A change in direction

In response to our new reality, I have decided to change my goals for this blog. In the past I had a delusion of grandeur that I could somehow become the next Michelle Malkin. That is not in the cards for me. I am disgusted with politicians. I cannot stomach their constant pandering, or the commentary that repetitively digests tripe like cows passing food through different stomachs. I have a new delusion. I hope to develop a treatise on modern American politics and government. So many complain about the policies presented. So few develop policies considering the consequences that every change will make. It is my goal to develop a new definition of “just” government for America. It is then my intent to describe a path from our current circumstance to this goal. That will be the purpose of this blog. It is not my intent to discuss current events and policies other than to use them as examples of just and unjust government. Whether this experiment garners any web traffic is doubtful, but this is a path to which I have felt called. I hope to be up to the task, as I feel deeply that this errand must be completed.

– Cogitantis

A new reality

It’s been over a year since I have posted to this website. Over the last year it has become ever more apparent that the progressives in our nation have a far-stronger foothold than we ever could have imagined. It has become apparent that the Republican party is now too far gone to save. The primary goal of that old party is to rule, not to lead. Local governance is not represented in any branch of the federal government including the courts. We are now facing the kind of revolution and reformation that faced Rome so long ago. It is our choice how we will reform this nation and save freedom for our posterity. There is no saving the Republic exactly as it has stood in it’s glorious past. The best we can do to honor the history and sacrifice of our nation is to rebuild, from the ground up, a State that honors freedom for all. This movement will face opposition from what has become the majority of Americans. It is the sad reality of our times that the majority cherishes their safety net and mediocrity more than they cherish their right to better themselves and their posterity’s standing. This movement will also face opposition from those who would rule over and control others within the conservative movement. It may anger those with a true “Libertarian” viewpoint as it will recognize the right of people to control those within their local community. This path, which I will refer to as the Free Americans movement, will start at the beginning, where the progressives did, at education. The Free Americans movement is not just a title, it is a verb. The goal is to Free Americans from their progressive chains, to awaken the individualism and desire to build that is the American heritage. This movement will, some day, result in the construction of a nation that inspires the world, but does not rely on it. A country that leads in innovation, prosperity, and celebrates the potential of each individual. This will be our new Independent Republic.

– Cogitantis

Old Greeks on Oligarchy

And what manner of government do you term oligarchy?

A government resting on a valuation of property, in which the rich have power and the poor man is deprived of it.

And then one, seeing another grow rich, seeks to rival him, and thus the great mass of the citizens become lovers of money.

the rulers, being aware that their power rests upon their wealth, refuse to curtail by law the extravagance of the spendthrift youth because they gain by their ruin; they take interest from them and buy up their estates and thus increase their own wealth

— Plato, Republic VIII

Ten Years Gone

It has been ten years since the twin towers fell, and our future changed.  The end of decadence and unbridled ambition.  We now find ourselves in a very similar position to that of the late 1920s.

Ten years ago I was a scared high-school senior, watching evil at work in my country.  I remember the feeling of dread I felt and the tense recognition my teachers had as they realized my generation would not be without its own bloody fight for freedom.  I remember patriotic school assemblies and American spirit.  I saw my friends join the military, and later, my family members become Marines.  I have seen them go to war.  I have read about others who never came home.  The fight is not over, but is merely changing direction.  Terrorism will likely never go away, but it has inspired chaos around the world.

I would like to commend those who designed and built the 9/11 memorial.  It is beautiful and a wonderful place to remember.  I wish things had been done differently, but it is good to see the skyline rising from the ashes.  If not freedom tower, maybe they should call it phoenix plaza.  At least that has a nice connotation.

For those that died on 9/11 I have no words, for the firefighters and first responders, I would like to say thank you, but I don’t think that quite covers it.  The best I can offer is to say: I will NEVER forget what happened that morning.

American Federalism

In 1776, our founding fathers set out to construct a new system of government, one in which all power would be given by the very same people it was designed to govern.  This new government would be forged from the successes and strengthened against the failures of the great historical civilizations while embracing the new thoughts and ideas of the enlightenment period.  These new ideas centered on a common experience of the American pilgrims: that men could rule themselves better than any king or legislature.  This great “American Experiment” soon changed and inspired the rest of the world, but it has always had its critics.  At the time of the revolution, there were those who were loyal to the British Crown, later, some sought a constitutional monarchy, and today there is growing support for a more European style social democracy.

In contrast to these views, our federal republic was formed to keep society’s power where it is most easily managed by its citizens, with limited central control, and vast diversity and activity at the local level.  Over our nation’s history there has been a migration of power to the national level, where it is more easily manipulated by politicians and lobbyists, and is out of reach for the common citizen.  As this process has continued, American government has grown inefficient in addressing the needs of its citizens and clumsy in the implementation of regulation.  This has caused many to become disenfranchised with our republic and look for ways to fundamentally transform our system of government.  What these individuals fail to realize is that the reason our republic functions so poorly is because it has been operating in a manner wholly inconsistent with its original design.  If this republic is to be restored to a proper order and balance, it will require a more comprehensive education and involvement amongst its citizens at the local level and a restoration to its original purpose and design at the national level. Continue reading

FCC Commissioner Doesn’t Like The US Media

As reported on The Blaze.com

All I can say is “welcome to the club!”  While his reasons why the media is failing both financially, ethically, and in its duty to our republic are sound, his solution is so absurd its laughable.  “Lets put government in charge of it” is the dumbfounding progressive refrain for every problem, and once again the chaotic chorus is being sounded on this issue.  Never mind that the direct cause of all the media’s failings is its attempt at being “unbiased”.  Gone are the days when media outlets blazoned their stances across the top of their papers.  They have all bought in to this “fair and balanced” crap.  Continue reading

Dream Act version 4.1

Here we go again.  As reported by Michelle Malkin and Drudge, Democrats, faced with the delightful predicament of new real consequences, have decided it would be great to push more unwanted, highly-contested, and destructive legislation out upon the masses.  Fortunately, it does not appear to have too great a chance at passing, but failure only gives the left a reason to point fingers and blame everything on the evil Republicans who want to eat our children and bludgeon minorities and the poor for sport.

In light of this development, I thought it would be a grand idea to lay out a simplistic vision of what I believe could actually fix our immigration system. Continue reading

Evolution of Mankind

I’m not talking about a progression from primates to people, but something much more simple.  This concept is far more recognisable in one’s own life, as well as throughout recorded history.  Many of the progressive mindset believe as though mankind can be perfected.  Never mind that this idea has been discredited many times. Continue reading

Bennett is Out!

First, I would like to say that despite the amount of vitriol coming from the Tea Party about Bennett, He served the Republican party well for three terms.  The problem with Bennett is that he does not have his finger on the pulse of Utah or America.  It was once common for the majority of Americans to largely ignore government proceedings.  The people were more than willing to elect politicians like Bennett to pursue a career in the politics, and make decisions for them.  This has changed. Continue reading

Patriotism = Racism in America


I cannot believe that our country has come to this!  In our plight to be as PC as possible, we have begun labeling patriotism as racist.  While it is obvious that the intent of these students was to push back towards the separatist attitude of Hispanic students, it is neither offensive nor racist to display your pride in one’s country.  Especially while standing within your country’s borders. Continue reading