“This is My Country”

At 7 minutes, this is a tad longer than most videos, but worth it? It gives me pride in our country and makes me proud to be an American, one who will fight and die for my country. When I watched this gal speak at the Republican National Convention a few days ago, I was mesmerized by the well-chosen words that came straight from her heart. Yes, she has a political agenda (running for Congress from Utah), but she doesn’t seem to be grinding axes here and talking in sound bites, talking points and campaign slogans. Personally, I think we need young blood, young ideas and people who don’t see that a life in Washington is the ‘be all and end all’ to their lives.

Mia Love is that same kind of person we need more of in Washington, but that’s just my opinion. We all need to take responsibility, do our own research, and talking to friends and learning about issues of the day and the candidate’s proposal to deal with some of the problems we face. That way, we’ll all make a determination based on some pretty solid facts about the people we’d like to send to Washington.

Why “…Familiarity Breeds Contempt”

Hearing one of my favorite sayings, ‘…no dog in the hunt…’ I was intrigued and continued to watch one of the fastest, informative, 7-minute videos I’ve ever seen. And in that 7 minutes, reason after valid reason is given for why the election this November will be a landslide, predicting that Mitt Romney will be the ‘slider:’ not the slidee.

However, Mitt Romney will have his work cut out for him. Government spending MUST be cut and that won’t be fun. No one person ‘got us here,’ and no one person can undo the past, but we need to start making decisions that will head us in the right direction,

Our country, our economy is near the abyss and we can’t continue this roll downhill, for soon it will become a free-fall. No, “WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE!”

A Failure of Regulation, Not Capitalism – NYTimes.com

A Failure of Regulation, Not Capitalism – NYTimes.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)

Coming to You Soon!

“Watch Your Mailbox!
I just wanted to let you know that today I received my 2012 Social Security Stimulus Package…….
It contained:

  • two tomato seeds,
  • cornbread mix,
  • a prayer rug,
  • a machine to blow smoke up my ass,
  • 2 discount coupons to KFC,
  • an “Obama Hope & Change” bumper sticker,
  • and a “Blame it on Bush” poster for the front yard.

The directions were in Spanish. Yours should be coming around the pike real soon!!”

I would have put this in the joke section because it is funny, but funny often provides a lot of grist for the mill. Sure, we should be more self-reliant by growing our own tomatoes. But do self-reliance and  making cornbread from a box-mix? Doing for ourselves AT THE SAME TIME AS having someone do for us by making CORNBREAD FROM A BOX? This needs to have sparked a national dialog 50 years ago, though my mind is pretty well made-up. I know, what a cliché to hang my hat onto,  “my mind is made up, don’t confuse me with the facts!”

Then we have the prayer rug which says to me that SOMEONE doesn’t think that we all tolerate people of other religions well; OR DOES IT? Other religions were ‘around’ well-before Christianity, which is one of the newest religions on the earth.  I know for myself, that I want others to tolerate my faith just like I tolerate theirs, that religion is a very personal thing. Government has no business in the religious preferences business; just as it has no business in the sexual preference ‘market.’   They only reason the government has ANY reason in these ‘arenas’ is when freedoms granted to us by the Constitution are at stake.

We fell for the ‘hope and change’ stuff 3 1/2 years ago and found out the hard way that it really meant ‘MORE OF POLITICS AS USUAL.’ Actually, it meant worsening of politics as usual as the pols we often deal with are Chicago-style politicians who for the most part, know one loyalty: MONEY.

Discount tickets for KFC. Deep-fried, the more calories, the better? But, what about Michelle Obama‘s war on obesity. Has this been trumped by ‘the-more-people-who-keel-over-of-a-heart-attack, the-fewer-people-have-to-be-covered-by-Obamacare-or-a-single-payer-system?’

The ‘BLAME IT ON BUSH poster for the front yard seeks to remind us of EVERYTHING  that we’ve heard of in the last 3 1/2 years; ‘INHERIT’ is another ‘catch-all!’ What about a increasing a 10 trillion dollar debt to $15 dollars is palatable by ANYONE’S standards. That same $5 trillion dollar debt was unpatriotic in the past; but why is it acceptable now?

Thank a Soldier

This weekend many of us have plans to enjoy a barbecue with friends, a long week-end from work, fireworks or tending the garden, enjoying what I hope was nice weather. But whatever we do, we mustn’t forget our soldiers, past and present and future.

The defenders of out nation, our men and women in uniform have no day off, no barbecue when they’re deployed. They are the defenders of our freedom, for FREEDOM ISN’T FREE. It comes at a price and that price may be the ultimate sacrifice or loss of limb, family devastation.

So, this Memorial Day weekend memorialize veterans who have given for our country, past and present; and every time you see a soldier, take a moment to express your gratitude, “Thank you for your service.”