In 1776 many pastors preached, from the pulpit, that “the laws of Nature and of Nature’s GOD” gave us a right to be free. Our Forefathers never associated our freedom as a nation with a departure from the ways of our living GOD.
King George III was a tyrant, and he deplored the “black regiment” of preachers who justified revolution. They preached Revolution from hundreds of pulpits, all over this country. Protestant clergymen were threatened when King George III placed his own Bishops in authority over them. Clergymen from the King’s church actually horsewhipped, imprisoned, and defiled Baptists in their own churches. He forced the Baptists to seek permission from his masters to preach and/or even to assemble. His reign of civil injustice and religious persecution was never gonna stop.
These scenes of persecution encouraged men like Jefferson and Madison, and others, to take a risk and stand for religious freedom. With their support for the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which was introduced by Jefferson in 1779 and brought to fruition by Madison only after the war in 1786, the new republic held up a beacon for the whole world to see! Religious freedom was not something that was separate or separable from politics and liberty. In fact, religious freedom was seen by our Founding Fathers as the foundation for every person’s civil liberty. Otherwise, no paper guarantees would protect citizens’ freedom anywhere.
As we are all well aware, Religious freedom is very much in danger here at home and around the world. In a very well known part of the world, Christians have been slaughtered by Islamic Fanatics. Because of this, the Christian population has been dramatically reduced in these parts of the world. With these attacks and intimidation, hundreds of thousands of Christians have become refugees.
Back here in the States, Obama has done his damnedest to slowly strip us of our Liberty’s. Some of us are beginning to identify strongly with Thomas Jefferson, who scribbled out the word “Subjects” and put in the word “Citizens” when writing the Declaration of Independence. “Citizens” exercise their freedom to preach and pray, and to practice their religion. “Subjects” must obey mandates, even if those mandates violate their consciences and their most deeply held religious beliefs. Now, for the FIRST time, the Supreme Court has mandated that we will obey an immoral and unjust law or pay a TAX. Think of it this way… the British Parliament not only taxed our tea, but they forced us to buy it, also!
Let’s go out, this year, and have a ‘Fantastic Fourth’ of July. But let’s not forget to carry the message of religious freedom and political liberty throughout our Great Country. I would like for our families, as they get together, to pray for our country in these perilous times. Let’s all read the Declaration, reflect on the real meaning of it…and let’s pledge to defend our RIGHTS and LIBERTY’S all the days of our lives!
Now that Holder’s been officially held in Contempt, there are a few paths that exist, which, ironically, may involve a US Attorney for the District of Columbia choosing whether or not to have his boss, the Attorney General, testify in front of a grand jury.
Members of the House of Representatives also have several other options, which include appointing a special prosecutor. They can also revisit a long-dormant power, known as Inherent Contempt, and in short order arrest him. It’s a dramatic and unlikely possibility not least because Congress doesn’t even have a jail any longer. But in theory it could happen, and I for one wish it would!
Many Americans still feel that Eric Holder is a disgrace to the office of Attorney General and has been repeatedly derelict in his duties as our nation’s chief law enforcement officer.
Because Eric Holder continues to arrogantly refuse to cooperate with Congress while hiding behind the president’s claim of Executive Privilege in their shared refusal to submit to the congressional subpoena. We must continue to keep the pressure on Congress and give them no rest until Eric Holder is driven from office!
This subversive activity must be stopped! That’s why I believe this 2012 election will be the most important in our history.
The Arizona tragedy illustrates there is so much wrong with the human condition. People can use objects to harm others. Ever since man realized he could take the life of another man we have been killing each other for benefit or revenge. Frequently we justify these actions on a disagreement of another’s belief system.
What is so sad now is that people are using this tragic shooting as an opportunity to raise funds to help their political prospects or fill their organizational coffers. Yes, guns kill. That is what they are designed to do. Many are specifically designed to kill people. Murder existed long before guns were made and it exists in places where guns are outlawed. Guns take lives and guns save lives.
Someday there may be a world that doesn’t need guns. Someday there may be a world where you don’t need to protect yourself from someone that intends you harm. Until the human condition allows us to live in peace, we are dependent upon the sheepdog.
Be the sheepdog. Protect those that can’t protect themselves. To those that want to harm others either for profit or for philosophy-to the best of our ability we won’t let you. To those that would disarm the sheepdog, remember the wolves are out there and they will find you. You can’t negotiate with them. You can only die. Life is precious; never deny anyone the opportunity to ensure their self preservation or the protection of the innocent.
Live better tomorrow than you did today!
The 112th Congress was sworn in today, ushering in a new hope for a retreat from the radical liberalism that so characterized the disgraceful Pelosi/Reid Congress. Butnot everyone heard the clear, strong voice of the electorate last November.
Barack Obama and Harry Reid have already begun their
latest end run around the will of the American people…
UPI is reporting that, “President Obama will resort to more executive action to get the new Republican House.”
CBS White House correspondent Chip Reid says, “There’s a lot the president can do down the road that the Republican Congress won’t be able to do anything to stop.”
And it is reported that Senator Harry Reid is planning a vote to change the filibuster rules to require a simple majority of 51 Senators, instead of the three-fifths (60 votes) required under current Senate rules. Reid’s Democrats control 52 seats.
Time and again since 2008, we have watched legislative processes being subverted by radical congressional leaders working in concert with Obama Administration arm-twisters.
They have used unconstitutional power grabs, legislative trickery, backroom deals, and Chicago-style politics in burdening us with plagues like ObamaCare, so-called “Hate Crimes” legislation, and the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy prohibiting open homosexuality in our armed forces.
As you know, the President has surrounded himself with
extremist, agenda-driven “czars” and other unelected,
unvetted officials. He is blatantly manipulating federal
agencies to sidestep the constitutionally prescribed
checks and balances at the heart of our form of government.
How can this travesty be stopped? We, the American people, must be united in purpose in calling for constitutional authority, accountability, transparency, and respect for the rule of law.
We must DEMAND transparency and accountability!
Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), the new Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has already announced his plan to…
“…pursue an agenda that aims to shed light on the failures of government for the purpose of reforming them so that the government is more transparent and accountable to the American people.”
I firmly believe that Freedom Loving, Pro-Liberty Americans must rise up and support Chairman Issa’s initiative to reign in an oppressive government regime whose ultimate goal is to create a massive federal bureaucracy with unbridled power!
Hold their feet to the Fire!
The 112th Congress needs to know that we will not bow to an “Obama Kingship.” And we will not allow Harry Reid to undermine the rule of law in order to further a radical, Leftist agenda. We DEMAND that Congress and all federal bureaus and agencies cooperate with Chairman Issa and the other members of the Oversight Committee in the execution and completion of their investigations!
When an Australian Muslim cleric calls for the beheading of a Dutch politician, how does the world react?
When an American pastor no one ever heard of threatens to burn a Quran, how does the world react?
It ignites an International Outcry!
Pastor Jones, oversees a 50-member church in Gainesville, Florida, threatened to burn the Quran as a protest against the proposed construction of a mosque near the site of the World Trade Center. Democrats and “Spineless” Republicans denounced Pastor Jones. Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. commander in Afghanistan, warned Jones that this action would put American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan at risk, and he personally telephoned the pastor to Call it Off!
Those who would desecrate the Quran or who would draw a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad or who would otherwise “disrespect” Islam run the risk of being Beheaded. This is quite a response from the “religion of peace.” Obama has repeatedly reached out to the Muslim world and continues to get “Slapped Down!” But the distinction between this “religion of peace,” and Christianity apparently collapses if one pastor doesn’t get the memo.
How dare this pastor of some church-nobody-heard-of show disrespect for Islam, most of whose followers support a global jihad that demands replacement of all non-Islamic governments, and the conversion of all to Islam, by force in most cases?
Where is the Global outcry from this recent story from Reuters?
“A well-known Australian Muslim cleric has called for the beheading of Dutch anti-Islamic politician Geert Wilders….
“The Sydney-born (Feiz) Muhammad has gained notoriety for, among other things, recruiting young children to be radicalized and blaming rape victims for their own attacks.
“(De Telegraaf, the Netherlands’ largest newspaper) posted an English-language audio clip in which he refers to Wilders as ‘this Satan, this devil, this politician in Holland’ and explains that anyone who talks about Islam like Wilders does should be executed by beheading….
“Wilders is currently on trial in the Netherlands for inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims.
“The Freedom Party leader made a film in 2008 which accused the Quran of inciting violence and mixed images of terrorist attacks with quotations from the Islamic holy book.
“Wilders was also charged because of outspoken remarks in the media, such as an opinion piece in a Dutch daily in which he compared Islam to fascism and the Quran to Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf.”
Civil libertarian groups vigorously defend vile but protected speech. Where are the free-speech groups denouncing Wilders’ prosecution for making abrasive comments? Or does the right to free speech only apply to the nasty comments routinely made on cable shows by Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Tea Party-Hating Lefties?
If a proposed Quran burning generates international news and condemnation, isn’t the call by an Australian Muslim cleric for the beheading of a democratically elected European politician worthy of a few moments on the network nightly news?
Offensive acts by non-Muslims provoke calls for sensitivity and understanding. Offensive acts by Muslims generate indifference rather than denunciations of the barbarous statements and acts that Muslim clerics and others call for in the name of Islam.
Why the double standard?
Dr. Fred Gottheil is an economics professor at the University of Illinois. He calls himself a “Keynesian-type economist” who is “not afraid of deficit spending” — not exactly Reaganesque.
In January 2009, some 900 academics signed a four-page petition calling for a U.S. abandonment of the support of Israel. Gottheil learned that many of the petition signatories belonged to faculty from women’s and gender studies departments. He decided to conduct an experiment.
Would the same professors sign a “Statement of Concern” over the anti-human rights, anti-gay, anti-woman practices in the Muslim Middle East? Gottheil composed a four-page document citing evidence of atrocities, along with the names of Muslim clerics and scholars defending these violations of human decency. He e-mailed his statement to 675 signers of the anti-Israel petition.
What happened? “The results were surprising,” Gottheil said, “even though I thought the responses would be few. They were almost nonexistent.”
Bottom line: Barbarity in the name of Islam is not even remotely condemned to the degree that the West condemns insensitivity by cartoonists, politicians and anti-Islam clerics. Why? A denunciation of Muslim practices suggests a superiority of American values and culture. The left finds the very notion objectionable.
Gottheil put it this way: “If leftist ‘progressives’ really cared about women, gays and lesbians, then they would be fighting for their rights in places where such rights are really violated — like under Hamas in Gaza and under the mullahs in Iran. But doing so would legitimize their own society and its values and therefore completely cripple their entire identity and life purpose, and so their purported concern for women, gays and lesbians has to go out the window.”
It is a bizarre and dangerous double standard that allows a Pastor Jones to become more notorious than a Feiz Muhammad.
On September 11th 2001, our lives and our nation changed forever. By this time on that day, 2997 innocent people had lost their lives from the actions of 19 terrorists. This is a day to remember those people and the nearly 6300 others who were injured. We must also acknowledge the sacrifice of over 6000 coalition troops, 5696 of which were American soldiers, who have died to protect our freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan along with so many more injured. We owe these brave men and women everything.
The events of 9/11 remind us of just how fragile and precious life is. It also serves as a reminder of the fragility of the freedoms we take for granted. It is difficult for most Americans to understand the culture of evil prevalent in the dark hearts of terrorists who place no value on innocent lives. We must, however, understand that this evil exists, leaving us the choice to fight or surrender to the inevitability of another attack.
Most of us remember exactly where we were and what we were doing the moment we saw the first news reports on the attack. I was sitting in my livingroom eating a bowl of cereal when the first plane struck one of the two World Trade Center Towers. I got this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, and then the second plane struck! News reporters were scrambling to build a story of what happened as the first tower burned. The horrific feeling inside me as the second plane hit the adjoining tower is still burned into my memory. “America Was Under Attack!”
There was no context to place the horrific events we witnessed that day. When the first tower collapsed, I knew that hundreds of firefighters and emergency workers were in the process of making their way up the stairways in an attempt to save those trapped above the flames. As the buildings crumbled, I knew in that instant that those they hoped to save had perished along with those who were trying to save them.
For a brief time following the attack, America came together in a way I have not seen in my life. The acts of bravery and kindness freely given by so many broke though political and social divides. We were a “Nation Under Attack” and suddenly helping each other came easy. Sadly, this bond has faded as we move further away from the attack. Today, let us remember how important our neighbors and communities became that day.
Let us also remember these events in November when we have a chance to remove the apologists and those politicians who forget that America is a sovereign nation, not a socialist regime. As voters, it is up to us to remind our elected officials just who they work for and that they can and will be replaced if they ever forget.
May we all take a moment of silence this day to remember the lives lost and the sacrifice of those placing themselves in harm’s way to make sure it does not happen again.
May GOD Bless You and may GOD Bless the United States of America!
1. The speech seemed little more than a rehash of old news. Did he really tell us anything new? In some ways it seemed like a public announcement of the checking-off of a campaign promise.
2. Where was the vision for Iraq? For America’s role in the region?
3. He strikingly referred to Iraq as a “partner,” but never as an “ally.” Is that what we want from Baghdad? Wouldn’t it be worthwhile to have a tight relationship with Iraq, especially considering Iran’s destabilizing rise in the region?
4. Unless I missed it, the president never talked of victory — peace crossed his lips, but never victory — not even as an objective of either war. Isn’t peace from victory usually best?
5. His interlude on the economy was a major distraction from what should have been a national-security speech, especially in light of the dearth of Oval Office talks since he took over the White House.
6. How come he never mentions the Taliban when he talks about the enemy in Afghanistan? It’s always al-Qaeda. Not that anyone is disputing al-Qaeda’s status, but he surely knows — and he should tell the American people — that the biggest challenge in Afghanistan (and Pakistan) is the Taliban. Since he regularly fails to mention the “T” word, you have to wonder what his goal is: pursuing peace with the Taliban, or victory over the Taliban?
7. He had some nice words about the troops — we’re blessed to have such fine, brave, young men and women willing to go into harm’s way in our defense. And he’s absolutely right on making sure our veterans — and their families — get the care and support they need.
8. He’s also right that we have the world’s finest fighting force in our service personnel. But they won’t stay that way for long if we don’t give them the equipment they need to fight by modernizing our armed forces.
Just a few things I picked up on!!!