"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, December 12, 2009

Generations of Valor

For those of us going about our lives with little regard for the sacrifices made on our behalf, please take a good look at this picture. This could be your father, your brother, your son, your uncle, your cousin, your friend...

The cost of Freedom does not come cheap, but hundreds of thousands have felt the cost worth the sacrifice.

Say a little prayer for those in the military whom you know. And if you know no one, then take the time to thank God that your "circle of life" has not been affected, and ask him to watch over ALL our soldiers!

You may need them someday, and they WILL be there!

Wake Up America!
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Friday, December 11, 2009

A Different Christmas Poem; Remember the Soldier Who Protects Our Freedom

             The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,            
             I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.            
                 My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,                
                  My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.                  
                Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,                
                Transforming the yard to a winter delight.                
                The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,                
                Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.                
               My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,              
               Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.                
               In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,                
                So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.                
              The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,              
               But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear..              
            Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the            
               sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.                
               My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,                
             And I crept to the door just to see who was near.            
            Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,            
              A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.              
               A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,                
                Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.                
                Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,                
             Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.            
                "What are you doing?" I asked without fear,                
               "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!              
           Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,            
              You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"              
                 For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,                
             Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..            
            To the window that danced with a warm fire's light            
             Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,            
              I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."              
             "It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,              
               That separates you from the darkest of times.              
                  No one had to ask or beg or implore me,                  
            I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.            
             My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"              
       Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."        
             My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',            
                 And now it is my turn and so, here I am.                  
              I've not seen my own son in more than a while,              
          But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.          
            Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,            
               The red, white, and blue... an American flag.              
             I can live through the cold and the being alone,              
                Away from my family, my house and my home.                
          I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,          
               I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.                
                I can carry the weight of killing another,                
             Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..              
                Who stand at the front against any and all,                
          To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.."          
            "  So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,            
              Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."              
            "But isn't there something I can do, at the least,            
            "Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?            
             It seems all too little for all that you've done,            
               For being away from your wife and your son."                
              Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,              
               "Just tell us you love us, and never forget.                
          To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,          
               To stand your own watch, no matter how long.                
              For when we come home, either standing or dead,              
                To know you remember we fought and we bled.                
              Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,              
              That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."              
     PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many    
  people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due  
                                  to our                                  
      U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these      
   festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we  
                             owe. Make people                              
 stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves  
                                 for us.                                  
                          LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN                        
                     30th Naval Construction Regiment                      
                          OIC, Logistics Cell One                          
                             Al Taqqadum, Iraq                             

It's All About The "O"

And the decisions and policies he embraces!

Wake Up America!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Wizard of Oz

The movie "The Wizard of Oz" is 70 years old... Can you imagine!

What a cast, and what a story! A remake could never be as good; it certainly wouldn't live up to the hype.

But today, if Dorothy were to encounter men with no brains, no heart, and no courage, she wouldn't be in Oz, she'd be in Congress. So here's the cast as I see it...

The Wizard of Oz (Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain) - George Soros
Dorothy - All 'legal' Americans
Scarecrow - Barack Obama

Tin Man -  Rahm Emanuel

Cowardly Lion - Harry Reid

Wicked Witch of the West (how appropriate) - Nancy Pelosi
The Good Witch of the East - Sarah Palin

The flying monkeys - the remaining 533 people renting seats in Congress

Wake Up America!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Have "They" Gotten To You Already?

December 8, 2009

Dear Senator LeMieux,

On 9/11/09 I wrote to you (see letter below) requesting that you provide me with answers to my specific questions. I have been patient, waiting nearly two months for those answers, and yet I have received nothing – not a letter, not a note, nor an email – to satisfy that request. That is unacceptable to me. You may be a Senator, but I am a U.S. Citizen and I require answers to the questions I ask of my elected officials. The arrogance and disdain so many in Washington have for ordinary Americans is appalling. Though I do have a Representative who will respond to me – every time I write, and who will occasionally send me a letter in response to some question I have, or some information I have requested.

So, please, at your earliest convenience, respond to the questions I’ve outlined below. And while you’re at it, please explain why you felt you could ignore my request in the first place. Thank you for your time.

Kissimmee, Fl 34747                                                                                      

                                                                                                                September 11, 2009

Dear Senator LeMieux,

Congratulations on your appointment as US Senator of Florida. I am sure you are very proud of that accomplishment. But with that appointment comes grave responsibility – particularly in these historic times.

I am one of those Tea Party guys – conservative, never politically active, heck, hardly politically aware until recently, although I have always voted for the most conservative choice running. But things all changed for me – and many of us – during this past election cycle. So now I am more politically aware. Now I do write my Senators and US Representative to explain my expectations and learn those of my elected officials who represent Florida and, more importantly, America. Now I do research the issues, watch the voting records, and listen intently to the arguments.

I am enormously disappointed in my government. The more I learn, the more I research, both about our government and this President and his administration and his “Special Advisors” the more angry I become. Like many Americans today, I do not trust the government any longer – because the government has failed us. Many of our elected officials have not honored their oath to serve and protect the Constitution of the United States. I am one of those individuals, from all across America, who will ensure that our elected officials will do so from now on.

You took an oath to protect and to serve the Constitution of the United States. That is a huge responsibility. So I am asking you flat out – will you do everything within your power to do so?

As one of my Senators, I expect that you stand on principle and that you do so with enormous integrity. I expect that you speak clearly, and clearly define your positions. I expect no equivocation, no fence sitting, and no political-speak. I have had enough of that. I am tired of that.

I expect that you will vote against any new spending. Our deficit is out of control, and until we have our debt paid, there can be no more spending. To that end I expect that this Congress ensure that the unfunded liability of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid be addressed and a comprehensive plan to fix those programs be designed and implemented before we take on the burden of creating any other government programs regardless of how minor they may appear to be. That includes Health Care Reform. Do not be bullied, coerced, or manipulated when it comes to spending. Stand firm.

I believe that we have been dependent upon foreign oil as our main source of energy long enough. I expect you to vote for legislation that will allow Americans to research and develop all forms of energy, from wherever it can be found – coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear energy, new refineries, etc, etc. Restrictions that prevent our independence and success in this area must go!

The border issue must be addressed! Our borders must be secured permanently from breach by illegal immigrants and foreign threats - immediately. In addition, the illegal immigrant issue must be addressed. Enforce the immigration laws of this country! Any illegal immigrant must be deported as soon as they are identified. I’m sure there are several ways to do this, yet our government has seen fit not to do so. Why? Here are a couple of ways – first, unequivocally, no licenses or other official documents for illegal immigrants. Secondly, undisputed identification at the voting booths. That means finger/thumb print or eye scan. Forget what the ACLU says – in general, they are a progressive organization out to destroy America. We have an obligation to know who is voting in America – there has been too much fraud in past elections. By implementing this process, if illegal immigrants come to the voting booth they will be identified and can be immediately deported. Thirdly, when an illegal immigrant comes to the emergency room for health care, provide it, and then have them immediately deported. This issue is not going away unless someone, or some ones, in Washington take a stand. Will you have that kind of integrity? Will you stand on that principle? Or will you just be part of the existing morass in Washington?

Lastly I expect comprehensive tax reform. The fair tax is the solution I am for. Sixty thousand plus pages of tax code is ridiculous, would you agree?

I expect all these things to be addressed and fixed before we burden ourselves with issues like “global warming”, or the “greening” of America and all that goes along with that. Those issues have not been satisfactorily proved, as the debate on both sides can provide “proof” of their arguments. So to “fundamentally change” America on a whim is not my idea of protecting America.

I believe the United States of America is the greatest country in the world. I find it laughable, but also scary and frustrating, when I hear progressive liberals (socialists) say that we are the only major country in the world that doesn’t have this, or who doesn’t have that. Why would we want to be like other countries? None are as great, as compassionate, or have sacrificed as much in terms of resources – human and material – as we have. So I ask again, why would we want to be like other countries?

We have Congressmen in office to make these hard decisions and develop comprehensive plans to address the pressing issues of the day. Instead, they continue to avoid these issues. Well, no longer! Will you take this opportunity – given to you freely, but unexpectedly – to fight for the America that was founded 250 or so years ago with the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States? Or will you squander it? The choice is yours, but I, and many like me, am watching.

I would appreciate an answer to all my specific questions addressed in this letter. I know I discussed many issues, but I have a right to know your position on them. I would further appreciate that you not send a “boiler-plate” response, as that will not adequately provide the insight I am looking for. Thank you in advance.


Kissimmee, Fl 34747-2148

Is There A Reason?

Why legislation has to be written in terms that ordinary citizens find intimidating and difficult to read? I mean other than the obvious one of obfuscation?

 That legislation is written in unreasonable lengths? Remember the Constitution was only 6 pages long, and it created the foundation of a country!

That intelligent people still believe that humankind can significantly influence the climate by changing our behavior?

Why leadership around the world is looking to create a one-world government, a one-world bank, and a one-world currency?

That our own government would be trying to undermine our economy through policy and legislation?

That our President cohorts with not one, but two convicted felons? And that he has surrounded himself with radical thinkers, socialists, and yes, even communists in his cabinet and adviser ranks?

Why our elected officials leave writing legislation to special interest groups, and then vote on that legislation based upon how they feel about the special interest (i.e. how much money they received from that group) without even reading it?

That the "change you can believe in" is still embraced by too many Americans even after everything that has come to light about Obama's associations, and his misrepresentation of his politics during the campaign (didn't campaign on the far left)?

That we would need a 2nd Bill of Rights, something espouse by FDR (and soundly dismissed by the masses), but now once again embraced by Obama and Cass Sunstein?

That our elected officials feel compelled by this administration to ignore the will of the people, even at the peril of losing their careers?

That we allow felons, tax cheats, and corrupt politicians to not only remain in government, but to thrive there because of their illegal behavior!

That the Obama Administration would be following the "how to" manual Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight! How Progressives Can Win written in 2006, in jail, by Robert Creamer, husband of Congresswoman Jan Schakowski (D-IL, now there's a surprise), and a convicted felon, almost to the letter?

Why there isn't more outrage by average American citizens? Or why apathy is thriving in our society?

Wake Up America! Pretty soon it'll be too late, and, in the words of lovable Joe Biden, "then what will you do?"