“The election is over, the talking is done…”

I know, I know, the election is over; and to paraphrase something I read on Facebook™  ”The election is over, the talking is done. My party lost, your party won. So let us be friends, let arguments pass. I’ll hug my elephant, you kiss your  a****!  Most people are trying to do the ‘lets be friends’ part; not the ‘you kiss you  a****’ part. There are a few folks who still feel that it is their duty to convince the ‘other’ guy that he was so wrong to vote the way he did, even though the election was nearly 2 weeks ago. Americans should stop talking about politics and affairs of state, right? Wrong.

Because all Americans know that our finances, jobs, debt and economy and anything remotely tied to these things, are headed for the proverbial terlit (and some say it is already there), it is up to Americans to decide what role the government has, if any, in solving these problems. Part of the problem was caused by too much government involvement, and part of the problem was caused by too little government involvement in operations of this country. After all, if government is PART of the problem, asking/demanding/allowing that SAME GOVERNMENT be part of the SOLUTION; seems to me a bit like allowing the government to be judge, jury and executioner at its own trial. This is hardly an impartial way to solve a problem. Don’t you think it is the role of the GOVERNED/WE THE PEOPLE to determine what the role of government is in finding a solution?

Another thing that the American people ought to be doing (and not just because I say so), is deciding if they want to return to strict interpretation of our founding documents, do they want to mold them into their lifestyle  now (after all  the documents have withstood the test of 230+ years for a reason).

The following article appears long and in some ways is a bit over-the-top for me, but when read with an open mind, there are some solid truths to it. As tempted as we may be to spend the next 4 years squabbling, let spend the next 4 years TALKING  and finding solutions so that the next generation and enjoying life.

http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/11/what-is-not-the-job-of-the-us-government/

 

“Do You Hear the People Sing?”

Les Miserables 1999
Les Miserables 1999 (Photo credit: Rick Payette)

“It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again!” All of us had ancestors or were slaves at one time, so I think we can ‘identify’ with the words of this song from “Les Miserables” about the French Revolution.

A revolutionary I’m not, but I can’t help but notice that American emotions border on the brink of hysteria at times. People differ in their ideas about the direction in which this country should go. Should it follow the Constitution or progress and ‘get with the times?’ For years, Americans who thought this way were in the minority; now Americans must think and act quickly, so as not to have their voices heard.

Americans used to boast that they were free and lived “In the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave…” American freedoms erode and our country used to be the #1 ‘FREEST and now the USA is closer to #10.

Respect for the US abroad has eroded, our allies aren’t sure if they can count on us, but I’d like to hope when push came to shove, America would step up to the plate…One person didn’t start this trend, and one person can’t stop it, either; but, whomever we chose next may determine if we hear the “beating of your hearts or the beating of a drum..”

Special Operations Speaks

Each branch of the military has its own special forces. These are groups of men and women who have undergone rigorous training in extremely difficult circumstances to be the ‘BEST OF THE BEST’ and usually perform under duress or conditions that are tougher than tough. In Vietnam, one of these groups emerged : United States Army Special Forces, the Green Berets.

Not long ago, the Navy SEALs (where SEALs stands for members who excel in special operations on the sea, air and land) brought Osama bin-Laden to justice.

Osama bin Laden making a video at his compound...
Osama bin Laden making a video at his compound in Pakistan. According to the U.S. Defense Department, the video was seized from the compound during the May 2011 operation by US special forces in which bin Laden was killed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some members (and retired members) of these Special Ops Groups have joined together and formed an organization, SPECIAL OPERATIONS SPEAKS. Please check them out their website at http://specialoperationsspeaks.com and donate to the cause of liberty and freedom. It is important to note in this time when liberty and freedom are eroding, that people have the opportunity to make his/her own political statements; and also donate if possible.

This is a very interesting website which reveals how the Special Ops forces have changed the courses of wars or the direction of war. No one likes war, but Special Ops (the name given to all these elite groups of our military) has been able to shorten the duration or decrease the intensity.This list is far from inclusive; rather it is only a start of the current listings.
Special ops forces that you may have heard of are:

Air Force Pararescue

Army Special Forces-Green Berets-

Navy SEALs

US Army Rangers

SARC-Special Amphious Reconaissance Corpsman

Air Force Pararescut

US Coast hard Rescue Swimmers

These are just a few of the highly trained and secretive special forces.

Again, see the website of Special Operations Speaks and donate if you can: http://specialoperationsspeaks.com

“Barack Hussein Obama-The Rise and Fall of America”

This is a guest post from The HubPages by guest author Bill , Henderson, reprinted with permission of the author

“Barack, Barack, Barack. Where shall I start?”

I guess I’ll start with what you said

“Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

First, no one said that we don’t need roads and bridges or infrastructure, so that’s an obvious straw man argument (and you are a genius at building straw men!). But your argument is also that we cannot make it without government (and you, of course), while the exact opposite is the truth. Government can’t do one damn thing without the taxpayers who provide the money via taxes, or the businesses government then hires to build that infrastructure.

Government earns no money, and couldn’t build a bird house.

Your surrogates are quickly rushing to tell us what you really meant, but why is it that the smartest man in the world so often has to have his people ‘splain what he really meant? I submit that you meant exactly what you said: Americans cannot thrive without a massive government guiding and supporting them every step of the way, and with a man like you at the helm telling us what we must do.

Well, I have news for you sir. I like to write about early America, because I’m in awe of the sort of brave men and women who left the comfort and relative safety of Europe and sailed to the new land where government did not exist. What an astoundingly courageous thing to do! There was no such thing as ‘infrastructure’, but they came anyway, and they persevered.

I’m also in awe of the brave men and women who later left the relative comfort and safety of the original states, and ventured into the unknown western frontier, where they were on their own, and government was nowhere to be found. There were no roads and bridges, and ‘infrastructure’ was a word that would not be coined for centuries. Yet with little or no help from government, they carved out the ranches, farms, and industries that made America an industrial giant. They expanded America, and government went along for the ride.

I would also point out to you, sir, that those times when government was out of the way were also some of the most productive times in our history! How could that be, when you claim that only government can pave the way? That is obviously untrue.

The role of government was spelled out by our Founding Fathers:

“We the people, of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

I’m surprised that a Constitutional scholar, and lawyer like you would be so woefully ignorant of the Constitutional role of government

Government is supposed to provide a taxpayer supported environment that allows “We the people” to prosper. Government was to be limited in power and scope, so that it was the servant of the people and not their master. Government was never intended to have the dominating role in our lives that you envision. That’s why the Constitution was written in ink and on stiff parchment, rather than on rubber than can be stretched to mean anything.

The sneering tone, delivery, snark, and blatant condescension of your recent remarks directed to and about business creators demonstrated your inherent hostility and derision toward the entrepreneurs and innovators which create new businesses and provide the backbone of American prosperity. You should be ashamed. What sort of president are you, when you constantly pit one American against another? You are the most divisive president in this old man’s memory.

You need to reexamine your motives, sir, apologize to America’s small business owners, and then run on your record. I assume you already know that the economy is in a shambles, unemployment is unacceptably high, and America has lost her triple ‘A’ credit rating. Why not run on that, instead of attacking America’s backbone?

I remember when we used to scold the lazy, good-for-nothings in America, the ones who refused to work and make something of themselves, whether adult or child. Today, we have a president who scolds the hard-working, successful business creators! How did we ever come to this?”

By Bill Henderson/Will Starr

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“When In the Course of Human Events…”

What school child hasn’t heard or read/studied the history behind the Declaration of Independence? July 4, 2012 is the 236th anniversary of the day we declared out independence from Great Britain’s sovereignty, although we didn’t sign our Constitution for some years. I was just reading an account of the 56 men who were appointed to represent their states interests. They”… determined that the only logical course of action by which they could throw off the yoke of tyranny was to declare the independence and sovereignty of the individual colonies.”

And they did this by signing the Declaration of Independence July 4 1776.  But what became of these men? We always hear of the Framers of the Constitution, but the people who wrote the Declaration? Several signers were branded by the British as traitors and were tortured before they died. Others were captured and jailed. Still others had their livelihoods ruined; many were wealthy and the British ruined their wealth and they died poor; yet many continued to serve, they so believed in liberty.

Many were men of means who signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing that they would face certain death if they were caught, Sometimes I wonder if the citizens of the America of today would have the strength of their convictions or would they fall short. This country has lived through some bad times, but I haven’t seen things as bad (maybe I just haven’t been ‘around’ as long), but I do see the signs of the same restlessness.

Americans have begun to wake up and realize that they have a duty to protest if there is something with which they disagree. They may not always be heard, but they protest what they see as an inequity. Although personally I see the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests as misplaced and energies misdirected, yet the the protestors PROTESTED. Peaceful protests were held by the The Tea Party members protested.

The signers of the Declaration of Independence suffered, they were hunted down by the British, tortured, lost their fortunes and their recognition remains somewhat paltry. Other than John Hancock (with his huge signature), Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, John Adams, josiah Bartlett, Cesar Rodney, and Thomas Jefferson, I remember little of the remaining signers.

An account of the events leading to the Declaration can be found in the mini-series, “1776.”  Not a historian to speak ti its factual accuracy, I would highly recommend this mini-series. So, tomorrow when I gather with neighbors and family, it will be to honor the sacrifices mad by the signers, the people who supported them, their families. They suffered, many died, so that I could have the independence, the liberty I have now and would like to keep. Since then, the numbers of people who have fought, sacrified and died for our country increases. Noone likes to fight, no one wants war, but Americans love freedom. We honor these signers for the sacrifices they made!

http://www.barefootsworld.net/doi1776.html

Freedom & Forgiveness Are Never Free! (footsoldiers4christ.wordpress.com)

Queen Elizabeth II speaks to the US:

In light of your immediate failure to financially manage yourselves and in recent years your tendency to elect incompetent Presidents of the USA and therefore not able to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up ‘revocation’ in the Oxford English Dictionary.)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated sometime next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. The letter ‘U’ will be reinstated in words such as ‘colour,’ ‘favour,’ ‘labour’ and ‘neighbour.’ Likewise, you will learn to spell ‘doughnut’ without skipping half the letters, and the suffix ‘-ize’ will be replaced by the suffix ‘-ise.’  Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels.  (Look up ‘vocabulary’).

2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ”like’ and ‘you know’ is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf.  The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter ‘u” and the elimination of ‘-ize.’

3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you’re not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse.  If you can’t sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you’re not ready to shoot grouse.

5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. (Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public).

6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.

8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed, not with ketchup, but with vinegar.

9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. New Zealand beer is also acceptable, as New Zealand is pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer.  They are also part of the British Commonwealth – see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat’s Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys.  Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one’s ears removed with a cheese grater.

11. You will cease playing American football.  There are only two kinds of proper football; one you call soccer, and rugby (dominated by the New Zealanders). Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).

12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game that is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the Australians (World dominators) first to take the sting out of their deliveries.

13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It’s been driving us mad.

14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty’s Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).

15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

God Save the Queen!

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

“They don’t make movies like that any more,” said my husband and I in unison at the end of “Talk of the Town.” Talk of the WHO? “Talk” is a wonderful movie, heart warming and it shows that people can change, given the right circumstances. What woman wouldn’t do a bit of rearranging for Cary Grant?

Movies today are action-packed and while I admit to loving the suspense of the thriller genre, I’ve seen a lot of movies, kicking and screaming and I’ve loved the foray into a few westerns, movies from 1930s, a film that was the movie début for an actor (“The Best Years of our Lives”) and an all-time favorite (though I’m not so sure it was a favorite at the time of its release), ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.”

It’s my opinion that if you watch 10 of todays movies, you MAY see one movie that is entertaining. But, if you randomly watch 10 of yesteryears’ movies, the classic appeals to about 50-60%. But, like I said, I had to have an introduction to the older genre; I wouldn’t have tried anything but “Casablanca” and “Gone With the Wind” on my own!