"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." - Benjamin Franklin;
"And when politicians find that honor and character matter less than buying votes and a constituency, that too will herald the end of the Constitution. When that happens we must work tirelessly to change their minds, or their occupation!" - Hoping The Blind Will See

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Rights, Privileges and What We 'Deserve'

America was founded with the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. If you haven't read those three documents, then I suggest you pick up a copy of "The Pocket Patriot" published by Sweet Water Press. The Bill of Rights is derived from the 1st ten Amendments to the Constitution. In total - over the past 200+ years, we have created only twenty-seven total Amendments to the constitution. Those are our Rights - period. What we are privileged with a superb health care system and many social programs. So what do we deserve? Somehow over the past 50 years we've gone from "Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather what you can do for your country" - John F Kennedy, to a society of what more can the government provide to you. Two distinctly different philosophies - both espoused by Democrats. What happened to Democrats? When did they stop believing in the ideals of the three documents that founded our country? And why? In my view we are not 'entitled' to any social programs - they are a gift, a privilege. They are not guaranteed. Yet many Americans will tell you that I would be considered less than compassionate because of my position on this issue. I submit to you that there is no right, nor is there an obligation for the government, to provide social programs for those members of society who want them. Social programs in my view, and in many cases, strip people of their dignity, remove incentive to work hard to overcome economic difficulty, and unfairly and inappropriately subsidize one group of citizens over another. So what do you want? Do you want your Rights enforced, or do you want to foster an environment of entitlement which ultimately will lead to socialism? In my view, we 'deserve' our Rights enforced, and we 'deserve' fairness for ALL legal citizens of America - regardless of color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, religious beliefs, economic class or ideology. We deserve to be protected from attack. We deserve to have our laws enforced, or overturned legally when necessary. We deserve to have the Constitution enforced - not interpreted. Other than that we 'deserve' nothing, we are 'entitled' to nothing. What do you think? You decide. But if you decide on the side of socialism, I implore you to at least research what that will look like. Don't go blindly down that road. You owe that much to yourself and your fellow countrymen, as well as to all those who have fought and died for freedom and liberty, and all those who continue to serve! Wake Up America!

Glenn Beck - Current Events & Politics - List of Obama's Czars

Just as he has done with the deficit, President Obama has quadrupled the previous record for the number of appointed Czar positions, which was eight. So far, in only 7 months, he has appointed 32!! These people do not answer to anyone but the President. They are not screened, nor are they confirmed, by the Senate. In effect, they are a government structure unto themselves. They can make changes on their own under the purview of their specific area of responsibility, or at the behest of the President, without answering to anyone. This effectively provides the President with unprecedented power to reshape America as we know it. Here is a list of those Czars, and what they are responsible for. Glenn Beck - Current Events & Politics - List of Obama's Czars I have a couple questions. Who is paying for this insulation-like layer of government? Why are they unaccountable to Congress or the American people? Why are we accepting this as 'normal' when this practice bypasses the checks and balances process written into our Constitution by our Founders? Is it time to stop this insanity and prevent it from occurring in the future? I think it is. Please contact your Senators and Representative and let them know we want a bill introduced that will eliminate this practice in the future, and will return us to the checks and balances system we were founded under! Wake Up America! Shared via AddThis

Friday, August 14, 2009

Scary Times Continue

Is this the future of America? Obama has appointed a gentleman - formerly associated with the Center for American Progress, a far left organization designed to compete with conservative think tanks like The Heritage Foundation and The American Enterprise Institute - to be his communications Czar. He is the FCC Chief Diversity Officer and his name is Mark Lloyd. He is seeking to require all owners of conservative radio stations to pay 100% of their yearly operating costs to fund National Public Radio. Think about that. A company that has operating costs of one million dollars, will have to come up with an additional one million dollars if this program succeeds and hand it over so that a competitor has unfair advantage in the marketplace. Is that socialistic or what? He is pushing this agenda because approximately 91% of talk radio programming is conservative, while only 9% is progressive/liberal. What Mr. Lloyd can’t understand is that there is no market in progressive broadcasting and thus no profit. So by "punishing" conservative radio he can kill two birds with one stone - silence, to a large degree, conservative influence on the airwaves, and redistribute wealth to programs that can not stand on their own. More unfairness by the Obama administration (see 'One Standard For All' below). The progressives are apoplectic that no one listens to them (if people did there would be profitable programs with large followings just like conservative radio has), so their alternative is to silence those programs and broadcasters that are profitable (remember the 'Fairness Doctrine'? This is an end-around). But nobody prevents the progressive voice from being heard - they call in to conservative radio programs and voice their views all the time. No one is keeping them doing that. And yet the Progressives still find it necessary to silence the conservatives. This is a blatant attack on our 1st Amendment Right. In 2006 while at the liberal Center for American Progress Lloyd wrote a book entitled, Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America. In the book he presents the idea that private broadcasters (private business) should pay licensing fees which equal their total yearly operating costs so that public broadcasting stations can spend the same on their operations as the private companies do. Not only does he want to redistribute private profits, he wants to regulate much of the programming on these stations to make sure they focus on “diverse views” and government activities (sound like an attempt at 'brainwashing to you?). This is an attack by the Obama administration against conservative thought and speech and must be fought with equal passion as the current fight against health care. The assault from all fronts on our rights, and on the Republic form of government we have had for 200+ years is unconscionable and unacceptable. Obama and his cronies must be stopped! Is this the future of America? Only if we allow it! Wake Up America!

America Was Not Built On Economic Parity

How did America become the strongest country in the world? How did she become the richest country in the world? And how has she been able to be the most compassionate nation on earth? Many of you would say hard work. Some would say luck. Some might say through military might. Still fewer would say world oppression for our own gain. But the bottom line is that free market enterprise, which drives men and women to heights never reached before because of the potential reward that can be realized, has been the driving force that answers all three of those questions. If you take that 'pot at the end of the rainbow' away, Americans will have no motivation to succeed. So, as Barack Obama continues to drive us down the path of socialism, and continues his dream of redistributed wealth, look to the future. How will we remain the strongest country in the world? How will we remain the richest country in the world? And how much compassion will we be able to share with other countries around the world when need requires it? If you can't find a concrete answer to those questions, then you need to think long and hard about the road we're on. If you can find concrete answers, share them here with us; we'd be very interested. But rest assured, America was not built on economic parity, and in every nation where that has been attempted - that nation has ultimately failed to maintain liberty and freedom. So what say you America? Wake Up!!

Did You Notice...?

Health Care Reform is now Health Insurance reform. President Obama has used that term in both of his last two Town Hall meetings, and that's a far cry from comprehensive health care reform (if he's being forthright and truthful). Now, I for one am in agreement that insurance reform is one facet of health care that requires some reform. There are other facets that also need reform. But, the whole health care system does not need to be scrapped, nor does it require reform. Nor could we pay for it if it did. It does not require, nor do I want, a government component, that will undoubtedly be 'grown' over the course of time. But I caution you. This President is the Prince of Spin. He is the Guru of Semantics. So watch this issue closely. I would suggest that the final bill that comes out will not look like an insurance reform bill only, so don't be lulled by his words alone. Contact your Congressmen now, to tell them that we want an opportunity to review ANY bill that comes out, for a minimum of 7 days, before it gets voted on. That will give us the opportunity to contact our Congressmen to let them know how we feel about the bill, before it becomes a law. Stay Vigilant America!

One Standard For All

I am tired of the racist label, and it's time Americans of every color, race, religion, and sex stand on principle and denounce boldly, and repeatedly, the bile the political left throws at us at every opportunity. It is their way of denigrating anything that does not promote their ideology provided there is a minority involved in the incident. But I watched as one woman at a recent Town Hall meeting did take a stand when she was called racist. We all need to do the same! If I dislike a black man, I'm a racist. But what if I dislike a white man? Aren't I allowed to like and dislike whomever I want without being called a racist? If I dislike the fact that illegal immigrants are entering our country from Mexico, I'm a racist. But what if I don't mind legal immigrants coming to America? Aren't I allowed to support the existing immigration LAWS of this country without being called a racist? If I dislike Affirmative Action, I'm a racist. But what if I support fairness for ALL? Aren't I allowed to expect that all persons succeed on skill, knowledge, strength of character, self motivation, and self reliance without being called a racist? If I support a white cop questioning a black man because the white cop is doing his duty, professionally, calmly and according to department rules and regulations, I'm a racist. But what if I support a cop of any color or race doing the same thing to a white man? Aren't I allowed to expect police officers to protect my property as well as myself, and to keep the peace without being called a racist? These are just a few examples of how the left has demonized any reasonable person whenever race is involved in an issue. I'm not a racist, I just believe in common sense and fairness - not manufactured or legislated fairness, but basic fairness - for all! In my view, at some point in the future, if we do not act now to correct the injustice the "racist label" has branded us with there will be a backlash that will be ugly. So America, speak up, speak out, and do not accept the status quo any longer. Americans of every nationality can be compassionate to any other person, so long as that person lives by the rules of fairness. Many Americans who do live by those rules, but who have been unduly discriminated against by social programs and leftist innuendo shouted under the guise of "leveling the playing field" or the veil of "compassion for those less fortunate", are tired of the double standard. One standard for all, is what I'd like to see. That, after all, would then support the Declaration of Independence which states in part "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among those are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. And nowhere could I find, in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution or the Bill of Rights that the pursuit of Happiness included the government indulging one segment of the population over another. Maybe I missed it? Let me know if I did. Wake up America!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Palin Factor

Once again this morning, 8/13/09, I was treated to more negative rhetoric about Sarah Palin by a Democrat spin analyst - this time it was Bob Beckel. This after Sarah Palin has been out of office for more than a couple of weeks. You have to ask yourself why the Democrats - and even some republicans (progressives no doubt) are so obviously threatened by her. Could it be that she speaks her mind truthfully, passionately, clearly, and in such a way that the American people can hear the integrity of her character? Is integrity such a big thing to fear? I think for many, many, many of our elected officials integrity is a foreign concept in their lives. Many of these people know nothing about 'principle'. Instead, they know about deals and where the money to line the pocket is coming from next. Corruption is alive and well in Washington, and they are all afraid that Sarah Palin will set the light of truth on them! Good for you Sarah Palin, but more importantly, good for us!! Wake up America!

Martial Law In America?

This is a bit convoluted, but essentially states that the Federal Government can use Martial Law during any epidemic, or for crowd control and civil unrest containment. Will the Obama Administration use the H1N1 (Swine Flu) "epidemic" as a smoke screen to impose Martial Law? Will he declare the peaceable gathering of those associated with and sympathetic to the Tea Party movement a "civil unrest" episode that requires "crowd control" in an attempt to intimidate the Tea Party members? Remember, this administration has been quoted as saying never let a good crisis go to waste. That statement and Obama's agenda have scared me from the beginning. The more I read, the more I listen to the investigations into the Czars, and the more I see where Obama wants to take this country, the more frightened I become. But add to that the Posse Comitatus Act, and in tandem with his agenda, it portrays a real recipe for disaster. As you read below, some ambiguous language is written such as "other homeland defense roles". This excerpt is from wikipedia and talks about the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, and what has happened to it in recent history. On September 26, 2006, President Bush urged Congress to consider revising federal laws so that U.S. armed forces could restore public order and enforce laws in the aftermath of a natural disaster, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. These changes were included in the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (H.R. 5122), which was signed into law on Oct 17, 2006, subsequently repealed in their entirety.[3] Section 1076 is titled "Use of the Armed Forces in major public emergencies". It provided that: The President may employ the armed forces... to... restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition... the President determines that... domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaining public order... or [to] suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy if such... a condition... so hinders the execution of the laws... that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law... or opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws.[4] The actual text is on pages 322–323 of the legislation. As of 2008, these changes have been repealed in their entirety, reverting to the previous wording of the Insurrection Act.[5] But... HOMELAND SECURITY On October 1, 2008, the US Army announced that the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT) will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command (NORTHCOM), as an on-call federal response force for natural or man-made emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks. This marks the first time an active U.S. Army unit will be given a dedicated assignment to NORTHCOM, where it is stated they may be "called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive (CBRNE) attack." These soldiers will also learn how to use non-lethal weapons designed to "subdue unruly or dangerous individuals" without killing them, and also includes equipment to stand up a hasty road block; spike strips for slowing, stopping or controlling traffic; shields and batons; and beanbag bullets.[7] However, the "non-lethal crowd control package [...] is intended for use on deployments to the war zone, not in the U.S. [...]".[7] The US military will have around 20,000 uniformed personnel in this role in the United States by 2011, specifically trained and equipped to assist state and local government, respond to major disasters, terrorist attack, other major public emergencies.[8] This shift in strategy is a result of recommendations by Congress and outside experts.[8] This response capability is not new, but now accompanies a permanent assignment of forces to NORTHCOM. This formalizes a role for the use of federal troops within the United States during major public emergencies and disasters, as was the case in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.[7] This has raised concern about the relationship between Posse Comitatus and the use of the military in domestic disaster support and homeland defense roles.[9] However, federal military forces have a long history of domestic roles.[10] The Posse Comitatus Act prohibits the use of federal military forces to "execute the laws"; however, there is disagreement over whether this language may apply to troops used in an advisory, support, disaster response, or other homeland defense role, as opposed to conventional law enforcement.[1] On December 10, 2008, the California Highway Patrol announced its officers, along with San Bernadino Sheriff's Department deputies and US Marine Corps Military Police, would jointly staff some sobriety and drivers license checkpoints.[11] However, the Marines at the checkpoints are not arresting individuals or enforcing any laws, which would be a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.[12] A spokesperson said that the Marines were present to observe the checkpoint to learn how to conduct checkpoints on base, to help combat the problem of Marines driving under the influence. The Marines at a recent checkpoint learned techniques to conduct sobriety checkpoints and field sobriety tests.[12] On March 10, 2009, active duty Army military police troops from Fort Rucker were deployed to Samson, Alabama in response to a murder spree. Samson police officials confirmed the troops' presence, but it remains unclear who requested the troops and under what authority they were deployed. The governor of Alabama did not request military assistance and President Obama did not authorize their deployment. According to police officials, the soldiers were involved in traffic control and securing the crime scene. An investigation into possible violations of several federal laws including the Posse Comitatus Act, is underway.[13] And then these questions were asked during George Bush's administration. He was less radical than Obama, would you agree? So if these questions were asked about Bush, shouldn't we be even more concerned now that a real radical is in office? http://www.alternet.org/rights/101958/thousands_of_troops_are_deployed_on_u.s._streets_ready_to_carry_out_%22crowd_control%22/ Wake Up America!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Blame Game

Many of you have played on a sports team, coached a sports team, built a management team, or through a management team "coached" an employee workforce. Many of the best coaches have the ability to build loyalty by building personal responsibility and commitment within their respective teams. You would expect that the person we choose to lead our country would have the innate ability through his or her leadership and communication skills to bring people of all classes, colors, races, ethnicity, religions and sexes together in an attempt to make the country stronger. You would expect that the leader of the free world would use tools tapping into our sense of patriotism, pride, and country loyalty to build that coalition. But instead, what this President has done, has been just the opposite. He has been a divisive force in America since he was elected - perhaps even before then. He has publicly blamed and ostracized, at different times in the past 7 months, bank CEO's, insurance companies, the national media, Fox News specifically, conservatives, Republicans, the Bush administration (repeatedly), car company CEO's, "right-wing extremists", and a police officer. Obama has told 1/2 of America to "stop talking, get out of the way", that he doesn't mind cleaning up after us but we're in his way. Are these the actions of a leader? Think back to any person who has been truly respected as a leader - how many of them played the blame game? Is that what we expect now from our leadership? Or is this guy just a community organizer at heart, who knows how to push his weight around, but who has no clue how to lead? I think the latter. By the way, for all of you who are still employed? Today is the last day you have to work to pay this year's tax debt to the government. The rest of the year is all for you!! Hmmm, 7.5 months of work to support the government, 4.5 months of work for ourselves. Who do we blame that on? And how long are we going to allow it? Wake Up America!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Is This The America We're Headed For?

Here are a couple of clips that might interest you. Is this what we want for America? Is this what we want our future to look like? I can't vouch for this clip - it's home made, but seems legitimate. I haven't seen it on any news channels, but would be interested to know if anyone else has. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEPod-hxD7g Then there's this: http://www.resistnet.com/video/video/show?id=2600775%3AVideo%3A1511464&xgs=1 Wake Up America!