Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day - July 4th

Today commemorates the day that these United States adopted and declared its independence from the United Kingdom, July 4th, 1776.  It would be interesting to gauge the reaction of our Founding Fathers if they could see the evolution of their Declaration. Who are we? What have we become as a Nation? How many people have actually read the Declaration in its entirety?  How many have reflected on the meaning of those words? Originally intended to declare our independence, this document is also a statement on human rights. The following words alone speak volumes,

"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

These words did not ring truth when the Declaration was signed.  The irony was  that there was contradiction in those words, "all men are created equal." Hypocrisy? Perhaps. Jefferson himself owned slaves at a that time, potentially echoing the old expression, "do as I say, not as I do." But isn't that a coat of arms that all politicians love to wear? As in the days of the American Revolution leading to the signing of the Declaration, today, we have our own kings who believe that they have inalienable rights. There should be no checks nor balances. No restrictions in doing whatever they desire. Wrapping themselves in their American Flag lapel pins, declaring their patriotism, love of God, family and money.  Yes fellow bloggers, there are many kings in our industry who believe in their own divine right. There lies the challenge in a world that is constantly changing as to what are your natural or legal rights. As the world morphs from nation states to market states, a world based purely on commerce, the founding fathers would be fascinated that we are not modifying nor amending our laws to create more checks and balances than what they intended.

In the past we depended on laws and regulation, today there is no assurance of equality but a maximization of wealth by those in power.  Globalization is screaming for a new global constitution, a global declaration to find balance and order in a chaotic world.  As market states open new opportunities, it makes everyone vulnerable. Jobs are outsourced, manufacturing is outsourced, all for the love of the Almighty Dollar and shareholder value. The financial meltdown of 2008 has been validated by the tremors that still exist on a global level, especially in the fragile European markets.  It is for this reason alone that government must adapt and create a new Declaration. As the financial sector downsizes its workforce, moving services to India, Malaysia, or the deep south, as average Americans lose confidence in the markets every time something new comes up, America loses. In many respects we have lost our integrity. We have lost our moral character, we no longer possess a code of conduct. 

So today, as you break open a cold beer, and BBQ whatever it is that you desire, and go to your local fireworks display, think of how lucky you are that we do have freedom in an imperfect world. TSB wishes everyone a Happy Fourth of July!

53 comments:

  1. well said. Cherish our life before it is too late.

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  2. We do not need a new global constitution. We need adherence to the US constitution, which is currently being shat upon.

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    1. no global constitution TSB is correct we are no longer nation states but market states but that may be too difficult for some of you to process, go back to selling medical implants or better yet buying surgeons loyalty.

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    2. Dear 6:11 apparently it (consitution) is working fine enough to protect your right to be an idiot.

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  3. Liberal code: "American flag lapel pins". It's like a cross to demons. Leave it up to MM to have a cynical take on the world's last great hope on the 4th of July. Let's review. The Declaration's final impetus was a TAX on one product, tea. Today, Obama yearns to TAX our every move! We are not Eurotrash sheep, this new gigantic TAX will be fought.

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    1. Dude. You already PAY for medical care. You pay TWICE what every other first world citizen pays, because our system is F.U.

      Now. What part of, we unFU it, it gets cheaper, don't you get?

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    2. Ok Dude... You get what you pay for especially when it comes to your life-saving healthcare. And it will NOT get cheaper, especially for young people who will be FORCED by IRS bureaucreats to pay for older people's care. 15,000 more IRS agents being hired is not a good thing for freedom.

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  4. TSB, we have morphed into a new set of unalienable rights that includes: life, according to the death panels mandate, trying to keep the government from taking more liberties, and the pursuit of disability checks.

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    1. There are no death panels in the Obama health care bill. That is a fact. You maybe need to switch the channel, and stop listening to lies.

      I'd also like to point out that EVEN IF THERE WERE DEATH PANELS in the law, nothing would actually change, since right now the Death Panel is run by your insurance company. Trust THEM, do you?

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    2. I absolutely trust a private businessman in the open market over a government monopoly drone. Death panels will be required when the government runs out of money.

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  5. More liberal code: Our nation is evil, flawed, etc because our founders owned slaves. We paid for it with 680,000 deaths in the Civil War as atonement and we eventually got it right. Red white and blue lift-me-up on the 4th MM!

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  6. rednecks, do any of you exhibit any intelligence or is everything so basic like your thoughts, LOL

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    1. Wow, what zinger! The old schoolyard taunt of "you're stupid". No facts to support your hate speech about 'rednecks'.

      Don't like

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  7. The Republican Party freed the slaves from the Democrat Party, it's a historical fact. I hope the modern spaghetti-spined GOP can free us again from Democrat oppression of Obamacare, but it doesn't look good. Don't tread on me!

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  8. Money doesn't talk, it swears.

    Bobby Dylan

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  9. MM you are a paradox. You have a blog dedicated to the advancement of ideas and a position dedicated to the penalty of them.

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    1. Advancement, does that mean no rules or regulations for the love of profit, maybe 10:17 is the paradox?

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  10. Thomas Jefferson, an advocate of liberty and equality among men, lived in a slave society; he owned plantations totaling thousands of acres and inherited hundreds of slaves during his lifetime. As a slaveholder he was part of the ruling class, and Jefferson also made profoundly significant contributions to the rise of anti-slavery constitutionalism in the United States.

    In the Virginia Assembly, in the 1780s Jefferson supported a bill to prohibit the state from importing slaves. In the 1784 Congress, Jefferson proposed federal legislation banning slavery in the New Territories of the Northwest, but it was not passed.[4] In 1804 as president, he refused to recognize Haiti, a new republic established by a slave rebellion, and in 1805 and 1806 enacted an arms and trade embargo against them. In 1807 he signed a bill prohibiting the US from participating in the international slave trade; it had been protected from federal regulation for 20 years under compromises of the United States Constitution.

    Ron Paul got it right when he said they we live in a mild form of fascism and he blamed the military and medical industrial complexes. We will never have innovation and a war on disease so long and medicine is commercialized and corporatized.

    Like Jefferson and the rest of our founding fathers we too need to end the tyranny.

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it's natural manure. -Thomas Jefferson-

    The greed of the medical industry is appalling even by robber baron standards.

    The "robber barons" were industrialists and businessmen in the US during the late 19th and early 20th century. They were so called because their methods of enriching themselves were equated to feudal lords of medieval Europe, who stole from both travelers and serfs. The business methods they employed were widely viewed as illegal, immoral, unethical, or corrupt, taking every advantage over workers and consumers, and with little regard for anything but profit. Some of these became the wealthiest, most influential, and most famous individuals of their day, and their fortunes have enriched their descendants for generations.

    On this 4th of July let's remember our fallen patriots and the tyrants they defeated. Today's tyrants and their cruel exploitation of disease are far worse than King George and Louis the 16th and also require a visit to the guillotine.

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  11. Kelly Clarkson said it best on her 1978 hit "Simple Man", off of the Moving Pictures album, "forget your lust for the rich man's gold, all that you need is in your soul". Words to live by.....thanks Kelly!

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    1. That song was written by Ronnie Van Zant and another guy from Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1973. Kelly was born in 1982.. Moving Pictures was an album by Rush.

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    2. I think you are confused. You may be thinking of Phil Collins from the super group Foghat, he wrote the song, "Tom Sawyer"which was from the 1953 album "Dark Side of the Moon". They are both so very often confused with the lyrical stylings of Miss Kelly Clarkson....

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  12. Haters gonna hateJuly 5, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    TSB has jumped the shark!

    And stop talking about slaves. It's bullshit to speak of slaves as if they were unique too American history. It is our past, yes, but how many other countries, societies, or empires have similar if not worse atrocities. It does not make it right but get the F over it! In fact if your so concerned then stop living in the past and pay attention to the present! Check out the horrible atrocities in Somalia TODAY if you really give a shit about slavery! We are all FREE in this country to whine and cry about shit that never happened to us or we could live in the present and do something productive. You can also move the F away if you don't like the country you live in. Try France, England, Russia or China...no past histories there.

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  13. 4:21 Do you even comprehend what this post is about or are you an idiot? Here's my advice, get therapy, you need it. You are an angry person.

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  14. 4:21 Stay the F off this blog, agree with 5:45 you are a fool, now go out and cover a case

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  15. That dude needs some valium, maybe we can get him in to see Dr. Drew this morning and quick. LOL

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  16. There's a place in the world for an angry young man. This guy needs more than valium he needs Wellbutrin. Wow how heavy is your cross?

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    1. Looks like both 5:55 and 6:04 have been drinking the Dr.Drew/Wellbutrin cool aid; evidently, Glaxo SmithKline paid Dr. Drew $275,000/year to promote Wellbutrin above other antidepressants. This was revealed in this weeks GSK settlement/fine.

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  17. Where's Billy Crystal talk about anger management

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  18. The law mandates that you wear seatbelts, the law mandates that you have liability car insurance in case of an accident, why shouldn't the law demand that you have some type of healthcare insurance to protect yourself from catastrophic illnesses? Who made that statement? You just may be in for a surprise. The reason we cannot sit down and edit this law is because fringe elements like the insane commentator have no rational thoughts or processes. It's my way or the highway. Ever wonder why this economy sucks? Ever wonder why average citizens don't believe in the markets, ever wonder why?

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    1. As Richard Dawson use to say, the answer is The Heritage Foundation, a right wing think tank. How funny is that. LMAO

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  19. I believe my tax dollars, in the hands of politicians, will never get to the people that really need it. I make better choices with my money, like when I go to a strip club. I make sure I put my dollars in the g-string of the girl that's working her way through medical school. That way when she graduates, you sales reps can have somewhere to "sell" your cervical plates and screws...Then again I could be wrong, I still use a butter knife to retrieve delicious pop-tarts from the toaster when they get stuck. When will I learn?

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    1. If that isn't the post of the day, I'd like to know what is.

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  20. Now you wonder why people make fun of our industry, this "gemoke" actually believes that strippers go to medical school? Outside of Organic Chemistry, she probably flunked the rest of the classes, LMAO

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  21. Freedom fries for all! Who is John Galt?

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    1. A character in an idiotic book by Ayn Rand.

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  22. A fictitious character, now get over it

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  23. Get over what? Really, who is John Galt?

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  24. Who is Keyser Söze?

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  25. Dude, where's my car?

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  26. John Galt is a free-marketeer who finally said F U to the communist central planners, and then simply pulled out of the economy rather than be cowed and raped. Everybody suffered and the 1% did fine. Kind of like Obama forcing GM to make shitty hybrids that nobody wants but none of the gov't lapdogs there are John Galts.

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  27. This blog has no spine.

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    1. My cervical screws hurt.

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  28. Now I know why I hardly ever read this crap anymore. Blogs that are vaguely about anything related to subject of spine and comments that are written by progressives who don't even know what a progressive is. Who is John Galt?... Read the book to find out. Problem is that most people are too stupid to really know who John Galt is even after reading the book. Dig your own grave and mine. Thx for taking care of me.

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  29. Thank you Paul Ryan maybe TSB should make it mandatory that anyone commenting should have to read Atlas Shrugged, what a party pooper, another know it all.

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    1. Thinking same thing, know-it-all fun police arrived, schnell schnell!!

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  30. Barack Hussein needs to figure out who John Galt is... Another day, another tax hike prosal that he's proposed to kill jobs.

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  31. baxano laid off 25 percent of its workforce today

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    1. Another company headquartered in a strip mall. Decompression instruments never take off with surgeons.

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    2. 25%, is that 2.5 people?

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    3. now that is funny. This blog called Baxano correctly in a topic last year

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