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  • Taking Our Country Back, Part 1

    04/26/2015 10:05:06 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/26/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    During the past weeks I have written about some of the challenges which face the United States (4 parts). I admit that much of it presents a dismal picture. I have received responses saying there is nothing we can do, that the challenges are just too great. But I disagree. There are things we can do. Change will always be painful for some, but the future well-being of the nation depends upon their implementation. Perhaps what follows is part of the answer.–JV We can take our country back. The petty insults we endure each day have nothing to do with...
  • Where we are today, Part 4

    04/20/2015 8:45:06 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/20/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    Our Founding Fathers were not given to the factionalism, the constant give and take of partisan politics in which the taking is somehow never equaled by the giving. They did the best they could to rise above the vulgar disdain either side would have for its opponents. Most importantly, they not only wrote the Constitution, they believed in the values upon which the text was based. Theirs was an abiding love of liberty as an inalienable right guaranteed not by men, but by the Creator. There was no need to demonize an opponent and temperance was the only way to...
  • The Constitutional Flaw That Doomed Our Federal System

    03/04/2015 7:54:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    Ricochet ^ | March 4, 2015 | Fredösphere
    Instead of watching helplessly as our republic devolves into crown government, let’s distract ourselves with a counterfactual. What if senators were appointed by state legislatures for indefinite terms?The Senate was designed to preserve the federal nature of our system. Members of the House represent the people, but the Senators were to represent the states — really, state governments.Had this worked, the people would have benefited. (Sometimes, you win by grabbing all the power, but sometimes you win by ceding power to critical allies. The states were the people’s only allies in the War Against the Feds.) Unfortunately, senators came to...
  • No Mr. President … Our Founders Were Not That Fond Of Muslims

    02/23/2015 10:25:46 PM PST · by Ray76 · 17 replies
    Mad World News ^ | February 21, 2015 | Brandon Walker
    I’m sorry Mr. President, but it seems our Founding Fathers were not very fond of Muslims. It seems we have a president attempting to prove Muslims were “woven into the fabric of our society.” While he is correct there is a history between radical Islam and our nation, he seems to stretch the truth to attempt to make it look like they made “great contributions.” During his thirty minute speech this week, President Obama make a few political pitfalls, which made educated people cringe. He had to jump back to 1890 to find a historical event to “prove” we were...
  • Bring Back Self-Government [...]That’s Job One for conservatives.

    02/13/2015 5:24:53 AM PST · by huldah1776
    City Journal ^ | 11 February 2015 | Myron Magnet
    A recent Wall Street Journal op-ed does the dual service of outlining the history of the federal budget-making process over the last century, while showing, in its perilous and wrongheaded scheme for reform, just why this yawn-inducing topic is so important—and how the mess Washington has made of the enterprise subverts the key principle of our Constitution’s vision of democratic government.
  • Trashing the Presumption of Liberty

    10/29/2014 9:14:25 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 16 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 30, 2014 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    Because of our recognition of natural rights, and our history, values and written constitutional guarantees, we in America are self-directed and free to make our own choices. In fact, the constitutional guarantee of due process mandates that because our individual liberty is natural to us, it is always presumed; thus, it is always the government’s obligation to demonstrate our unworthiness of freedom to a judge and jury before it can curtail that freedom. It is not the other way around. Until now. This past week has seen disturbing events in which the government, as if in “Alice in Wonderland” mode,...
  • Is It Time To Say Goodbye To Columbus Day? (video)[Renamed As "Indigenous People's Day"]

    10/11/2014 10:04:40 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 54 replies
    CBSNews ^ | October 11, 2014
    Is It Time To Say Goodbye To Columbus Day? OCTOBER 11, 2014. Historian Kenneth C. Davis joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the controversial holiday that some Americans want to rename Indigenous People's Day
  • Straight Talk About An Article V Convention

    10/06/2014 12:35:51 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 77 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | Oct 6, 2014 | Publius Huldah
    This speech was presented to Campaign For Liberty – Memphis on March 24, 2014. It exposes some of the false claims made by those pushing for the so-called “convention of states”. 1 https://vimeo.com/107933176 Below are hyperlinks to the exhibits referred to in the speech. Additional resources are also included. The one page Chart which illustrates our Declaration, Constitution, and federal system is HERE. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report 2 cited in the speech was dated March 7, 2014. CRS’s revised Report, dated April 11, 2014, is HERE. The Report exposes as false the assurances that the States would be...
  • Why the College Board Demoted the Founders

    09/10/2014 4:42:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    The National Journal -- The Corner ^ | 9-9-14 | Stanley Kurtz
    What is the core of the American story? What is American history about? For a long time, Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was thought to offer the most succinct and profound reply to these questions. The heart of the American story was said to be the Founding, with its principles of liberty and equality. American history was thus a study of our efforts to more fully realize republican principles, often in the face of our own flaws and failings. American history was also about the defense in peace and war of a unique experiment—a nation bound by democratic norms, rather than...
  • Dr Alveda King Sparks Debate With Comments On Faith & ISIS Crisis - Cavuto

    09/09/2014 3:01:49 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 2 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | Sept 9, 2014 | You Tube
    Why are people offended by "in God we Trust" and "one nation under God"? That's where authority and power comes from that's the source of our strength comes from. That's the foundation of this nation. Much more in the interview!
  • Lose the Battle, win the War: The Story of Marbury v. Madison

    07/19/2014 9:12:40 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/19/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Do you know that the verdict in this case actually limited the Court’s power? Following the loss of the presidency and Congress in the election of 1800, the lame-duck Federalist Congress enacted the Judiciary Act of February 3, 1801, creating 58 new federal judgeships and new circuit courts. Two weeks later, Congress created 42 justices of the peace in the District of Columbia. Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth resigned, and President John Adams named Secretary of State John Marshall to replace him. The judicial commissions were signed by President Adams, and the Seal of the United States affixed by the Secretary...
  • Mark Kelly Calls 2nd Amendment View Held by Larry Pratt, James Madison an 'Affront'

    07/16/2014 6:02:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/15/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On July 15 gun control proponent Mark Kelly – husband of Gabby Giffords – criticized Gun Owners of America's Larry Pratt for holding the position that the Second Amendment is in place to keep the government in check. On July 6 Breitbart News revisited Federalist 46 and saw that James Madison believed Americans possess guns in order to keep the government in check.
  • Putting Constitutional Lipstick on a Progressive Pig

    07/08/2014 12:08:18 PM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 7 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 7/8/2014 | Benjamin Weingarten
    As John Adams wrote: “It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.” Progressive disavowal of the former and laxity on upholding the latter demonstrate that they are ill suited to lay claim to a free constitution governing a free people.
  • Founders' Dream Follow Through

    07/04/2014 3:34:47 PM PDT · by www.spacecoastconservative.com · 1 replies
    Flickr ^ | July 4 2014 | Linda McKinney
    Two-Hundred and Thirty-eight years ago today They signed their names and history was on its way To be forever set anew upon a pathway none yet "knew". And for the Founders of America fair -- So promising, so hopeful: a dream not yet dared -- Determined to give us Guiding Light, They turned to GOD to guide us right And when in prayer they bent their knee, To seek His wisdom, His guidance be The way to govern our land so fair They turned to Providence, Who is always there. And so a Tribute, to them and to thee For...
  • Dinesh D'Souza: Americans 'are being prepared for a political and financial shakedown'

    06/05/2014 12:32:02 PM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 18 replies
    Remember that the little guy in America is rich by world standards. If you made a global division of wealth, the guy at the bottom in America would be in the top quintile, the top fifth of affluent people in the world. So if you’re a global redistributionist, you recognize, or you believe that even the poor guy in America has got to pay because if we’re going to have global redistribution, wealth has to be transferred even away from the American poor toward even poorer people in other countries. And so I think what we’re going to see under...
  • Obama’s Orwellian View Of Freedom

    03/14/2014 6:46:41 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/13/2014 | IBD Staff
    Liberty: President Obama wants Democrats to reclaim the word "freedom" as their own. But what he describes as freedom is little more than deeper dependence on government. Not exactly what the Founders had in mind. In a recent speech to the Democratic National Committee, the president lamented that "we've let the other side define the word 'freedom' for too long." Then, as he often does, Obama set up a straw man argument, claiming to Republicans freedom means "what's in it for me?" or "I've got no obligations to anybody." So what is "freedom," Mr. Obama?
  • Honor God – Not Mammon – On Thanksgiving

    11/24/2013 8:05:17 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 24, 2013 | JP
    There was a time in this nation’s history when merchants had proper respect for Thanksgiving, a holy day our Founding Fathers set aside “to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor,” as President George Washington proclaimed in 1789. Until 1939, merchants dared not even kickoff the end of year shopping season until well after Thanksgiving for fear they would be accused of defiling a day sacred to the nation’s Christian faithful. Not until 1939 would merchants totally commercialize the season between Thanksgiving and...
  • What drove English and American anti-Catholicism? A fear that it threatened freedom

    11/12/2013 3:47:47 PM PST · by NYer · 218 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 12, 2013 | DANIEL HANNAN
    The US Declaration of Indepdence: Thomas Jefferson saw Catholicism as despotism Foreign visitors are often bewildered, and occasionally disgusted, by the spectacle of Guy Fawkes Night. The English are not a notably religious people, yet here they are wallowing in what looks like a macabre orgy of anti-Catholicism.In fact, of course, the event has transcended its sectarian origins. To the extent that participants are aware of any historical resonance at all, they believe they are celebrating parliamentary democracy – which needs protecting, these days, from the Treaty of Rome, not the Bishop of Rome. Fifth of November bonfires serve as...
  • George Mason's Objections to the Constitution

    09/16/2011 4:50:58 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 29 replies
    Objections to this Constitution of Government. There is no Declaration of Rights, and the laws of the general government being paramount to the laws and constitution of the several States, the Declaration of Rights in the separate States are no security. Nor are the people secured even in the enjoyment of the benefit of the common law (which stands here upon no other foundation than its having been adopted by the respective acts forming the constitutions of the several States.) In the House of Representatives there is not the substance but the shadow only of representation; which can never produce...
  • Patrick Henry, Meet Ted Cruz

    10/01/2013 1:44:44 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 27 replies
    The solution to America's problems reside within the American tradition. Our latest problem, the unasked-for Obamacare, is centered around new onerous fines/taxes. Obamacare is the result of an imposed ideology that is incompatible with the American experience. Its social justice progressivism is irrelevant, hostile, and has no legitimate place here. We long ago faced a similar situation in which a foreign ideology meant taxes that couldn’t be avoided. In 1765, Parliament imposed the Stamp Act. The tax had a logical basis. Great Britain spent enormous sums to kick France out of much of North America, and a tax on those...
  • What Would the Founders Think of Defunding Obamacare?

    09/24/2013 2:14:49 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | Sept 24, 2013 | By Bruce Thornton
    A few days ago CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, speaking about the Republican House bill defunding Obamacare, commented, “Certainly not the way the Founding Fathers maybe drew this thing up.” It’s certainly a surprise to hear an anchor on CNN, an organization biased in favor of progressives, appealing to the authority of the Constitution. For a century the progressives have been telling us that the Constitution is an outmoded document from a different age, and needs to be “modernized” to meet the challenges of a new world. Listen to Woodrow Wilson in his 1913 book The New Freedom. “I am ....
  • Do not call America's Founders "Founding Fathers" they aren't my daddy!

    09/02/2013 5:32:14 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 29 replies
    Renew America ^ | September 2, 2013 | Jake Jacobs
    I teach an American Government class for a University of Wisconsin College. The other day my supervising Professor in critiquing my class Syllabus made this statement: "I prefer that you not refer to the founders as Founding Fathers....my reason is that they aren't my daddy. My ancestors weren't even here at the time and I think calling people your daddy is not as objective as political scientists should aim to be." Ignoring his subjectivity in a number of other areas in his curriculum, for example his analysis of Wisconsin Governor Walker's Balanced Budget Act 10 smacked more of a subjective,...
  • 7 of John Adams' Greatest Insults [Funny, but True]

    07/28/2013 3:56:13 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 61 replies
    mental floss ^ | Mark Mancini
    A man whose wit was matched only by the looseness of his tongue, the combative John Adams quickly acquired a hefty reputation for articulate jabs and razor-sharp put-downs... 1. On Benjamin Franklin “His whole life has been one continued insult to good manners and to decency.”2. On Alexander Hamilton “That bastard brat of a Scottish peddler! His ambition, his restlessness and all his grandiose schemes come, I'm convinced, from a superabundance of secretions, which he couldn't find enough whores to absorb!”(Hamilton certainly wasn't above returning the fire.)3. On Thomas Paine's Common Sense “What a poor, ignorant, malicious, crapulous mass.”(For more...
  • Obama: America’s founders inspired communist Ho Chi Minh

    07/26/2013 10:13:15 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/25/2013 | Meredith Jessup
    Following a meeting with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang today at the White House, President Barack Obama seemed to offer praise for communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh as someone “inspired” by America’s Founding Fathers, the PJ Tatler reports. During the Oval Office meeting, Obama says he and Sang “discussed the challenges that all of us face when it comes to issues of human rights,” referring to Vietnam’s sordid record on the issue. “And we had a very candid conversation about both the progress that Vietnam is making and the challenges that remain.” When it was time to leave, Sang reportedly...
  • Obama: Ho Chi Minh Was Inspired by Our Founders

    07/25/2013 3:23:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies
    pj media ^ | 7/25/13 | Bridget Johnson
    President Obama hailed hard-core communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh today as a pretty open guy who was actually inspired by the Founders. Obama took a break from his jobs-pivot speeches to meet Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang at the White House. The pair held joint remarks in the Oval Office afterward. Obama said their first bilateral meeting “represents the steady progression and strengthening of the relationship between our two countries.” “Obviously, we all recognize the extraordinarily complex history between the United States and Vietnam. Step by step, what we have been able to establish is a degree
  • How did America’s police become a military force on the streets?

    07/09/2013 1:42:28 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 51 replies
    ABA Journal ^ | Juy 1, 2013 | Radley Balko
    Radley Balko asks:Are cops constitutional? Radley Balko (born April 19, 1975 in Greenfield, Indiana) is an American libertarian journalist, blogger, and speaker. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radley_Balko
  • A Canadian Protests: The Declaration is not entirely accurate, but the Founders had the right idea

    07/04/2013 7:01:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/04/2013 | Conrad Black
    The last thing I would wish to do, as a Canadian and also as a British citizen, is dispute the worthiness of celebrating the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July. It is not in that spirit, but in the pursuit of historical accuracy, that I gently remind some readers of what that Declaration actually tells us. Poor old King George III — Farmer George, a stubborn, not overly intelligent person who was intermittently mad as a result of porphyria — was certainly a limited man, but was not a bad man. Yet he is denounced in the most...
  • Immigration reform: What would America’s supermen think?

    07/04/2013 6:15:22 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 3 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | July 4, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    The summer blockbuster “Man of Steel” reveals why Superman is an American icon, like the courageous revolutionaries who declared American independence. They couldn’t leap tall buildings in a single bound, but our founders’ steel-like resolve forged an against-all-odds victory over a Kryptonically powerful British military in pursuit of radical ideas — human liberty and self-government. Breaking with history’s repressive norms, they declared the uniquely American idea that everyone is born free and equally entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In order to prevent future Lex Luthors from tyrannizing the people, they established a constitutional system whose powers...
  • The Government our American Founders Warned Us About

    06/25/2013 4:12:11 PM PDT · by Chris Shugart Uncommon Sense · 26 replies
    Uncommon Sense ^ | June 20, 2013 | Chris Shugart
    In one sense, Republicans and Democrats are nearly the same. While they may have different philosophies that motivate their actions, the results are usually identical: An impenetrable bureaucracy that’s expensive to run and difficult to control. Sadly, it’s a trend that neither side seems interested in changing. Maybe they think we won’t notice. And maybe they’re right. I think it might be time to revise the traditional left/right political spectrum we use to describe American politics. We may need a new way to define the current political landscape, perhaps focusing less on ideology and more on the existing scene we’re...
  • President Tells Grads that Fear of Tyranny a "Mental Illness"

    05/11/2013 10:18:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 29 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 May 2013 | John Semmens
    In a commencement address to graduates of OhioStateUniversity, President Obama urged them to eschew “the deranged rantings of those who see growth of government as antithetical to human liberty.” The president warned that “this particular form of mental illness can be traced back to the Founders of this country who portrayed the modest efforts of the British Government to instill some much-needed discipline into a so-called tyranny against Americans’ supposed natural rights.” Obama alleged that “while the people of 1776 could be excused for their ignorance—after all, universal public education would not be implemented for another century or more—graduates of...
  • Founders Quote - Mason on Senators

    05/01/2013 4:22:59 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 34 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | 1788 | George Mason
    "Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state." --George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
  • Obama: ‘I Am Constrained By A System That Our Founders Put In Place’

    04/04/2013 8:24:34 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 100 replies
    Obama: ‘I Am Constrained By A System That Our Founders Put In Place’ April 4, 2013 8:14 AM DENVER (CBSDC/AP) — Ratcheting up pressure for Congress to limit access to guns, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that recent steps by Colorado to tighten its gun laws show “there doesn’t have to be a conflict” between keeping citizens safe and protecting Second Amendment rights to gun ownership. “I believe there doesn’t have to be a conflict in reconciling these realities,” Obama said in Denver, where he stepped up his call for background checks for all gun purchases and renewed his demand...
  • What The Founders Believed About Homosexuality

    03/28/2013 11:10:30 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 40 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Mar. 28, 2013 | Tim Brown
    I have made no bones about the fact that the ultimate authority on the issue of homosexuality is the Bible and it is crystal clear in condemning it. If others want to cite polls and commentaries and “experts” to attempt to bolster their claim in favor of homosexuality they are welcome to do so. However, what I find a bit disingenuous are those that will talk about rights within the context of the Constitution, which was written by men, not God as though the men who wrote it and backed it would have sided with practicing homosexuals today on the...
  • Our Forefathers...

    03/25/2013 2:47:02 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 25 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death (Patrick Henry's speech on March 23, 1775)

    03/09/2013 6:58:27 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 21 replies
    Early America ^ | March 23, 1775 | Pactric Henry
    Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Complete text of Patrick Henry's speech at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia on March 23, 1775. No man, Mr. President, thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This...
  • How Do You Spell Retaliation

    02/05/2013 10:19:59 AM PST · by notted · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/05/2013 | Roger Kimball
    "Now that I look back to Cicero’s life and work, however, few figures from any age seem as searingly pertinent to our own social and political life"... Consider this passage from Cicero’s On Duties: Whoever governs a country must first see to it that citizens keep what belongs to them and that the state does not take from individuals what is rightfully theirs. … As for those politicians who pretend they are friends of the common people and try to pass laws redistributing property and drive people out of their homes or champion legislation forgiving loans, I say they are...
  • Founders tell their stories

    01/30/2013 4:39:58 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    You Tube ^ | 30/5/10
    Founders Series, preserving the statement of the 1948 generation.
  • The Bill of Rights and Constitutional Interpretation

    01/25/2013 11:36:57 AM PST · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 25, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Part III Part I dealt with guns and the Second Amendment. Part II dealt mainly with the First Amendment. This Part III looks at the origins and purposes of the Bill of Rights and questions the direction in which our nation is headed.The Bill of Rights in generalWhen the Constitution was being considered there was opposition to inclusion of any Bill of Rights and the Bill of Rights as we now know it -- the First through Tenth Amendments -- was added not long after the Constitution had been adopted. The Founders' indifference toward a bill of rights in the...
  • Tom Brokaw v. Founding Fathers

    01/21/2013 7:32:29 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 1-21-13 | Thomas Lifson
    Thursday Jan 17, Tom Brokaw was given time on MSNBC to tell the Founding Fathers the self-evident truths they laid their lives on the line for are farfetched. Are we lucky, or what? Our talking heads know so much more than the men who pledged their lives, their sacred honor to free us from the tyranny of Kings and establish real freedom. Brokaw spoke with Andrea Mitchell. He aimed his remarks at people who believe in the Constitution by saying, in a scholarly formal tone (which passes for derision in his circles), that 2nd Amendment types who say the Amendment...
  • There's no reason to ban 'assault' rifles

    01/16/2013 8:07:06 AM PST · by forty_years · 12 replies
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | January 16, 2013 | netWMD Staff
    ... For the purpose of this article, we'll focus on AR-15s since it is what CBS calls "the most popular rifle in America" and one often designated an "assault" rifle. An AR-15 is the civilian equivalent to the military's M-16. So what's the difference? Kelly Alwood, a firearms trainer and consultant, told TheBlaze the only difference is that one [the military AR-15] is fully automatic and the other is semi-automatic [the civilian AR-15]. It's a small yet simultaneously big distinction. Firearms for use by the military are able to shoot continuously with one pull of the trigger, machine-gun style....
  • The first law of nature is NOT negotiable

    01/11/2013 7:38:40 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 10 replies
    Tom Hoefling ^ | January 11, 2013
    The sight of the representatives of various national gun groups sitting down to negotiate with the Vice-President of the United States over more firearms restrictions was infuriating. What were they even doing there? What is there to negotiate? The terms of surrender? Why do these people always think they need a "seat at the table"? Don't they realize that there are some tables you should never sit at? Sorry, but what Sam Adams called the first law of nature is not negotiable. We either maintain our God-given, unalienable, natural right to self-defense or America has ceased to be.   America's...
  • The Monster of Monticello (NYT on Jefferson)

    12/02/2012 2:05:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 30, 2012 | Paul Finkelman
    THOMAS JEFFERSON is in the news again, nearly 200 years after his death — alongside a high-profile biography by the journalist Jon Meacham comes a damning portrait of the third president by the independent scholar Henry Wiencek. We are endlessly fascinated with Jefferson, in part because we seem unable to reconcile the rhetoric of liberty in his writing with the reality of his slave owning and his lifetime support for slavery. Time and again, we play down the latter in favor of the former, or write off the paradox as somehow indicative of his complex depths. Neither Mr. Meacham, who...
  • For Economic Growth: Full Steam Ahead!

    11/27/2012 7:14:21 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | November 27, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    In the 1760s, the British fought a world war, partially to defend her American colonies from French encroachment. When they tried to unfairly raise taxes to pay for that war, American colonists objected, so the British solved the problem in a way that suited the times: They merely mandated that virtually all American commerce must move through London. Everything had to be exported to London and imported from London… so that the king would be sure to get his cut. The colonists objected, and started a war of independence over it, because the king had them chained; this coastal nation...
  • The Only Legitimate Purpose of Government

    10/21/2012 12:17:40 PM PDT · by Guido2012 · 7 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 10/20/12 | Tony Caruso
    The only legitimate purpose of government is to secure the rights that you already have as a free-willed creation of God. For over 200 years, we have forgotten what the Founders wrote about the purpose of government in the Declaration of Independence. Its purpose is not to control us and keep our elected officials in power, although that is exactly what it has become in practice. The purpose of government should always be to secure our rights! Government is not to be an agent of control over our lives. Instead, government is to be a defender of our rights- a...
  • Was America Founded As A Christian Nation?

    09/25/2012 7:24:27 PM PDT · by billflax · 103 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/25/2012 | Bill Flax
    Few matters ignite more controversy than America’s Christian roots. The issue reverberates anew this electoral season where the faiths of both major candidates have been questioned. Religion imbues politics. The battle over America’s beginnings muddles wishful hero worship with efforts to commandeer America’s past so to steer her future. The most vocal proponents of Christian America and their counterparts advocating a completely secular state necessarily cherry-pick data to prove exaggerations while discarding inconvenient details. By transforming our Forefathers into faithful servants of Christ the Religious Right risks compromising the biblical message. Baptist theologian Al Mohler warns advocates of Christian America...
  • Make Mine Liberty

    09/10/2012 11:46:24 AM PDT · by BUSHdude2000 · 1 replies
    US Daily Review ^ | 9/10/2012 | Keith D. Rodebush
    I recently had a nice conversation with an old friend Grif, who now lives in Kentucky. He has been struggling some lately in finding the best way to sell conservatism, while avoiding the ‘warts’ if you will. As the discussion progressed it was clear that most of the ‘warts’ revolved around religion. My first instinct is that it sounds like he needs to be selling Christ and not Conservatism but I will defer for now. My advice to him was to ‘sell the sizzle’. It used to be the #1 rule in marketing; I suppose it still ranks up there...
  • Hobby Lobby – They Got It Right

    08/09/2012 8:24:59 AM PDT · by Sopater · 1 replies
    Wall Builders ^ | 08/02/2012 | David Barton
    Recently, an article appeared in Fredericksburg.com, complaining about a Fourth of July ad run by Hobby Lobby that included several quotes reflecting the religious heritage of America. (Several of Hobby Lobby’s different holiday message ads can be seen here). The Fredericksburg article claimed that three of the historical declarations made in the ad were inaccurate, but historical documentation demonstrates that it is the critics and not Hobby Lobby who were errant in their claims. A. Complaint in Article: As referenced in the ad, John Jay did write a letter in which he declared it "the duty, as well as the...
  • John Adams: "equal rights" is not a blank check to redistribute wealth

    07/27/2012 8:05:24 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 19 replies
    Our founders wrote more on the issues of modern times than people perhaps realize. The words used are simply different, sometimes being more complex or sometimes outdated. In a letter to John Taylor, John Adams wrote some things about John Jacques Rousseau and the distortions of reality that took place in the French Revolution: (in section III) (Alt. link) That all men are born to equal rights is true. Every being has a right to his own, as clear, as moral, as sacred, as any other being has. This is as indubitable as a moral government in the universe. But...
  • Squaring the Triangle: Freemasonry and Anti-Slavery- 1807 - The Abolition of Slavery

    07/17/2012 7:13:38 PM PDT · by mnehring · 4 replies
    Freemasonry has not figured prominently in most of the displays and debates on slavery and abolition in 2007. Yet the society was an important eighteenth century institution and one whose extensive archives have the potential to offer interesting - and sometimes unfamiliar - insights into social processes and relationships that shaped the Atlantic world of which slavery and abolitionism were prominent features. This review of the exhibition at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry begins to uncover this complex and sometimes ambiguous history. As well as being an age of slavery, slave-trading, slave resistance, abolitionism and eventual abolition, the eighteenth...
  • Why I Don’t Support “States’ Rights”

    07/06/2012 2:40:23 PM PDT · by Sark · 27 replies
    Once someone uses the term “states’ rights” these days, the following conversation is seemingly inevitable: Person 1: “State’s rights!? Like the Confederates believed in? What, are you a racist!?” Person 2: “No, I’m not a racist! I just think that the federal government is too strong, that’s all! States have rights too, we’re supposed to have a FEDERAL system!” Person 1: “Oh, sure! You just think that the states need the RIGHT to discriminate against minorities!” Obviously, that was an overly simplified (and poorly scripted) conversation. My point is that most people automatically associate the term “states’ rights” with some...