Subject: Best Pro-Gun Argument Ever…
Subject: Best Pro-Gun Argument Ever…
Subject: Fwd: Fw: This guy thought this one out, it’s a little lengthy but worth the read….
I Am the Democratic, Republican Liberal-Progressive’s Worst Nightmare.
I am a White, Conservative, Tax-Paying, American Veteran, Gun Owning Biker.
I am a Master leatherworker. I work hard and long hours with my hands to earn a living.
I believe in God and the freedom of religion, but I don’t push it on others.
I ride Harley Davidson Motorcycles, and drive American-made cars, and I believe in American products and buy them whenever I can.
I believe the money I make belongs to me and not some liberal governmental functionary, Democratic or Republican, that wants to share it with others who don’t work!
I’m in touch with my feelings and I like it that way!
I think owning a gun doesn’t make you a killer; it makes you a smart American.
I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and does not entitle you to anything. Get over it!
I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac or any other item, you should do it in English.
I believe there should be no other language option.
I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where they want to.
My heroes are Malcolm Forbes, Bill Gates, John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and Willie G. Davidson, who makes the awesome Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
I don’t hate the rich. I don’t pity the poor.
I know wrestling is fake and I don’t waste my time watching or arguing about it.
I’ve never owned a slave, nor was I a slave. I haven’t burned any witches or been persecuted by the Turks, and neither have you!
I believe if you don’t like the way things are here, go back to where you came from and change your own country!
This is AMERICA …We like it the way it is and more so the way it was …so stop trying to change it to look like Russia or China, or some other socialist country!
If you were born here and don’t like it… you are free to move to any Socialist country that will have you. I believe it is time to really clean house, starting with the White House, the seat of our biggest problems.
I want to know which church is it, exactly, where the Reverend Jesse Jackson preaches, where he gets his money, and why he is always part of the problem and not the solution?
Can I get an AMEN on that one?
I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you’re breaking the law, regardless of what color you are, but not just because you happen to ride a bike.
And, no, I don’t mind having my face shown on my driver’s license. I think it’s good…. And I’m proud that ‘God’ is written on my money..
I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works, I don’t want you deciding who should be running the most powerful nation in the world for the next four years.
I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying to sell me stuff or trying to guilt me into making ‘donations’ to their cause…. Get a job and do your part to support yourself and your family!
I believe that it doesn’t take a village to raise a child, it takes two parents….
I believe ‘illegal’ is illegal no matter what the lawyers think!
I believe the American flag should be the only one allowed in AMERICA !
If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I’m a BAD American.
If you are a BAD American too, please forward this to everyone you know….
We want our country back!
I hope this offends all illegal aliens.
My great, great, great, great grandfather watched and bled as his friends died in the Revolution & the War of 1812. My great, great, great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Mexican American War. My great, great grandfather watched as his friends & brothers died in the Civil War. My great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Spanish-American War. My grandfather watched as his friends died in WW I. My father watched as his friends died in WW II.
I watched as my friends died in Vietnam, Panama & Desert Storm. My son watched & bled as his friends died in Afghanistan and Iraq. None of them died for the Mexican Flag. Everyone died for the American flag.
Texas high school students raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole, other students took it down. Guess who was expelled…the students who took it down.
California high school students were sent home on Cinco de Mayo, because they wore T-shirts with the American flag printed on them.
Enough is enough
This message needs to be viewed by every American; and every American needs to stand up for America ..
We’ve bent over to appease the America-haters long enough. I’m taking a stand.
I’m standing up because the hundreds of thousands who died fighting in wars for this country, and for the American flag.
If you agree, stand up with me. If you disagree, please let me know. I will gladly remove you from my e-mail list.
And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message.
AMERICANS, stop giving away Your RIGHTS !
Let me make this clear! THIS IS MY COUNTRY !
This statement DOES NOT mean I’m against immigration !
YOU ARE WELCOME HERE, IN MY COUNTRY, welcome to come legally:
1. Get a sponsor !
2. Learn the English LANGUAGE, as immigrants have in the past !
3. Live by OUR rules !
4. Get a job !
5. Pay YOUR Taxes !
6. No Social Security until you have earned it and Paid for it !
7. NOW find a place to lay your head !
If you don’t want to forward this for fear of offending someone, then YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM !
We’ve gone so far the other way . . . bent over backwards not to offend anyone.
Only AMERICANS seems to care when American Citizens are being offended !
WAKE UP America ! ! !
If you do not pass this on, may your fingers cramp !
Made in the U. S. A. & DAMN PROUD OF IT!!!!!
Written by RON GRELL ……….and forwarded by all of us who agree …..
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Heroes of the Vietnam Generation
By James Webb
The rapidly disappearing cohort of Americans that endured the Great Depression and then fought World War II is receiving quite a send-off from the leading lights of the so-called 60’s generation. Tom Brokaw has published two oral histories of “The Greatest Generation” that feature ordinary people doing their duty and suggest that such conduct was historically unique. Nine million men served in the military during Vietnam War, three million of whom went to the Vietnam Theater. Contrary to popular mythology, two-thirds of these were volunteers, and 73 percent of those who died were volunteers. While some attention has been paid recently to the plight of our prisoners of war, most of whom were pilots; there has been little recognition of how brutal the war was for those who fought it on the ground. Hanoi’s recent admission that 1.4 million of its soldiers died on the battlefield, compared to 58,000 total U.S. dead. *** Those who believe that it was a “dirty little war” where the bombs did all the work might contemplate that is was the most costly war the U.S. Marine Corps has ever fought – five times as many dead as World War I, three times as many dead as in Korea, and more total killed and wounded than in all of World War II. ***Harvard College , which had lost 691 alumni in World War II, lost a total of 12 men in Vietnam from the classes of 1962 through 1972 combined. Those classes at Princeton lost six, at MIT two. The media turned ever more hostile. And frequently the reward for a young man’s having gone through the trauma of combat was to be greeted by his peers with studied indifference of outright hostility.
Chris Matthews of “Hardball” is fond of writing columns praising the Navy service of his father while castigating his own baby boomer generation for its alleged softness and lack of struggle. William Bennett gave a startling condescending speech at the Naval Academy a few years ago comparing the heroism of the “D-Day Generation” to the drugs-and-sex nihilism of the “Woodstock Generation.” And Steven Spielberg, in promoting his film “Saving Private Ryan,” was careful to justify his portrayals of soldiers in action based on the supposedly unique nature of World War II.
An irony is at work here. Lest we forget, the World War II generation now being lionized also brought us the Vietnam War, a conflict which today’s most conspicuous voices by and large opposed, and in which few of them served. The “best and brightest” of the Vietnam age group once made headlines by castigating their parents for bringing about the war in which they would not fight, which has become the war they refuse to remember.
Pundits back then invented a term for this animus: the “generation gap.” Long, plaintive articles and even books were written examining its manifestations. Campus leaders, who claimed precocious wisdom through the magical process of reading a few controversial books, urged fellow baby boomers not to trust anyone over 30. Their elders who had survived the Depression and fought the largest war in history were looked down upon as shallow, materialistic, and out of touch.
Those of us who grew up, on the other side of the picket line from that era’s counter-culture can’t help but feel a little leery of this sudden gush of appreciation for our elders from the leading lights of the old counter-culture. Then and now, the national conversation has proceeded from the dubious assumption that those who came of age during Vietnam are a unified generation in the same sense as their parents were, and thus are capable of being spoken for through these fickle elites.
In truth, the “Vietnam generation” is a misnomer. Those who came of age during that war are permanently divided by different reactions to a whole range of counter-cultural agendas, and nothing divides them more deeply than the personal ramifications of the war itself. The sizable portion of the Vietnam age group who declined to support the counter-cultural agenda, and especially the men and women who opted to serve in the military during the Vietnam War, are quite different from their peers who for decades have claimed to speak for them. In fact, they are much like the World War II generation itself. For them, Woodstock was a side show, college protestors were spoiled brats who would have benefited from having to work a few jobs in order to pay their tuition, and Vietnam represented not an intellectual exercise in draft avoidance, or protest marches but a battlefield that was just as brutal as those their fathers faced in World War II and Korea.
Few who served during Vietnam ever complained of a generation gap. The men who fought World War II were their heroes and role models. They honored their father’s service by emulating it, and largely agreed with their father’s wisdom in attempting to stop Communism’s reach in Southeast Asia.
The most accurate poll of their attitudes (Harris, 1980) showed that 91 percent were glad they’d served their country, 74 percent enjoyed their time in the service, and 89 percent agreed with the statement that “our troops were asked to fight in a war which our political leaders in Washington would not let them win.” And most importantly, the castigation they received upon returning home was not from the World War II generation, but from the very elites in their age group who supposedly spoke for them.
Dropped onto the enemy’s terrain 12,000 miles away from home, America’s citizen-soldiers performed with a tenacity and quality that may never be truly understood. Those who believe the war was fought incompletely on a tactical level should consider
Significantly, these sacrifices were being made at a time the United States was deeply divided over our effort in Vietnam. The baby-boom generation had cracked apart along class lines as America’s young men were making difficult, life-or-death choices about serving. The better academic institutions became focal points for vitriolic protest against the war, with few of their graduates going into the military.
What is a hero? My heroes are the young men who faced the issues of war and possible death, and then weighed those concerns against obligations to their country. Citizen-soldiers who interrupted their personal and professional lives at their most formative stage, in the timeless phrase of the Confederate Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, “not for fame of reward, not for place or for rank, but in simple obedience to duty, as they understood it.” Who suffered loneliness, disease, and wounds with an often-contagious elan. And who deserve a far better place in history than that now offered them by the so-called spokesman of our so-called generation.
Mr. Brokaw, Mr. Matthews, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Spielberg, meet my Marines. 1969 was an odd year to be in Vietnam. Second only to 1968 in terms of American casualties, it was the year made famous by Hamburger Hill, as well as the gut-wrenching Life cover story showing pictures of 242 Americans who had been killed in one average week of fighting. Back home, it was the year of Woodstock, and of numerous anti-war rallies that culminated in the Moratorium March on Washington. The My Lai massacre hit the papers and was seized upon by the anti-war movement as the emblematic moment of the war. Lyndon Johnson left Washington in utter humiliation. Former Secretary of the Navy James Webb was awarded the Navy Cross, Silver Star, and Bronze Star medals for heroism as a Marine in Vietnam.
Richard Nixon entered the scene, destined for an even worse fate. In the An Hoa Basin southwest of Danang, the Fifth Marine Regiment was in its third year of continuous combat operations. Combat is an unpredictable and inexact environment, but we were well led. As a rifle platoon and company commander, I served under a succession of three regimental commanders who had cut their teeth in World War II, and four different battalion commanders, three of whom had seen combat in Korea. The company commanders were typically captains on their second combat tour in Vietnam, or young first lieutenants like myself who were given companies after many months of “bush time” as platoon commanders in the Basin’s tough and unforgiving environs.
The Basin was one of the most heavily contested areas in Vietnam, its torn, cratered earth offering every sort of wartime possibility. In the mountains just to the west, not far from the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the North Vietnamese Army operated an infantry division from an area called Base Area 112. In the valleys of the Basin, main-force Viet Cong battalions whose ranks were 80 percent North Vietnamese Army regulars moved against the Americans every day. Local Viet Cong units sniped and harassed. Ridgelines and paddy dikes were laced with sophisticated booby traps of every size, from a hand grenade to a 250-pound bomb. The villages sat in the rice paddies and tree lines like individual fortresses, crisscrossed with the trenches and spider holes, their homes sporting bunkers capable of surviving direct hits from large-caliber artillery shells. The Viet Cong infrastructure was intricate and permeating. Except for the old and the very young, villagers who did not side with the Communists had either been killed or driven out to the government controlled enclaves near Danang.
In the rifle companies, we spent the endless months patrolling ridgelines and villages and mountains, far away from any notion of tents, barbed wire, hot food, or electricity. Luxuries were limited to what would fit inside one’s pack, which after a few “humps” usually boiled down to letter -writing material, towel, soap, toothbrush, poncho liner, and a small transistor radio.
We moved through the boiling heat with 60 pounds of weapons and gear, causing a typical Marine to drop 20 percent of his body weight while in the bush. When we stopped we dug chest-deep fighting holes and slit trenches for toilets. We slept on the ground under makeshift poncho hootches, and when it rained we usually took our hootches down because wet ponchos shined under illumination flares, making great targets. Sleep itself was fitful, never more than an hour or two at a stretch for months at a time as we mixed daytime patrolling with night-time ambushes, listening posts, foxhole duty, and radio watches. Ringworm, hookworm, malaria, and dysentery were common, as was trench foot when the monsoons came. Respite was rotating back to the mud-filled regimental combat base at An Hoa for four or five days, where rocket and mortar attacks were frequent and our troops manned defensive bunkers at night. Which makes it kind of hard to get excited about tales of Woodstock, or camping at the Vineyard during summer break.
We had been told while training that Marine officers in the rifle companies had an 85 percent probability of being killed or wounded, and the experience of “Dying Delta,” as our company was known, bore that out. Of the officers in the bush when I arrived, our company commander was wounded, the weapons platoon commander wounded, the first platoon commander was killed, the second platoon commander was wounded twice, and I, commanding the third platoons fared no better. Two of my original three-squad leaders were killed, and the third shot in the stomach. My platoon sergeant was severely wounded, as was my right guide. By the time I left, my platoon I had gone through six radio operators, five of them casualties.
These figures were hardly unique; in fact, they were typical. Many other units; for instance, those who fought the hill battles around Khe Sanh, or were with the famed Walking Dead of the Ninth Marine Regiment, or were in the battle of Hue City or at Dai Do, had it far worse.
When I remember those days and the very young men who spent them with me, I am continually amazed, for these were mostly recent civilians barely out of high school, called up from the cities and the farms to do their year in hell and then return. Visions haunt me every day, not of the nightmares of war but of the steady consistency with which my Marines faced their responsibilities, and of how uncomplaining most of them were in the face of constant danger. The salty, battle-hardened 20-year-olds teaching green 19-year-olds the intricate lessons of the hostile battlefield. The unerring skill of the young squad leaders as we moved through unfamiliar villages and weed-choked trails in the black of night. The quick certainty when a fellow Marine was wounded and needed help. Their willingness to risk their lives to save other Marines in peril. To this day it stuns me that their own countrymen have so completely missed the story of their service, lost in the bitter confusion of the war itself.
Like every military unit throughout history we had occasional laggards, cowards, and complainers. But in the aggregate, these Marines were the finest people I have ever been around. It has been my privilege to keep up with many of them over the years since we all came home. One finds in them very little bitterness about the war in which they fought. The most common regret, almost to a man, is that they were not able to do more for each other and for the people they came to help.
It would be redundant to say that I would trust my life to these men. Because I already have, in more ways than I can ever recount. I am alive today because of their quiet, unaffected heroism. Such valor epitomizes the conduct of Americans at war from the first days of our existence. That the boomer elites can canonize this sort of conduct in our fathers’ generation while ignoring it in our own is more than simple oversight. It is a conscious, continuing travesty.
From: Floyd Subject: Visit to the Oval Office
Story by: Bruce Vincent
Stepping into the Oval Office, each of us was introduced to the
President and Mrs. Bush. We shook hands and participated in small talk.
When the President was told that we were from Libby , Montana , I
reminded him that Marc Racicot is our native son and the President
offered his warm thoughts about Governor Racicot. I have to tell you, I
was blown away by two things upon entering the office. First, the Oval
Office sense of ‘place’ is unreal. The President later shared a story
of Russian President Putin entering the room prepared to tackle the
President in a tough negotiation and upon entering, the atheist muttered
his first words to the President and they were “Oh, my God.”
I concurred. I could feel the history in my bones. Second, the man that
inhabits the office engaged me with a firm handshake and a look that can
only be described as penetrating. Warm, alive, fully engaged,
disarmingly penetrating. I was admittedly concerned about meeting the
man. I think all of us have an inner hope that the most powerful man in
our country is worthy of the responsibility and authority that we bestow
upon them through our vote. I admit that part of me was afraid that I
would be let down by the moment — that the person and the place could
not meet the lofty expectations of my fantasy world. This says nothing
about my esteem for President Bush but just my practical realization
that reality may not match my ‘dream.’
Once inside the office, President Bush got right down to business and,
standing in front of his desk, handed out the awards one at a time while
posing for photos with the winners and Mrs. Bush. With the mission
accomplished, the President and Mrs. Bush relaxed and initiated a
lengthy, informal conversation about a number of things with our entire
small group. He and the First Lady talked about such things as the rug
in the office. It is traditionally designed by the First Lady to make a
statement about the President, and Mrs.Bush chose a brilliant yellow
sunburst pattern to reflect ‘hope.’ President Bush talked about the
absolute need to believe that with hard work and faith in God there is
every reason to start each day in the Oval Office with hope. He and the
First Lady were asked about the impact of the Presidency on their
marriage and, with an arm casually wrapped around Laura, he said that he
thought the place may be hard on weak marriages but that it had the
ability to make strong marriages even stronger and that he was blessed
with a strong one.
After about 30 or 35 minutes, it was time to go. By then we were all
relaxed and I felt as if I had just had an excellent visit with a
friend. The President and First Lady made one more pass down the line of
awardees, shaking hands and offering congratulations. When the President
shook my hand I said, “Thank you Mr. President and God bless you and
your family.” He was already in motion to the next person in line, but
he stopped abruptly turned fully back to me, gave me a piercing look,
renewed the vigor of his handshake and said, “Thank you — and God bless
you and yours as well.”
On our way out of the office we were to leave by the glass doors on the
west side of the office. I was the last person in the exit line. As I
shook his hand one final time, President Bush said, “I’ll be sure to
tell Marc hello and give him your regards.”
I then did something that surprised even me. I said to him, “Mr.
President, I know you are a busy man and your time is precious. I also
know you to be a man of strong faith and I have a favor to ask of you.”
As he shook my hand he looked me in the eye and said, “Just name it.” I
told him that my step-Mom was at that moment in a hospital in Kalispell
, Montana , having a tumor removed from her skull and it would mean a
great deal to me if he would consider adding her to his prayers that
day. He grabbed me by the arm and took me back toward his desk as he
said, “So that’s it. I could tell that something is weighing heavy on
your heart today. I could see it in your eyes.This explains it.”
>From the top drawer of his desk he retrieved a pen and a note card with
his seal on it and asked, “How do you spell her name?” He then jotted a
note to her while discussing the importance of family and the strength
of prayer. When he handed me the card, he asked about the surgery and
the prognosis. I told him we were hoping that it is not a recurrence of
an earlier cancer and that, if it is, they can get it all with this
He said, “If it’s okay with you, we’ll take care of the prayer right
now. Would you pray with me?” I told him yes and he turned to the staff
that remained in the office and hand motioned the folks to step back or
leave. He said, “Bruce and I would like some private time for a prayer.”
As they left he turned back to me and took my hands in his. I was
prepared to do a traditional prayer stance — standing with each other
with heads bowed. Instead, he reached for my head with his right hand
and pulling gently forward, he placed my head on his shoulder. With his
left arm on my mid-back, he pulled me to him in a prayerful embrace.
He started to pray softly. I started to cry. He continued his prayer for
Loretta and for God’s perfect will to be done. I cried some more. My
body shook a bit as I cried and he just held tighter. He closed by
asking God’s blessing on Loretta and the family during the coming
months. I stepped away from our embrace, wiped my eyes, swiped at the
tears I’d left on his shoulder, and looked into the eyes of our
president. I thanked him as best I could and told him that me and my
family would continue praying for him and his.
As I write this account down and reflect upon what it means, I have to
tell you that all I really know is that his simple act left me humbled
and believing. I so hoped that the man I thought him to be was the man
that he is. I know that our nation needs a man such as this in the Oval
Office. George W. Bush is the real deal. I’ve read Internet stories
about the President praying with troops in hospitals and other such
uplifting accounts. Each time I read them I hoped them to be true and
not an Internet perpetuated myth. This one, I know to be true. I was
there. He is real. He has a pile of incredible stuff on his plate each
day — and yet he is tuned in so well to the here and now that he
‘sensed’ something heavy on my heart. He took time out of his life to
care, to share, and to seek God’s blessing for my family in a simple
man-to-man, father-to-father, son-to-son, husband-to-husband, Christian-
to-Christian prayerful embrace. He’s not what I had hoped he would be.
He is, in fact, so very, very much more.
NOTE: If you decide to forward this story… please do not add to it.
Let Mr. Vincent’s encounter stand as he wrote it.
O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
When our land is illumined with liberty’s smile,
If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory,
Down, down with the traitor that tries to defile
The flag of the stars, and the page of her story!
By the millions unchained,
Who their birthright have gained
We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave,
While the land of the free is the home of the brave.
Every year for the past few years, I’ve noted the annual Al Sharpton Suck-Up — the annual grievance-mongering convention held by the race hustler’s non-profit “National Action Network.” It’s a purported grass-roots activist network that only seems to surface in the news once a year when Democrat leaders — and at least one RNC chairman — show up to the convention to pay homage and kiss Sharpton’s ring.
Biggest non-shocker of the year: The “National Action Network” is a fiscal mess, delinquent on taxes, and has run afoul of campaign finance laws. The NY Post reports:
An accounting firm hired by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network found the civil-rights group in such financial disarray that it flunked its record-keeping — and may not even survive, The Post has learned.
The scathing critique was spelled out in a hard-hitting internal audit of NAN’s books, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.
“The organization has suffered recurring decreases in net assets — and has been dependent upon advances from related parties and the nonpayment of payroll tax obligations — to maintain continuity,” the firm KBL concluded in an April 2 audit of NAN’s 2008 financial records, the most recent available.
The audit, which was submitted to NAN’s board of directors, warned, “These circumstances create substantial doubt about the organization’s ability to continue.”
KBL said it was “unable to form an opinion” on the accuracy of NAN’s financial figures “because of inadequacies in the organization’s accounting records.”
In 2008, federal prosecutors decided to drop a criminal probe into the finances of Sharpton and NAN. But Sharpton — who also has a lucrative syndicated radio show and a speech-making and consulting business — agreed to pay back more than $2 million in overdue personal and NAN taxes.
The audit said NAN still owed $1.348 million in delinquent city, state and federal taxes and penalties at the end of 2008. The IRS has filed dozens of liens against NAN over the past decade, including one as recently as April of this year.
Last year, the Federal Elections Commission slapped Sharpton with $285,000 fine, in part for illegally using NAN funds to cover the costs of his 2004 presidential campaign.
Thanks to Sharpton’s race shield, NAN has engaged in financial monkey business for years with impunity.
Yes, monkey business. Sue me.
Heh. JWF on Sharpton’s money troubles: “This ought to qualify him as a financial adviser to his pal Obama.”
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These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read:
July 30, 2010
NUGENT: It is us
By Ted Nugent
Barack Hussein Obama did not sneak into power. An army of clueless, disconnected, ignorant Americans
invited him to bring his Marxist, glaringly anti-American jihad into our lives. This president’s overtly
destructive, clear-and-present-danger agenda is surpassed in transparency only by his ultra-leftist public
voting record and overall lifetime conduct of consorting with the enemy as a child and student of Marxism,
socialist and racist community organizer, congregant of the blatant America-hating black-theology- and
social-justice-spewing Rev. Jeremiah Wright and close personal friend of convicted communist terrorists like
Bill Ayers, and by his unflinching appointment of an array of communist czars, including Van Jones, Cass
Sunstein, Anita Dunne, et al. So let me get this straight: You claim your intentions were noble because you
simply wanted to get your child a puppy but somehow didn’t notice that it was foaming at the mouth, and
now you’re shocked that your child has rabies? I think not. That is not a mistake. It is negligence –
dangerous, life threatening and, I am convinced, downright criminal negligence.
And the price for such negligence is catastrophic, don’t you know.
But it gets worse. For, you see, the blame doesn’t fall just on the obvious stupidity of our friends and families
who voted for this corrupt, death-wish government in whose stranglehold we find ourselves. Ultimately, it is
our fault. It is the failure of those of us who know better but have failed miserably to educate our own. Living
our lives with a captive audience of family, friends, co-workers, socialites, fellow worshippers at church and
other parents at school – everyone in our everyday walks of life – far too many of us have allowed
uneducated, history-devoid, denial-riddled, fantasy-driven, anti-gun and anti-hunting, anti-capitalism general
ignoramuses to remain so and run amok, when by all thoughtful considerations, it was our duty to educate
and upgrade everyone in our lives to truth, logic and the American way.
It is the terminal curse of apathy and disconnect that got us into this shameless mess we find America in
today, and in all honesty, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
We all saw it coming, but political correctness caused most of us to clam up in the ridiculous mindset that it
was more important to avoid hurting feelings than to stand up for what we knew in our hearts was being
trampled underfoot. Sadly, America has become a nation of ultra-thin-skinned, whining little girls, afraid of
our own shadows and so cowardly as to back away from the simple solution of speaking the truth when we
know we are supposed to do so.
I have been damned as being a radical extremist my entire adult life for simply standing up and relentlessly
promoting and celebrating self-evident truth, logic and common sense. The devil brigade acting upon the
Saul Alinsky deception playbook has made its mark by lying, cheating and attacking with the very hate that it
accuses everybody else of harboring. With an overall complicit media to bullhorn the brigade’s agenda, a
nation of sheep has taken the pill and swallowed it whole.
Welcome to the new fat, soft, cowardly nation of wimps with the perfectly corrupt president and pack of
soulless hounds in government that they deserve.
Look at Harry Reid. Charlie Rangel. Listen to Nancy Pelosi. What kind of idiots do they represent? A huge
army of idiots who wish to do nothing for their country, but whine for their government to do everything for
them. Welcome to France, ladies and gentlemen, only worse.
There always have been bad, ignorant people in the world. But in the United States of America, land of the
free and home of the brave, the epicenter of rugged individualism founded on the premise of live free or die,
where the powerful DNA of defiance got us where we are as the last, best place on Earth, the ultimate
violation is that so many hardworking, truly entrepreneurial, independent Americans backed down and failed
to stand up when we saw the wimps squawking about all the wrong stuff.
Everything from the New Deal and Great Society on has been a dismal and grossly counterproductive
failure, yet we continue to allow corrupt bureaucrats to keep jamming more of the same down our throats
with barely a whimper of resistance. How pathetic. How lame. How un-American.
The Tea Party is a better-late-than-never step in the right direction back to the glorious “we the people”
experiment in self-government, but as far as I’m concerned, we haven’t begun to turn up the heat nearly
enough quite yet.
Each and every conservative and liberal American who knows that we cannot spend and tax our way out of
debt, who knows that an exit strategy instead of a victory strategy is the same as surrender, who knows
Fedzilla is criminal in its refusal to be accountable with our hard-earned tax dollars being blowtorched with
unprecedented and insane wastefulness, that a federal government suing Arizona for simply implementing
constitutional law is treasonous, and who fails to communicate this with everyone we know is actually
complicit with this bizarre, fundamental transformation of the greatest country in the history of humankind.
What in God’s good name are we thinking? How much more of this can we possibly put up with? Will we
show true American fortitude to stop the beast at the voting booths in November and in every election in the
future to make sure no more communists, no more Marxists, no more anti-American redistributors of wealth
are allowed in positions of power ever again? Can we outvote the pimps, whores and welfare brats? Will we
be smart enough to put every politician to the Pelosi-Obama litmus test? We will be smart enough never to
let a Mao Zedong fan club in the White House ever again?
Will we have learned our lesson that we the people have a daily, moral responsibility to be suspicious of
everyone in government and the media and watchdog them properly from now on? Will we finally never
forget? Will we finally say never again and mean it?
Will we finally use the incredible freedoms as provided by the sacrifices of our amazing warrior heroes of the
U.S. military to be sure this insanity can never happen again? Can we show at least that basic respect for
the privilege of being American and how we got here?
It is not them, it is us. Pogo was right.
Ted Nugent is an unstoppable American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is author of “Ted,
White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns and Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).
When I graduated from the police academy in 1981, I was pretty excited about my “right to bear arms” both on and off duty. Although I was a patrol officer, I invested in a couple of concealed holsters for my big Smith & Wesson model 59 (completely the wrong handgun for a girl with the hands of an 8 year old, but that’s another article). I pretty much carried my gun everywhere. Young, single, and new to the “big city,” I spent lots of time in and around the Chicago area, enjoying the museums, the sports teams, the shopping, and of course, the nightlife. I never gave my safety much thought because (a) I was armed, and (b) I was usually in the company of other (armed) off duty cops. Life was good.
I’ve always enjoyed lively political discussions so I was happy to enter into debates about the Second Amendment and whether or not ordinary citizens really had a “right to keep and bear arms” as I continued to gain some patrol experience. At the time, I really didn’t understand what the big deal was. I was fine with people who were hunters, or enjoyed shooting sports, and even wanted to keep a “home protection” gun in their bedroom, but as a young cop, I was pretty sure I didn’t want ordinary, untrained people walking around “my” streets carrying concealed handguns. I mean, if everyone had a gun, how could we tell the good guys from the bad? If everyone was armed, wouldn’t people be shooting each other over parking spaces and other petty issues? Besides, I secretly (and selfishly) enjoyed the feeling of superiority in knowing that I was one of the few people allowed by Illinois law to carry around a loaded gun. Boy, did I have a lot to learn.
In 1989 I was invited to travel with the University of Illinois’ “Fighting Illini” men’s basketball team to the Final Four in Seattle, Washington. My uncle was the head coach so my dad and I were going to fly on the team plane. What a blast! Unfortunately, this was about the same time that serial killer Ted Bundy was all over the news, the “Green River Killer” investigation was in full swing, and I was obsessed with reading Seattle-based author Ann Rule’s true crime books. Not exactly a great time for me to be heading for Washington State. But hey, I was cop! I got to take my gun to Seattle, carry it everywhere, and feel safe and secure. Great for me, but it got me thinking about all those young female murder victims; many of them close to my age. What if one of them had been armed? Could she have saved herself and ultimately, many others? And back in Illinois we had our own famous serial killer, John Wayne Gacy, still in the news. He killed 33 young men and boys before he was arrested. Hadn’t they deserved the legal right to able to try and protect themselves to the best of their ability?
Two and a half years later, on October 16, 1991, the infamous Luby’s Cafeteria shooting occurred in Killeen, Texas. In what we would now call an “active shooter” situation, George Hennard drove his pick up truck through the front of the restaurant and was able to stalk, shoot, and terrorize the 80 lunchtime patrons, killing 23 and wounding another 20 before police cornered him and he turned a gun on himself. He’d been able to reload several times before police could arrive, and there were no armed citizens to challenge him. I was now a patrol sergeant and really starting to really re-evaluate my stance on citizen carry, and frankly, the Luby’s incident scared the heck out of me. After all, just like my state, the law in Texas at the time forbade citizens from carrying handguns. The Texas “serious crime” rate was 38 % above the nation average. After the post-Luby’s passage of the CCW law, serious crime in Texas has dropped 50% faster than the United States as a whole. Illinois, however, continued to prohibit CCW.
The whole citizen carry issue, often mixed in with the broader debate over “gun control” in general, has been terribly politicized and the debate rages on to this day. Yes, the United States is the leader in “per capita gun deaths among industrial nations,” a statistic that gun control advocates love to throw around. However, as most cops will tell you, the issue is a whole lot more complicated. One of the best resources out there is John Lott’srecently updated book “More Guns, Less Crime.” Basically, Lott concluded in an 18 year study that states who allowed citizens to carry concealed weapons saw violent crime goes down. Pretty logical stuff; the more law abiding citizens who train and arm themselves, the less victims we have. He has continued to study this issue objectively but passionately; every crimefighter should read his work.
My adopted home town, the city of Chicago, is a perfect example of Lott’s conclusions. We’re averaging 20 – 40 shootings a weekend, three Chicago cops have been killed this year, off duty, since May, and yet Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation! Who’s got the guns? The cops and the bad guys; and frankly, the cops tend to be out-numbered and often out-gunned. All the gun laws in the world aren’t going to keep thugs from owning, carrying and using firearms, so all the City of Chicago is doing is keeping law abiding citizens from legally obtaining personal protection firearms.
I’m retired now, but as I travel throughout the United States, training with and filming law enforcement personnel, I take advantage of HR 218; I am always armed, and I’m grateful for the privilege. I am now a firm advocate of well-trained, well-armed civilians, and this is an issue that police officers must get more involved in. With layoffs, cutbacks, workplace violence and the raging “war on cops” in the United States, we may have to depend on our citizens to step up, jump in, and help out in an armed encounter. After all, you don’t have to have a badge to wear a white hat and be one of the good guys. Stay safe!
Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith
Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith is a 29-year veteran of a large Chicago suburban police department and has held positions in patrol, investigations, narcotics, juvenile, crime prevention, hostage negotiation and field training. As a sergeant, she supervised her department’s K-9 Unit, served as a field training sergeant, recruitment team sergeant, bike patrol coordinator, and supervisor of the Community Education/Crime Prevention Unit. As a patrol sergeant, Betsy served on the Elderly Services Team, the Crisis Intervention Team, and as a supervisory member of the Honor Guard.
Betsy served as a host and content expert for the Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN) from 1999 – 2003. A graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s School of Staff and Command, Betsy writes for numerous law enforcement and government publications and has been an instructor for the Calibre Press “Street Survival” seminar since 2003. She also manages and instructs for Dave Smith & Associates, a law enforcement training and consulting company based in Illinois and is featured in the Biography channel’s new reality show “Female Forces.” Together with her husband, Dave “JD Buck Savage” Smith, she trains law enforcement personnel throughout the United States and Canada.
World War II n. ( Abbr. WWII ) A war fought from 1939 to 1945
Subject: President’s Father Served in WW II?
Does he even know the difference between truth and fabrication? Now President Obama’s father served in WW II???
It must be true as Barack said it in a speech! Is he a compulsive liar? Were there no reporters who double checked these statements and called the party on this?
They did for everyone else. Why not him?
Barack Hussein Obama Sr. (Obama’s father)
Died 11/24/82 at the age of 46
He was 3 years old when WW 2 started, and less than 9.5 years old when it ended.
Lolo Soetoro (Obama’s step father)
Died 3/2/87 at the age of 52
He was 4 years old when WW 2 started, and 10 years old when it ended.
And the media doesn’t say anything
An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
Does he even know if and when he is lying? Pathological liar perhaps?
You don’t have to be a Senior or an AARP member to appreciate and cheer for this letter:
Letter from owners of Miller Farms Equine Transport….validated by Snopes AARP’s fall from Grace
SNOPES : CORRECTLY ATTRIBUTED
I find this very interesting reading, so let’s keep it going if you agree. It only takes a few days on the Internet and this will have reached 75% of the public in the U.S.A. Seniors need to stand up for what is right, not what the politicians want or big Corporations want.
This letter was sent to Mr. Rand who is the Executive Director of AARP.
THIS LADY NOT ONLY HAS A GRASP OF ‘THE SITUATION’ BUT AN INCREDIBLE COMMAND OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE!
Dear Mr. Rand,
Recently you sent us a letter encouraging us to renew our lapsed membership in AARP by the requested date. I know it is not what you were looking for, but this is the most honest response I can give you. Our gap in coverage is merely a microscopic symptom of the real problem, a deepening lack of faith.
While we have proudly maintained our membership for several years and have long admired the AARP goals and principles, regrettably, we can no longer endorse it’s abdication of our values. Your letter specifically stated that we can count on AARP to speak up for our rights, yet the voice we hear is not ours. Your offer of being kept up to date on important issues through DIVIDED WE FAIL presents neither an impartial view nor the one we have come to embrace. We do believe that when two parties agree all the time on everything presented to them, one is probably not necessary. But, when the opinions and long term goals are diametrically opposed, the divorce is imminent. This is the philosophy which spawned our 200 years of government.
Once upon a time, we looked forward to being part of the senior demographic. We also looked to AARP to provide certain benefits and give our voice a power we could not possibly hope to achieve on our own. AARP gave us a sense of belonging which we no longer enjoy. The Socialist politics practiced by the Obama administration and empowered by AARP serves only to raise the blood pressure my medical insurance strives to contain. Clearly a conflict of interest there!
We do not understand the AARP posture, feel greatly betrayed by the guiding forces that we expected to map out our senior years and leave your ranks with a great sense of regret. We mitigate that disappointment with the relief of knowing that we are not contributing to the problem anymore by renewing our membership. There are numerous other organizations which offer discounts without threatening our way of life or offending our sensibilities.
This Presidential Administration scares the living daylights out of us. Not just for ourselves, but for our proud and bloodstained heritage. But even more importantly for our children and grandchildren. Washington has rendered Soylent Green a prophetic cautionary tale rather than a nonfiction scare tactic. I have never in my life endorsed any militant or radical groups, yet now I find myself listening to them. I don’t have to agree with them to appreciate the fear which birthed their existence. Their borderline insanity presents little more than a balance to the voice of the Socialist mindset in power. Perhaps I became American by a great stroke of luck in some cosmic uterine lottery, but in my adulthood I CHOOSE to embrace it and nurture the freedoms it represents as well as the responsibilities it requires.
Your website generously offers us the opportunity to receive all communication in Spanish. ARE YOU KIDDING??? Someone has broken into our ‘house’, invaded our home without our invitation or consent. The President has insisted we keep the perpetrator in comfort and learn the perp language so we can communicate our reluctant welcome to them.
I DON’T choose to welcome them.
I DON’T choose to support them.
I DON’T choose to educate them.
I DON’T choose to medicate them, pay for their food or clothing.
American home invaders get arrested.
Please explain to me why foreign lawbreakers can enjoy privileges on American soil that Americans do not get?
Why do some immigrants have to play the game to be welcomed and others only have to break & enter to be welcomed?
We travel for a living. Walt hauls horses all over this great country, averaging over 10,000 miles a month when he is out there. He meets more people than a politician on caffeine overdose. Of all the many good folks he enjoyed on this last 10,000 miles, this trip yielded only ONE supporter of the current administration. One of us is out of touch with mainstream America . Since our poll is conducted without funding, I have more faith in it than one which is power driven.
We have decided to forward this to everyone on our mailing list, and will encourage them to do the same… With several hundred in my address book, I have every faith that the eventual exponential factor will make a credible statement to you.
I am disappointed as hell.
I am scared as hell.
I am MAD as hell, and I’m NOT gonna take it anymore!
Walt & Cyndy
Miller Farms Equine Transport
“I promise 100% transparency in my administration.”
“I promise NO NEW TAXES on a family making less than $250K a year. “
“I will allow 5 days of public comment before I sign any bills.”
“I will remove earmarks for PORK projects before I sign any bill.”
“I will end Income Tax for seniors making less than $50K a year.”
“I’ll put the Health Care negotiations on CSPAN so everyone can see
who is at the table.”
I do not like his health care scam.
I do not like these dirty crooks,
or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals,
I do not like their secret deals.
I do not like this speaker Nan ,
I do not like this ‘YES, WE CAN’.
I do not like this spending spree—
I’m smart, I know that nothing’s free.
I do not like your smug replies,
when I complain about your lies.
I do not like this kind of hope.
I do not like it. nope, nope, nope!
Go green – recycle Congress in 2010!
Written by an Australian Dentist
To Kill an American
You probably missed this in the rush of news, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper, an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.
So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is . So they would know when they found one. (Good one, mate!!!!)
‘An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish , Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan.
An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans.
An American is Christian , or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them chooses.
An American is also free to believe in no religion…. For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.
An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world.
The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence , which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.
An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return………
When Afghanistan was overrun by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country!
As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan ……
The national symbol of America , The Statue of Liberty , welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America
Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11 , 2001 earning a better life for their families. It’s been told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists.
So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo , and Stalin , and Mao Tse-tung, and other bloodthirsty tyrants in the world. But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself . Because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.
Please keep this going!
Pass this around the World .
Then pass it around again.
It says it all, for all of us
Social Tips for Rednecks (and just plain good advice)
1. Never take a beer to an interview.
2. Always identify people in your yard before shooting them.
3. It’s considered tacky to take a cooler to church.
4. If you have to vacuum the bed, it’s time to change the sheets.
5. Even if you’re certain that you’re included in the will, it’s rude to drive a U-haul to the funeral.
1. When decanting the wine from the box, make sure you tilt the paper cup and pour slowly so as not to ‘bruise’ the fruit of the wine.
2. If drinking directly from the bottle, always hold it with your hands.
1. A centerpiece for the table should never be anything prepared by a taxidermist.
2. Do not allow the dog to eat at the table, no matter how good his manners are.
1. While ears need to be cleaned regularly, this job should be done in private using one’s own truck keys.
2. Even if you live alone, deodorant is not a waste of money.
3. Use of proper toiletries can only delay bathing for a few days.
4. Dirt and grease under the fingernails is a social no-no, as they tend to distract from a woman’s jewelry, and alter the taste of finger foods.
Dating ( Outside the Family)
1. Always offer to bait your date’s hook, especially on the first date.
2. Be assertive, Let her know you’re interested: “I’ve been wanting to go out with you ever since I read that stuff on the bathroom walls two years ago.”
3. Establish with her parents what time she is expected back. Some will say 10:00 PM. Others might say “Monday.” If the latter is the answer, it is the man’s responsibility to get her to school on time.
1. Crying babies should be taken to the lobby and picked up immediately after the movie has ended.
2. Refrain from talking to the characters on the screen.. Tests have proven that they can’t hear you.
1. Livestock is usually a poor choice for a wedding gift.
2. Kissing the bride for more than 5 seconds in the reception line might get you shot.
3. For the groom, at least, rent a tux. A leisure suit with a cummerbund and a clean bowling shirt can create a tacky appearance.
4. Though uncomfortable, say ‘yes’ to socks and shoes for this special occasion.
1. Dim your headlights for approaching vehicles, even if the gun is loaded and the deer is in sight.
2. When approaching a four way stop, the vehicle with the largest tires does not always have the right of way.
3. Never tow another car using panty hose and duct tape.
4. When sending your wife down the road with a gas can, it is impolite to ask her to bring back beer too.
5. Do not lay rubber while traveling in a funeral procession.
Gun Control: The Ultimate Human Rights Violation
by A.W.R. Hawkins
Human Events. com
June 3rd, 2010
Lucid students of the political sphere have certainly noticed that liberals are now using the phrase “human rights” even more than they once used their old standby, “civil liberties.” Of course they rarely define human rights, and even when they try, the definition varies depending on the goal of the person that’s using the phrase.
But this doesn’t stop them from having international conferences on human rights, dumping money into organizations like Human Rights Watch, and allowing surviving members of the Woodstock crowd to charge America’s military with violating human rights while simultaneously giving Iran a seat on the U.N.’s Women’s Rights Commission.
Perhaps the two clearest threads in all the human rights jargon are the focus on international law coupled with a potent strain of anti-Americanism. This is a combination that can be deadly when accurately aimed at national sovereignty or individual rights.
The most telling aspect of the left’s obsession with human rights is not so much what its proponents claim to defend but what they would be happy to sacrifice. And one thing all human rights activists are perpetually ready to jettison is the right Americans enjoy in keeping and bearing arms.
Ironically, this right, summarily stated in the 2nd Amendment, should be the lynchpin of any honest pursuit of human rights. Thomas Jefferson made this clear when he equated a government-backed prohibition against defending one’s self with a government-backed denial of “the most basic of nature’s rights.”
When one reads Jefferson’s statement in light of his many writings on nature’s laws and the benefits of private gun ownership, it’s clear he was implying that the denial of the right to self-defense with a firearm is essentially a denial of one of the core aspects of what it means to be human.
In other words, gun control actually steals part of our humanity.
How much worse of a human rights violation can exist than one that actually separates the “human” from the “rights”?
None of this is hard to understand if we just imagine a woman who lives alone, and is being stalked by a dangerous man. She goes to a gun store to buy a handgun with which to protect herself, but because she lives in Chicago, Mayor Daley will not allow her to purchase a gun.
Thus she goes home, and hopes the lock on her door will hold.
When he’s ready, the stalker becomes an intruder who breaks the door open, assaults the woman, and then leaves with a smile on his face. After reflecting on the matter he realizes the woman has no means with which to defend herself, so he goes back for more, and in time, as his callousness increases, he goes back more frequently. He knows the woman is helpless to stop him because she has been denied that “most basic of nature’s rights.”
In this scenario, how long would it be before the woman felt less and less like a woman and more and more like a dog?
How long would it be before she had a thorough understanding of what Jefferson meant when he coupled gun control with the denial of a core aspect of what it means to be human?
America remains a shining city on a hill in this dark world, partly because we still have the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of our lives and property. In light of Jefferson’s writings, I don’t think I go too far in saying that this one freedom goes a long way in keeping our humanity intact.
If you ever doubt the degree to which private gun ownership and the freedom to use those guns for self-defense upholds our humanness, just head on down to El Paso, Tex., where the murder rate is around 23 victims annually.
Then lock up your gun in the United States and cross the border into Juarez, Mexico, where the natural right to keep and bear arms has long been suppressed and where the murder rate, at 2,500 to 3,000 annually, is startling.
Once you get to Juarez, it won’t be long till you feel like the woman who sat in her apartment staring at the door, hoping the lock would hold up under pressure because it was the only line of defense she had against her assailant.
Gun control could just be the ultimate human rights violation.
And if we ever give up our guns in this great nation, we will ultimately give up our humanity.
HUMAN EVENTS columnist A.W.R. Hawkins holds a Ph.D. in U.S. Military History from Texas Tech University. He will be a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal during the summer of 2010.
Copyright © 2010 HUMAN EVENTS. All Rights Reserve
“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” — Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers
“You know why there’s a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one.” — Rush Limbaugh
Friday, January 31, 2003 Posted: 11:10 AM EST (1610 GMT)
(CNN) – The following is a partial transcript of Thursday’s court hearing in which Richard Reid was sentenced to life in prison for his confessed plan to try and blow up a jetliner with explosives he had hidden in his shoes. The exchange is between Reid and Judge William Young.
RICHARD REID: I start by praising Allah because life today is no good. I bear witness to this and he alone is right to be worshiped. And I bear witness that Muhammad Sa’laat Alayhi as-Salaam is his last prophet and messenger who is sent to all of mankind for guidance, with the sound guidance for everyone.
Concerning what the Court said? I admit, I admit my actions and I further, I further state that I done them.
JUDGE WILLIAM YOUNG: I didn’t hear the last. I admit my actions and then what did you say?
REID: I further admit my allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah. With regards to what you said about killing innocent people, I will say one thing. Your government has killed 2 million children in Iraq. If you want to think about something, against 2 million, I don’t see no comparison.
Your government has sponsored the rape and torture of Muslims in the prisons of Egypt and Turkey and Syria and Jordan with their money and with their weapons. I don’t know, see what I done as being equal to rape and to torture, or to the deaths of the two million children in Iraq.
So, for this reason, I think I ought not apologize for my actions. I am at war with your country. I’m at war with them not for personal reasons but because they have murdered more than, so many children and they have oppressed my religion and they have oppressed people for no reason except that they say we believe in Allah.
This is the only reason that America sponsors Egypt. It’s the only reason they sponsor Turkey. It’s the only reason they back Israel.
As far as the sentence is concerned, it’s in your hand. Only really it is not even in your hand. It’s in Allah’s hand. I put my trust in Allah totally and I know that he will give victory to his religion. And he will give victory to those who believe and he will destroy those who wish to oppress the people because they believe in Allah.
So you can judge and I leave you to judge. And I don’t mind. This is all I have to say. And I bear witness to Muhammad this is Allah’s message.
YOUNG: Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.
On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United States Attorney General. On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutive one with the other. That’s 80 years.
On Count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years consecutive to the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes upon you on each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 for the aggregate fine of $2 million.
The Court accepts the government’s recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines.
The Court imposes upon you the $800 special assessment.
The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need not go any further.
This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes. It is a fair and a just sentence. It is a righteous sentence. Let me explain this to you.
We are not afraid of any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We have been through the fire before. There is all too much war talk here. And I say that to everyone with the utmost respect.
Here in this court where we deal with individuals as individuals, and care for individuals as individuals, as human beings we reach out for justice.
You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier gives you far too much stature. Whether it is the officers of government who do it or your attorney who does it, or that happens to be your view, you are a terrorist.
And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not treat with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists.
We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.
So war talk is way out of line in this court. You’re a big fellow. But you’re not that big. You’re no warrior. I know warriors. You are a terrorist. A species of criminal guilty of multiple attempted murders.
In a very real sense Trooper Santiago had it right when first you were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and where the TV crews were and you said you’re no big deal. You’re no big deal.
What your counsel, what your able counsel and what the equally able United States attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific. What was it that led you here to this courtroom today? I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing.
And I have an answer for you. It may not satisfy you. But as I search this entire record it comes as close to understanding as I know.
It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose.
Here, in this society, the very winds carry freedom. They carry it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom. So that everyone can see, truly see that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely.
It is for freedom’s seek that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf and have filed appeals, will go on in their, their representation of you before other judges. We care about it. Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties.
Make no mistake though. It is yet true that we will bear any burden; pay any price, to preserve our freedoms.
Look around this courtroom. Mark it well. The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here. Day after tomorrow it will be forgotten. But this, however, will long endure. Here, in this courtroom, and courtrooms all across America, the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being done.
The very President of the United States through his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can be judged, and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.
See that flag, Mr. Reid? That’s the flag of the United States of America. That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag still stands for freedom. You know it always will. Custody, Mr. Officer. Stand him down.
REID: That flag will be brought down on the Day of Judgment and you will see in front of your Lord and my Lord and then we will know. (Whereupon the defendant was removed from the courtroom.)
YOUNG: We’ll recess. All rise.
A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside.
“Your son is here,” she said to the old man.
She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.
Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw
the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached
out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old
man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.
The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the
bed.All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly
lightedward, holding the old man’s hand and offering him words of love
and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move
away and rest awhile.
He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was
oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital – the clanking
of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging
greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients.
Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said
nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.
Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now
lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she
did what she had to do, he waited.
Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her.
“Who was that man?” he asked.
The nurse was startled, “He was your father,” she answered.
“No, he wasn’t,” the Marine replied. “I never saw him before in my life.”
“Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?”
“I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his
son just wasn’t here.
When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much
he needed me, I stayed.”
I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey. His Son was Killed in
Iraq today, and I was sent to inform him. What was this Gentleman’s
The Nurse with Tears in Her Eyes Answered, Mr. William Grey………….
The next time someone needs you … just be there. Stay.
WE ARE NOT HUMAN BEINGS GOING THROUGH A TEMPORARY SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE.
WE ARE SPIRITUAL BEINGS GOING THROUGH A TEMPORARY HUMAN EXPERIENCE.
(love this line)
PLEASE PASS THIS ONE ON AND GOD WILL BLESS YOU!
THIS IS WHAT WE ARE PUT ON THIS EARTH TO DO ANYWAY. RIGHT ?
HAVE A GREAT DAY AND BLESS SOMEONE ELSE IN SOME LITTLE WAY TODAY!
GOD IS SO GOOD.
One of the most brilliant men ever!
Obviously, he was a man ahead of his time.
There is a huge rock near a gravel pit on Hwy.25 in rural Iowa. For generations, kids have painted slogans, names, and obscenities on this rock, changing its character many times. A few months back, the rock received its latest paint job, and since then it has been left completely undisturbed.
It’s quite an impressive sight. Be sure to scroll down and check out the multiple photos. (all angles) of the rock.
I thought the flag was draped over the rock, but it’s not. It’s actually painted on the rock too..
AWESOME Work, RAY ….
Pass it on.
You may be only one person in the world,
but you may also be the world to one person.
If you read this, you WILL forward it on.
You just won’t be able to stop yourself.
The average age of the military man is 19 years.
He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who,
under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country.
He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father’s, but he has never collected unemployment either.
He’s a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sports activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away.
He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.
He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.
He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark.
He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.
He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.
He can march until he is told to stop,
or stop until he is told to march.
He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.
He is self-sufficient.
He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.
He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle.
He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.
If you’re thirsty, he’ll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He’ll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low..
He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.
He can save your life – or take it, because that is his job.
He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.
He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.
He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed..
He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to ‘square-away’ those around him who haven’t bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.
In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.
Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Regardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.
He has asked nothing in return, except
our friendship and understanding.
Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.
And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.
As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. . …
A short lull, a little shade and a picture of
loved ones in their helmets.
Prayer wheel for our military… please don’t
break it Please send this on after a short prayer.
‘Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.’
When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan , sailors on ships, and airmen in the air, and for those in Iraq , and all foreign countries.
There is nothing attached….
This can be very powerful..
Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman, Marine, or Airman, prayer is the very best one.
I can’t break this one, sorry.
Pass it on to everyone and pray.
THANK GOD FOR THE PRESIDENT
Written by an 82-year-old very wise lady. She gives us a whole new slant on
the amazing job Obama is doing:
1. He destroyed the Clinton Political Machine – Driving a stake thru the
heart of Hillary’s Presidential aspirations – something no Republican was
ever able to do. Remember when a Hillary Presidency scared the daylights out
2. He killed off the Kennedy Dynasty – No more Kennedy’s trolling Washington
looking for booze and women wanting rides home. American women and Freedom
are safer tonight!
3. He is destroying the Democratic Party before our eyes!
Dennis Moore had never lost a race – quit Evan Bayh had never lost a race –
quit Byron Dorgan – had never lost a race – quit Harry Reid – Soon to be
These are just a handful of the Democrats whose political careers Obama has
destroyed! By the end of 2010 dozens more will be gone!
In December of 2008 the Democrats were on the rise. In the last two election
cycles they had picked up 14 senate seats and 52 house seats.
The press was touting the death of the Conservative Movement and the
Republican Party In just one year, Obama put a stop to all of this and will
probably give the house, if not the senate back to the Republicans.
4. He has completely exposed liberals and progressives for what they are.
Every Generation seems to need to relearn the lesson on why they should
never actually put liberals in charge. He is bringing home the lesson very
Liberals tax, borrow and spend – check
Liberals won’t bring themselves to protect America – check Liberals want to
take over the economy – check Liberals think they know what is best for
everyone – check Liberals aren’t happy till they are running YOUR life –
5. He has brought more Americans back to conservatism than anyone since
Reagan. In One year he rejuvenated the Conservative movement and brought out
to the streets millions of Freedom Loving Americans. Name me one other time
in your life that you saw your friends and neighbors this interested in
taking back America !
6. His amazing leadership has sparked the greatest period of sales of
firearms and ammunition this country has seen. Law abiding citizens have
rallied and have provided a “stimulus” to the sporting goods field while
other industries have failed, faded or moved off-shore!
7. In all honesty one year ago I was more afraid than I had ever been in my
life. Not of the economy but of the direction our country was going. I
thought Americans had forgotten what this country was all about. My
neighbors, friends, strangers proved to me that my lack of confidence of the
Greatness and Wisdom of the American people was flat out wrong.
8. When the American People wake up no smooth talking teleprompter reader
can fool them!
Barak Obama woke up these Great Americans! Again I want to say Thank you
Barak Obama! This is exactly the kind of hope and change we desperately
Now, if only God be with us…!
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It is the
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.
the VETERAN ,
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
the VETERAN ,
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
the VETERAN ,
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
the VETERAN ,
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
the VETERAN ,
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the
salutes the Flag,
under the Flag,
ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD,
AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM
By Lou Pritchett, Procter & Gamble
A LETTER FROM A PROCTER AND GAMBLE EXECUTIVE TO THE PRESIDENT*
THE LAST SENTENCE IS THE MOST CHILLING
Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America ‘s true living legends- an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world’s highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management.. Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as “partnering.” Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.
AN OPEN LETTER TO
Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike
any of the others, you truly scare me.
You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive
Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no
visible signs of support.
You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth
growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.
You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus
don’t understand it at its core.
You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming others.
You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned
yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to
publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail..
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America ‘
crowd and deliver this message abroad.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European style
country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
You scare me because you want to replace our health care system
with a government controlled one.
You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibly
capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose
that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of
living in the world.
You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics
against certain banks and corporations.
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from
challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider
opposing points of view from intelligent people.
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both
omnipotent and omniscient.
You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything
You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the
Limbaugh’s, Hannity’s, O’Reillys and Becks who offer opposing,
conservative points of view.
You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.
Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will
probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.
This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it.
Big surprise. Since it hit the internet, however, it has had over
500,000 hits. Keep it going. All that is necessary for evil to succeed
is that good men do nothing. It’s happening right now.*
For some reason, people have difficulty structuring their arguments when arguing against supporting the currently proposed immigration revisions. This lady made the argument pretty simple. NOT printed in the Orange County Paper.
Newspapers simply won’t publish letters to the editor which they either deem politically incorrect (read below) or which does not agree with the philosophy they’re pushing on the public. This woman wrote a great letter to the editor that should have been published; but, with your help it will get published via cyberspace!
My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to “print” it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get
down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.
They had waved goodbye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.
Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy, France and Japan. None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people.
When we liberated France, no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.
And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on
Ellis Island in the early 1900s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.
And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.
Dewey Whetsell a longtime commercial fisherman, veteran fire fighter and fire chief, jazz musician, and poet from Alaska penned a very nice retort to all of those who would say Sarah Palin isn’t the real deal, a true leader.
Those who follow Alaska politics know these stories well, but the rest of America should understand this as well.
You can check out Dewey Whetsell’s website here, the man has a very interesting life’s story.
Here is Dewey’s letter:
“The last 45 of my 66 years I’ve spent in a commercial fishing town in Alaska. I understand Alaska politics but never understood national politics well until this last year. Here’s the breaking point: Neither side of the Palin controversy gets It’s not about persona, style, rhetoric, its about doing things. Even Palin supporters never mention the things that I’m about to mention here.
1- Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took the Governors office away from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, she tore into the Republicans Corrupt Bastards Club (CBC) and sent them packing. Many of them are now residing in State housing and wearing orange jump suits. The Democrats reacted by skipping around the yard, throwing confetti and singing la la la la (well, you know how they are). Name another governor in this country that has ever done anything similar. But while you’re thinking, I’ll continue.
2- Now with the CBC gone, there were fewer Alaskan politicians to protect the huge, giant oil companies here. So, she constructed and enacted a new system of splitting the oil profits called ACES. Exxon (the biggest corporation in the world) protested and Sarah told them don’t let the door hit you in the stern on your way out. They stayed, and Alaska residents went from being merely wealthy to being filthy rich. Of course the other huge international oil companies meekly fell in line. Again, give me the name of any other governor in the country that has done anything similar.
3- The other thing she did when she walked into the governors office is she got the list of State requests for federal funding for projects, known as pork. She went through the list, took 85% of them and placed them in the when-hell-freezes-over stack. She let locals know that if we need something built, well pay for it ourselves. Maybe she figured she could use the money she got from selling the previous governors jet because it was extravagant. Maybe she could use the money she saved by dismissing the governor’s cook (remarking that she could cook for her own family), giving back the State vehicle issued to her, maintaining that she already had a car, and dismissing her State provided security force (never mentioning, I imagine, that she’s packing heat herself). I’m still waiting to hear the names of those other governors.
4- Now, even with her much-ridiculed gosh and golly mannerism, she also managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built which will be the biggest private construction project in the history of North America. No one else could do it although they tried. If that doesn’t impress you, then you’re trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do things like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other hand.
5- For 30 years, Exxon held a lease to do exploratory drilling at a place called Point Thompson. They made excuses the entire time why they couldn’t start drilling. In truth they were holding it like an investment. No governor for 30 years could make them get started. This summer, she told them she was revoking their lease and kicking them out. They protested and threatened court action. She shrugged and reminded them that she knew the way to the court house. Alaska won again.
6- President Obama wants the nation to be on 25% renewable resources for electricity by 2025. Sarah went to the legislature and submitted her plan for Alaska to be at 50% renewables by 2025. We are already at 25%. I can give you more specifics about things done, as opposed to style and persona . Everybody wants to be cool, sound cool, look cool. But that’s just a cover-up. I’m still waiting to hear from liberals the names of other governors who can match what mine has done in two and a half years. I wont be holding my breath.
By the way, she was content to to return to AK after the national election and go to work, but the haters wouldn’t let her. Now these adolescent screechers are obviously not scuba divers. And no one ever told them what happens when you continually jab and pester a barracuda. Without warning, it will spin around and tear your face off. Shoulda known better.
As we have been saying for a long time, Sarah Palin was an incredibly effective Governor, and a true servant of the people. The kind of woman who isn’t afraid of whatever challenge that faces her. As she has shown in the past few weeks, she is more than ready to take on big government, like she has big oil. And if Sarah Palin could tame Exxon-Mobil, I’m sure she will make quick work of D.C.!
BTW, even though she has given Exxon-Mobil absolute fits, they were more than happy to sign on as a partner in the Trans-Canada natural gas pipeline, her crowning achievement as Governor, that Dewey mentions in his letter.
People, like myself, who have followed Sarah for some time, understand the greatness of this woman. Sarah Palin is an American leader who has what is sorely needed today: The ability to get things done, good things for the people.
ORANGE COUNTY ( CALIFORNIA ) NEWSPAPER-
This is a very good letter to the editor. This woman made some good points.
For some reason, people have difficulty structuring their arguments when arguing against supporting the currently proposed immigration revisions. This lady made the argument pretty simple.
This was NOT printed in the Orange County Paper although it should have been………………..
Newspapers simply won’t publish letters to the editor which they either deem politically incorrect (read below) or which does not agree with the philosophy they’re pushing on the public. This woman wrote a great letter to the editor that should have been published; but, with your help it will get published via cyberspace!
From: “David LaBonte”
My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to “print” it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register. Here is Rosemary?s letter.
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept
this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in
good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.
They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.
Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out.
My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of
Japan . They were defending the United States of America as one people.
When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German American or the Irish
American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of
those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they
were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting
pot into one red, white and blue bowl.
And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same
rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their
mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on
Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for
those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.
And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.
KEEP THIS LETTER MOVING.
FOR THE WRONG THINGS TO PREVAIL THE RIGHTFUL MAJORITY NEEDS TO REMAIN COMPLACENT AND QUIET!!
LET THIS NEVER HAPPEN!!
I sincerely hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the nation!!
Posted on May 5, 2010 10:33:46 PM GMT-04:00 by cycle of discernment
“I’m 63 and I’m Tired”
by Robert A. Hall
I’m 63. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.
I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.
I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them with their own money.
I’m tired of being told how bad America is by left-wing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood Entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the economy of Zimbabwe , the freedom of the press of China , the crime and violence of Mexico , the tolerance for Christian people of Iran , and the freedom of speech of Venezuela .
I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers”; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.
I’m tired of being told that “race doesn’t matter” in the post-racial world of Obama, when it’s all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of U.S. Senators from Illinois.
I think it’s very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less arrogantly of an all-knowing government.
I’m tired of a news media that thinks Bush’s fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama’s, at triple the cost, were wonderful; that thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress; that picked over every line of Bush’s military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his; that slammed Palin, with two years as governor, for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever. Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching to Fox News? Get a clue. I didn’t vote for Bush in 2000, but the media and Kerry drove me to his camp in 2004.
I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America , while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.
I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore’s, and if you’re greener than Gore, you’re green enough.
I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don’t think Gay people choose to be Gay, but I damn sure think druggies chose to take drugs. And I’m tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana.
I’m tired of illegal aliens being called “undocumented workers,” especially the ones who aren’t working, but are living on welfare or crime. What’s next? Calling drug dealers, “Undocumented Pharmacists”? And, no, I’m not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic, and it’s been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion. I’m willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person, who can speak English, doesn’t have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military…. Those are the citizens we need.
I’m tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people than themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet. Do our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years and still are? Not even close. So here’s the deal. I’ll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims, who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the girls were Christian. Then we’ll compare notes. British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear.
I’m tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers; bums are bipartisan. And I’m tired of people telling me we need bipartisanship. I live in Illinois , where the “Illinois Combine” of Democrats has worked to loot the public for years. Not to mention the tax cheats in Obama’s cabinet.
I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.
Speaking of poor, I’m tired of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn’t have that in 1970, but we didn’t know we were “poor.” The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing.
I’m real tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.
Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter.
Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.
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Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me
In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no
When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade
The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound
There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the
People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many,
Then there’s the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in
The gun is the only weapon that’s as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight
When I carry a gun, I don’t do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I’m looking to be left alone.
Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)
Proud to be White
Michael Richards makes his point……………… Michael Richards
better known as Kramer from TVs Seinfeld does make a good point.
This was his defense speech in court after making racial comments in his
comedy act. He makes some very interesting points….
Someone finally said it. How many are actually paying attention to
this? There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans,
Arab Americans, etc.
And then there are just Americans. You pass me on the street and sneer
in my direction. You call me ‘White boy,’ ‘Cracker,’ ‘Honkey,’
‘Whitey,’ ‘Caveman’… And that’s OK.
But when I call you, Nigger, Towel head, Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey,
Beaner, Gook, or Chink .. You call me a racist.
You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you… So why are
the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?
You have the United Negro College Fund. You have Martin Luther King Day.
You have Black History Month.. You have Cesar Chavez Day.
You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi.
You have the NAACP. You have BET… If we had WET (White Entertainment
Television), we’d be racists. If we had a White Pride Day, you would
call us racists.
If we had White History Month, we’d be racists..
If we had any organization for only whites to ‘advance’ OUR lives, we’d
We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of Commerce, and
then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce. Wonder who pays for
A white woman could not be in the Miss Black American pageant, but any
color can be in the Miss America pageant.
If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships…
You know we’d be racists.
There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US . Yet if
there were ‘White colleges’, that would be a racist college..
In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your
race and rights. If we marched for our race and rights, you would call
You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re not
afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride, you call
You rob us, carjack us, and shoot at us. But, when a white police
officer shoots a black gang member or beats up a black drug dealer
running from the law and posing a threat to society, you call him a
I am proud …. But you call me a racist.
Why is it that only whites can be racists??
There is nothing improper about this e-mail.. Let’s see which of you
are proud enough to send it on. I sadly don’t think many will. That’s
why we have LOST most of OUR RIGHTS in this country. We won’t stand up
BE PROUD TO BE WHITE!
It’s not a crime YET…… But getting very close!
It is estimated that ONLY 5% of those reaching this point in this
e-mail, will pass it on. Proud to be White
http://www.examiner.com/detroit photo by Gordon LaVere
If yesterday’s Second Amendment March at the Michigan State Capitol is
any indication, grass roots gun rights activism is alive and well in
Hundreds of activists from across the state turned out to listen to a
mix of speakers including politicians, law enforcement, and political
and gun rights activists.
“When I started the Second Amendment March I didn’t expect anyone to
follow me, “ Skip Coryell, founder of the Second Amendment March, told
the crowd. “Maybe I should have.”
Tuesday’s march was one of dozens of state level marches leading up to
the national –level Second Amendment March on Washington, D.C. next
Monday, April 19.
While many of the Michigan activists were openly (and legally) carrying
firearms, both handguns and long guns, Coryell reinforced the message
that next week’s march in Washington, D.C. will not include firearms due
to the District’s strict gun-control laws.
“This will not be an armed march,” Coryell said. “This is not the time
for that. Now is the time for activism. If you don’t get involved now,
10 years from now your kids will be leading an armed march on D.C. with
ax handles and pitchforks, because that will be all they have left.”
The political contingent at yesterday’s event included Michigan Attorney
General Mike Cox, State Representatives Joel Sheltrown (D – 103rd
District), Rick Jones (R – 71st District), Paul Opsommer (R – 93rd
District) and Brian Calley (R – 87th District).
Other speakers included Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf, Linda Garcia of
the National Precinct Alliance, Rick Buckner, President of Michigan Gun
Owners and Jeff Sayers, President of Michigan Open Carry.
There was no official headcount for the event and the crowd estimates
varied according to the source: A Detroit Free Press article put the
crowd at 250 people and a Detroit News article estimated 300 attendees.
Many activists present estimated the turnout at 400 or more.
Although there was some initial confusion by the Michigan State Police
as to whether activists with long guns would be allowed inside the
capitol building, the State Police later reversed themselves and
activists with long guns were also able to tour the building.
To someone in the gun culture the guns carried among the crowd were an
interesting part of the event. While most people openly carrying pistols
had modern pistols suitable for self-defense, one older gentleman
sported an antique Colt black-powder revolver in an antique leather
holster. When asked he said he believed the gun had been in his family
since it was manufactured and that he’d inherited it from his Great
Uncle years earlier. This was a physical manifestation of how the
tradition of gun ownership spans generations.
While most activists carrying long guns carried AR-15 style semi-auto
rifles or semi-auto clones of the AK-47, a few activists could be seen
with rifles that some refer to as “Michigan Pistols.” Since Michigan
state law requires any long gun between 26” and 30” to be registered as
a pistol, this means that those long arms can be carried concealed, in a
vehicle for example, as long as the owner has a valid Michigan Concealed
Another activist carried a rifle that showed the ultimate futility of
gun control laws. He had an AR-15 style rifle whose bright silver
colored aluminum receiver he’d machined and finished himself. “If they
ban guns, are they going to ban machine tools as well?” he asked.
by Rob Reed
Anne Wortham is Associate Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University and continuing Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s
Hoover Institution. She is a member of the American Sociological Association and the American Philosophical Association.
She has been a John M. Olin Foundation Faculty Fellow, and honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the National Association for
Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.
In fall 1988 she was one of a select group of intellectuals who were featured in Bill Moyers’ television series, “A World of Ideas.” The
transcript of her conversation with Moyers has been published in his book, A World of Ideas.
Dr. Wortham is author of “The Other Side of Racism: A Philosophical Study of Black Race Consciousness” which analyzes how race
consciousness is transformed into political strategies and policy issues.
She has published numerous articles on the implications of individual rights for civil rights policy, and is currently writing a book on
theories of social and cultural marginality.
Recently, she has published articles on the significance of multiculturalism and Afrocentricism in education, the politics of
victimization and the social and political impact of political correctness. Shortly after an interview in 2004, she was awarded tenure.
This article by her is something.
Please know: I am Black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack Obama; I wrote in Ron Paul’s name as my choice for
president. Most importantly, I am not race conscious. I do not require a Black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that
life is worth living. I do not require a Black president to love the ideal of America ..
I cannot join you in your celebration. I feel no elation. There is no smile on my face. I am not jumping with joy. There are no tears of
triumph in my eyes. For such emotions and behavior to come from me, I would have to deny all that I know about the requirements of human
flourishing and survival – all that I know about the history of the United States of America , all that I know about American race
relations, and all that I know about Barack Obama as a politician. I would have to deny the nature of the “change” that Obama asserts
has come to America .
Most importantly, I would have to abnegate my certain understanding that you have chosen to sprint down the road to serfdom that we have
been on for over a century. I would have to pretend that individual liberty has no value for the success of a human life. I would have
to evade your rejection of the slender reed of capitalism on which your success and mine depend. I would have to think it somehow
rational that 94 percent of the 12 million Blacks in this country voted for a man because he looks like them (that Blacks are permitted
to play the race card), and that they were joined by self-declared “progressive” whites who voted for him because he doesn’t look like
I would have to wipe my mind clean of all that I know about the kind of people who have advised and taught Barack Obama and will fill
posts in his administration – political intellectuals like my former colleagues at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of
I would have to believe that “fairness” is equivalent of justice. I would have to believe that a man who asks me to “go forward in a new
spirit of service, in a new service of sacrifice” is speaking in my interest.. I would have to accept the premise of a man that economic
prosperity comes from the “bottom up,” and who arrogantly believes that he can will it into existence by the use of government force. I
would have to admire a man who thinks the standard of living of the masses can be improved by destroying the most productive and the
generators of wealth.
Finally, Americans, I would have to erase from my consciousness the scene of 125,000 screaming, crying, cheering people in Grant Park,
Chicago irrationally chanting “Yes We Can!” Finally, I would have to wipe all memory of all the times I have heard politicians, pundits,
journalists, editorialists, bloggers and intellectuals declare that capitalism is dead – and no one, including especially Alan
Greenspan, objected to their assumption that the particular version of the anti-capitalistic mentality that they want to replace with
their own version of anti-capitalism is anything remotely equivalent to capitalism.
So you have made history, Americans. You and your children have elected a Black man to the office of the president of the United States,
the wounded giant of the world. The battle between John Wayne and Jane Fonda is over – and that Fonda won. Eugene McCarthy and George
McGovern must be very happy men. Jimmie Carter, too. And the Kennedys have at last gotten their Kennedy look-a-like. The self-righteous
welfare statists in the suburbs can feel warm moments of satisfaction for having elected a Black person.
So, toast yourselves: 60s counter cultural radicals, 80s yuppies and 90s bourgeois bohemians. Toast yourselves, Black America. Shout
your glee Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Duke, Stanford, and Berkeley. You have elected not an individual who is qualified to be president,
but a Black man who, like the pragmatist Franklin Roosevelt, promises to – Do Something! You now have someone who has picked up the
baton of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. But you have also foolishly traded your freedom and mine – what little there is left – for the
chance to feel good.
There is nothing in me that can share your happy obliviousness. God Help Us all…
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial
appearance of being right. Thomas Paine
A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in
temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or
Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify
and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. Thomas Paine
An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a
child, cannot be true. Thomas Paine
Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve
order in the world as well as property… Horrid mischief would ensue
were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them. Thomas Paine
Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. Thomas Paine
But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all
it wants is the liberty of appearing. Thomas Paine
Character is much easier kept than recovered. Thomas Paine
Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none
that instructs him to be bad. Thomas Paine
Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and
unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed.
Man cannot make principles; he can only discover them. Thomas Paine
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its
worst state, an intolerable one. Thomas Paine
He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of
reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the
Faith, than George the Third. Thomas Paine
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy
from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent
that will reach himself. Thomas Paine
He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and
opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death. Thomas Paine
Human nature is not of itself vicious. Thomas Paine
I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties
consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our
fellow-creatures happy. Thomas Paine
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from
distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little
minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience
approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. Thomas
If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have
peace. Thomas Paine
If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately. Thomas
Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed
religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities. Thomas
It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance. Thomas Paine
It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. Thomas
It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to
himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving,
it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe. Thomas
It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are
defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by degrees,
the consequences will be the same. Thomas Paine
It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that
the Bible describes. Thomas Paine
It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into
consideration. Thomas Paine
Lead, follow, or get out of the way. Thomas Paine
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is
always a vice. Thomas Paine
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. Thomas Paine
My mind is my own church. Thomas Paine
Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the
worst. Thomas Paine
One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests. Thomas
Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always
the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law. Thomas
Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to
it. Thomas Paine
Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and
angels know of us. Thomas Paine
Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best
stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.
Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good
society. Thomas Paine
That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument, because it is no
proof that priests can not, or that the Bible does not. Thomas Paine
That government is best which governs least. Thomas Paine
That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. Thomas Paine
The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too
scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders,
your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your
shoulders are uncovered. Thomas Paine
The greatest remedy for anger is delay. Thomas Paine
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. Thomas Paine
The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A
general association takes place, and common interest produces common
security. Thomas Paine
The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason.
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and
grows brave by reflection. Thomas Paine
The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of
resistance. Thomas Paine
The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy. Thomas Paine
The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence
from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum. Thomas Paine
The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is
my religion. Thomas Paine
There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express
commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we
have of moral justice. Thomas Paine
There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that
we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those
that bolt into the mind of their own accord. Thomas Paine
These are the times that try men’s souls. Thomas Paine
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men,
undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine
Time makes more converts than reason. Thomas Paine
‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm,
and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles
unto death. Thomas Paine
Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title. Thomas Paine
To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be
to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of
its branches. Thomas Paine
To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their
choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not.
Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself.
So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one’s own
efforts. Thomas Paine
War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances
that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing
certain, and that is to increase taxes. Thomas Paine
We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not
on possibilities. Thomas Paine
We have it in our power to begin the world over again. Thomas Paine
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only
that gives everything its value. Thomas Paine
When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty
quits the horizon. Thomas Paine
When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is
not hereditary. Thomas Paine
It’s better to be paralyzed from the neck down, than to be paralyzed from the neck up… “
Dr. Charles Krauthammer
Last Monday was a profound evening, Dr. Charles Krauthammer spoke to the Center for the American Experiment. He is a brilliant intellectual, seasoned &articulate. He is forthright and careful in his analysis, and never resorts to emotions or personal insults. He is NOT a fear monger nor an extremist in his comments and views. He is a fiscal conservative, and has received a Pulitzer Prize for writing. He is a frequent contributor to Fox News and writes weekly for the Washington Post.
The entire room was held spellbound during his talk. I have summarized his comments, as we are living in uncharted waters economically and internationally.
Summary of his comments:
2. Obama has political skills comparable to Reagan and Clinton. He has a way of making you think he’s on your side, agreeing with your position, while doing the opposite. Pay no attention to what he SAYS; rather, watch what he DOES!
3. Obama has a ruthless quest for power. He did not come to Washington to make something out of himself, but rather to change everything, including dismantling capitalism. He can’t be straightforward on his ambitions, as the public would not go along.
He has a heavy hand, and wants to level the playing field with income redistribution and punishment to the achievers of society. He would like to model the USA to Great Britain or Canada .
4. His three main goals are to control ENERGY, PUBLIC EDUCATION, and NATIONAL HEALTHCARE by the Federal government. He doesn’t care about the auto or financial services industries, but got them as an early bonus. The cap and trade will add costs to everything and stifle growth. Paying for FREE college education is his goal. Most scary is his healthcare program, because if you make it FREE and add 46,000,000 people to a Medicare-type single-payer system, the costs will go through the roof. The only way to control costs is with massive RATIONING of services, like in Canada .
5. He has surrounded himself with mostly far-left academic types. No one around him has ever even run a candy store. But they are going to try and run the auto, financial, banking and other industries. This obviously can’t work in the long run. Obama is not a socialist; rather he’s a far-left secular progressive bent on nothing short of revolution. He ran as a moderate, but will govern from the hard left. Again, watch what he does, not what he says.
6. Obama doesn’t really see himself as President of the United States , but more as a ruler over the world. He sees himself above it all, trying to orchestrate &coordinate various countries and their
agendas. He sees moral equivalency in all cultures. His apology tour in Germany and England was a prime example of how he sees America , as an imperialist nation that has been arrogant, rather than a great noble nation that has at times made errors. This is the first President ever who has chastised our allies and appeased our enemies!
7. He is now handing out goodies. He hopes that the bill (and pain) will not come due until after he is reelected in 2012. He would like to blame all problems on Bush from the past, and hopefully his successor in the future. He has a huge ego, and Dr. Krauthammer believes he is a narcissist.
8. Republicans are in the wilderness for a while, but will emerge strong. Republicans are pining for another Reagan, but there will never be another like him. Krauthammer believes Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty &Bobby Jindahl (except for his terrible speech in February) are the future of the party. Newt Gingrich is brilliant, but has baggage. Sarah Palin is sincere and intelligent, but needs to really be seriously boning up on facts and info if she is to be a serious candidate in the future. We need to return to the party of lower taxes, smaller government, personal responsibility, strong national defense, and state’s rights.
9. The current level of spending is irresponsible and outrageous. We are spending trillions that we don’t have. This could lead to hyperinflation, depression or worse. No country has ever spent themselves into prosperity. The media is giving Obama, Reid and Pelosi a pass because they love their agenda. But eventually the bill will come due and people will realize the huge bailouts didn’t work, nor will the stimulus package. These were trillion-dollar payoffs to Obama’s allies, unions and the Congress to placate the left, so he can get support for #4 above.
10. The election was over in mid-September when Lehman brothers failed, fear and panic swept in, we had an unpopular President, and the war was grinding on indefinitely without a clear outcome. The people are in pain, and the mantra of change caused people to act emotionally. Any Dem would have won this election; it was surprising it was as close as it was.
11. In 2012, if the unemployment rate is over 10%, Republicans will be swept back into power. If it’s under 8%, the Dems continue to roll. If it’s between 8-10%, it will be a dogfight. It will all be about the economy. I hope this gets you really thinking about what’s
happening in Washington and Congress. There is a left-wing revolution going on, according to Krauthammer, and he encourages us to keep the faith and join the loyal resistance. The work will be hard, but we’re right on most issues and can reclaim our country, before it’s far too late.
Do yourself a long term favor, send this to all who will listen to an intelligent assessment of the big picture. All our futures and children’s futures depend on our good understanding of what is really going on in DC, and our action pursuant to that understanding!! It really IS up to each of us to take individual action!! Start with educating your friends and neighbors!!!
There’s been quite a stir recently over a bill in the Michigan Legislature that would prevent colleges from making up their own rules about guns on campus. As with any contentious legislation, there’s information and misinformation flying back and forth until it’s hard to know what’s right and wrong.
Here’s what it boils down to.
Concealed carry on college campuses is legal, except in dormitories, stadiums and classrooms. In fact, Michigan State University modified its rules of conduct about weapons back in the summer of 2009 because they recognized a conflict between their rules and state law.
Police told citizens (whether students or just people driving by) that they were breaking the law and couldn’t have weapons on campus. However, officials refused to prosecute because no laws had been broken. MSU voted almost unanimously to eliminate this conflict and comply with the law. (Like other schools in the nation that allow lawful possession of firearms, MSU has not seen a spike in violence.)
The same conflict still exists with other colleges who want citizens arrested for breaking their rules. In fact, the Michigan State Police support the current bill because it removes confusion about what’s legal on campus. (Perhaps law enforcement is tired of having colleges telling state officers to enforce nonexistent laws?)
Critics like the Brady Campaign falsely claim the law would allow loaded weapons into classrooms and dormitories, creating greater problems for colleges who should focus on banning guns. But the current bill doesn’t change who can carry, or when, or where. It only tells colleges that the Legislature, not college boards, creates laws you can be arrested for breaking. Concealed carry in dorms and classrooms would still be illegal under a separate law.
Colleges argue that they have the right to regulate their own campus. But is it really “their” campus, and do they really have that right?
If public colleges suddenly outlawed certain kinds of speech, would they have the right to arrest people who speak their minds? How much autonomous authority can a public institution presume to have, issuing rules that supersede present laws and suspend a right as fundamental as self-defense – and then insisting that police arrest those who don’t comply? Private colleges may have this luxury. Public institutions supported by taxpayer dollars don’t.
Other arguments against the bill are based on fear about what an individual would do if allowed to carry a gun on campus.
These fears assume Michigan residents in compliance with current firearms laws are actually latent criminals, restrained only by the knowledge that if they commit a crime on campus, the college will suspend them. Or that citizens who have safely carried their guns everywhere else the law allows will suddenly go ballistic upon reaching campus.
Ultimately, it’s about who you trust. Would you rather trust a criminal to abide by a written code and not carry a gun, or trust a peaceful and state-authorized citizen to carry a gun?
Why do I carry a gun?
“In case I need to employ it in a worst-case scenario to prevent the
imminent and otherwise unavoidable danger of death or great bodily
harm to innocent people, my family or even me.”
“It is my most important job to keep myself and my family safe, and
this is the best tool that I have to do so.”
I don’t carry a gun to kill people.
I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
I don’t carry a gun to scare people.
I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid.
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil.
I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.
I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government.
I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry.
I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating
myself for failing to be prepared.
I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.
I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and
not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m a cowboy.
I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.
I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man.
I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the
ones they love.
I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate.
I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.
I don’t carry a gun because I love it.
I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.
Police Protection is an oxymoron. Free citizens must protect themselves.
Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate
the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the
Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to
take an ass kickin’.
• Because I can’t carry a COP!!
• I carry a gun because I’m too old to fight. A young guy will kick
your ass, but an old man will just shoot you.
• Because I can’t throw a rock 1000 fps.
• For the same reasons I have fire extinguishers and wear my seatbelt.
• I would rather have a gun and not need it than need a gun and not have it.
• Don’t let your dying words be “Damn, I wish I had my gun.
• Because a cop is too heavy to carry?
• OK, so a cop can walk, but then you have to carry donuts, to keep
him close by.
• When did Noah build the Ark? That’s right, before it rained.
• Doesn’t everyone carry a gun?
• In case I need to shoot something… or someone.
• Because when seconds count the cops are only minutes away.
• Cuz a gun ain’t got no legs…
• Because you never know when one of us is going to come up lame and
need to be put down!
• You know…because of the killer clowns.
Please reproduce and distribute. Use this information in Letters to the Editor, conversations with anti-gun friends, and anywhere else you can. You are one election away from having your right of self-defense seen as a threat to society. It is on you to get the voters to see the truth, because the press is supporting the other side.
MYTH: “The police can protect you.”
Police write great reports, but an officer can only protect you if he/she happens to be there when the crime starts. Remember when the Christmas-tree lot worker was beaten with a bat? This happened on TV Highway, the major road between Beaverton and Hillsboro. The victims phoned 911 twice while being assaulted by eighteen youths, but the operator didn’t believe them and refused to send the police. Ten minutes later, the young man was struck with the bat and permanently disabled. His uncle had to beg a passerby to phone 911, this time for an ambulance.
Are you a baby-boomer? When you are 70 years old, will you be able to fight off a mugger with your fists? What if it isn’t just your money he wants? If you do not stop the anti-gun trend, guns will be registered, then confiscated, by the time you and your generation need them the most. The only gun-owners will be people who disobey the law.
MYTH: “A handgun in a home is 43 times more likely to kill one of the residents than a criminal.”
This is a bogus statistic from an MD named Arthur Kellerman. If you remove the suicides from his sampling, his statistic is now “6 times more likely”. Most of his remaining “victims” were multiple criminals living together, where one shot the other in a fight. He lets you assume they were families just like yours, by counting gun-death statistics for criminal households together with those of traditional families. (Polsby and Brennen, “Taking Aim At Gun Control” 1995). He has repeatedly refused the opportunity to debate speakers on the other side of the issue.
MYTH: “More children die of gunfire in America that the next 25 industrial nations combined”
Former President Clinton made those claims because he knew the press wouldn’t investigate them. He counted Hong Kong and China separately, although they had been together for years. He counted Kuwait as a top industrial nation, but left Russia and Brazil off the list. Russia and Brazil banned guns long ago, but have murder rates four times higher than what we have in the US. If you look at murders involving juveniles they’re off the scales. Both of those countries have significantly smaller populations than the U. S., yet either one of them by itself has a juvenile death total much higher than ours. (Prof J. Lott, Nat. Review.)
MYTH: “Countries with strict gun laws have less crime”
Russia, Mexico, South Africa and Brazil have very strict gun laws and much higher crime than we do. Switzerland has almost 100% handgun ownership. They even have shooting competitions for teenagers. Their murder rate is lower than England, where handgun ownership is banned. Violent crime in England has risen since the ban. If guns caused crime, Switzerland would be the most dangerous nation on earth, rather than one of the safest. Finland has higher per-capita gun ownership than America, and they also have lower crime rates. Israel has 40% higher gun ownership, and near zero murder, except for terrorists. New York, California, Chicago, and Washington DC have the strictest gun laws in America, and the highest crime rates. Virginia borders Washington DC, yet it has few gun laws and far fewer violent crimes. Vermont has the least restrictive gun laws in America, and their gun crime rate is 48th out of 50 states. Every state that started allowing average citizens to carry concealed weapons saw a decrease in violent crime over the ensuing years. Gun laws have been proven to make things worse, not better. (Prof. J. Lott, More Guns, Less Crime, 1998)
Think about it – if you were going to go on a shooting rampage or robbery spree, would you do it where the people are armed, or where the laws forbid your intended victims from having guns? If you doubt this, you can do your own experiment: Post a sign in front of your residence:
THIS HOME IS PROUD TO BE GUN FREE
Let me know how it went for you.
MYTH: “Incidents like Columbine demand gun control”
Deaths from incidents like Columbine are extremely rare, even now. For the first 190 years of American history, guns could be bought by mail, or in any gun store with no questions asked. No school shootings. The perversity that brought Columbine and similar incidents has nothing to do with gun laws, and will not change because of them. In two of those incidents, the shooting stopped when armed civilians intervened with their own guns, but those people weren’t invited to the White House for photo-ops, so you didn’t hear about them. (More on this below)
MYTH: “Guns should be registered like cars”
Compliance only comes from law-abiding citizens. Confiscation then becomes easy, and the “logical next step” after the next gun crime is in the news. The most recent examples of this are Australia and Britain. All it took was one person in each place to do something stupid, and the both countries paid with their rights to own firearms. Politicians made themselves look tough on crime, by punishing the gun owners who obeyed the law and registered. The law-abiding gun owners lost their ability to defend themselves against violence. But did confiscation improve things? British gun crimes rose 40% since their 1996 handgun ban. Australian armed robberies rose by 51%, unarmed robberies by 37%, assaults by 24% and kidnappings by 43%. The only people who lost their weapons were those who registered them. The criminals and the IRA still have theirs. In Germany, registration preceded confiscation of weapons from Jews, homosexuals, opponents of Hitler, and any other “undesirables”. Once disarmed, they were easy prey. The same happened in Rwanda, Uganda, Yugoslavia, Cambodia, Turkey, and the Soviet Union.
It is too easy a step from registration to confiscation. Since criminals won’t register their guns, they won’t be turning them in if the government decides to ban them. The Supreme Court (Haynes v. US, 390 US 85, 1968) has ruled that criminals cannot be prosecuted for failing to register guns (self incrimination). So gun registration will affect you, but not them.
MYTH: “Guns are already registered, I see that on the television cop shows”
Other than a few extremely repressive states, gun registration does not exist. But on the TV cop shows, we see the hero cop say, “The murder weapon is registered to you, how do you explain that?” Perhaps some Hollywood screenwriters would like to condition you to believe that gun registration is a fact, so you won’t complain when their favorite politicians try to push it through. Don’t believe it, and don’t accept it. Gun registration is the only way confiscation can happen, short of house to house searches.
MYTH: “Thirteen children a day die of gun violence.”
You really have to work the numbers around to get to this. The Clinton administration announced this using a backdrop of elementary school children. They didn’t say that 84% of the “13 children” are gangsters between the ages of 15 and 20, killing each other over drugs and turf (Prof. J. Lott, LA Times article). Clinton promised that this would be fixed by his 1994 gun laws, remember? Of the remaining 16% of non-adult gunshot victims, there are accidents, suicides, murders, and justifiable self-defense. Only 2.9% of all deaths under the age of 14 are from accidental shootings, an all time low (Johns Hopkins University). More children are killed by each of poisoning, drowning, fires, and bicycles.
MYTH: “More gun control will help stop hate crimes”
How will disarming likely victims protect them? People who are willing to violate murder laws are willing to violate gun laws, but they are not willing to risk being killed if their victim is armed. If 50% of all gay men in an area were known to carry handguns, people who now assault them would look elsewhere for entertainment.
MYTH: “What if only one life is saved by more gun laws, isn’t is worth it?”
How many lives will be lost because of gun laws? 2.5 Million crimes per year are stopped by armed citizens. What are their lives worth? (G. Kleck, Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America). In the case of the school shooting in Mississippi, the vice-principal (who stopped the shooter) had to run 1000 feet each way to get his gun from his car, because it was illegal for him to have it any closer to the school. How many children were shot during those minutes? What if it had been legal for New Yorkers to carry guns when Colin Ferguson shot up the subway car? Did strict New York gun laws stop his racist rampage? No, but they did guarantee him unarmed victims. What about the hundreds of women who had to wait the Brady period when they took notice of a stalker and were subsequently raped or worse before they could pick up their weapon. Don’t these people count for anything?
MYTH: “The Second Amendment was written when muskets were the primary military arms. The Founding Fathers never would have considered allowing citizens to own assault rifles.”
The First Amendment was written when the hand-operated printing press was the primary publishing tool. Shall we also ban free speech on television, radio, and the Internet because they weren’t invented in 1791? Technology may have changed, but human nature has not. Honest people still need means of defense against dishonest ones.
Is the Second Amendment a Personal or Group Right?
MYTH: “The Second Amendment was about state militias like the National Guard”
If that were true, we would see it in the writings of the Founding Fathers. Instead, we see dozens of statements that the right to keep and bear arms is a personal right and none that say otherwise. I have attached a few for your reference.
Words of the framers of the Constitution, expressing their views on gun rights:
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Thomas Jefferson, proposed Virginia constitution, June 1776. Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334 (C. J. Boyd, Ed., 1950)
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” Thomas Jefferson, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in “On Crimes and Punishment”, 1764, pp 87-88.
When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny, Thomas Jefferson
“The Constitution of most of our states, and the United States, assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves: that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press.” Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution, 1776
“Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first, a right to life, secondly to liberty, thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.” Samuel Adams
“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” Samuel Adams, During the Massachusetts U.S. Constitution ratification convention, 1788
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), reply of the Pennsylvania Assembly to the governor, November 11, 1755
“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.” Noah Webster, An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (1787) in Pamphlets to the Constitution of the United States (P. Ford, 1888).
“Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at the individual discretion, in private self-defense.” John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787-88
“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-8
“A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves and include all men capable of bearing arms. To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” Richard Henry Lee, Initiator of the Declaration of Independence, and member of the first Senate, which passed the Bill of Rights. Additional Letters From the Federal Farmer 53, 1788
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined. The great object is that every man be armed. Every man who is able may have a gun.” Patrick Henry, During Virginia’s ratification convention, 1788
“The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” James Madison, The Federalist No. 46
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of people, trained in arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.” James Madison, I Annuals of Congress 434 (June 8, 1789)
“I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” George Mason, during Virginia’s ratification convention, June 4, 1788 (From J. Elliott, Debates in the General State Conventions 425 (3rd ed. 1937).
“Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived the use of them.” …Thomas Paine, Thoughts on Defensive War, 1775
“A free people ought to be armed. When firearms go, all goes, we need them by the hour. Firearms stand next to importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.” George Washington, Boston Independence Chronicle, January 14, 1790
“To ensure peace, security, and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good.” George Washington
Column – Norma White: You want change? Try these ideas
Each presidential candidate is giving his rendition of the changes he wants for America.
Here are a few that I believe all Americans want.
Limit Congress from serving more than two terms. That is all that presidents are allowed.
Stop Congress from voting for their own raises. How did that ever get started?
Stop paying for lawmakers’ high-priced insurance premiums. After all, they are only part-time employees. They might pass some law changes on the insurance companies, if they had to find one.
Stop paying lawmakers their full salary after serving just one term, or at retirement. We need to get rid of that pension plan; they’ve let other companies get rid of theirs. You were lucky to get 40 to 50 percent of your salary after working somewhere for 35 years, but they get 100 percent.
Make Congress pay into the Social Security system. They make laws for it. If they spent some of their own money, they might be interested in making it solvent.
Stop handing out aid to illegal aliens. If we did, then Medicaid and the food stamp program would have enough money to aid the aged and the poor.
Secure our borders.
Stop allowing babies born to illegal aliens in the United States automatic U.S. citizenship.
Stop the abuse of our benevolent welfare system. We feed children free meals three times a day until they are 17. Churches give away good, clean clothes. Companies buy and donate school supplies. Emergency rooms provide health care at taxpayer expense and the food stamp program is buying food at home. What are parents doing for their children?
Have a computer program that cross checks Social Security numbers with fingerprints to stop fraud on many fronts. Use it on voter registration, too.
Stop bailing out mortgage companies and banks that give loans to people who cannot afford them.
Stop companies from paying CEOs and other executives outrageous salaries and bonuses while doing away with workers’ pensions.
Stop all unnecessary spending so we will have the money for our nation’s security, and to help needy and elderly Americans.
Stop permitting anyone to have a photo with their face covered on driver’s licenses.
Whoever wins the presidency will not be able to make these changes.
Only members of Congress can do this, as they are the lawmakers.
I don’t believe Congress is interested in changing anything, do you?
Rules for Gunfighting
1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your
friends who have guns.
2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Your
life is expensive.
3. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.
4. If your shooting stance is good, you’re probably not moving fast
enough nor using cover correctly.
5. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and
diagonal movement are preferred.)
6. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a
friend with a long gun.
7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or
tactics. They will only remember who lived.
8. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and
9. Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more
dependent on “pucker factor” than the inherent accuracy of the gun.
9.5 Use a gun that works EVERY TIME.
10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have
to beat you to death with it because it is empty.
11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
12. Have a plan.
13. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won’t work.
14. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
15. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
16. Don’t drop your guard.
17. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees.
18. Watch their hands. Hands kill. (In God we trust. Everyone else, keep
your hands where I can see them).
19. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.
20. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.
21. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you
22. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
23. Your number one Option for Personal Security is a lifelong
commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.
24. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does
not start with a “.4”
US Senior Citizen Speaks Out on Healthcare Bill – Part 1
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WHEN WE CLEAN UP WASHINGTON WE WILL THEN AGAIN HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT WE CAN RESPECT.
August 31, 2009 | Geoffrey P. Hunt
Barack Obama is on track to have the most spectacularly
failed presidency since Woodrow Wilson.
In the modern era, we’ve seen several failed
presidencies–led by Jimmy Carter and LBJ. Failed presidents
have one strong common trait– they are repudiated, in the
vernacular, spat out. Of course, LBJ wisely took the exit
ramp early, avoiding a shove into oncoming traffic by his
own party. Richard Nixon indeed resigned in disgrace, yet
his reputation as a statesman has been partially restored by
his triumphant overture to China .
George Bush Jr didn’t fail so much as he was perceived
to have been too much of a patrician while being
uncomfortable with his more conservative allies. Yet George
Bush Sr is still perceived as a man of uncommon decency,
loyal to the enduring American
character of rugged self-determination, free markets, and
generosity. George W will eventually be treated more kindly
by historians as one whose potential was squashed by his own
compromise of conservative principles, in some ways
repeating the mistakes of his father, while ignoring many
lessons in executive leadership he should have learned at
Harvard Business School . Of course George W could never
quite overcome being dogged from the outset by half of the
nation convinced he was electorally illegitimate — thus
aiding the resurgence of the liberal wing of the Democratic
But, Barack Obama is failing. Failing big. Failing fast.
And failing everywhere: foreign policy, domestic
initiatives, and most importantly, in forging connections
with the American people. The incomparable Dorothy
Rabinowitz in the Wall Street Journal put her finger on it:
He is failing because he has no understanding of the
American people, and may indeed loath
them. Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard says he is
failing because he has lost control of his message, and is
overexposed. Clarice Feldman of American Thinker produced a
dispositive commentary showing that Obama is failing because
fundamentally he is neither smart nor articulate; his
intellectual dishonesty is conspicuous by its audacity and
lack of shame.
But, there is something more seriously wrong: How could a
new president riding in on a wave of unprecedented promise
and goodwill have forfeited his tenure and become a lame
duck in six months? His poll ratings are in free fall. In
generic balloting, the Republicans have now seized a five
point advantage. This truly is unbelievable. What’s
No narrative. Obama doesn’t have a narrative. No, not a
narrative about himself. He has a self-narrative, much of it
fabricated, cleverly disguised or written by someone else.
But this self-narrative is isolated and doesn’t connect
He doesn’t have an American narrative that draws upon
the rest of us. All successful presidents have a narrative
about the American character that intersects with their own
where they display a command of history and reveal an
authenticity at the core of their personality that resonates
in a positive endearing way with the majority of Americans.
We admire those presidents whose narratives not only touch
our own, but who seem stronger, wiser, and smarter than we
are. Presidents we admire are aspirational peers, even those
whose politics don’t align exactly with our own: Teddy
Roosevelt, FDR, Harry Truman, Ike, Reagan.
But not this president. It’s not so much that he’s
a phony, knows nothing about economics, is historically
illiterate, and woefully small minded for the size of the
task– all contributory of course. It’s that he’s
not one of us. And whatever he is, his profile is fuzzy and
devoid of content, like a cardboard cutout made from
delaminated corrugated paper. Moreover, he doesn’t
command our respect and is unable to appeal to our own
common sense. His notions of right and wrong are repugnant
and how things work just don’t add up. They are not
existential. His descriptions of the world we live in
don’t make sense and don’t correspond with our
In the meantime, while we’ve been struggling to take a
measurement of this man, he’s dissed just about every
one of us–financiers, energy producers, banks, insurance
executives, police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital
administrators, post office workers, and anybody else who
has a non-green job. Expect Obama to lament at his last
press conference in 2012: “For those of you I offended,
I apologize. For those of you who were not offended, you
just didn’t give me enough time; if only I’d had a
second term, I could have offended you too.”
Mercifully, the Founders at the Constitutional Convention
in 1787 devised a
useful remedy for such a desperate state–staggered terms
for both houses of the legislature and the executive. An
equally abominable Congress can get voted out next year.
With a new Congress, there’s always hope of legislative
gridlock until we vote for president again two short years
Yes, small presidents do fail, Barack Obama among them.
The coyotes howl but the wagon train keeps rolling along.