I couldn’t have said it better than Christie Carden, TPP AL State Coordinator, so I won’t. Please read.
Leverage your power locally to change your party.
“All Politics is Local” by Capitol Confidential at biggovernment.com
TEA Parties nation-wide have found that calling, writing, and showing up in person in D.C. has the same impact as a hiccup in a hurricane. After turning out thousands of citizens at rallies, overwhelming the Senate phone lines and crashing Congress’ e-mail system, our elected representatives are poised to enact the greatest expansion of government in history. The TEA Parties followed the direction of national organizations and associations. They answered the call, but were sent over the trench-line without an actual plan or support. (See, for example, Somme, Battle of) It is time for the TEA Party movement to turn inward. In the words of the age-old adage, “ All politics is local “.
Stories like the ACORN tapes have massive national legs, yet they do not destroy the local farm team of tax-and-spend big government. Fighting for Liberty and the ability to live the American dream requires getting your hands dirty far closer to home.
For the TEA party and 9-12 groups to become effective, they must evolve again, and this time the Gadsden Flag will be a marker laid down to far more personal targets. People find the mundane of daily life and local news forgettable, yet this is how the TEA party can enact meaningful change.
To end the progression of large intrusive government and the progressive agenda, the TEA party must neuter the left’s farm team. City Council, County Board, Park Districts, and School Boards may not have the flash of State Representatives, State Senators or their federal partners, but, they are, indeed, perhaps more the important .
The progressives and Big Government-types have entrenched themselves into local power bases. They have expanded the role of government from the garbage man to the kindergarten teacher. They are taking us over from within, yet we can push back.
Until the last year, our side has been busy with our personal and professional lives. We have looked past machine politics and the local aspects of our lives. We have ignored the corruption in our hometowns. We have chosen to overlook the police state that has grown. We have chosen to allow the nanny state to encroach on smoking in taverns or trans-fat in our doughnuts, to name just two recent examples. We have allowed an extra $.05 sales tax for “insert public good here” after another, without protest or outrage.
In our slumber, we have allowed our liberties to be encroached. We have allowed the will of the State to be imposed on us. In places like Missouri, we have allowed no more than 30 hardened progressives to dictate the tempo of the debate. (Fortunately, we do know who you are and will be outing you here.) We have allowed this to happen because we have not paid attention to the minor league ball game.
We choose instead to protest in Washington, D.C. We chose to show outrage to the political class that is not listening. They won’t listen; they do not have to . They have showered their districts in pork and bribed us with our own money. They can freely come back home from the Beltway bubble to their local farm team and act like they conquered Gaul.
A local mayor and a rogue’s gallery of other officials will hold a press conference with the Representative or Senator and the lamestream media will re-broadcast their talking points. These local co-conspirators will treat the federal officials as Caesar, yet the arch they march through is a fake. These people have only accomplished one thing; they have retained power. They hold power by controlling the means of political production. They control us by controlling our cities, counties, parks, and schools. They have turned us into a class of serfs begging for scraps from the table that we fill. (That’s actually unfair to serfs. In Medieval times, serfs only had to hand over 1/3 of their income to the feudal lords. Add up federal, state and local tax levies, we may much more than serfs ever paid. So, what does that make us?)
Now is the time for the TEA party to show it’s real colors and longevity. Now it is time for us to stop the rallies and start the process of running for election and holding our current officials directly accountable. Now is the time for the plumber, the electrician, and the Joe Six-pack American to end this madness.
No more will we go quietly into that long night. Now, we must fight. We must take back the system and make our elected officials fear “we the people”. This is the battle our forefathers saw many years ago.
This is the time for the Tea Party to seize the day and make a difference. Which party you decide to run on doesn’t matter. Republican or Democrat matters little, as the national leaders of both have lost touch. What matters is we destroy the go-along-to-get-along farm team. It also matters that we pick a party…the Republicans and Democrats have together gamed the system against third parties. Creating a TEA Party isn’t a serious solution. Leverage your power locally to change your party.
Make a pledge to not vote to tax and spend the people’s money. Make a pledge to quit after “x” amounts of terms in office. The people are waiting for a leader; they are waiting for a Captain. Be that Captain. March to the sound of the guns, and seize the day.
With TEA party people in every position of government, the political class in Washington will listen. They will no longer have the political cover of pork-hungry Mayors doing tricks for the political elite. There will no longer be days of staffers blowing people off to vote for their party line.
A carpet-layer has more experience to lead than any political hack. An insurance man has more ability to look at regulations than a risk-adverse lawyer. A veteran has more understanding of what it takes to support our men and women in harms way.
It is time to break the mold of what looks good to get elected. Now is the time to become involved. Now is the time to hear the sounds of battle and join. The Government teat must be turned off. The system needs to be rebooted.
Help start the process and run for office. The great sleeper that is America has woken up. 2010 is not the end game, neither is 2012. The end game is when we level the playing field and make America once again the land of opportunity.
Fly that Gadsden flag high and fly it proud. But, that isn’t enough. It is time to leave your fields and join the battle. March to the sound of the guns.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 🙂
Huntsville Tea Party Movement
AL State Coordinator w/ teapartypatriots.org
“The people are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie Ten Boom
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The President Without A Country
1:00 am Eastern
“America has been arrogant.” – President Barack Obama
“After 9/11, America didn’t always live up to her ideals.” – President Barack Obama
“You might say that America is a Muslim nation.”– President Barack Obama, Egypt 2009
Thinking about these and other statements made by the man who wears the title of president … I keep wondering what country he believes he’s president of.
In one of my very favorite stories, Edward Everett Hale’s “The Man without a Country,” a young Army lieutenant named Philip Nolan stands condemned for treason during the Revolutionary War, having come under the influence of Aaron Burr. When the judge asks him if he wishes to say anything before sentence is passed, young Nolan defiantly exclaims, “Damn the United States! I wish I might never hear of the United States again!”
The stunned silence in the courtroom is palpable, pulsing. After a long pause, the judge soberly says to the angry lieutenant: “You have just pronounced your own sentence. You will never hear of the United States again. I sentence you to spend the rest of your life at sea, on one or another of this country’s naval vessels – under strict orders that no one will ever speak to you again about the country you have just cursed.”
And so it was. Philip Nolan was taken away and spent the next 40 years at sea, never hearing anything but an occasional slip of the tongue about America. The last few pages of the story, recounting Nolan’s dying hours in his small stateroom – now turned into a shrine to the country he foreswore – never fail to bring me to tears. And I find my own love for this dream, this miracle called America, refreshed and renewed. I know how blessed and unique we are.
But reading and hearing the audacious, shocking statements of the man who was recently elected our president – a young black man living the impossible dream of millions of young Americans, past and present, black and white – I want to ask him, “Just what country do you think you’re president of?”
You surely can’t be referring to the United States of America, can you? America is emphatically a Christian nation, and has been from its inception! Seventy percent of her citizens identify themselves as Christian. The Declaration of Independence and our Constitution were framed, written and ratified by Christians. It’s because this was, and is, a nation built on and guided by Judeo-Christian biblical principles that you, sir, have had the inestimable privilege of being elected her president.
You studied law at Harvard, didn’t you, sir? You taught constitutional law in Chicago? Did you not ever read the statement of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and an author of the landmark “Federalist Papers”: “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers – and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation – to select and prefer Christians for their rulers”?
In your studies, you surely must have read the decision of the Supreme Court in 1892: “Our lives and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.”
Did your professors have you skip over all the high-court decisions right up till the mid 1900s that echoed and reinforced these views and intentions? Did you pick up the history of American jurisprudence only in 1947, when for the first time a phrase coined by Thomas Jefferson about a “wall of separation between church and state” was used to deny some specific religious expression – contrary to Jefferson’s intent with that statement?
Or, wait a minute … were your ideas about America’s Christianity formed during the 20 years you were a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ under your pastor, Jeremiah Wright? Is that where you got the idea that “America is no longer a Christian nation”? Is this where you, even as you came to call yourself a Christian, formed the belief that “America has been arrogant”?
Even if that’s the understandable explanation of your damning of your country and accusing the whole nation (not just a few military officials trying their best to keep more Americans from being murdered by jihadists) of “not always living up to her ideals,” how did you come up with the ridiculous, alarming notion that we might be “considered a Muslim nation”?
Is it because there are some 2 million or more Muslims living here, trying to be good Americans? Out of a current population of over 300 million, 70 percent of whom are Christians? Does that make us, by any rational definition, a “Muslim nation”?
Why are we not, then, a “Chinese nation”? A “Korean nation”? Even a “Vietnamese nation”? There are even more of these distinct groups in America than Muslims. And if the distinction you’re trying to make is a religious one, why is America not “a Jewish nation”? There’s actually a case to be made for the latter, because our Constitution – and the success of our Revolution and founding – owe a deep debt to our Jewish brothers.
Have you stopped to think what an actual Muslim America would be like? Have you ever really spent much time in Iran? Even in Egypt? You, having been instructed in Islam as a kid at a Muslim school in Indonesia and saying you still love the call to evening prayers, can surely picture our nation founded on the Quran, not the Judeo-Christian Bible, and living under Shariah law. Can’t you? You do recall Muhammad’s directives [Surah 9:5,73] to “break the cross” and “kill the infidel”?
It seems increasingly and painfully obvious that you are more influenced by your upbringing and questionable education than most suspected. If you consider yourself the president of a people who are “no longer Christian,” who have “failed to live up to our ideals,” who “have been arrogant,” and might even be “considered Muslim” – you are president of a country most Americans don’t recognize.
Could it be you are a president without a country?
To learn more about Pat, please visit his website.
This is perhaps the best of how many of us feel, and right in time for Pearl Harbor Day. It is the text of a letter (hat tips to both Jack @ CBC & Jake @ shyspeak) to President Obama from retired Navy Chief Boatswain’s Mate Harold Estes (verified by Snopes.com). The nonagearian [95-year old] WWII veteran dictated the letter, signed 50 original copies and mailed them to 50 VIPs in addition to the Commander-in-Chief.
Dear President Obama,
My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don’t believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.
I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate. Now I live in a “rest home” located on the western end of Pearl Harbor allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.
One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.
So here goes.
I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.
I can’t figure out what country you are the president of. You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:
- “We’re no longer a Christian nation”
- “America is arrogant” – (Your wife even announced to the world, “America is mean-spirited.” Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)
I’d say shame on the both of you but I don’t think you like America nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.
After 9/11 you said, “America hasn’t lived up to her ideals.” Which ones did you mean?
1. Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British ?
2. Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War?
3. I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellahs I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around because we stand for freedom.
4. I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.
Take a little advice from a very old geezer,young man. Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.
And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts who was putting up a fight? You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.
One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.
You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.
You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That’s not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now. And I sure as hell don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.
Harold B. Estes
These are the words of a true patriot, Mr. President.
Are you listening?
Do you even care?
MORE: A great human interest story about Chief Estes in the Honolulu Advertiser can be found here.
A Letter to Obama from “The Greatest Generation”: http://wp.me/pzfHB-m8
Why are some politicians so blind? It’s a reasonable question.
One would think that bringing the world’s most heinous terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba ~ an island ~ and ushering them to the heartland of the United States where the best people are (yes, I said the BEST! = those with the most uncalloused attitudes and moral values) (this IS my blog, afterall…) and housing them in a previously closed detention center in the middle of Illinois might be a bad idea. Well, if you think that might be a bad idea… You’d be RIGHT!!!
The answer is obvious: the politicians, specifically Governor Quinn, aren’t thinking. How could they? This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of! This isn’t a matter of jobs and economic recovery, it’s one of national security for God’s sake!
A gentleman wrote to the local State Journal-Register about a week ago of how he was a guard at Gitmo. He was so scared that the prisoners knew his home address that he’s had sleep and physical problems ever since being scared to death for his family! These are not simple murderers. These are hellions with no soul that feed on fear, are patient through the decades and grow on the temerity of our politicians’ neglect. These terrorists’ will contact or be contacted with cells in the US, get set up here, and begin organizing more terror in our towns, beginning right in Illinois. The letter writer was right—we should ALL be scared to death and stay the hell away from these demons! Don’t bring them here to house them in prison, and don’t put them on trial in New York! They should go before a military commission right now and be hanged before their next meal.
: : : : : : : Now an ACTION ALERT : : : : : : :
Please call: Durbin’s office in Springfield…(217) 492-4062; Gov. Quinn…(217) 782-0244
Please take the time to respond on Tribune page if possible, see below.
I am heading to DC next week to lobby for a new trial for Michael Behenna, where all the evidence is presented. I will accompany Michael’s mother. I will be in DC on December 2nd and 3rd. Please email to me your letters addressed to Senator Durbin and I will personally deliver them to Durbin’s office before I leave DC. Let’s let him know that we don’t want the Gitmo detainees in our state. If Durbin and Quinn want to utilize the Thomson facility and create jobs, why not take the prisoners from California, they are turning those prisoners out into the streets of California. Perfect place for them is the Thomson facility. California will be safer and Illinoisans will get some jobs!
If Pat Quinn and Senator Durbin want to create jobs by filling up this prison, then take the prisoners from California that are being turned out into the streets of California. The people of the state of Illinois are concerned about the repercussions that will follow from bringing these terrorists to our state. They will be given ACLU lawyers, they will be given a jury of their peers (just think about what a jury of their peers would consist of, the biggest Mosque in this country is in Bridgeview), they will be freed and turned out into our state. Further, I do not want my tax dollars going to defend terrorists who were captured off the battlefields!!!
We have Soldiers who are laying their lives on the line everyday to keep us all safe from these terrorists and now we are going to bring them to our state?!! We have Heroes who have given their lives to keep us all safe and to do this is a slap in the face of every Gold Star Family and every Soldier serving! My Son served 4 deployments in this war on terror and this is a slap in his face and mine! This is a reckless and dangerous proposal and I know the people of Illinois will fight this.
I remind Senator Durbin and Gov Quinn they work for us and it is their DUTY to represent the people of Illinois! If you want to make this facility productive, bring those prisoners from California here!
~ Bev Perlson with Band of Mothers, Illinois
Need Bloggers to respond to Chicago Tribune Article Today (see below):
Thomson prison: State moving to clear decks on possible sale,
Illinois lawmaker wants to speed up federal takeover
By Ray Long
November 27, 2009
SPRINGFIELD – — A key state lawmaker wants to fast-track hearings on the possible sale of the Thomson Correctional Center to the federal government, a move made easier when the Quinn administration filed its recommendation for closing the prison.
Gov. Pat Quinn’s Department of Corrections filed paperwork Wednesday with a legislative oversight commission that must review all major state-facility closings, including the proposed sale of the northwestern Illinois prison, before an administration moves forward.
“Our goal is to have this public hearing by the end of December,” said state Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, D- Evanston, who co-chairs the bipartisan review panel and said he wants to act “with all deliberate speed.”
“I support the idea of closing the Thomson facility and negotiating a fair price with the federal government for them to acquire the facility,” Schoenberg said. “The area’s desperate for jobs and this would appear to be a responsible way to boost the local economy.”
Although many Republicans have raised concerns that putting terrorism suspects into the prison would put Illinoisans at risk, Schoenberg dismissed the fears.
“This is not like the ‘Field of Dreams,’ where if you build it, they will come,” Schoenberg said.
From the House Repub. Leader:
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DEFIES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WELCOMES GUANTANAMO TERRORISTS TO THE UNITED STATES
HOUSE GOP’S ‘KEEP TERRORISTS OUT OF AMERICA ACT’ DOES WHAT 75 PERCENT OF AMERICANS WANT: IT KEEPS GUANTANAMO TERRORISTS OUT OF AMERICA
November 16, 2009 | House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH)
All year long, Republicans have asked the Obama Administration this basic question: What is the Administration’s overarching strategy to confront and defeat the terrorist threat? To date, the Obama Administration has refused to answer.
Despite Americans’ strong opposition to importing terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison into the United States, the Obama Administration continues to move forward with their dangerous plans to do so anyway. Over the last three days, the Administration has signaled that it will not only bring 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 conspirators to New York City for trial in civilian federal court, rather than continuing their military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, but it also is proposing to house Guantanamo terrorists at a prison in Illinois. [emphasis mine]
House Republicans from Illinois strongly oppose importing these terrorists – men who have made the destruction of America their central focus – into their state. Politico reports on their efforts to block this move and stand up for the American people:
“Illinois Republicans continued their barrage Monday against moving Guantanamo detainees to their state, unveiling legislation that seeks to slow President Barack Obama’s movement to ship terrorist suspects onto U.S. soil.”
“[Rep. Mark] Kirk – along with Illinois Republican Reps. Peter Roskam, Judy Biggert and Don Mazzulo, Tim Johnson, John Shimkus and Aaron Schock – expressed concern about ‘increased attention from the Jihadist world’ that would be paid to Chicago, including the potential that terrorists would be traveling through O’Hare International Airport en route to visiting the detainees.’”
How will trying these terrorists in civilian court, rather than military tribunals, ensure that justice is done for the families of 9/11 victims? Homeland Security Committee Ranking Republican Peter King (R-NY) explained in a New York Post op-ed why this decision puts the interest of liberal, special-interest groups ahead of safety and security of the American people:
“While it may be hailed by Europeans, the ACLU and the far-left-wing of the Democratic Party, the president’s action actually threatens American lives and weakens US national security.”
“By transferring KSM and four of his fellow conspirators from the impenetrable detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to lower Manhattan, the president creates an enormous, unnecessary terror risk to the people who already live and work downtown.”
The American people are firmly opposed to importing terrorists. According to a Gallup survey released this summer, “By more than 3-1, [those surveyed] oppose moving some of the accused terrorists housed there to prisons in their own states.” A survey from Rasmussen confirmed this report.
In short, both the Gallup and Rasmussen surveys show that 75 percent of Americans want to keep terrorists out of America. That’s why House Republicans have introduced the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act (H.R. 2294), legislation aimed at stopping the importation of terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison by:
• Affirming Congress’ opposition to transferring or releasing terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison into the United States.
• Prohibiting the Administration from transferring or releasing any terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay to any state without express approval from the state’s governor and legislature, and certification to Congress that strict requirements have been met.
• Prohibiting the President from transferring or releasing a terrorist detainee into the United States without fulfilling strict congressional notification and certification requirements.
Where do House Democrats stand on this issue, and will they join with most of the American people and oppose importing these dangerous terrorists? Will they schedule a vote on the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act ? The decisions by the White House are further evidence it is reverting to a dangerous pre-9/11 mentality – treating terrorism as a law enforcement issue and hoping for the best. What America deserves, instead, is a real strategy for fighting and winning the war on America’s terrorist enemies that includes an effective, credible, and consistent plan for all terrorist detainees.
REPUBLICAN LEADER PRESS OFFICE
REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH)
H-204, THE CAPITOL
(202) 225-4000 | GOPLEADER.GOV
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Whether we like it or not transformative change is upon us. Join me next year in my effort to be worthy of the change we deserve.
Now can someone pass me some pie?
Happy Thanksgiving and God bless you, (Glenn Beck)
Thanksgiving Day is the time to count our many blessings and enjoy a time of fellowship with our families and friends. During a time of high unemployment and national economic crisis, we need to harken back to the foundations of America almost 400 years ago. The courageous Pilgrims, who were in almost ceaseless economic crisis, still gave thanks to our Heavenly Father for all the blessings He had bestowed upon them.
In 1621, as we know, America’s first Thanksgiving was commemorated by the Plymouth Colony after much suffering in a very harsh winter. That year, Massachusetts Governor William Bradford issued a proclamation of Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims invited Indians from the Wampanoag tribe to their celebration and they celebrated with a bountiful Thanksgiving meal.
During the next two hundred and fifty years or so, a number of states celebrated Thanksgiving but there still was no national day of Thanksgiving. In 1863, to unify our nation during the brutal and divisive Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation and announced that it would be the last Thursday in November.
God has truly blessed this nation in so many ways and America has been a beacon of hope to so many. In these divisive times, we need to pray that His hand will continue to protect and guide America so that we will have many more Thanksgiving Days to celebrate.
(Roberta Combs, President, Christian Coalition of America)
Genesis 21:33 (NASB)
Four years ago, Egypt was at the top of our list of dream vacations. Scheduling conflicts, however, left Egypt on our wish list as we chose another destination. We still hope to visit Egypt one day.
I especially would like to see the Valley of the Kings, a series of tombs tunneled in the rugged and harsh mountainside. Having held their secrets for more than 3,000 years, the tombs’ discovery in 1881 revealed a wealth of knowledge about Egypt’s earlier dynasties.
While in captivity in Egypt, ancient Israel kept hope alive partly because of a tomb in Canaan (Genesis 50:24-25). Scripture tells us of two covenant transactions Abraham made while living in the land. Securing water for his livestock, Abraham dug a well and gave Abimelech seven ambs “to show [his] agreement” that the well belonged to Abraham (21:30). The second occurred when Abraham bought land for a burial plot after his wife Sarah’s death. In the agreement, a plot of land at Machpelah became Abraham’s possession (23:17-18).
A stranger in the land, Abraham was able to water his flocks and bury his dead as God had promised. Having been told of the captivity of later generations (Genesis 15:13), Abraham possessed by faith what would eventually belong in reality to his descendants. Centuries later, Joshua would lead Israel back to the Promised Land according to what God had spoken: “Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you” (Joshua 1:3).
Beginning with a well and a tomb in Canaan, the promises of God have become manifest in Christ. No visible well is required because the life He provides causes us to “never be thirsty again” (John 4:14-15), and a tomb becomes a promise because “anyone who believes in [Him] will live, even after dying” (John 11:25). —Regina Franklin, Our Daily Journey
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Washington also has reduced our speech freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment, by passing a hate crimes bill that was amended to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, criminalizing conservative free speech if it can be proved to have contributed to assaults based upon sexual orientation.
The White House even has reduced religious freedoms, by belittling America’s rich Judeo-Christian heritage, enabling a secular-progressive and pro-Islamic agenda, and remaining indifferent to certain issues, such as the American Civil Liberties Union’s disposal in the Mojave Desert and at Mount Soledad of memorial crosses for veterans. It also has turned a blind eye to the whitewashing of our godly heritage from Washington’s historic landmarks and on U.S. artifacts.
In addition, Washington would restrict religious freedoms and freedoms of conscience by forcing pro-life citizens to pay for abortions via universal health care.
Washington also has reduced our Second Amendment firearm freedoms by appointing anti-gun advocates, such as Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s David Michaels, by seeking to micromanage gun ownership via proposed legislation, including H.R. 45, and by politics as usual, such as blaming guns rather than Islamic extremism for the shootings at Fort Hood. (Those who believe that the Second Amendment is a foundational right and freedom might want to consider my new limited edition Chuck Norris Tribute Revolver — available through America Remembers — on their Christmas wish lists.)
Washington also has reduced our freedoms (and those of our service members) by increasing the threats to our country via the delay in response to our generals’ requests for more troops in Afghanistan, allowing Gitmo detainees and terrorists to come to the U.S., and enabling homegrown terrorists, such as Maj. Nidal Hasan, within the very fabrics of our military.
As I consider these many freedom robbers and the political culprit enabling them all, two thoughts repeatedly come to my mind.
The first is from Daniel Webster, who said, “The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.” I believe we are in the fight of our lives — since the Revolution itself — for American freedoms. I don’t know who said it, but I definitely prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.
The second thought is one attributed to M. Grundler: “It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”
I don’t think I ever have been as thankful for American freedoms as I am now. I must admit that I’m appallingly alarmed that some of them might not exist at all by this time next year. Like a sunset dropping over the horizon of our Founders’ dreams, our freedoms are vanishing from view. [Pray about this, folks!]
Give Thanks: http://wp.me/pzfHB-lpWhat do we do with the time we’ve been given?
So…here it is, another Thanksgiving. I hope this day finds you happy, healthy, and enjoying the bounty of good food, surrounded by those you love. I know it can be cliché to talk about what you’re “thankful” for on this day, but maybe some clichés exist for good reason; considering the year you’ve had, with all of the challenges facing this country, what could be a better idea than taking time to count the blessings you do enjoy?
This has been the absolute craziest, most hectic and jam-packed year of my entire life…and I’m incredibly thankful for that. Granted, I could use a bit more sleep (OK, a lot more sleep), but the fact that I’m working so much means that what I believe…what we believe…is resonating across the country. I’m connecting with you, and you’re connecting with one other, and together I believe we can and will inspire a “refounding” of America. But none of this would be possible without the unwavering support of my staff and friends, the unconditional love of my family, the unstoppable spirit of people like you. “Thankful” is hardly the start of it…
Most of all, though, I’m thankful for…time. I had another health scare this year, and while I’m happy to say it was a minor one, it was a sobering reminder that you only get so much time in this world and there is none to waste. By getting myself healthy, I believe that’s given me a bit more time, and through your efforts with the tea parties and the 9/12 Project, and taking an active, vocal role in reclaiming our country, I believe that America has been given more time, too. That’s something we can all be thankful for, today and everyday.
The question we should all ponder during the holiday season is what do we do with the time we’ve been given. This is a historic period–history will record our answer because our individual answers will lead to our collective destiny.
What the heck is going on here? It’s as though I’m unable to awaken from the worst nightmare —in which the most vile creatures, criminals of the basest sort, have been elevated by dear leader to the level of US Citizen, with all the rights thereof. THESE ARE NOT AMERICAN CITIZENS!!! The unabashed temerity with which this administration flaunts its power is disgusting, and this act in particular is sacrilegious and an affront on decency.
WE the PEOPLE are being TERRORIZED!
The ancient Romans had different levels of society. Paul (formerly Saul of Tarsus) of the Bible talks of his uniqueness in being a Roman citizen and therefore he must be tried dutifully and cannot be crucified like ordinary peasants. The ancient levels of Patrician and Plebian have no place in American society; however Mr. Obama has deigned to reinstate the idea of social nobility and elite citizen families by the ignorance of bowing to royalty—concepts the Founders were determined would have no place in the new United States. For 230 years, each president has never bowed to recognize nobility, but merely shown respect with a handshake. The important traditions of two and a quarter centuries are now for naught because the overgrown-new-kid-on-the-block (“ONKOB”)has chosen to toss them aside like yesterday’s used gum. Gee, thanks. We didn’t need those protocol people anyway, did we.
Just because a person is IN our country does not mean they receive the
rights, provisions or protections OF our country!
Who was the original liberal dingaling who spawned THAT idea, anyway? He needs to be drawn and quartered.
The TERRORISTS —- that is, those hairy fellows who came into this country, stayed illegally, planned horrendous things and actually DID them to OVER 3,000 people in three different locations simultaneously (proving the planning part), who created great fear and trepidation (providing the terror part), who in turn created such huge pain for our country that, once the initial shock was over, brought our country closer together and focused us into solidarity against these jihadi killers! Whatever happened to that, Mr. President? All you are doing now is opening the original wounds, disgracing and demoralizing New Yorkers, and parading these SCUM around like they have ANYTHING worth showing off. Bush was right to have them sentenced to death in military court, but Eric Holder put blockade after blockade in place to stop that, didn’t he?!! Now you have your prize – and we have you. Oh joy.
View this video and then write the Obamanation and your non-representing Representatives. (hat tip Atlas Shrugs)
But, you say, we are “not at war.” Oh yes we are. The Jihad war has begun in earnest, and along with the many thousands of terrorist attacks by Muslims recorded just since 9/11/2001, the other instruments, even more effective than those acts of terrorism, of Jihad include deployment of the Money Weapon (and the propaganda it can buy), campaigns of Da’wa, and demographic conquest.
In case you didn’t know, this is the terrible law this scum lives by and requires the rest of the world to uphold:
WHAT IS SHARIAH LAW? (Atlas)
Understanding Shariah law is integral to understanding the dangers of Shariah-compliant finance. Shariah law is Islamic law dating back to the 7th century and is today the law of the land in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan and the law under which the Taliban operates.
Shariah law authorities, some of whom are now being paid handsomely by Barclays, Dow Jones, Standard & Poors, HSBC, Citibank, Merrill Lynch, Deutschebank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, UBS, Credit Suisse and others have the power to dictate Shariah compliance as deemed by “scholarly consensus” on matters of finance, family, penal law, apostasy, and war.
Examples of authoritarian Shariah law include: requirement of women to obtain permission from husbands for daily freedoms; beating of disobedient woman and girls; execution of homosexuals; engagement of polygamy and forced child marriages; the testimony of four male witnesses to prove rape; honor killings of those, principally women, who have dishonored the family; death to apostate Muslims who chose to leave Islam; inferior status of non-Muslims, and capital punishment for those who “slander Islam.”
Obama’s home boys and propaganda machine (NBC) and recipient of Obama bucks is going Islam. Big time. Your stimulus taxpayer dollars at work.
Shariah Finance Watch writes, “GE’s involvement with promoting Shariah, the barbaric doctrine of the enemies that seek to replace capitalism, end free speech, eliminate rights for women and phase out self-determination, should come as no surprise given their shameful business partnership with the Jihadist regime in Iran, which ended only after media and shareholder scrutiny just resulted in too much heat for GE’s management.”
DUBAI (Zawya Dow Jones) — General Electric Capital Corp. plans to sell up to $1 billion of Islamic bonds, or sukuk, as early as next week, a banker aware of the deal said Sunday.
Citigroup and Goldman Sachs were mandated as lead arrangers of the bond, he said.
“Full Protections of the US Legal System”: http://wp.me/pzfHB-kr
The MSM aside, the computer program used by the Indiana State University to count the number of bodies in a picture gave an accurate figure of 1.7 million people attending the 9-12 march on the mall in D.C. last month. That’s a bigger number of people gathered for any political event EVER there. And as subsequent pictures showed, there was very little trash left by these caring folks to be picked up by the local sanitary department the next day. Very nice, indeed.
Here’s the top 20 list of best signage.
1. Give Me Liberty Not Debt
2. Terrorists Won’t Destroy America, Congress Will!
3. Obamacare Makes Me Sick
4. Basic Math: Debt + Bailouts = Fiscal Child Abuse
5. Protect the Rights of the Smallest Minority: The Individual
6. You Cannot Help the Poor by Destroying the Rich
7. No ACORN, No Czars No Cap and Trade, Nobama
8. Madam Speaker, Kiss Our Astroturf
9.$11 trillion and Climbing
Now that’s a Lot of Change
10. I’m Not Your ATM
11. Joe Wilson Was Right
12. Government Healthcare is
the Disease, Not the Cure
13. Chains You Can Believe In
14. Read the Bills or
Get off the Hill
15. No Child Left a Dime
16. Go Green — Recycle Congress.
17. It’s Time to Clean the House
And the Senate
18. Silence is Consent
Can You Hear Us Now?
19. King George Didn’t Listen Either!
20. The American Dream R.I.P.
My personal favs are numbers 4, 5 and 16. Long live the Constitution!
Inspired by those who don’t know their history — that written BEFORE today’s version.
Religion, specifically the Judeo-Christian ethic, was responsible for bringing the scientific method thru the Christian universities of the 17th & 18th centuries (e.g. Harvard, Princeton) and in turn brought about seeds of thought about individual responsibility and sanctity as a creation of the Divine to Martin Luther, without whom our country never would have been founded (Kissinger), from which FREEDOM was born. So yes, Virginia, there really IS a Jesus Christ at the center of the universe!
Learn your history and not the scrubbed down secular one in today’s schoolbooks. Go back and research for yourself! Open your mind. Then your mouth. (I sometimes refer to this kind of learning as ‘opening your third eye’.)
Specter: Opponents to ObamaCare “not necessarily representative of America” – Then Just Who Do They Represent?
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
Newly converted Dem. Sen. Arlen Specter: “I’m not going to complain about being organized. They have a right to speak,” he said, “but I think we have to explain, they’re not necessarily representative of America. I think they’re vocal. I don’t think they’re representative.” See http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090812/ap_on_go_co/us_health_care_protests.
All the more reason that the five-plus organizations (NCPA, SSI, CPR, Galen, AAPS, AFP, et al.) that have been collecting petitions should show up in DC at the end of August with the millions of signed petitions that they have collected. Politicians know full well that, where there is smoke, there is fire. They know that when ten or a hundred folks from their district or state are desiring to address them about a specific issue that a factor of ten or more is standing right behind them. Two million-plus signed petitions landing in their offices will be representative of at least 20 million concerned Americans representing all 50 states.
We have approx. 307 million Americans (http://www.census.gov/). Approx. 74 million are children (http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/trends/pf1.pdf). In the recent presidential election, 125,225,901 Americans voted (http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/results/president/) Approx. 53% voted for Obama, 47% for McCain; that is, approx. 67 million to approx. 58 million. Since Specter is now a Dem. and has not liked what he sees–he thinks most of those showing up at his town hall events are “not necessarily representative of America“–let’s for the sake of arguement presume that the 20 million I estimated above would tend to side with McCain/the Republicans/the anti-ObamaCare camp (take your pick). That’s slightly more than a third from the opposition. That’s approx. 16 percent of all who voted. That’s approx. 8.5 percent of all adults. Take your pick, Sen. Specter. This is NOT a fringe group of Americans.