70 Reasons To Mourn For America

Change is only good when it’s in the right direction.  It’s time to change direction.

Every single year, Americans take the day off on July 4th and they celebrate everything that is good about America.  We tend to be very proud of our achievements and we generally are not shy about talking about them.  For example, today CNN is running a piece entitled “100 great things about America“.  And you know what?  There are a lot of great things about this country.  I am not afraid to say that I love America.  In many ways it has been a great light for the rest of the world since it was founded.  However, things have changed.  The United States has greatly fallen from where it once was.  The truth is that America is rotting and decaying in thousands of different ways.  We need to repent and go back to doing the things that once made this country great.  The road that we are currently on is a path that leads to national suicide.  So to be honest now is not really the time for happy celebrations.  Rather, now is the time for weeping, mourning and deep reflection.  We need to turn from our profligate ways and we need to return to the fundamental principles that the early Americans understood so well.  As a nation we need to look into the mirror and understand just how bad our decline has been.  We are a complete and total mess, and it is time to admit that.

The following are 70 reasons to mourn for America….

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An Open Rant

I am Christian.  I am conservative.  That alone is enough to throw out plenty of stereotypes.

I cast my first vote for Ronald Reagan and have voted Republican in every Presidential election except 1996, when I voted for and strongly supported Harry Browne, and in 2008.  Fact is in ’08 I simply could not stomach the idea of John McCain on any level.  That does not mean I voted for Barack Obama either.  For the first time I did not vote for President.  Some may argue that a vote taken from McCain was a vote for Obama, but I was sick and tired, as many of you are now, of the GOP putting forth RINOs and forcing us to vote for them.  Frankly I have reached the point where I no longer wish to choose the scenic route to socialism and the death of the Republic.  I suspect that many out there feel the same way.

I strongly support Ron Paul, and his campaign has revealed how far the establishment will go to shut out someone who reflects the values that made this nation great.  In seeing the numbers of people who Ron Paul has reached, I have tremendous hope that our future is not as decided as some may wish.  America still has a fight in her, and Americans are not ready to give up our inheritance.

The reasons why I am not now a registered Libertarian, even as I lean Libertarian, is  based on a few issues.  The first being the issue of illegal aliens.  All parties have ignored this issue for various reasons, but I do believe strongly that our nation holds a basic duty to secure our borders and control who can come in and be a citizen.  The negligence of our government to do that has created a huge mess that hurts illegals and Americans alike.

The Statue of Liberty is very cool, but that poem was never supposed to be public policy.  It is not a Constitutional amendment.  We never voted on it, and in fact when we have voted it has been clear; NO OPEN BORDERS.  If you are here because you wish to be an American, by all means come, but if you wish to transform this nation, to impose your language, customs, or religion on us, go home.  This is not your home.  We need to see that our own are taken care of first before we extend charity and open arms to others.  We do not allow 1.5 million illegals a year to flood our nation when so many Americans are out of work.  They should not come if they will never ascribe to American values or identity.  Out of many we are one people, and if we are not, our destruction is assured.

The LP position is as follows:

We support the removal of governmental impediments to free trade. Political freedom and escape from tyranny demand that individuals not be unreasonably constrained by government in the crossing of political boundaries. Economic freedom demands the unrestricted movement of human as well as financial capital across national borders. However, we support control over the entry into our country of foreign nationals who pose a credible threat to security, health or property.

As for free trade, I do not believe in unilateral free trade.  We have numbers and resources, and these should be utilized to create fair trade.  If a nation will not extend free trade with us, there is no reason we should allow them into our markets.  China, a communist tyranny that uses slave labor, often Christians imprisoned for their faith, a regime that does not extend free trade to the U.S., should not be producing our products or selling in our marketplace.  Therein is another reason I am not a big L libertarian.

The LP policy on abortion is as follows:

Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.

I believe abortion is a grave sin, but that ultimately the issue should be left to the states to decide.  That is how our Republic was set up, and it works very well.  Of course government should have a say in the matter, but the choice should be determined locally, like most issues, not federally.  The same for homosexual marriage and other issues.  The granting of these rights by a state should not ever be used to deny anyone their First Amendment right by forcing people of faith to support or provide these things.  That was the real issue with the “War Against Women” and Sandra Fluke, it is an attempt to force people of faith to provide birth control and abortifacients to those who come to them.    Churches are threatened with law suits for not allowing gay marriage.  Who is cramming their views down everyone’s throats?

In a contest between God and man, God wins.

I’m not looking to write a book on the issue, but isn’t it time that there was someone who reflects the views of most Americans?  Isn’t it time to set the Republicrat – Demican lie aside and recognize that neither side is working in our best interests?  Liberals make up their own script, but there are some real issues.  In those issues why would they trust the government or even want the government to address those things?  Do they really believe that politicians (Obama included) paid for by the so called 1% are some how going to work for the people?  Big business and big government are two sides of the same coin.  Limit the power of the government and you directly limit the power of the elites over the masses.

The solution is with the people, not government.  The solution is in restoring the Republic, and liberty to the people, in securing our future, and not selling out our grandchildren to pay for Bill Ayers vision of America.

What party stands for that?

The Road We’ve Travelled

Unemployment is down!  All praise to Obama!  Of course 88 million people out of the labor force shows that number for what it is.  FALSE!  How does that rate a 50% approval rating?  Must be all those shovel ready jobs he delivered on.  Maybe it’s that fair and correct reporting we get from our unbiased media.  You know, the ones that so adeptly handled the victimization of George Zimmerman and exploited the death of Trevon Martin.  Turns out the real story there is the media itself.  I’m sure Spike Lee will tweet their addresses as well.

Not that President Obama has to worry, what with the NDAA, the Martial Law Executive Orderillegal aliens and dead people voting, we should have a President for Life.  Guess we no longer have to ask what happened in Germany.  The question is, what will we do here?

Seems I’m not alone in this observation.  Judge Napolitano had a few words to say about it.  Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) recently made a statement that Americans would be “Stunned” if they knew how the American Government is interpreting, applying and using the Patriot Act, and this with President Obama at the helm.  We know how Ron Paul feels.  In fact, a lot of people are very uncomfortable with where we are at right now.

We have a Constitution, but our Harvard educated Constitutional Law Professor doesn’t know the role of the Supreme Court?  He is going to warn the unelected Supreme Court not to strike down ObamaCare (an unconstitutional law from the Constitutional expert)?  He assumes powers and wages wars in ways completely contrary to the Constitution.  He made an issue of his opposition to Bush’s wars, and yet Obama seems intent on filling the Middle East with plenty of allies for Iran while turning his back on Israel.  Congressional approval for such acts?  Why would the Constitutional Law Professor consider that?

Speaking of the U.S. Constitution, the issue of his birth is far more of an issue now.  A Clinton insider says that even the Clintons knew he wasn’t born here.  Sheriff Joe is digging deep.  The Feds are striking back too.  They are going to sue him for enforcing the law, the one they don’t want to enforce.  The illegal vote is essential to the DNC.  I just hope Sheriff Joe Arpaio doesn’t catch Breitbart disease.  If Obama is not qualified, he is not President.  It is a far question to ask.  The man was never vetted until now.  The Junior Senator from Illinois with no experience (not even a full term) was given a free pass.  Yes, won’t mean much if he actually assumes fascist powers, and that my friends would be far easier than any may think.

All is well!  Obama is in the White House!

A Few Thoughts on Liberty

The brutality of unchecked government is far too well noted historically and in the world around us to ever allow our government to be untethered from the Constitution.  To do so is not only a betrayal to those who have gone before us and gave so much to secure this Republic, but also to those who come after us, our children, grandchildren and beyond.  Even limited, power is as prone to abuse as flies are to an outhouse.  It marvels me that so many who are aware of government abuses are so willing to hand over their liberties to this same government, to entrust them on every level with our lives and our children.

It has become very fashionable to tarnish the character of our American heroes by pointing out that they were flawed.  Personally I have never subscribed to the concept of perfect people, and as such do not hold perfection as my standard for greatness.  It saddens me deeply that we have such a disconnect from our history in the U.S. today.  The standard has been set and we should remember that standard while striving for the ideal of what America means.  Our heroes should be remembered and their examples emulated and improved upon.  America means far more to those who understand who we are and where we came from.  We are a people of principles and convictions, who learned hard lessons from the places we fled.  We are a people who understood the uniqueness of this nation and our role within it.  We are the people of the Revolution, whose ideals were framed within a Constitution that remains relevant and meaningful because of the conditions that birthed it and our nation.  To lose our cultural identity is to lose not only our uniqueness but our nation itself.  To toss out that ideal because people are flawed is the action of fools.  It is because people are flawed that the ideal must be held close and acted upon.

The men who fought and died at the Alamo have since had their reputations unfairly attacked.  They rose against injustice and tyranny, and even when they knew that they would die for standing against evil, not one saw fit to leave.  It is better to stand strong against tyranny than to live under the same.  They are heroes, and they show how deeply conviction should run.

If our convictions were that deep, if we were willing to do everything to defend what is right, our government would not be unchecked, and our Constitution would not be threatened.  Our challenge is not to overthrow or to break away, but rather to sustain and restore what is rightfully ours.  If more Americans knew who Nathan Hale was than Kim Kardashian, and saw which of the two was one to be emulated, tyranny would have no chance.

Exceptional People

Exceptional people usually don’t chose politics for a career.  Problem is exceptional is exactly what we need.  It is rare.  It is special.  As politicians are the people who decide our future, should we demand nothing less?

Politics is a vocation of service to the people.  All the people.  Not your special group.  Not your contributors.  You are elected to defend the Constitution and to represent the people of your community.

If we cannot expect that of them, and we can’t, then we must tie them to the Constitution that the damage they cause be limited.

I see tremendous wisdom in the Founding Fathers limiting government and providing checks and balances.

In 2008, we faced tremendous challenges as a nation.  We were in a severe economic crisis, and at war in two different countries.  Our rights and liberties threatened, we were sinking under mounting debt.  Our nation was increasingly polarized, and the need for true leadership was desperate.

The major parties offered us two junior senators with very limited experience,and an angry loose cannon who was at war with his own party’s base.  Obama‘s victory spoke more to McCain’s repulsiveness than to Obama’s mandate, but that aside, this was the best our nation could produce in a time of dire need?

Four years later, and the economy is far worst.  Our rights and liberties continue to be attacked.  We are winding down two wars, but gearing up for another major invasion.  Our debt is beyond comprehension and assures a huge handicap on this nation as we strive to move forward.  We are so polarized that we can no longer hear each other even when we agree.

Where is the leadership?  Where is the exceptionalism that we need to move us forward?  As our leadership insists on taking greater and greater control over our lives, where is the true leadership to offset the rightful lack of confidence that the people feel?

We don’t need empty words.  We need character.  We need strength.  We need people who know what they are doing and aren’t sitting around playing politics while the crisis grows and liberty fades.

We the people need to take back what is ours.  We need to demand excellence in our leaders, and not settle.  We need to limit, and not expand, the heavy hand of government, for the politicians interests do not reflect our interests.  We need to be aware and be involved.  We need to set aside the cartoon characters that both the left and right have sold and meet each other as fellow Americans with a deep stake in the future of our nation.

As our politicians lack leadership and conviction let that leadership come from the people that we may chart ourselves clear of this disaster.

Do we really expect those who created the storm to set us free from it?

The answer is us.

 

 

Please Act to Defend Your Rights

This is not a left or right issue, it is an issue of preserving the Constitution and ensuring that Americans retain their rights.  Please take a moment to go to this link and fill out the letter for your representatives to overturn the illegal and unconstitutional measures in the NDAA recently signed into law.  We were given a free Republic bought and paid for by those who stood up to ensure it for us.  Is their sacrifice not worthy of our diligence?  Please take a moment to do this for your nation.  That link again is HERE.

Here is a sample letter you can copy and sign…

I demand you repeal the detainee provisions of the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act. I am appalled that any member of Congress would support provisions such as…

* REQUIRED military detention of foreigners that are suspected of being terrorists
* Military detention as the preferred OPTION for American terror suspects
* No charges need to be filed, and no trials must be held
* Prisoners to be held “until the end of hostilities”

 

These provisions can be more accurately described as “kidnapping” — which is a crime whether it’s done by individuals, gangs, or bigger gangs called States.

And what does “the end of hostilities” mean? Indefinitely, probably for life. After all, when does “terrorism” end?

Terrorism is indeed a serious crime. But just as with any other crime, many persons “suspected” of it are not guilty. The American, Constitutional presumption is innocent until proven otherwise via due process of law. Terrorism is an especially tricky judicial matter, because mere acquaintances of real terrorists, or people caught in the “wrong place at the wrong time” could be rounded up.

These kidnapping provisions violate the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. They also disregard my Fourth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendment rights. They even contravene Article III, Section 3, which deals with treason.

 

Not only is kidnapping unconstitutional, but these kidnapping powers attack the foundation of who we are as a people. The British ancestors of the Founding Fathers enjoyed protection against arbitrary executive power since the Magna Carta of 1215.

 

How can ANY of our rights and freedoms be secure if the President can, by whim, call me a “terrorist” and order troops to kidnap YOU because you are associated with me?

 

How can we enjoy the rights inherent in our humanity — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — if you or I can be “disappeared” in a federal gulag?

 

Two bills have been proposed that would restore SOME due process guarantees…

 

* HR 3676 would restore Constitutional protections for American citizens but denies them to foreigners — even legal residents. (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3676/text)
* S.2003 restores due process to American citens and lawful alien residents, but seems to deny even citizens due process rights if apprehended on foreign soil. (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s2003/text)

 

Human rights belong to all of us, not just Americans or people living in the United States. Our rights are “pre-constitutional.” They are not derived from the whim of any government, but naturally endowed to individuals since creation. Moreover, our Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights protect “persons,” not just American citizens.

Please propose a bill to restore Pre-Constitutional rights and Constitutional due process guarantees to ALL terrorism SUSPECTS.

SECEDE!!!

When Bush was President, some people talked about liberal States seceding from the Union.  With Obama as President, some people talk about conservative States seceding from the Union.  It seems to me that there is a simple solution whereby ALL can have the government they wish.

Imagine IF the Federal government was limited, like in say, the U.S. Constitution, and the conservatives could have conservative States and the liberals could have socialist States all within the Union, and we could see who has the better idea.  Instead we have a HUGE Federal government that grows like a tumor, forcing centralized politics on the nation and destroying the Constitution while the States are left wondering if secession wasn’t such a bad idea after all.

Let the States have the power that is theirs in the Constitution.  Let the States reflect the value and make up of their people.  Let’s stop pretending that there is a one size solution for all the States and recognize that there are regional differences.

Maybe it is simple, but it is far more in line with the Constitution and it allows each State, each group, to define their place in the Republic as they see fit.  It makes no sense for policies to be dictated to the States by people who don’t live there, who don’t understand the people and the State.  It makes far more sense to allow Alaska to have laws that are right for Alaska, and New York laws that are right for New York. Whatever the people want the State to be, let it be, within the framework of the Constitution, and let the other States likewise be what they wish to be.

To continue as we are, looking to the Federal government to dictate policy to the States will only lead to increasing talk, and talk will eventually lead to action.  Just ask John C Calhoun!