Pueblo, CO—Liberty Counsel successfully defended the First Amendment rights of a Pueblo, Colorado, citizen who regularly engages in street witnessing at Pueblo Transit Center bus terminal and its surrounding sidewalks. A transit director suddenly prohibited the one-to-one conversations and Gospel tract distribution, citing a city code prohibiting throwing of handbills or literature on the ground in public places.
“A policy forbidding literature distribution and conversation with others inside the bus terminal is unconstitutional as a violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,” Liberty Counsel told the transit authority.
The president’s panel on NSA reform gives us the worst of both of these worlds
During the 1920s, the American government secretly funded the “black chamber” to crack codes used by foreign governments. Upon hearing of the program, President Hoover’s new Secretary of State Henry Stimson famously proclaimed, “Gentlemen don’t read other gentlemen’s mail”–and ended it. Stimson was not the only leader of his era determined to pretend the international arena was the domain of gentlemen: just one year earlier representatives from 62 nations (including the United States) signed the Kellogg-Briand pact, agreeing not use war to settle “disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin they may be, which may arise among them.”
Seventy-five years later, the starry-eyed are still among us, albeit mugged by competing unrealities.
Edward Snowden and his sympathizers want to transcend the modern “Orwellian” nation-state and establish a hyper-individualistic new world order made up of billions of peaceful cosmopolitans. As Snowden put it in his Thoreau-like Christmas message: “Privacy matters. Privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.” Christmas itself, of course, belies such a claim to radical autonomy. But leaving that aside, the most oppressive impositions on privacy do not come from government surveillance programs, at least as we’ve experienced them, but from enemies of peace, foreign and domestic–the very enemies such programs are meant to stop.
There is a prophetic verse of Scripture that records the conquering Messiah as being asked about the wounds that are in his hands. He responds, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” (Zechariah 13:6 KJV) Indeed. It wasn’t the Romans that were fixated with killing Christ; it was the Lord’s own brethren. “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” (John 1:11 KJV) In like manner, our nation is quickly losing its liberties and Natural rights, not because of our enemies, but because of our so-called friends and brothers.
Edmund Burke summarized it beautifully: “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” And, for the most part, that is what good men are doing today: nothing!
As regular readers of this column know, I am passionate in my defense of the Natural right of self-defense. I firmly believe that the only thing standing between us and tyranny is the right of the people to keep and bear arms. The freedom of speech, the right to assemble and redress government, the right to be secure in our own homes, the right to a trial by jury, the freedom of worship, etc., all depend on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. When the people of America surrender this right, all of the other rights will quickly disappear.
Furthermore, Daniel Webster was absolutely right when he said, “Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.” Amen!
My wife was going through some boxes today and came across a well worn, dog eared Gideon Bible. Inside the front cover was the date July 21, 1943. It was given to my father shortly before he boarded the Queen Mary, along with several thousand other GIs to make the hazardous voyage to England. It’s one of the treasures from the past, a connection to a good man who served his country and took good care of his family.
Looking through this artifact of another time made it abundantly clear how much things have changed. However, one of the things that did not change is the work of the Gideons in providing scriptures throughout our nation and throughout the world. This little New Testament literally was through the war. It’s worn appearance and the notes inside showed that it meant a lot to my father as he was thousands of miles from his family and their farm just outside the village Steinsburg, PA.
The Gideons have New Testaments for different groups of people and this particular one was designed for members of the military. On the second page was a message from President Roosevelt:
As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.
[Editor's note: Some readers have reservations about the InfoWars program. They do have some interesting views, however, they are not alone in their evaluation. Breitbart and Reuters concur. It would behoove us to see what they have to say.]
Kit Daniels recently wrote a brief but very enlightening news story on InfoWars.com:
“On the August 6 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Dr. Ron Paul responded to this very straightforward statement which appeared in a recent New York Times article:
“‘Some analysts and Congressional officials suggested Friday that emphasizing a terrorist threat now was a good way to divert attention from the uproar over the N.S.A.’s data-collection programs, and that if it showed the intercepts had uncovered a possible plot, even better.’
“‘Well, it’s not amazing that this is the truth,’ Paul said in response. ‘It’s amazing, I think, that the New York Times would admit it.’
“Paul went on to say that the NSA’s claim of saving Americans from dozens of terrorist attacks is simply rhetoric to prove that the agency’s massive spying on Americans is a good thing.
“‘Their (the NSA officials) claimed successes are all built on lies,’ Paul said.
Paul referred to NSA Deputy Director John Inglis’ admission that the agency’s warrantless wiretapping only prevented maybe one terrorist plot and even that one is questionable, which contradicts the NSA’s earlier claim of 54 thwarted plots.
On a recent Facebook post, I noted that it is an absolute certainty that things cannot continue the way they are going for a whole lot longer. I believe we are no more than 8-10 years away from a nuclear war with China and Russia. By the way, I, once again encourage readers to watch the CBS TV series “Jericho” (get the DVDs or watch it on Netflix) to get an idea of how quickly life, and even civilization, would change in such a scenario.
Furthermore, America’s economic outlook is bleak, the current phony surge in the stock market notwithstanding. For all intents and purposes, the US is bankrupt. We are living on borrowed money and on borrowed time. Every honest economist knows this is true and is making personal preparations for the inevitable.
In addition, can one imagine if there was any kind of national emergency? Have we forgotten the Los Angeles riots and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina? Can one imagine what life would be like if the distribution of Welfare checks suddenly stopped, or if food could no longer be found in grocery stores, or if gas stations were out of gasoline?
For those who have been living under a rock, Edward Snowden is the young man who leaked the word that the NSA was tracking billions of phone calls every day. His actions have generated controversy on both sides of the political aisle. It is rare these days for a dispute to break along anything but party lines… yet here we are.
To find Glenn Beck and Michael Moore on the same side of any issue is truly amazing. To have Democrats and Republicans siding with each other against other Democrats and Republicans just doesn’t happen every day. It may be that we are seeing true colors in some cases as public figures come down on the side of the individual freedom or government.
Before we get into the arguments for and against his actions, let’s consider for a moment what we learned by them. We learned was that the national government was keeping records of all our phone calls – not just through Verizon, but pretty much everyone. On top of that, we are told that our internet activity is being followed as well. Many will believe that this sort of snooping is just too massive a project to be undertaken. They have not seen descriptions of the new facility in Utah.
There have been cries for US involvement to do something as Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad crossed some sort of imaginary “red line” by using chemical weapons on his own people. Now, it is generally understood that al-Assad is a bad dude. So for the low information citizens, it may be a logical assumption that the US needs to do something about it. The problem is that there is much that is not understood by the bleeding hearts and the “neocons”.
The first problem is that the proposed solution is to put more American soldiers in harms way to protect the lives of these rebel “freedom fighters”. Given our financial situation, the fact that our military finds itself stretched thin in far too many country’s and conflicts around the world, and the far too frequent use of “reserves”. This is endangering the effectiveness of this finest force in the world.
Those promoting involvement do not take into account the far greater cost in military personnel. Are we really ready to sacrifice more of of fine young men and women to put this mad man into exile or in the ground? Adding to this cost are the number of children growing up without a parent or a young wives without their husbands? One has to wonder where the anti-war protesters from W’s presidency or from the 60s have gone to. They seem to have evaporated since the Democrats have seized control of the White House.
What’s going on in Boston? What’s going on in our country? I make no pretense of being able to supply an answer to all the questions surrounding the investigation into the Boston bombing. The confusion coming out of the entire law enforcement community and their governing masters raises as much concern as the tragic event itself.
I understand those searching for answers have a tremendous amount of information to sift through and hundreds of people to interview. There is also the pressure from the press and public to come up with answers… answers that they think they have when any little tidbit of information filters its way through the bureaucratic morass that typifies our world.
I also understand that when you are tracking down the bad guys, you can’t let them know everything that is going on. Yet we live in a world where all but the low information voters have a healthy distrust of anything coming from the government and media. This situation calls for a higher degree of honesty and transparency than we are used to seeing.
Whoever set off the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon intended to strike fear in the hearts, not only of Bostonians, but of Americans all over the country. They want us to wonder where they will strike next. Will it be at the local mall, a commuter train, a ball game?
This would be an entirely appropriate reaction… if we were sheep. However, many of us refuse to be sheep. We refuse to quietly accept the fact that our fellow citizens being maimed and killed by those who would destroy us. Of course, it is appropriate to mourn the loss of life and the harm done to people just out enjoying the race. Looking at the pictures of the those who perished is just too sad for words. However, we cannot live in this state. If we do, we add so many more to the number of victims.
At this point, we can pull back even more into our cocoons of personal safety… which really represent no safety at all. I spoke to a lady today who saw some of the images on TV and doesn’t want to watch news anymore. This head in the sand thinking leads to the epidemic of low information voters sweeping the country. It means people can be told and sold any bill of goods and they don’t have any idea what happened, or what will happen to them.
With the Easter message fresh on my mind, I am again reminded of what the Jewish leaders said to Pilate when they tried to coerce him to crucify Jesus. They said, “We have no king but Caesar.” Remember, these were the Jewish Pharisees, scribes, elders, priests, and high priests. They prided themselves in being scholars of the Torah. They believed themselves to be the sole interpreters of the Mosaic Law. Yet, the very First Commandment of the Decalogue handed down to Moses is, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” But in order to stay in the good graces of the Roman government, they emphatically proclaimed that they recognized no king but Caesar.
Remember, Caesar insisted that everyone recognize him to be, not only king, but God. To be loyal to Rome, one had to acknowledge the deity of Caesar. One could worship any other god that one wanted to, as long as Caesar was acknowledged as Sovereign. Historians famously say that there were as many gods in Rome as people. Rome prided itself in being religiously pluralistic and tolerant. First Century Christians were not persecuted because they worshipped Jesus; they were persecuted because they refused to worship Caesar; they refused to acknowledge the sovereignty of Caesar. It was for this reason that early Christians were fed to lions and made sport of in the amphitheaters.
In their desire to use the Roman government to advance their own agenda (crucifying Christ and later His disciples and apostles), the Jewish leaders were quite willing to acknowledge the deity and sovereignty of Caesar–even though doing so was a blatant violation of the First Commandment given by Jehovah to Moses. Is it a little more than interesting that after conducting a secret, illegal trial of Jesus and blaspheming God in declaring Caesar king that they immediately afterward sat down to observe the Passover? No wonder Jesus called them “Hypocrites.”
“What does all of this have to do with modern America?” you ask. Everything!
Just a few short days ago, we witnessed the Democrats touting their facts that GM was alive and Osama was dead. The second part of their proclamation passes the truth detector. I’ll leave the evaluation of first part to those who can do simple math and understand that when the expense number is larger than the revenue number, there is no profit. However, in view of recent events, we’ll be looking at the Democrats victory dance in Charlotte. These are the Democrats who booed the inclusion of God and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol in their party platform. These are the same Democrats who cautioned the country not to “spike the ball” when reports of bin Laden’s death reached our shores. Then they disregarded their own counsel when it appeared to be politically advantageous.
It is reported that as the US backed rebels stormed the American consulate in Benghazi they were yelling “we’re all Osamas”. Apparently they took umbrage at the President’s celebratory attitude toward the death of their “fearless leader”. This puts the man named, by his own choice, Barack Hussein Obama in an interesting situation. As Americans look at the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others, it is difficult to expect much of this president who was raised in a Muslim country and hung out with communists who hated America.
The White House did not disappoint the expectations even though he did not live up to the strength of others in his office… except possibly Jimmy Carter. After saying he “strongly condemned” the violence in Libya and Egypt, he quickly went on the the core of his message to the American people, “the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others”. While this is is an admirable and high sounding goal, it is really the core Islamic beliefs that bring them to the point where the believe it is their right to destroy Israel and kill Americans. And Obama wants us to respect their religious beliefs. This is the same thinking that led military leaders to decry the Fort Hood tragedy, but quickly add that a greater tragedy would be to permit the event to curtail the diversity they are seeking to implement in our armed forces. Even LBJ would not have permitted a VC soldier in every American platoon in Vietnam.
[Editors note: so many people want to get their face time as the public turns its attention to the tenth anniversary of the September 11th tragedy. Congressman Forbes is not one of them. He is the real deal, one of he good guys in congress who voted against every single bailout and stood up for America at every opportunity. This is an article he wrote one year ago on the tenth anniversary of the 911 tragedy.]
It is ten years later. Most of us remember where we were. We remember who we were with. We remember the phone calls we made, desperate to hear the sounds of our loved ones’ voices, to know they were OK. We remember the images of the twin towers crashing to the ground, the thick, gray ash that covered the New York City streets, the papers that littered the sidewalks, and the panic that followed. We remember the eery, weighty silence that swept the country in the days that followed. The images are burned into our minds.
Over the course of ten years since September 11, 2001, our nation has collectively gone through stages of grief: shock and denial that such a horrific act could have occurred. Anger at those who sought to take the lives of thousands of innocent people. Deep sadness over the senseless loss of lives and reflection as we try desperately to understand.
The final stage of grief is acceptance. While we have come to accept that this tragedy happened, we are resolved to never forget. As we enter a second decade of a post-9/11 nation, we face the reality that those Americans entering college this year were only eight years old when the attacks happened; old enough to know that something terrible had occurred, but probably too young to fully understand the gravity of the situation. Our nation’s high school freshmen very likely do not have any first-hand memories of that day.
Eleven years ago our country woke up to the fact that we live in a dangerous world and not every one wished us well. We also woke up to the fact that our enemies did not have borders or national identities. They did have a common identity… an identity that our current leaders refuse to recognize.
September 11 is a day we need to remember the innocence we lost that day. But we need to go beyond our own dismayed reaction and remember the three thousand people who started the day heading off to work, vacations and business trips. Each had their own concerns and tasks that awaited them. None of their plans and tasks were completed as Islamic terrorists who hated America more than they loved their own lives, sent them off into eternity.
An impotent general and Defense Secretary Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee that consent of congress is no longer relevant in the deployment of US soldiers in foreign lands. The two showed a greater concern for the opinion of the international community than the permission of the legislative body designated by the Constitution to handle such matters.
As you watch the video, particularly Panetta’s testimony and Senator Sessions incredulous response, it is frightening to think that he and his fellow internationalist boss are the ones sending our fighting men and women into harms way based on the whims of an international community that does not really have the best interests of our country at heart.
Two recent news stories concerning people in crisis shows the relative effectiveness of two strategies people use in dealing with emergency situations. The first story made national news, quite possibly because the bleeding hearts in the formerly mainstream media believed a man from Texas went too far in saving his daughter from being molested in a horse barn.
Police and witnesses seem to be agreement with his story that he was outside the barn and heard the four year old girl screaming. He ran inside and saw an acquaintance of his attacking the girl. Doing what any father who loved his family would do, he threw the man off his child and hit him several times. Unfortunately, for the would be rapist, he hit is head on something a little more solid than his skull and he died… something he most likely did not count on.
The second illustration comes from the tragic death of Jacqueline Gardner who was attacked in the hallway outside her apartment. Her live in boyfriend heard noises out in the hall and looked through the peep hole in the door. He saw a man choking her. Doing what any red blooded metrosexual man of today would do, he stayed in the apartment and called 911. By the time he got off the phone, the assailants were gone and Gardner lay dying of a gun shot wound near the door of her home. Then the police, who generally do a fine job, but cannot be everywhere at once, came around and took crime scene photographs.
[While the editor may not endorsed all the conclusions, this article has some important information for the American people.]
In a recent column posted on LewRockwell.com, Judge Andrew Napolitano highlighted a recent New York Times investigative report that reveals how President Barack Obama is engaging in secret assassinations worldwide. Judge Napolitano begins, “The leader of the government regularly sits down with his senior generals and spies and advisers and reviews a list of the people they want him to authorize their agents to kill. They do this every Tuesday morning when the leader is in town. The leader once condemned any practice even close to this, but now relishes the killing because he has convinced himself that it is a sane and sterile way to keep his country safe and himself in power. The leader, who is running for re-election, even invited his campaign manager to join the group that decides whom to kill.
“This is not from a work of fiction, and it is not describing a series of events in the Kremlin or Beijing or Pyongyang. It is a fair summary of a 6,000-word investigative report in The New York Times earlier this week about the White House of Barack Obama. Two Times journalists, Jo Becker and Scott Shane, painstakingly and chillingly reported that the former lecturer in constitutional law and liberal senator who railed against torture and Gitmo now weekly reviews a secret kill list, personally decides who should be killed and then dispatches killers all over the world–and some of his killers have killed Americans.
“We have known for some time that President Obama is waging a private war. By that I mean he is using the CIA on his own–and not the military after congressional authorization–to fire drones at thousands of persons in foreign lands, usually while they are riding in a car or a truck. He has done this both with the consent and over the objection of the governments of the countries in which he has killed. He doesn’t want to talk about this, but he doesn’t deny it. How chilling is it that David Axelrod–the president’s campaign manager–has periodically seen the secret kill list? Might this be to keep the killings politically correct?”
“We will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms,” President Bush declared after 911. People were angry about the attack on our land and realized something more had to be done. Yet, we wanted to retain the unique freedoms that made the United States a special place in the world.
While many expressed reservations about the Patriot Act that began the decline in our personal freedoms, it seemed necessary as we learned more about the intelligence failures that led to the September 11 attacks. We learned about how different branches of the law enforcement and intelligence apparatus knew parts of the story, but were unable to piece together a coherent picture of what was to come. We knew something had to change in the way they worked together.
There is no need to rehearse the step by step diminishing of our forefathers sought to install as the basis of our new nation:
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 these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…
As we approach Monday’s Memorial Day Holiday, Rabbi Eckstein talks about a day of remembrance for those who have lost their lives defending our freedoms that so many of us love. He compares it to other remembrances that help shape what we do and who we are. In any case, we cannot forget that like Easter is more than just a bunny, Memorial Day is more than barbeque.
Ronald Reagan restored honor to our country and to the presidency. He understood the dignity of each individual… and the God given rights and responsibilities that were ours simply because we walk the earth. He also understood that these rights were universal, not just for those fortunate enough to be born in the United States. Yet he did not seek to impose them on those without this knowledge around the world, but he spoke up for the downtrodden and stood up to the evil empire which eventually came tumbling down of its own corrupt weight.
During his time in office our country regained respect as he knew despots throughout the world had little use for concepts of right and wrong, but they could comprehend strength. He restored a military gutted by the previous administration as they sought to entangle more Americans in the web of entitlement dependency.
What was the source of his values that benefited our nation so greatly. It was his belief in a higher power. It was not an aloof, nebulous power, but a loving God who looked after each one of us and ruled and overruled in the affairs of men. He was not so concerned that God blessed America, but that our country was on the side of the Creator where we could be blessed.
In addition, Will Grigg states that another major component of the indictment that is worrisome is the charge that Hutaree is guilty of “seditious conspiracy.” As Grigg writes, “Whatever is eventually learned about Hutaree, as things presently stand the indictment against it could provide a template for ‘seditious conspiracy’ prosecutions involving practically any group that endorses the use of defensive force to protect citizens against government aggression.
“Indeed, the definition of ‘conspiracy’ used in the Hutaree indictment could make a criminal out of anyone who reads Federalist Paper 46 in public, thereby sharing James Madison’s commendably seditious admonition that the people preserve ‘the advantage of being armed’ in the event that insurrection against the central government proves necessary in order to preserve liberty.”
Let’s look a little closer at Federalist 46, written by Founding Father, author of the US Constitution, and America’s fourth President, James Madison. In dispelling the fears of colonists toward a standing federal army, Madison said in Federalist 46, “Let a regular army, fully equal to the resources of the country, be formed; and let it be entirely at the devotion of the federal government; still it would not be going too far to say, that the State governments, with the people on their side, would be able to repel the danger. The highest number to which, according to the best computation, a standing army can be carried in any country, does not exceed one hundredth part of the whole number of souls; or one twenty-fifth part of the number able to bear arms. This proportion would not yield, in the United States, an army of more than twenty-five or thirty thousand men. To these would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for their common liberties, and united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence. It may well be doubted, whether a militia thus circumstanced could ever be conquered by such a proportion of regular troops.”
Since the first flicker of life appeared on this planet, there has been the inherent right to self-protection in order to survive. It has always been a part of natural law. It is a right of little consequence without the means to enforce it against those who would do us harm. Titanic struggles have occurred between those who maintain the right to possess weapons to implement their own self – defense and those who believe no such right to weapons exists.
Our nation’s Founding Fathers so fervently believed in the citizen’s need to bear arms, it installed that right as the 2nd of the first ten amendments to the United States of America’s Constitution; the Bill of Rights. I believe that ranking to be significant. It is the only right pertaining to self-defense, and it guarantees that we have the means to defend ourselves. Without the right to bear arms, they understood that none of the other rights could be defended from threats by foreign countries or their own tyrannical government and was crucial in maintaining freedom. They also recognized that no person could be truly free without the right to defend oneself – not only in his or her home – but also anywhere in our country.
[March 23, 1775 Patrick Henry took to the floor of St. John's Church in Richmond VA where he addressed the state's leading citizens. It had been a year and a half since the Boston Tea Party. It had been not quite a year since General Gage led four regiments into the same city. Just the month before John Hancock helped lead the Massachusetts Colony in establishing defenses against the unwanted British. Henry spoke from the heart - recognizing the dangers that lay ahead for the freedom seeking colonists, yet urged them forward anyway. May we be worthy of this man and the rest of the courageous founders who laid the groundwork for this great nation.]
No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope that it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen, if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.
This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty towards the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.
After returning to his Israel home from a brief trip to Obama’s fantasy world, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told parliament that Iran is behind the recent rocket attacks on his country. He explained that the militants in Gaza were armed and trained by the Iranians, and that his country would do whatever was necessary to protect his people.
He went on to consider the possibility Iran was close to developing nuclear weapons… which is most distressing to those Iran’s demented President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has pledged to wipe from the face of the earth. While for those of us in the United States, it’s somewhat academic, to the Israels it is a deadly serious threat to their survival – one that cannot be ignored.
It is not clear whether such weapons are ready to be hurled at the Jewish nation, or if they will be in the near future. It is also not clear to this writer what the best course of action would be for this tiny coastal nation. What is clear is that, despite official pronouncements to the contrary, Israel cannot depend on the support of the United States government. Netanyahu remarked, “Israel has never left its fate to others, not even the best of its friends.” And right now, the US is not looking like the best of friends to the country.
When President Ronald Reagan called up the Soviet Premier to tear down the wall that divided free Berlin from enslaved Berlin, he spoke with the moral authority of one who understood the difference between right and wrong. He spoke as one who understood the difference between liberty an oppression. He also understood that one was better than the other in each case.
When President Ronald Reagan called up the Soviet Premier to tear down the wall the divided free Berlin from enslaved Berlin, he spoke with the moral authority of one who understood the difference between right and wrong. He spoke as one who understood the difference between liberty an oppression. He also understood that one was better than the other in each case.
It could have been just the fanciful ranting of a semi senile old man… but, it wasn’t. He persisted in pursuing the evil empire until it became obvious that the central planning and control of the oppressive regime was no match for the creativity and industry of our free people. He knew that there was no substitute for victory. He knew that making nice with those who want to defeat you and wipe you from the history books only gives them time to regroup and plan for more dastardly attacks. He knew so much this current administration hasn’t even considered.
The fact that Michelle Obama’s appearance at the final NASCAR race of the season did not send a Chris Matthewsesque tingle up the legs of the assembled throng should come as no surprise to anyone who understands the American sport of big time stock car racing. The fans love their country. They are proud of their country. They are a self reliant breed. Most are firm defenders of the second amendment – the one that insures all the others. They also cling to their God, not the government when times get rough.
The reactions to this antipathy are more interesting. Both the first lady and her husband have made clear their disdain for patriotic, independent, Christian citizens like the ones who enjoy the sights and sounds of NASCAR. Mrs. Obama and Joe Biden’s wife had the audacity to show up at this event that decided the season championship. They surrounded a noble veteran who works to ease the transition of other returning veterans. Yet the race fans who paid $50, $100 or more to be there and watch their heroes battle each other on the one and a half mile Homestead Miami oval, did not take kindly to the intrusion of these two women that represent everything our country is not… at least did not used to be.
Given this oil and water mixture, the reaction could be predicted… and has been predicted. I, myself, called NASCAR, suggesting it was a mistake to have these beltway intruders take part in Sunday’s proceedings. The organization decided to honor the dishonorable and serve as a platform for the President’s re-election campaign. A campaign to destroy everything these fans hold dear.
A recent major investigative report by the Los Angeles Times sheds light on what all this “war on terror” is actually costing—and actually accomplishing. According to the report, “A decade after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, federal and state governments are spending about $75 billion a year on domestic security, setting up sophisticated radio networks, upgrading emergency medical response equipment, installing surveillance cameras and bombproof walls, and outfitting airport screeners to detect an ever-evolving list of mobile explosives.
“But how effective has that 10-year spending spree been?
“‘The number of people worldwide who are killed by Muslim-type terrorists, Al Qaeda wannabes, is maybe a few hundred outside of war zones. It’s basically the same number of people who die drowning in the bathtub each year,’ said John Mueller, an Ohio State University professor who has written extensively about the balance between threat and expenditures in fighting terrorism.”
[I received this from Congressman Randy Forbes (VA-4) and this information comes straight from the Armed Services Committee. It is a short piece but it summarizes where our military is today versus twenty years ago. This is important in view of the fact that the big government types are looking to chop even more from the defense budget to keep funds available for all the social and regulatory programs so dear to their heart.]
by Congressman Randy Forbes
Military leaders have described U.S. forces as on the “ragged edge.” What does this mean? Let’s take a look:
The United States has a shrinking force. In 1990, the U.S. had a 546-ship Navy; today we have 288. The U.S. had 76 Army brigades in 1990; today we have 45. Two decades ago, the Air Force had twice as many fighter squadrons and bombers as today.
The death of Anwar al-Awlaki has caused quite a stir in this country. He became an al Qaeda leader, helping plan attacks on Americans and encouraging those who carried them out. He became a key figure in an organization dedicated to destroying, not only our government, but our whole way of life.
Some, primarily libertarians, are scandalized that there was an operation carried out purposely targeting an American citizen. They said that because of this citizenship, al Awlaki should have been afforded the due process of our criminal justice system.
If the Muslim cleric had been shot by someone stepping out of the shadows as he entered his New York City apartment, or if he were gunned down as he enjoyed a night at the theater in our nation’s capitol, then it would really be a problem with our government just exterminating someone they determine to be an enemy of the state. It’s not that this sort of thing, assisted “suicides” and the like, have never taken place – justified or not. This case, on the other hand, is just very visibly public.
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