The Sirens were three seductresses living on an island that was surrounded by cliffs and rocks. Seamen who sailed too near were tricked by the Sirens' enchanting music and voices to come near for a better life. The poor fellows found a gruesome death (not a better life) after shipwrecking on the rocky coast.
Barack Obama’s repackaged song of social justice through wealth redistribution is nothing but a version of Karl Marx’s dream, trimmed and garnished for the ears of worried Americans. Joe Biden, already mesmerized by the idealism of his left-wing Party, is convinced that such comparisons must be a joke.
Unfortunately Joe, there is no joke. The facts are facts, and you and those like you are willing to sail this great nation onto the rocks. You are ignorant of the promise that America has always held for those looking in, that it is possible to dream, take risks, and succeed.
No one likes to see gluttonous barons of mega corporations on television, living large on exorbitant salaries and bonuses as the rest of us are left to live at the edge of our meager paychecks. But what Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid fail to tell us is that these examples of Golden Parachute encrusted emperors are not representative of what will be changed by a move to Socialism.
The truth is, most of us work for people who have absolutely nothing in common with those we love to despise. More than 98.2 percent of all employers are small businesses who employ more than half of all of us.
According to the Small Business Administration, up to 80 percent of all new job opportunities are created by small businesses, a fact that young college-age voters (who will be looking for new job opportunities) should find especially noteworthy.
There is a simple, but tried and true formula for how this works in America. Regular people dream up ideas. Then they roll up their sleeves to work hard, put their own financial security at risk, and if they can stay ahead of the many roadblocks put in their way, their reward will be a successful small business that by its very nature creates jobs for others.
This is capitalism in a nutshell, and on balance it works. Communist/Socialist examples have proven time and time again that when the risk-reward element is removed, there is no reason for people to stick their necks out. Those who do rise up are those who seek their reward from the power of position, rather than from an investment of heart and soul in a dream.
To be left working for power hungry managers, rather than success driven entrepreneurs, seems to me to be a leap in the wrong direction. In fact, many of those we love to despise work for the love of prestige and power, having long ago earned sufficient millions to satisfy their carnal needs.
Such a mixture is clearly evident in the dysfunction of the Russian economy, a conglomeration of the old socialist systems intermixed with capitalism. That is exactly what will result if we follow the Sirens’ Song of Barack Obama and his plan for more government and forced wealth redistribution.
Jesus was tempted by Satan following a rough time of 40 days without food in the wilderness. The deceiver told him... "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus said to him... "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' "
Barack Obama and the Democrats are dangling such a temptation before the eyes of Americans who are hungry for assurances in a time of worry. It is a Sirens’ song that is soothing and filled with promises for a better life.
As the Siren’s song proved fatal to the sailors who were seduced to follow; only wreckage and disaster awaits us on the rocks of Obama’s vision for America. People are not clamoring to become citizens of Russia, so why in God’s Name would we want to re-invent America to resemble such a place.
Jesus said... "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’"
I would suggest that Americans should take a similar stance. Hard times come and go. Let us keep our faith, keep our eyes on the fact that hard work and the promise of opportunity that exists in this country will see us through as it always has. Jesus knew that despite his immediate needs, to follow Satan’s temptation would have been short-sighted and utterly disastrous.
Turn away from the seduction of the Sirens’ Song that Obama sings, for it will lead to a disastrous future for our children and our children’s children. Obama’s seduction will put this unique great nation on the rocks and history will lament the day that it happened.
Copyright ©2008 by Phil Harris