kenneth houck

kenneth houck
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
February 19
simply an artist, graduate Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, a Philadelphia Artist but with no pretense that art is inhibited by location. A pilgrim seeking the path more than the meaning; grateful to fine friends, mentors, teachers


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MAY 10, 2013 12:10PM

Paul Ryan and the arrogant Elitest

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Paul Ryan recently gave his opinion that Progressive thought is to his mind arrogant and elitest and then provided his own definition for what Progressives think. This is of course a common tactic but particularly galling coming from this man who posted workout shots grinning in smug satisfaction with his baseball gap on backwards and his ectomorph body admittedly low in body fat; his "soup kitchen" cleansed of the irritating homeless for his pictures, his self proclaimed genius in economic theory dismissed by actual economics.. but let me simply post a reply I cannot add a word to:"

Acceptance of the New York Liberal Party Nomination
September 14, 1960

What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label "Liberal?" If by "Liberal" they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of "Liberal." But if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."

But first, I would like to say what I understand the word "Liberal" to mean and explain in the process why I consider myself to be a "Liberal," and what it means in the presidential election of 1960.

In short, having set forth my view -- I hope for all time -- two nights ago in Houston, on the proper relationship between church and state, I want to take the opportunity to set forth my views on the proper relationship between the state and the citizen. This is my political credo:

I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, in human liberty as the source of national action, in the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas. It is, I believe, the faith in our fellow citizens as individuals and as people that lies at the heart of the liberal faith. For liberalism is not so much a party creed or set of fixed platform promises as it is an attitude of mind and heart, a faith in man's ability through the experiences of his reason and judgment to increase for himself and his fellow men the amount of justice and freedom and brotherhood which all human life deserves.

I believe also in the United States of America, in the promise that it contains and has contained throughout our history of producing a society so abundant and creative and so free and responsible that it cannot only fulfill the aspirations of its citizens, but serve equally well as a beacon for all mankind. I do not believe in a superstate. I see no magic in tax dollars which are sent to Washington and then returned. I abhor the waste and incompetence of large-scale federal bureaucracies in this administration as well as in others. I do not favor state compulsion when voluntary individual effort can do the job and do it well. But I believe in a government which acts, which exercises its full powers and full responsibilities. Government is an art and a precious obligation; and when it has a job to do, I believe it should do it. And this requires not only great ends but that we propose concrete means of achieving them.

Our responsibility is not discharged by announcement of virtuous ends. Our responsibility is to achieve these objectives with social invention, with political skill, and executive vigor. I believe for these reasons that liberalism is our best and only hope in the world today. For the liberal society is a free society, and it is at the same time and for that reason a strong society. Its strength is drawn from the will of free people committed to great ends and peacefully striving to meet them. Only liberalism, in short, can repair our national power, restore our national purpose, and liberate our national energies. And the only basic issue in the 1960 campaign is whether our government will fall in a conservative rut and die there, or whether we will move ahead in the liberal spirit of daring, of breaking new ground, of doing in our generation what Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman and Adlai Stevenson did in their time of influence and responsibility.

Our liberalism has its roots in our diverse origins. Most of us are descended from that segment of the American population which was once called an immigrant minority. Today, along with our children and grandchildren, we do not feel minor. We feel proud of our origins and we are not second to any group in our sense of national purpose. For many years New York represented the new frontier to all those who came from the ends of the earth to find new opportunity and new freedom, generations of men and women who fled from the despotism of the czars, the horrors of the Nazis, the tyranny of hunger, who came here to the new frontier in the State of New York. These men and women, a living cross section of American history, indeed, a cross section of the entire world's history of pain and hope, made of this city not only a new world of opportunity, but a new world of the spirit as well."


John F. Kennedy ( like Ryan also Irish American, also Catholic but there the comparisons end)



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Ayn Ryan remains in a state of arrested development, an adolescent whose led a charmed life, thanks largely to an accident of birth. That he cannot see beyond his own nose is typical of the breed, a breed that looks down its nose at those not so advantaged; and while claiming to favor absolute liberty (largely from having been exposed as a teenager to a third-rate romance novelists and fourth-rate philosopher -- who also happened to be an atheist), this breed habitually sticks its nose into other people's business, like who they have sex with and who they marry, and whether they procreate for reasons other than reproduction, and whether they choose to bring into this cruel world an unwanted or handicapped child, who will all too often be at the mercy of merciless troglodytes like Ayn Ryan.
"oh so now you're Jack Kennedy?" (with largest smirk imaginable)

VP Biden, literally eviscerating, in fact, resuscitating the campaign with an ALL TIME ASS WHUPIN' of, the snidely Lyin' Rand-Ryan.

It was more than obvious to all rational observers at this point the the absolute lightweight Ryan was in so far over his head he'd have to try drinking his way out with large quantities of H2O, and that that you ought not get in the political ring with an old Light Heavyweight champ who still has some zing in his delivery.

He is, in the old school verbage, a Dolt. While we have no reason to disparage small universities, and we all benefit from the additions to the professional classes they supply, there's more than a ton of reasons why so many actual qualified experts are Ivy League grads, an elite education, on balance, is more robust. Ryan's "economic study" (bwahahahahahahahaha) years at Miami of Ohio could have produced an decent CPA, hey, maybe even a hard charger who'd start a large firm, but they, particulary in this case, did NOT turn out an oracle of supply side imbecilic bullhookie of any renown, but simply the Vanna White, not even close to his tweaker idol Ayn, of American Far Right Authoritarian Politics.

Way to go Joe ... I just could not stop laughing during the whole VP debate as you absolutely mopped the floor with Mop Top Paul!

And Thanks Jack, I was around when you were elected and we still miss ya sir.
Sounds like Ryan and Obama share the opinion of liberals.
I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, in human liberty as the source of national action, in the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas.

One of the most beautiful sentences I've ever read.
"I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, in human liberty as the source of national action, in the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas. "

Great quote, and great post.

Oh! Hey! Jeanette! You beat me to it!
liberals and conservatives are alike in their belief that the best guardian of the state is a guild of politicians. whether democrat or republican politician, there is endless evidence that politics is conducted not for the benefit of all, but for the benefit of those with power, the politicians, and their sponsors, wealth.

this should surprise no one, looking out for oneself is built into the genes of every living thing.

if you want government 'for the people,' you must have government 'by the people.' this is called democracy, you haven't got it. you won't get it until you realize that politician rule is not democracy, which is difficult because you are lied to in this regard every day of your life.
Jack Kennedy would have mopped a ballroom floor and then waxed it with Paul Ryan. Luckily, we have Joe Biden in Kennedy's absence.