. In 1983, that was a lot of money, especially for an 8-year-old. When it came time to butcher the chickens, I had lost a few, but I was an 8-year-old with 30+ dollars to spend. I no longer wanted the leather jacket, but after playing baseball that summer wanted a new baseball glove. I asked my Dad, “Is it OK if I buy a baseball glove instead of a leather jacket?” He told me, “it is your money, you earned it, if you want a baseball glove then that is what you should buy, but that means you don’t get the leather jacket.” I bought the baseball glove, and that is the summer that I learned that working meant I could get what I wanted.

When I was 10 years old, I told my Dad I wanted a motorcycle. I knew that there was no way my folks could afford to buy me a motorcycle, but I thought maybe he could steer me in the right direction. My Dad laughed, and told me, “get a job.” Well, I didn’t get a job, I got three. Every morning before school I started delivering the Sioux City Journal, every Tuesday afternoon I delivered the Golden Shopper, and every afternoon, Mon – Fri, I cleaned the lint filters and vacuumed the lobby at Bogaard Cleaners. It wasn’t long and I went to my Dad and said, “I want a motorcycle,” and handed him $125 in cash. We looked around, and I got my motorcycle.

By the time I was 16, I owned a truck, a car, 2 motorcycles and I always had money in my pocket. From the time I was 10 years old, I can not think of a time, other than a few minute number of days, when I have not been working for the things that I have been graced by God to have. My Father, as his father did, God rest their souls, worked up to the day they died, many times doing jobs that took a tremendous tolls on them both physically and upon their souls, but they didn’t feel it was up to anyone but them to take care of them or their family.

At 35 years old, I reflect upon the lessons I was given by my Father, and I am grateful. I have had great successes and great failures in my life, but the lessons that I have received from my Father will assure that I have a positive future. Without having the freedom to fail and learn from those failures, one can never truly have the freedom to succeed. While the job that I currently have, that I incessantly hate, as it causes me great pain physically & takes its tolls upon my soul, I do because I know that I am doing the right thing by taking care of my family.

My Father, Robert LeRoy Wilkinson (3/14/1954 – 1/8/2010), was a man of honor, for the traditions and the work ethic that he has passed on to me are of insurmountable value, without which I would not be the man who I am, or the kind of person who I wish every American could be. It is because of the lessons of my Father that I have been able to live the American dream…

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What does a Dollar represent to you?

     If you were to think about what a dollar really is, what is it that you would say?  Is it simply a combination of materials such as cotton and paper that you buy stuff with, or is it a promissory note backed by our government that represents something more?  Isn’t a dollar in fact, a note of traded currency that represents your personal property, property in the form of your expended effort earning that dollar?  I think that if people were really to start thinking of dollars as a note that represents our “time”, they may become a little more concerned about the ruthlessness with which our government takes & wastes our time.  If the government decides it is within their power to take “dollars” from one group of people and give them to another group of people, aren’t they really stealing “time” from one group and giving it to somebody else?  I see this as a sick form of slavery.

     We are at a point in our country’s history where the language has been so bastardized, that people actually do not know that we are a constitutional republic as opposed to a democracy.  A “democracy” is a government wherein the decisions are made by the masses of the people rather than by elected officials.  A “republic” on the other hand is a system in which laws are passed and decisions are made by the elected representatives of the people. [The Five Thousand Year Leap]  Our constitution is then in place to lay out what the government can and can not do.  This system was established for many reasons, not the least of which, so that there would be checks and balances in power, and so our laws would not be subject to the fluctuating and superficial emotions of the people.  This system however, has become so abused, that politicians have realized that they can use the masses, who have learned that they can vote themselves a check, to stay in power.

     Our government was never supposed to be in the business of charity.  I don’t care what you call it, welfare, income transfer payments, subsidies, social security, medicare, Medicaid & on & on, these are all forms of redistribution of wealth, and they are absolutely killing our country.  “The problem with socialism, is eventually you run out of other people’s’ money”~Margaret Thatcher.  This is so true, and if you don’t think it is true, there are many examples throughout history that undeniably prove it.  Whether considering the more militant forms of socialism (communism, nazism & fascism) which have caused more war and bloodshed than any other form of government in history or Democratic Socialism or Fabian Socialism which produce a perpetual state of poverty and bankruptcy, they never work!!  The United States of America has enjoyed a more even and greater standard of living than any nation in the history of the world because of our economic freedom.  Unfortunately, due to the liberal/socialist policies of our federal government, we find ourselves at a tipping point, teetering on bankruptcy as a country.

     Starting in the early 1900’s, politicians like Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, just to name a couple, began implementing policies that basically made it the government’s job to take care of everybody, both domestically and worldwide.  These socialist policies are disguised as compassion, but make no mistake, they are simply an effort to increase the size and scope of government.  Unfortunately, people do not begin to realize until too late the “law of unintended consequences” when it comes to such policies.  This is because, one can begin to justify almost anything when they are the ones getting the check.  For example, the great economist and author Dr.Walter E. Williams has said that, “welfare did to the black family what oppression and slavery could not, it broke it apart”.

     Lets take the quote by Dr. Williams as an example.  Since LBJ started implementing his “great society” and waged war on poverty, the deleterious effects have been staggering.  To quickly sum it up, we as a country have spent trillions of dollars on welfare and income transfer payments, and what we have really accomplished was fathers leaving the home, or never establishing one to begin with, because the government was paying more than they could provide.  This has led to generations of impoverished single family households, massive amounts of fraud and abuse, and more people of each generation dependent upon government than the next.  It doesn’t matter what ethnic group you come from, becoming addicted to this type of government dependence enslaves & limits people to a life of just getting by.  Please take the time to read some of the writings by Dr. Walter E. Williams for more about this.

     Another example of socialist government interference having negative consequences is minimum wage laws.  Now, one might wonder, “how could minimum wage be bad?”  Well, by the government forcing such requirements upon business, it decreases opportunity for younger generations to become employed & acquire much-needed experience.  It simply makes more sense for an employer to hire someone who already has work experience, may be more mature and more stable.  This not only takes its toll upon younger generations trying to enter the workforce, but on all less skilled and qualified people in general.  By the government forcing “minimum wages” upon an employer, it only makes sense that employers seek the greatest amount of productivity they can for the dollars they are forced to spend.  This in turn proves to be to the detriment of those who are less skilled and less capable.  What kind of compassion is that?

     I could go on and on about this, but the point I am trying to make is this;  If I have a dollar, and I earned that dollar through some type of effort that I expended through work or investment, is it right that the government take part of that dollar and give it to someone else who did not expend any effort at all?  In a report by trimtabs investment group, social welfare benefits make up 35 percent of wages and salaries this year, up from 21 percent in 2000 and 10 percent in 1960.  These so-called “benefits” have increased by $514 billion in the past two years under Barak Obama, and we now have a record number of people receiving government assistance, by a longshot.  No matter who you ask, this type of government dependence is in no way, shape or form sustainable.  Not to mention, this type of redistribution of wealth is thievery, it is extortion through force, and it is wrong!!

     So, I ask you again, what does a dollar represent to you?

Welfare State: Handouts Make Up One-Third of U.S. Wages

 

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Jesse Jackson Jr., As Crazy & out of touch with reality as his ol’ man…

     Like many people from my generation, we have grown up with wonderful memories of the many crazy soundbites from the “hard to take seriously” Reverend Jesse Jackson.  This goofball has never seen a microphone he didn’t like or a situation he wasn’t tripping over himself to interject his agenda.  But, did you know that his son is now a state representative in the liberally run state of Illinois?

     As our country is faced with one of the longest periods of near double-digit unemployment in American history, record numbers of people below “poverty level”, record numbers of people on food stamps and  welfare, what are we to do?  Well, if you were to ask Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., he would simply tell you that giving everybody everything per the constitution is the answer.  Like any good socialist, Mr. Jackson is completely out of touch with reality.  Apparently, this clown does not get that if you simply give everything to everybody, nobody will work for anything and all society collapses.  I truly do not understand how people can be so ignorant as to elect people like this, but we have been gradually seeing it more and more in this country.

     I would like to write more, but I have to run for now.  Please take the time to watch this socialist rant by Jesse Jackson Jr. and let me know how you feel about it.

If not seeing video, click:Socialist rant by Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Harry Reid is an absolute JOKE!

     I am going to make this short, because I have to get up early to go to a job I can not stand in order to make sure that I may stay within my budget.  Unfortunately, Harry Reid, who I find to be one seriously deplorable little weasel, knows nothing of staying within a budget, and everything about stealing hard-earned dollars from hard-working people.  As our country is faced with a faster growing debt and deficit than any time in history, now over $14 TRILLION & nearly 100% of GDP, Harry Reid & his cronies are refusing miniscule cuts of $61 billion for the rest of this fiscal year (which is only being done now because the highly corrupt and incompetent democrats of the 111th congress failed to do their job).  Please understand folks, that $61 billion is less than 4% of just the actual deficit for the year, placed upon the debt of future generations by Barak Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi & many other thieves.  This type of spending CAN NOT CONTINUE, & if left to their evil ways, people like Harry Reid will continue to drive the future of this country into the depths of hell.  Here’s a little clip of the thief in action…

If not seeing the video, click…The Thief at Work

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Ask yourself, “What is the role of Government?”

     As I have been sitting here reading over many of the news stories of the week, and seeing many of the reactions of protesters and consumers over current economic & fiscal matters facing our great nation today, I have to wonder, do people ever just ask themselves, “What it the role of Government?”

     It seems to me that things are becoming more polarized and very clear that there is a distinct difference between those who believe Government should be all things to all people and those who truly believe that the Government should have as little a footprint on our individual lives as possible.  Our founders were very aware that the worst thing that could happen to our great republic would be for the Federal Government to become a overburdensome one-size-fits-all type of Government, but as I have noticed throughout my lifetime, it has become more and more of just that.  It is becoming more and more clear that there is a distinct difference between those who depend on government for almost all things and those who simply want government out-of-the-way.  I think that it is becoming more and more clear everyday that there is a distinct line between conservatives who believe in individual liberty, personal accountability, & the freedoms afforded by limited government and liberals who by most accounts that I have encountered and been exposed to, believe in collective rights, increased big government intrusion in our lives and little, if any, individual liberty & personal accountability.

     We can see the effects of these different mentalities playing out more and more within our country.  Lets take for example the situation in Wisconsin…  Public Employee Unions, who are the epitome of anti-individual liberty, have been raising havoc in that states capital for over two weeks now.  Not only that, but they are now being joined by and egged on by outright socialists looking for revolution.  The problem is, as more and more people begin collecting a check from government, and the government finds itself in a position to make cuts, it must cut from those who are depending on that government check, and then the havoc ensues.  This doesn’t even begin to address the people who are not working for their government hand-out.

     Let us now take a hypothetical look into the future…  We currently have sustained unemployment levels higher than most any of us have seen in our lifetimes, currently have greater numbers of people on food stamps and welfare than any of us have seen in our lifetime, and a greater number of citizens in so-called poverty than most any of us have seen in our lifetime.  Now, that said, we have political elitists that do not have the political fortitude to say enough is enough when it comes to entitlement spending, so the self-perpetuating cycle continues to grow and feed itself.  This my friends is a prime example of socialism and why socialism always fails.  As the government continues to take from the productive people in this country and “invest” in those who are not productive, the number of producers begins to shrink and those “investment” recipients begin to grow.  Well, the number one flaw in socialism is, eventually you always run out of other people’s money.  If you think the protests are bad in capitols like the one in Wisconsin, what happens when the millions of people currently depending on government hand-outs start to face serious cuts in “entitlement” benefits?  This, my friends, is a serious danger that our great nation is faced with.

     We are fast approaching a tipping point in our country folks where more people are dependent upon government than those who are funding the government.  As we surpass that tipping point my friends, it is all over but the crying, because as those numbers of people dependent upon a government check grow, knowing that they can vote themselves a higher portion of the productive classes earnings, we begin to quickly run out of those productive earners and the money spicket runs dry.

     I truly believe that the worst thing a person can do for themselves and their family is become dependent upon the government.  I believe that if we don’t quickly return control in everything from education to healthcare to the most local of levels and reduce the bureaucracy of a one-size-fits-all federal government run by political elitists that don’t have the political fortitude to say “no” when it comes to socialist spending, our republic is doomed to fall.

     Please just ask yourself, “What is the role of Government?” and are you one of those who are more dependent on government than it depends on you?  God bless all of you and God bless America…

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Leftist Illinois Atty General doing her damdest to endanger citizens!

     It is times and situations like this of which you are about to read that make me wonder how some people’s stupidity affords them the opportunity to reach adulthood, let alone be elected to public office, but then again, we are talking about Illinois.  The actions of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan are outrageously misguided, dangerous, and benefit nobody, (yes even those who agree with her stupidity).  The following should be an outrage to all gun owners or anyone who has any regard for their safety or that of their family.

     Due to a request by the Associated Press under the Freedom of Information act, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has said that the State Police “must” make public a list of all firearm permit holders.  Now, despite how you may feel about guns or gun control laws, the idea of making public a list of those law-abiding citizens that own and have the ability to carry guns is just plain flawed and dangerous logic.  First of all, this just sets a plainly dangerous precedent that will do nothing to benefit anyone except criminals.  Second, it allows criminals the ability to more easily pick and choose their targets.  Third, how is it anyones’ business who legally owns a gun and who does not?

     I would like you to think about something…  If a criminal looking for action was to drive into your neighborhood, and had readily available information that allowed them to pick which house was more likely to have a gun owner in it, is there any doubt as to which house they would pick?  Or maybe this…  If a criminal was looking to acquire a gun or guns, and they had readily available information that would tell them a house that they knew to have guns in it, would it really be that much of a stretch to think they may stake out that home until no-one was there to break in and get the weapons that they sought?  There are many scenarios to which this misguided decision by AG Lisa Madigan could prove to endanger citizens with no societal benefit.

     As stated by John R. Lott, JR. (Author of “More Guns Less Crime”):

“One would think that people in Illinois of all places would understand this problem. Chicago’s crime statistics haven’t quite gone the way gun control advocates have predicted. Not only did Chicago murder and violent crime rates soar after its handgun ban went into effect in late 1982, but the reverse has happened since the Supreme Court struck down that law last June. 

Handgun permits started being issued in July, and murders in Chicago have declined. During the first 6 months of 2010, Chicago’s murders were up 5 percent from the same period the previous year. Things were so bad that members of the state legislature suggested that the National Guard be dispatched to Chicago to curb the violence. But, after the Supreme Court decision, the last six months of the year saw murders fall by 14 percent compared to the same months the previous year. 

But the evidence goes well beyond that. State laws requiring that people lock up their guns results in criminals being more likely to invade people’s homes while the residents are still inside, but it also means that the criminals are more likely to be successful in committing crime. ”

     There is overwhelming evidence to prove that dumb-ass moves by government elitists such as this cause much havoc and cost many lives.  If you would like more information and statistics to back what I am saying, I strongly suggest that you get the book “More Guns Less Crime” by John R. Lott, JR. I personally believe, no matter what side of the gun issue you find yourself on, this is a must read book …

     I pray for the people of Illinois and all Americans if this horrible power-grab comes to fruition.

Illinois Officials Spar Over Order to Make List of Gun Owners Public

Illinois Gun Info Plan Is Misguided and Dangerous

“More Guns Less Crime” by John R. Lott, JR. on Amazon.com

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A shining example of the Lunacy on the Left: A must see Video!!

For the last 106 years, since the introduction of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society into our colleges, universities and government in 1905, our liberty, individualism, free markets and freedom in general have been under a gradual but constant assault. Many people have taken little notice to this assault until President Obama took office like a bull in a China shop with his socialist agenda.
If you don’t believe that the public sector union protests that are taking place in Wisconsin and other places around our great nation are an assault on individual liberty and freedom, you really have another thing coming. If you don’t believe me, watch this account from one young member of the International Socialist Organization, Rob Lewis & others that are protesting the budget balancing measures that Republicans like Gov. Scott Walker are trying to take to close their 2 year budget deficit of nearly 3.6 billion dollars in their state.
These are the people of the next generation & these “entitlement” types are a great threat to our great nation!! PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO!!!!


If you are not seeing this MUST SEE VIDEO, CLICK HERE!!

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Herman Cain, a patriot and example of the American Dream

     I was first exposed to the personality of Herman Cain a couple of years ago when he was substitute hosting for another nationally syndicated radio talk host.  I was instantly impressed with his enthusiasm and knowledge when it came to free market principles and conservatism.  Please take the time to check out this true patriot.

     Herman Cain’s Website

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I think its time we quit putting food in our gas tanks!!

      As we get closer to spring and the farmers start to get out in the fields, I think we all need to ask ourselves why are we using 40% of America’s corn crop to produce a highly inefficient fuel product?  As many of you may have noticed, food prices are going up at a pretty rapid clip, (corn has more than doubled in price in the last 6 months).  If you think that it is bad here, how would you like to be in an impoverished nation that is dependent upon US crops for the meager food that they can afford.  It may not sound like a big deal, but the damage that “food for fuel” poses is very real.

     If you stop to think at all the different food products that have corn in them, it is no wonder to see food prices of all types going through the roof at our grocery stores.  I think it is absolutely ridiculous that we are using 40% of the nations corn crop for ethanol which only stands to account for 2% of our fuel usage.  And for anyone to think that ethanol is a means by which we can wean ourselves off oil, think again.  Do the math, 40% of corn crop only accounts for 2% of fuel.  The only thing that this is doing is driving up food prices around the world, and of course the impoverished are again taking the biggest hit.

     I decided to listen to NPR for a while the other day, and before my ears started to bleed they were talking to farmers about how great business was.  These morons were discussing the trifecta of goodness that has led to increased crop prices for farmers (overseas crop failure, ethanol mandates & a weakened dollar). Nice huh?  What they failed to mention was the fact that the government, in its infinite wisdom, is simply creating another asset bubble like they did with housing by falsely inflating crop prices with government mandates which falsely inflates land prices, and here we go again…

     As it stands our federal government is looking to spend around $30 billion to oil companies in exchange for blending 69 billion gallons of ethanol with their gas.  Ethanol can not be produced at a price with which it would be in any way competitive in the free market.  Ethanol actually uses more energy to produce per gallon than a gallon of ethanol contains.  Not to mention the overwhelming amount of water that it takes to produce.  It has been said, the net effect of ethanol, is like using 3 gallons of gasoline to produce 4 gallons of ethanol.  This is absolutely ridiculous and makes absolutely no sense!!

     I think it is high time that we make it clear to the politicians that they better get a backbone and get off the subsidy kick for inefficient products that really only serve to hurt the world and our country.

Read More:

Why Biofuels Help Push Up World Food Prices..

 Let Ethanol Subsidies Expire for Good..

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What does it mean to make a choice?

I often wonder why the cracking of my bones & the holes through the flesh of my body have little effect on me, but the thoughts, actions and sacrifices of those who have proceeded me make me cry…
What does it mean to make a choice? Is it right or left, up or down, chinese food or italian, that guy/girl or the other, etc… Life is about choices and no matter what you want or how you think, there are going to be choices that are & have to be made & for those choices, there will be consequences.
While I can not stand what I do for a living, I choose to go to work every Monday morning because I can not stand the idea of having no money & having to depend on somone other than me… What is the altenative? You must begin to realize that everyting in life is a choice and those choices have pros and cons…
Many people debate the idea of “choice”… Is it based on morals, principles, self interest or self preservation??? I don’t want to get to deep, but the choices that YOU make today are and will result in the consequences that YOU must live with tomorrow…
Do you know what HONOR is, do you know what INTEGRITY means???

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