Friday, May 10, 2013
Just like in Watergate in the early 70's, and Clinton/Lewinski in the 90's, the truth is coming out on the Benghazi affair, and as expected, lies are stacked upon lies. Mark Alexander has a great article in today's Patriot Post Digest about this and all should read it.
So, now that we're beginning to find the actual truth about what happened in Libya last year, what lessons can we begin to gleam from these revelations? Well, the first thing I can think of is that we need a competent Administration in Washington - one that would immediately put people like Gregory Hicks back into a position of responsibility. Hicks is one of the men who told the truth to Congress this week, and because of his willingness to put what's right for America ahead of his career, was summarily demoted. Knowing that Hillary was in charge at the time in the State Department, it's a wonder he's not saying "hello" to Vince Foster right about now!
Another thing we know about is the campaign ad that the Republican National Committee pulled at the last minute in last year's election depicting Clinton as receiving the actual 2:00 a.m. phone call she pounded on Obama about in the 2008 election. The 2008 version was a campaign ad, but the one she received from Hicks last year was real. What did she do? Nothing - just like her boss.
I've advocated for a long time that Conservatives need to get in the game and give as good as they get. The great thing about this is we don't need to lie, or even to shade the truth, because the HAVE the truth! The problem is that we just don't tell it forcefully enough. Far too long we've let liberals, so-called moderates, and, even worse, RINOs (or, more accurately CINO's - Conservatives in Name Only) berate us into not being as forceful as we should.
The truth is that Americans crave leadership. They crave people who will stand straight, tell the truth, and not back down. Remember Joe Wierzbicki - a.k.a Joe the Plumber? He had the courage to stand up to Obama in his front yard and not back down. I have a lot of respect for Joe the Plumber, and read his mailing list posts often. There was another Joe - Joe Wilson - who you may remember blurted out "You lie!" during the President's address to Congress - and in doing so simply telling the truth. He apologized. Now, why I can understand apologizing to the Congress for disrupting the proceedings, he should not apologize for telling the truth - The President lies!!
People, if we don't stand, nobody will. The left is determined and unafraid. They don't mind telling lies because they know if they told the truth Americans would have them all committed for being insane (liberalism is, after all, a mental illness!). We, however, not only have the truth on our side, but we have all their lies to pick from! What should be a bonanza is just a political farce.
Now, it's no secret we can't depend on our Senators and Representatives to stand for the truth because, after all, they're politicians - not an honorable profession. Would to God we had Statesmen! No, it's up to you and me, and everyone we can influence, to stand for the truth. The Bible tells us "the truth shall set you free". That has been the lesson of history. So the question now becomes:
Do you really want to be free???
Sunday, April 21, 2013
The Leaning Tower of Pisa stands 183.27 feet over the town if Pisa, Italy, and is one of the best known sites in the world. Construction began in 1173, and was finally completed in 1372 when the bell-chamber was added. Pisa got its name in 600 BC from a Greek word meaning "marshy land"! So, it's no wonder that it started leaning almost immediately after construction began, and is now 17 feet out of plumb, and leaning further another 1/20 of an inch each year. If nothing is done, the tower will fall, and its fall will be great!
The preceding paragraph was the opening of our Pastor's sermon this morning where he used Jesus' parable of the house built on sand in Matthew 7 to talk about the foundation on which our lives should be built. As I contemplated his sermon on the way home, I began thinking about not only our individual lives, but the life of our nation and how out of plumb it has become. The question you have to ask yourself is "Am I out of plumb? Did I get that way because of a faulty foundation?"
Ask yourself another question: How does something start leaning? You would think that a town named after marshes would give the builders some clue as to the foundation needed to under-gird any structure there, but as it turns out, the tower had only a 10-foot foundation - not hardly enough for a 7 story building, even on firm ground! So, it's obvious the problem there was a faulty foundation from the start. However, there are other ways to topple a building. A devastating enough storm could topple any building. An sufficiently large outside force against one side of a building would topple it. Or, you could simply alter the foundation on which it was built.
In 1789 our Constitution was ratified by the states, and went into effect in March of that year. The result of the deliberations of the Constitutional Convention that gave us the document upon which all our laws are supposedly based was a marvel of its time. The only time, besides the Congress of 1776 and the Convention of 1787, that this many intelligent men were in the same room was when Christ was assembled with his Apostles in the upper room (and you could have left off the Apostles and the result would have been the same!). The foundation of our government was based in no small part on the Gospel of Christ, the precepts of the Bible, and on related writings and thought down through time. The basis of our society is that our rights are given by God, and only God can revoke them.
Down through the year, though, men have "fiddled" with the foundation. The Congress has passed laws, and some Constitutional Amendments; the Courts have issued rulings; Presidents have issued orders; and the result of all of this has been to erode the foundation of our Country - the Constitution - and ultimately the precepts upon which it was based. This is true, largely, because We the People allowed it.
Consequently, we now live in a society that has a flawed foundation. The concept of "case law", where laws are based on previous court rulings rather than measured against the Constitution, as well as deeply flawed rulings and regulations issued at all levels of our government, have all conspired to move us away from and to alter that original foundation. Additionally, and more importantly, individual Americans have drifted away from the Truth - that God is God of all, regardless of whether you believe like I do or not, and man cannot change that. Man can only suffer the consequences of our own actions, and when we do, somehow, we manage to blame God for the results.
In the Year of our Lord, 2013, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, we are a nation out of plumb. How much? Well, about 224 years worth. Like the Tower, repairing our nation will take massive repairs to our foundation, or again, like the tower, we will fall, and that fall will be great. Every nation down through history that has been out of plumb with God has fallen. He has graciously allowed us to continue without falling, but like in all of history, his patience may be running out.
So here's my question: How do you stand? If measured against the plumb line of God, how do you measure up? And, more importantly, what are you going to do about it? Our nation is only as good as our citizens. Therein lies our problem!
Where are you in that mix?
April 15, 2013
You'd expect me to talk about taxes on a day like this, and I will, but what's been on my mind lately are the attacks by our own government against it's own citizens. So, let me start with that, and I'll attack taxes last....
The States insisted on certain protections in the Constitution before they'd ratify it, and the result are the first 10 amendments, appropriately known as the "Bill of Rights". Did you ever wonder why they were presented in the order they were? The reason is simple: They presented them in the order of their importance. Ask yourself this question: What are the first things tyrants eliminate or severely limit to enslave their country's citizens? Speech and the ability to protect oneself from oppression. Now, I think the only time there was a room full of more intelligent people than when our Founders crafted the Constitution is when Christ was assembled with His disciples - and truth be know, that would have been true if His disciples had not been there - but I digress. I do, however, believe that the First and Second Amendments should have switched places.
We live in a day when we are under constant attack by the very people we elected to represent us, and who all swore an oath to protect the very Constitution they are now trying to shred. Even those from our own state, one of the most conservative in the nation, are wavering, and that's what's so scary. I don't know if we have failed miserably in educating our citizens on what freedom actually is and what it takes to preserve it (which, of course, we have!), or if we've allowed our representatives to become a ruling class with their own agendas where their own positions and power have superseded their obligations to those who elected them in the first place. Actually, both are the case, and it's the perfect storm for tyranny.
The truth is, that all the other protections in our Constitution are dependent upon our ability to keep our government honest, which means that the entire Constitution ultimately depends upon the protection provided by the Second Amendment. In other words, the Second Amendment is not about hunting or "home protection". Those are just by-products. The Second Amendment is about tyranny, and our protection from it - pure and simple. Now, that tyranny may come from the outside, as in World War II, or it may come from the inside, as from DHS, FBI, CIA, ATF, NSA, and the Congress/President/Courts that spawned all these three-letter dangers.
However, we cannot diminish the importance of the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment. Without the ability to speak up, to assemble, and to tell our own government just what we think, utilizing our Second Amendment rights would be hard as well, so I'll give the Founders kudos for getting the first two right! And, when you think about it, our Founders, almost to a man, understood that without our faith in our Creator, and the fact that our rights are given by Him, and NOT the government, we'd have doomed ourselves earlier. Our retreat from God is, in fact, the real reason we're in the mess we're in. A faithful people would never have allowed this in the first place!
Recently our own Senator voted to allow debate on a measure to further erode our rights under the Second Amendment. Here's a question: Why would you even allow a debate on a measure whose purpose is to limit our freedom? That, in and of itself, is a violation of the Oath of Office!!! Now, you can give all the excuses you want ("the Senate's job is to deliberate", etc.) but the fact is that passage of a measure, no matter how watered down, infringes (and that's the Constitutionally-operative word here) on our rights to keep and bear arms. So why would even want to debate that? Just say "NO!", and move on. I am truly saddened, offended, and extremely disappointed at how men who once were staunch supporters of our rights would allow themselves to be swayed. If there ever was an example of the need for term limits - here it is!
Now - taxes. This is easy. The IRS is a criminal enterprise where we are presumed guilty and must prove ourselves innocent. The fact that you are forced to sign a document every April 15th that carries with it the penalty of perjury is tyrannical in and of itself. The Founders did not allow taxation the way it is being done now, and would all be horrified at what we've allowed to take place for the last 100 years. On this, the 100th anniversary of the income tax, I would hope to convince as many people as possible that we should repeal the 16th amendment and raise revenues another way. Might I suggest the Fair Tax, which raises revenue the fair way, and in a way that is Constitutionally faithful.
We are in perilous times, people. Wake up and do something!!!!
Monday, January 28, 2013
I only wish I was this articulate:
Good letter from Sandy Hook
This letter was forwarded to Barack Obama, John Boehner, Chris Murphy, Dick Blumenthal, Elizabeth Esty, and Harry Reid
To the Editor:
I live in Sandy Hook, CT. My family and close friends weren't harmed on December 14. That day impacted 26 families with an indescribable, staggering pain and anguish. For most of Sandy Hook, it merely affected us with an inescapable intensity of sadness and grief. Gun control has long been a focus of many in this country. Though I'm not knowledgeable of all the nuances of the Second Amendment, based on the Founding Fathers' circumstances, it had far more to do with enabling the citizenry to protect themselves against tyrannical government than against local psychopaths. It is about providing a balanced firepower so when King George's successor came knocking on your door, you could fight back. Government today is no less inclined to abuse its authority than it was then. Based on the absurd and ongoing power grab that is present day Washington, it's as threatening as ever.
That so many of you view the NRA with its resistance to further restrictions on firearms as intransigent lunatics has far more to do with how you conduct yourselves in office than it does with the NRA's actions. You in public office are fundamentally dishonest people. You lead lives of deception at every turn, structuring your lives as comfortably as you can while governing with an indifference and arrogance that is absolutely maddening. When the country is reeling from financial disaster, you waste a trillion dollars on a health care bill we can't afford and you've never read. You claim it's critical because health care costs are killing this country... no they're not, you are! You are killing this country. You endorse the ongoing slaughter of millions of unborn children and whine when terrorists are water boarded. You can't lecture us in Newtown High School about not doing enough to keep our children safe, while simultaneously slaughtering the unborn. You fabricate the intense, media laden drama of the fiscal cliff and lack the courage to do anything about truly reforming the obscene gluttony of government. You know you'll be out of office before the bill comes due you don't care and have no integrity nor honor. You lie whenever and wherever you need to to move forth your agenda. Were you able, you would purge the US of guns every last gun in the country, if you could. So please forgive Wayne LaPierre and those of us who don't trust you as far as we can spit. You're a dishonest lot, motivated by a distorted worldview. If mass murder prevention were truly your goal, you would welcome armed security wherever needed. It is outrageous that we protect our money with far more firepower than we protect our children.
I have never owned a gun, nor wanted to as intensely as right now. You'll stop restricting guns when only you have them.
4 Chestnut Knoll Drive
January 8, 2013
This gentleman has pinpointed the problem, and you and I are to blame. As long as we elect the least-objectionable liars to office, we'll be under the constant threat of tyranny. Do we not have anyone who will serve with the country's best interests at heart, and subvert their own desire to remain in office? I strongly suspect if we elected capable people to office who would stand for the truth regardless of the consequences, they might be surprised at their ease of re-election. Maybe not, but the legacy they would leave would be tremendous. Either way, we are, at a minimum, ill-served, and potentially in danger of losing our freedoms completely piece by piece.
Are we ever going to wake up? At least Mr. Duffy has!!!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Today, President Obama and Vice-President Bullwinkle announced their proposals for curbing gun violence, and surprise, surprise, they want to further erode the Second Amendment protections guaranteed (supposedly, as it now seems) by the Constitution. In his usual condescending tone, he told his minions he "respect[ed] our strong tradition of gun ownership and the rights of hunters and sportsmen." Well, that's nice, oh King, but that's the least of the reasons for the Second Amendment.
Now, I know nobody in modern America is familiar with the Federalist Papers, and the writings of the Founders explaining our rights under the Constitution, but our lack of history is what has put us in this position. If we understood the historical reasons for the rights we have, we would never let anyone take them away from us - even in the name of safety. The Founders made the point over and over that a Federal Government was a dangerous animal, and never to be trusted with anything but the minimum authority necessary to keep the nation free. That's not only the reason they constructed it to be inefficient, but to place no one person or one group in a place of too much authority. It has taken over 200 years to thwart that construct, but even at that, We the People still have the authority and power (at least at this point in time) to reverse all the abuses that have accumulated since our inception.
The Second Amendment was not placed there for hunters. It was placed there as the last line of defense against a government that would enslave its own people. The Founders were students of history and they recognized that every government that had ever been established eventually turned on its own citizens. Why? Because governments are nothing but collections of imperfect individuals with their own interests that eventually are placed above the citizens they supposedly serve, not to mention those who were tyrants from the get-go!
So, whether that is their intent or not, the end result of watering down our Second Amendment rights will be tyranny. History proves this over and over, and the Founders were clear. While there are several quotes from them to prove that point, here are just a few:
George Mason, co-author of the Second Amendment:
"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety."
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."
And this from Abraham Lincoln, a man King Obama purports to admire:
"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
As for what should be our focus in not only this discussion about violence, but about all the ills that infect our society, John Jay, our first Chief Justice knew the answer:
"No human society has ever been able to maintain both order and freedom, both cohesiveness and liberty apart from the moral precepts of the Christian religion....Should our Republic ever forget this fundamental precept of governance this great experiment will then be surely doomed."
So, let's get our thinking straight once and for all. Any dilution of our rights, Second, First, doesn't matter, is another step in the direction of our eventual return to slavery. There are always those out there who think they know better than the rest of us, and work to impose their enlightened understanding. These people are educated beyond their understanding, and lacking in the most necessary ingredient necessary for leadership - wisdom.
Look, time is fleeting to take a stand. We've given up our rights to pray when and where we want, to spend our own money in the way we want and to be free from government coercion (16the Amendment), and our right to even survive if our parents are too inconvenienced by our very existence. Slowly but surely we are surrendering our rights to a class of elitists who begin their public life by immediately violating their oath of office. At some point, and that time is swiftly approaching, we will no longer be in a position to stand. My favorite quote from Reagan:
"This is the last stand on Earth....If we lose freedom here, there's no place else to escape to"
Stand or fall - your choice.