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  • Is the U.S. a land of liberty or equality?

    07/04/2012 6:34:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/04/2012 | Robert Samuelson
    If you asked my true religion, I would not answer anything practiced in a church, synagogue or mosque. My real religion is America, and I feel privileged that, among the world’s 7 billion people, I am one of the roughly 300 million lucky enough to be an American. This transcends mere patriotism. I believe in what this country stands for, even though I acknowledge its limits and failures. As individuals, we are no better than most(selfishness and prejudice having survived). As a society, we have often violated our loftiest ideals (starting with the acceptance of slavery in 1787). Our loud...
  • Fourth of July: We Still Hold Those Truths Because They Hold Us and Our Future

    07/03/2012 4:09:51 PM PDT · by tcg · 5 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/3/12 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ..."We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights - that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men." The principles of that Declaration have informed our history and inspired our neighbors in other parts of the world to stand up against all forms of tyranny. As we reflect upon the text we should remember that our forebears were not declaring their independence from Divine Providence. Rather, they were trusting in the Governance...
  • Liberty or death

    07/03/2012 1:13:54 PM PDT · by Raquel · 4 replies
    Human Events ^ | July 3, 2012 | Raquel Okyay
    “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” President Ronald Reagan When I was a kid in the late 1970s, the Fourth of July was the holiday that was the most fun. I grew up on a busy New York City block, 44th Street in Astoria, Queens. Our residential concrete world was lined with apartment buildings, just a few trees, and parked cars. This may sound hard, but it was not. Our block was filled with families, dozens of children, ranging in all ages; we were friends, had respect for each other, and built bonds that would last...
  • Freedom or serfdom?

    07/02/2012 11:34:53 PM PDT · by zimfam007 · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | 9/11 | Staind
    What do you want....freedom or serfdom?
  • ObamaCare's Other Mandate Threatens Religious Liberty

    06/30/2012 1:26:32 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    IBD editorials ^ | June 30, 2012
    First Amendment: The bizarre ObamaCare decision leaves unresolved the separate issue of whether government can define what a church is and what it can do. Will the courts also redefine the "free exercise" of religion? For now, ObamaCare remains largely intact and so does its attempt to rewrite the First Amendment by prohibiting the free exercise of religion through its mandate that religious institutions provide contraceptive coverage in violation of their church teachings and religious consciences. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty says it will move forward with litigation challenging a requirement from the federal health care law that employers...
  • You say you want a revolution? Here is how to restore freedom in America.

    06/29/2012 11:04:52 AM PDT · by Greg Swann · 24 replies ^ | June 29, 2012 | Greg Swann
    Will Republicans repeal Obamacare next January -- or ever? Don't hold your breath. Mainstream politicians of both parties are addicted to corporate campaign contributions -- and who knows what other kinds of bribes? -- so what we will get will be a pathetic, cosmetic "reform" of Rotarian Socialist medicine. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. If you want to restore the liberty of the American people, you will need to change the United States Constitution. And you will have to do that by constitutional convention and state-by-state ratification, because there is no way that Congress will vote...
  • Join Hillsdale College for July 4 Nationwide "Read The Declaration" Campaign!

    06/29/2012 9:17:55 AM PDT · by hillsdale1 · 6 replies
    Hillsdale College ^ | June 29, 2012 | Hillsdale College
    Hillsdale College Announces “Read The Declaration” Campaign Seeks Largest-Ever Nationwide Reading of the Declaration of Independence MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Cella 703-286-9677 jcella “at” Hillsdale, Michigan - Hillsdale College launched a national “Read the Declaration” campaign earlier this month which encourages Americans to celebrate Independence Day, July 4, by reading the entirety of the Declaration of Independence out loud with their friends and family. The College asks people to commit to this reading by visiting Those who do will also receive a free booklet containing the full text of the Declaration and the Constitution. The campaign has more than...
  • The Roberts Rules

    06/29/2012 9:17:12 AM PDT · by quimby · 53 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6-29-2012 | opinion
    Thursday was destined to be an historic day for American liberty, and it was, though the new precedent is grim. The remarkable decision upholding the Affordable Care Act is shot through with confusion—the mandate that's really a tax, except when it isn't, and the government whose powers are limited and enumerated, except when they aren't. One thing is clear: This was a one-man show, and that man is John Roberts. Snip According to Chief Justice Roberts, the penalty is merely a tax on not owning health insurance, no different from "buying gasoline or earning income," and it thus complies with...
  • Country on the Decline

    06/28/2012 6:31:46 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 15 replies
    How do we hedge this country's decline?
  • Tom Hoefling: "To hell with the Supreme Court"

    06/28/2012 8:39:13 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 47 replies
    Tom Hoefling for President 2012 ^ | June 28, 2012 | Tom Hoefling
    To hell with the Supreme Court. I’m a free American. I will NOT be a ward of the State. Throw all the bums out, before it’s too late.
  • ObamaCare: Basically, It's Like This... (pic)

    06/28/2012 7:53:31 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 6-28-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • A plea to the Supreme Court: Give us liberty or you will be giving us death by default.

    06/27/2012 1:43:25 PM PDT · by Greg Swann · 10 replies ^ | June 27, 2012 | Greg Swann
    I'm writing this the day before the United States Supreme Court is expected to announce its ObamaCare decision. It's possible that the court will rule nationally-socialized medicine "legal," or, more probably, a majority of the justices will declare that some or all of the law is "unconstitutional." This is all just so much religious theater, like the breathless anticipation of the announcmeent of a new pope. The United States Constitution is the devoutly-worshipped charter of a criminal cartel, and we imbue these matters with a sacramental holiness in order to avoid admitting that we are all of us serfs engaged...
  • I Called The DOJ Today- So Should You!

    06/26/2012 11:23:50 AM PDT · by marcbold · 20 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 6/27/2012 | Patrick Archbold
    I just called the Department of Justice today. I have never done anything like this before but I felt compelled. You see, it was all over the news yesterday that the DOJ had set up a special hotline number and an email address to report potential civil rights violations by the government! Finally, I thought. Finally the government is willing to listen to us ordinary citizens whose God-given rights are being trampled and ignored in favor of the government's misguided and over-zealous policy initiatives. No. I am not an illegal alien. But if the government has its way, I am...
  • Dislike Soda Bans? Then Restore the Constitution

    06/21/2012 6:06:26 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 5 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | June 21, 2012 | Melanie Sturm
    Last month, the day before National Doughnut Day, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans to tackle obesity by banning the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. Eager for the newly nicknamed “Soda Jerk” to Think Again, comedian Jon Stewart joked that Bloomberg's proposal “combines the draconian government overreach people love with the probable lack of results they expect.” The website “Renegade Chicks” reflected citywide disapproval in asking, “Weren't there bigger issues at hand (like) ... say the declining economy and rising unemployment rates? If this soda ban is passed, what's next?” Apparently, milk drinks and popcorn,...
  • In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children.

    06/20/2012 11:33:38 PM PDT · by JustTheTruth · 49 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | 1829 | Mormon
    From Wikipedia about Moroni: "a religious and military leader from the Book of Mormon who rallied people to successfully defend their freedoms and religious freedoms against enemies from within who wanted to overthrow a government by the people in favor of establishing a king." "According to the Book of Mormon, Captain Moroni was an important Nephite military commander and patriot... He is perhaps best known for raising the "Title of Liberty" as a call to arms for his people to defend their country, family and religion." . . . Moroni was "only twenty and five years old when he was...
  • NYC Mayor Defends “Nanny State”

    06/18/2012 1:05:56 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 June 2012 | John Semmens
    New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed back at critics of his efforts to save residents from their vices—most recently soft drinks, previously transfats and smoking—calling his policies “fully in sync with the views of our nation’s Founding Fathers.” “Those who’re on my case because I’m infringing on people’s liberties ought to read the Constitution,” Bloomberg suggested. “In there they’ll see that the rights to liberty and pursuit of happiness come after the right to life. You can’t have either liberty or happiness if you don’t have life. I think I’ve got my priorities straight.” As proof that he has...
  • Arms and the Greeks

    06/14/2012 9:13:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | August, 1999 | David Kopel
    The founders didn't conjure up the right to bear arms out of thin air. They learned its value from the founders of Western civilization. The creators of America's republican form of government did not make everything up as they went along. American political philosophy — including the right to keep and bear arms — was firmly grounded in historical experience and in the great works of philosophy from ancient Greece through 18th-century Britain. The Declaration of Independence was derived from what Thomas Jefferson called, "the elementary books of public right, as Aristotle, Cicero, Locke, Sidney, etc." What did Aristotle —...
  • North Dakota Considers Eliminating Property Tax

    06/12/2012 12:08:38 AM PDT · by quesney · 115 replies
    BISMARCK, N.D. — Since Californians shrank their property taxes more than three decades ago by passing Proposition 13, people around the nation have echoed their dismay over such levies, putting forth plans to even them, simplify them, cap them, slash them. In an election here on Tuesday, residents of North Dakota will consider a measure that reaches far beyond any of that — one that abolishes the property tax entirely. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @NYTNational for breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors Enlarge This Image Jim Wilson/The New York Times A group of Edgeley residents,...
  • Alabama Bans U.N. Agenda 21 Sovereignty Surrender

    06/07/2012 7:44:52 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 7, 2012
    Property Rights: Few have heard of Agenda 21, the U.N. plan for sustainable development that tosses property rights aside. But Alabama has, and it recently secured a victory as important as that over union power in Wisconsin. After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's stunning triumph over the excesses and abuses of public-sector unions, the London Telegraph's James Delingpole, an indefatigable opponent of global warming fraud, opined in a piece titled, "How Wisconsin And Alabama Helped Save The World," that we should take note of "an equally important but perhaps less well-publicized victory won in the Alabama House and Senate over the...
  • A practical governing philosophy for liberty-loving candidates in one word: Cut.

    06/07/2012 11:06:46 AM PDT · by Greg Swann · 1 replies ^ | June 7, 2012 | Greg Swann
    Tuesday night, celebrating the Tea Party's electoral victories, Glenn Harlan Reynolds, the Instapundit, offered up these words in the Washington Examiner:As millions of Americans were drawn into politics for the first time, many of them learned something important: It's fun. It's fun to elect candidates, fun to win elections -- fun even to lose, sometimes, compared to staying home and shouting at the TV.Politics is sanctified crime: Pushing innocent people around by force, usually by stealing the wealth they have earned and giving it unearned to your political allies. We have a name for people who find that kind of...