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THANKS TO OUR FOUNDING FATHERS

THANKS TO OUR FOUNDING FATHERS

300px-declaration_independence2 The choice to embrace God (or not to) and share our faith with others as a source of strength is the gift of freedom that the founding fathers fought to establish. I appreciate the right to share and exercise my faith, especially when I see the suffering of others who do not have this right. It is upon this foundation that the fabric of our Constitution is formed. brave souls have sacrificed a great deal to protect this right. I am forever indebted to all those who gave so much, enduring great difficulties and hardships to keep this freedom alive and strong for all of us to enjoy today. We cannot allow the tendency of a few (especially judges) to subvert the privilege of exercis-ing our faith. Of course, we let them do that when we will not stand up for ourselves. We can help protect this right by voting and by sending letters to our representatives. Part of our nation’s pledge, “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” means so much to most Americans. It reflects the many sacrifices made on our behalf. We must never forget what this pledge means to us who live in a land where all citizens can enjoy this freedom. We should respect and even revere their sacrifices. We need to remember the enormous price that paid for the freedom we now profit from, and that our future generations will benefit from as well. May God help us if we ever come to the point that we forget or show a blatant disregard for the significance of this pledge or, heaven forbid, we neglect to show an allegiance to the United States of America. This is why we must be united in protecting our freedom. Nevertheless, if we become neglectful or complacent about this right, I trust that somehow God will re-mind us of the price tag for this privilege.

March 29, 2009 Posted by | Constitution | , , | Leave a comment

Why Immigrants Come to America

The Heritage Foundry Morning Bell Report

Why My Family Came to America

By Jessica Zuckerman

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More than any other nation in history, the United States has made itself a new home for immigrants in search of a better life. It embraces those who come to this country honestly—often with nothing more than their work ethic—in search of the promises and opportunities of the American Dream.

As a second-generation American, I think of this promise often. Each and every day, when I see my grandfather’s Ellis Island records hanging on my wall, I remember what he went through to come to this country. I remember how he left behind all he had ever known in Hungary to escape discrimination and the destruction left in the wake of World War I; how he gave up everything so that he could offer his children and grandchildren the promise of freedom and opportunity in a new land.

His story is not unique. Since our nation’s founding, millions of immigrants have come to our shores with a similar dream, each bringing with them new experiences and pieces of their cultures that together form part of what makes this nation great.

Over the past several decades, however, immigration policy has become confused, unfocused, and dysfunctional. America lacks a simple system to attract the qualified immigrants who can help our economy and contribute to our nation. Millions of unlawfully present immigrants are undermining America’s core principle of the rule of law, while the legal naturalization process isn’t working as well as it should. Large-scale immigration without effective assimilation threatens social cohesion, along with America’s civic culture and common identity. This is particularly true when immigrants are assimilated into the welfare state rather than into a society of opportunity.

It is high time for an immigration policy that serves immigrants and citizens alike. As an important part of this, we must find ways to reform our legal immigration system to create a process that is truly fair, orderly, and efficient. Indeed, currently there are close to 4.5 million individuals waiting in line to come to this country legally—and some have been waiting for as long as 24 years.

These numbers make one thing clear: America needs meaningful immigration reform. It must, however, be done in a deliberative and thoughtful manner. It must also seek to uphold the rule of law, welcome individuals through a legal framework, and discourage future flows of unlawful immigrants.

By recognizing these facts and beginning to work on solutions where we can all agree, we can rebuild an immigration process in harmony with our highest principles and best traditions.

Jessica Zuckerman is a policy analyst who works on national security issues at The Heritage Foundation. Her grandfather, Joseph (Jeno) Zuckerman, came to the United States on the S.S. Rotterdam in 1921.

April 26, 2013 Posted by | Our Future | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bad Days Ahead

America’s At The Threshold of Chaos and The Fall of America as We Know It!

Bet You Missed This Announcement! Yes, You Should Be Worried! How Much More Do You Need to Know Before You Believe It?  Stop Waiting and Get Prepared NOW!

Add the above announcement to this one:  Obama Signs Peace Time Martial Law by Executive Order

Why, what does he have in mind and what does he know that we don’t?

Could this be why he signed that Executive Order?

Now check out these headlines and videos then tell me what you think is on the horizon?

  • Jim Rogers – 2012 to 2015  Uploaded by  on Mar 21, 2012   For the latest Jim Rogers, go to http://JimRogersBlog.com Jim Rogers is a guest today on the Everything Financial Radio program.

March 27, 2012 Posted by | Our Future, Political News | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An American Heart — Patriotism

Uploaded by  on Jun 28, 2010

Written and performed by Jon David Kahn
Directed by Andrew Marcus
Produced by Maura Flynn
Edited by Michael Kadela and Andrew Marcus
http://www.americanheartmusic.com

@bapyou Progressives can’t understand patriotism…patriotism is a feeling of love so strong that you’d give your life for it…..progressives only give when they’ve convinced themselves they get more in return for their giving. Everybody else gives more and expects less in return…not progressives, not the entitlement “generation”, certainly not you.

Patriotism is almost non-existent in our youth today. Do you know why? I do?  The history books account of why people came to America in the first place.  Ask your youth (up to age 35) why America was settled? Was it by immigrants from England that were paid to settle America for England or was it for religious freedom and God being woven into the fabric of our Constitution?  They have learned a totally different history of America than we did in the 1940s and 1950s.

Our youth don’t have a love for America like we old timers do and they don’t know why America is special.

  • The liberal education has brainwashed them to believe America has polluted America’s resources and now they want to pollute the earth.
  • They are told that America is a war-monger and starts wars for money, so the rich get richer and the poor get poorer or dead.
  • Americans are greedy and arrogant, and America is nothing special.  There is little patriotism in their bones because of this attitude.
  • Many have been taught an alternative for the revolutionary war and civil war.  They don’t understand the contributions that have come from negro heroes.

Please take the time to learn the positive things about America.  Ask why people in foreign nations give up so much to come to America and make a better life for themselves?  There must be something special about America because it has stood out to nations all over the world as a place of FREEDOM and OPPORTUNITIES.

It is a place where many of us have fond feelings for and established memories of patriotism.  There is a reason why and you should try to understand why that is so if you don’t feel that way now.

March 26, 2012 Posted by | Special Message | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Even George Washington Faced Protests and Vilification

Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:05 AM

Subject: FW: George Washington vilified -some history

It seems this sort of thing has been going on from the beginning. It always amazes me that we manage as well as we do.Date: Monday, February 20, 2012, 7:13 AM

Even George Washington faced protests and vilification during his time in office. In the waning days of his presidency, George Washington was vilified for his support of the Jay Treaty. One newspaper editor even called for “a speedy death to General Washington.” Though the treaty averted war, solved many issues left over from the American Revolution, and opened ten years of largely peaceful trade in the midst of the French Revolutionary Wars, it was reviled because it favored America’s former enemy Britain and failed to end to the impressment of American sailors. So Washington and other treaty supporters became despised by much of the public, with countless angry demonstrations – including one where his own house was surrounded for days by hostile chanting protesters:

“When the president dined alone with John Adams to enlist his support [for the Jay treaty], his vice president worried ‘I see nothing but a dissolution of government and immediate war.’ … The press denounced Jay, criticized the treaty derided the Senate, and in a constant drumbeat reserved some of its most trenchant words for Washington himself. One Virginia editor actually suggested a toast for a ‘speedy death to General Washington.’ Meanwhile when the press wasn’t sticking its finger in Washington’s eye, popular meetings were. Across the country – in Boston, Philadelphia, New York and countless other cities – they screeched until their voices were hoarse for Washington to reject the treaty, while in Manhattan seven thousand Republicans stretching from Broad Street to Wall Street noisily marched against it. And day after day letters poured in, condemning the pact as a deal with the British ‘Satan.’

“Then the opposition truly got ugly. Jay’s treaty and his effigy were burned up and down the entire Eastern Seaboard. Rioters in Philadelphia clogging the avenues broke windows in the houses of the British ambassador and a Federalist senator. In New York, Alexander Hamilton was pelted with stones. And John Adams was stunned to see the presidential mansion surrounded from morning to evening by protesters repeating the same stinging calls, a deafening refrain chanted over and over again in an ever-escalating crescendo, demanding war with England, cursing Washington (a ‘horrid blasphemer’) and calling for the success of the French patriots; marchers even impaled the treaty on a pole and carried it to the home of the French ambassador. The vitriol was unrelenting: A pale and utterly depleted Washington was [even] compared unfavorably to King Louis XVI.”

The Great Upheaval, Jay Winik -Page 495

March 22, 2012 Posted by | Govmt & The People, Special Message | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Solution For Government Programs

Jeremiah suggests the problem with government programs: Among Joe Miller’s views: He wants to eliminate the Department of Education, believes the government shouldn’t pay for unemployment insurance and says of climate change on his campaign site that it “may not even exist.” Among the more mainstream GOP positions he’s taken: Miller would cut welfare; eliminate health care for the poor by scrapping Medicaid; and the Anchorage Daily News reported that he has has called for sweeping cuts to Medicare and Social Security with a goal of phasing them out entirely in favor of total privatization.

Stu responds with the solution for wasting money in government programs: Hi Jeremiah,

Eliminating the Department of Education is a good idea. First, the federal government does not have a constitutionally enumerated power to regulate education, so the agency and the funding it receives is illegal. Second, education is a municipal matter, requiring no assistance or interference from the federal government.

I was not aware of Joe’s view on unemployment insurance, but in a certain sense I agree that “cause specific” federal aid should be eliminated. I think the federal government could save a fortune in administrative costs if all needs based social payments were combined into a single system (unemployment, disability, pension supplements, etc.). None of these individual programs are legal right now, as they all violate the enumerated powers clause of the Tenth Amendment. But they could be made legal with a 2/3 vote of both houses of Congress, and ratification by 3/4 of the state legislatures. Then all the systems could be combined into a single streamlined system. Not only would there be massive administrative savings, but payments would only go to those who really need them (for example, Social Security pensions would be replaced with a needs based supplement, resulting in huge savings that would allow vast amounts of treasury assets owned by the SS administration to fund future obligations to be summarily ripped up). The basic idea is to focus on what people need, not why they need it, via an all-encompassing welfare system that is “cause-blind.”

Medicare/Medicaid are two of the most gigantic drains on the federal budget. You don’t see it directly, because treasury debt utilized to fund the anticipated future obligations of the two systems are “off balance sheet.” In other words, they are not included in the $15 trillion or so of official national debt (securities held by investors), but they still represent many tens of trillions of dollars that we don’t have the taxing ability to liquidate. The solution is to attack provider costs: tort reform, private market level fee caps for high cost procedures, smart hospital automation to reduce mistakes and duplication enforced by graduated lowering of fee caps ovre a few years, branded drug importation to increase competition and reduce prices, allowing Medicare to bulk negotiate drug discounts under Part D, cost/benefit rationing of heroic measures (say, procedures costing $250,000 or more), etc. After doing the above, Medicare premiums should be set at a level that is self supporting (i.e., no taxpayer subsidy). Existing federal bonds owned by the two GSE’s to fund liabilities that are eliminated due to the provider cost reductions could be torn up without technical default.

The climate change issue is subject to debate. We only hear one side of the story, because scientists who disagree with it sometimes get blackballed from the scientific community. The existence/extent of this problem has not been conclusively proven. While there is no question that excessive carbon emissions are a health hazard, the correct footprint reduction goals cannot be set until we know the true overall tradeoff between ecology and economy.

Stu

My Friend Stu’s Original Post on  Sodahead

As you are probably aware, Tea Party hero Joe Miller won his primary election for US Senator from Alaska, beating out “Democrat In Disguise” Lisa Murkowski. Murkowski, about a week after losing the primary, announced that she was going to run as an independent “write-in” candidate. Despite the fears that this would split the GOP vote down the middle, and hand the win to Democrat Soctt McAdams, Murkowski’s skullduggery had minimal impact on the polls, until now.

At present, the latest CFG poll has Miller in the lead with 33%, Murkowski at 31%, and McAdams at 27%. Murkowski is rising so fast that it may not be McAdams who wins, but Murkowski. This would be a real tragedy, since Murkowski is an Obama liberal, not a mere GOP RINO.

I’ve been supporting Joe Miller financially both through his primary fight and his general election campaign. Murkowski’s “write-in” stunt is pure immorality, as she stated publicly after losing the primary she would stand down. To put it simply, she lied.

Joe Miller is running a purely grassroots campaign, and cannot count on big contributions from all the beneficiaries of Murkowski’s largesse (earmarks and pork), past and potentially future. Unlike the seedy Murkowski, Joe is endorsed by credible, trustworthy conservatives like Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham.

FEC reports show that McAdams has raised $685,000, meaning he has a chance to raise his poll numbers even higher. But Murkowski is in a class by herself regarding funding. A single liberal PAC is spending over $600,000 in “soft money” to run a massive ad blitz supporting Murkowski and attacking Miller. And this is just a small sampling of the support she is getting from the statists.

I know times are tough, and money is tight, but if you can help, this is one man worth fighting for. Joe Miller has an impeccable TPM platform, and will fight hard to put a stop to the Obama agenda. But time is short, and Joe needs extra money to fight Murkowski’s unethical backstab.

If you can afford to, please make a donation (small or large) to Joe’s campaign by clicking here, which will take you to Joe’s official contribution page. Please also go viral on this thread, so the maximum possible number of people see it.

Thank you for your patriotism. Sadly, freedom isn’t “free.” The only way to block the Obama program, before we throw him out on his ear in 2012, is to vote a Congress into place in November that Obama can no longer control. Joe Miller can and will meet this challenge, if we can rise up and prevent Lisa Murkowski from stealing his rightly won primary.

October 15, 2010 Posted by | Political News | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Principles Of Our Founding Fathers

I encourage you to use this LINK to learn more about this video.

It is sad that Americans have forgotten the values that the Founding Fathers had when they established the Constitution and populated this land for religious and political freedom.

We have been blessed greatly by what they did and by the sacrifices they made to develop this land and make it the great nation that it has been throughout the ages. However, America is NOT seen in as good of light as it used to be because we have forgotten GOD and why He is woven into the fabric of our Constitution and our way of life.

I hope we will all do our part in remembering the blessings we have enjoyed because of our faith and trust in God. I also hope that we will espouse those same values as the earlier settlers and that we will influence those in our circles of association to remember these things as well.

I welcome your comments.

I HAVE BEEN ASKED WHY I POSTED THIS VIDEO.

Let me explain the reason I wrote this posting with the video. I received a comment from a reader who said my meaning was not clear. Let me clarify this for you.

I came across the video shown above and felt moved by the picture of Christ and the implication that He was behind the Constitution.

The video made me think about the Founding Fathers and how they believed they were guided by the Lord when they drew up the Constitution. Then I thought about how far we have moved from the original intent of the Founding Fathers and the ideals that were behind the writing of our laws and civil rights.

I realized how blessed we are to live in a nation that has been so rewarded with prosperity and International standing. These thoughts brought me to the realization that we are not as blessed as we used to be. Why? Because, at almost every turn, we are busily removing God from public view and forgetting the values that were purposely woven into the Constitution.

The idea of showing this video is to hopefully influence others to think about the same things depicted the painting and perhaps contemplate on how blessed we have been as a nation. We still can become a more blessed nation and improve our international standing when those who represent us in government move closer to the principles that once made this nation great.

I hope this explanation clarifies the reader’s question.

August 13, 2010 Posted by | Govmt & The People | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Support Governor Perry

What shows the Face of America more than elections? This article is about exercising our right to elect a Governor for Texas. If you know someone in Texas, please pass on this information to them. Thank you.

I cannot even entertain the idea of having a Democrat Governor, especially when I learn some of the things I have about White, the Democratic opponent.

There are many things about Gov. Perry that we do not agree with, but all and all, I think he is the best man for the job as Governor of Texas. Let me tell you Texans why I like Perry for Governor.

Texas is the best state to do business in because it is business friendly. Put a Democrat in and it won’t be long before it is no longer business friendly!

Texas is independent and self-contained. Texas is on its own grid for electricity and so we don’t have to worry about a domino-affect grid blackout as we saw on the Ohio grid several years ago.

Texas economy is doing pretty well, much better than most of the other states in America because of a wise Governor.

Governor Perry has done a lot to secure the border from incidents involving drug cartel violence. Gov. Perry says that, if the President will set aside an hour on Aug 9 when he is in Austin, he will have a meeting with those who are in charge of securing the Texas border and show him how to secure the border.

When I did research on emergency preparedness, I discovered that Texas is far ahead of me on this topic. Because they already had a plan in for a situation like Hurricane Katrina and the need to absorb masses of refugees into our State, Texas easily assimilated the influx of people.

The most obvious reason to re-elect Gov. Perry is that he is a Republican who knows how to govern effectively without creating huge debts and putting our state in jeopardy of being swamped in Democrats idea of extension Government and overspending.

WHY MESS UP SOMETHING WHAT IS WORKING SO WELL IN THIS TROUBLED ECONOMY”?

WHY TRUST A DEMOCRAT TO DO BETTER WHEN WE HAVE A GOVERNOR THAT HAS ALREADY PROVEN HE KNOWS HOW TO RUN A STATE SO EFFECTIVELY?

SURE WE MAY NOT LIKE ALL OF PERRY’S POLICIES, BUT ISN’T THAT BETTER THAN THE ALTERNATIVES? I THINK IT IS WAY BETTER AND THAT’S WHY I PLAN TO VOTE FOR PERRY!

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Growing Largest Grassroots Network in State History

On Saturday, supporters of Gov. Perry from all across the state participated in the campaign’s Home Headquarters Round Up, where they spent the afternoon calling friends and family to sign them up as Home Headquarters volunteers – individuals who agree to identify 11 people to vote for Gov. Perry in the upcoming election. Gov. Perry addressed these supporters in more than 15 towns across the state via Skype to thank them for their support and hard work on behalf of his re-election campaign.

The Home Headquarters program is the campaign’s vehicle to growing the largest grassroots network in state history. More than 3,500 Home Headquarters were signed up on Saturday alone. People who sign up may enter a raffle from now until October 15 to win unique prizes. Visit www.RickPerry.org to learn more about the raffle prizes and our Home Headquarters program.

Gov. Perry Continues to Defend State Sovereignty Over Energy Sector

Last week Gov. Perry stood strong to uphold Texas’ sovereignty over its energy industry in the wake of pending legislation in Washington that could strip states of the right to regulate oil and gas exploration and production within their own borders. The governor joined a number of state leaders in urging the Texas Congressional delegation to fight back against this latest encroachment into states’ authority. Read his statement on the governor’s website.

Instead of targeting Texas, the federal government should be looking at our successful record of building one of the strongest, most diverse energy industries in the nation while successfully protecting the environment and reducing pollutants. Since 2000, Texas has reduced nitrogen oxide emissions by 53 percent, cut ozone levels by 22 percent, while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions more than nearly every other state, all without burdensome government mandates.

Gov. Perry Talks About Texas’ Border Security Efforts on Greta van Susteren

Watch the video to see Gov. Perry discuss Texas’ successful border security efforts and his support of Arizona’s right to pass their own immigration law in the wake of the federal government’s failure to uphold its responsibility to the states.

Gov. Perry on Campaign Trail in San Antonio

Visit Gov. Perry’s Flickr Page to see Gov. Perry on the campaign trail in San Antonio. Last Tuesday, he joined San Antonio Councilman David Medina to visit supporters at the District 5 Senior Center, meet with renowned artist and Vietnam Veteran Jesse Trevino in his home, and visit supporters at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Later in the day, he gave the keynote speech at the ribbon cutting of the new San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce location at The Pearl.

Bill White Admits Appearing With President Obama ‘Could Cost Him Support’

Liberal Bill White has admitted the reason he will not appear with President Obama next week is that doing so “could cost him support.” An invitation to a fundraiser President Obama is holding in Austin on Aug. 9 says, “Some of the proceeds will remain in Texas to help elect Democrats in Texas, including Bill White as our next governor.”

Regarding Democrats avoiding President Obama, Larry Sabato from the University of Virginia Center for Politics said, “If you are running in a state where Obama is still popular, then it’s fine. Otherwise, it’s better to just have the money laundered through the DNC.” Visit LiberalBill.com to read more.

August 2, 2010 Posted by | Special Message | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Memorial Day Message

I heard this talk at a Scout Breakfast on Memorial Day weekend two years ago. It was so moving that I asked him to please let me share it on my blog. Below is what he emailed to me. I hope it moves you as much as it has me.


I used PART 1 as an introduction, and is an excerpt from the 2008 Memorial Day message from the VFW website:

http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=news.newsDtl&did=4547

It’s a sacred day to all war veterans: None need to be reminded of the reason that Memorial Day must be commemorated. But what about the general public, and more important, future generations? Do most non-veterans really recognize the importance of the day honoring their fellow Americans killed in war?

Sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance. America’s collective consciousness demands that all citizens recall and be aware of the deaths of their fellow countrymen during wartime.

Far too often, the nation as a whole takes for granted the freedoms all Americans enjoy. Those freedoms were paid for with the lives of others few of us actually knew. That’s why they are all collectively remembered on one special day.

This should be regarded as a civic obligation. For this is a national debt that can only be truly repaid by individual Americans. By honoring the nation’s war dead, we preserve their memory and thus their service and sacrifice in the memories of future generations.

They came from all walks of life and regions of the country. But they all had one thing in common—love of and loyalty to country. This bond cemented ties between them in times of trials, allowing a diverse lot of Americans to achieve monumental ends.

We remember the loss of loved ones, a sense of loss that takes group form. In essence, America is commemorating those who made the greatest sacrifice possible—giving one’s own life on behalf of others.

Means of paying tribute vary. Pausing for a few moments of personal silence is available to everyone.

As America’s older war veterans fast disappear from society’s landscape, there are fewer and fewer standard-bearers left to carry the torch of remembrance. Such traditions will live on only if there is a vibrant movement to which that torch can be passed.

Now, more than in recent years, the enduring relevance of Memorial Day should be clearly evident. With two wars under way, the public has no excuse not to remember.

This much is owed to the more than 4,500 Americans who have died thus far in Afghanistan and Iraq.

PART 2 was to give a history of the holiday, and is an excerpt from a Heritage Foundation essay by Carolyn Garris, Memorial Day: Following Logan’s Orders on May 25, 2007:

http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed052507d.cfm

Americans celebrate Memorial Day with barbeques and bargain sales. Yet often our beach umbrellas overshadow what the holiday means. By looking back at why it was created, we can gain a better appreciation of how — and why — we should observe it today.

Memorial Day arose in the aftermath of the Civil War. At that time, each town honored its fallen soldiers separately. Then, in 1868, retired Union General John Logan organized the first national Decoration Day. Serving as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union Veterans, Logan ordered local posts to honor the fallen on May 30, 1868 by “strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades, who died in defense of their country.”

One month later, Congress established a national Memorial Day, although Americans did not celebrate it in solidarity until after the First World War.

The holiday has evolved, but it remains true to its roots. “It is the purpose of the commander-in-chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year,” Logan wrote in his order for Decoration Day. These days, the president executes the national observance and gives the Memorial Day Address at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1950, Congress recognized Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace. In 2000, the president issued a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time each Memorial Day. Since Logan, the president has guided our national observance with moments of silence, prayer, and the playing of Taps.

Originally, Logan wrote his orders for veterans. He urged them to remember the fallen, as long as “a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades.” A few years ago President Bush acknowledged, “I know that those who have seen war are rarely eager to look back on it and the hardest memories of all concern those who serve their country and never live to be called veterans. Yet memory is our responsibility.” Although generations separate us from Logan’s words, many veterans of foreign wars still live among us. Sharing the stories of the lost lives is a tangible way to honor their memory.

But today, Logan’s orders speak broadly to all Americans. He could not have foreseen the destructiveness of 20th century warfare. Yet his guidance offers three practical ways for citizens to observe Memorial Day.

  1. Remember the fallen. For Logan, this meant decorating their graves with the “choicest flowers of spring-time.” Ceremonies at local cemeteries remind Americans that though war seems thousands of miles away, our neighbors, classmates and brothers are involved. America has very few national heroes. Instead, our heroes are 18-year-olds who commit their lives to service of their country. As Logan suggested, a proper celebration of Memorial Day honors these individuals.
  2. Remember their cause. Logan requested that an American flag, which “they saved from dishonor,” be raised above the departed. They died for the American flag and the nation that flag represents. They died in pursuit and defense of her principles, “liberty and justice for all.” The proper honoring of these individuals unites Americans to their mission.
  3. Serve their families. Finally, Logan expected that remembering leads to service. “Let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us, a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan,” he wrote. A few years prior, Abraham Lincoln gave a similar charge, “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” Serving the soldiers’ widows and orphans is a national duty. Today, war separates thousands of military families. A proper Memorial Day celebration includes serving the families who sacrifice daily for our country.

Memorial Day is not just for the government and veterans; it is a day for Americans. This Memorial Day, let us all follow Logan’s orders: Cherish “tenderly the memory of the heroic dead, who made their hearts a barricade between our country and our foes.”

PART 3 was what it means to me and my family personally.  I had read (I think in the Army Times, while I was in Iraq), someone use the Oath of Enlistment in a Memorial Day address, which gave me the idea to mention it here.

I, like my grandfathers, father, uncles and cousins before me, am a veteran. I am proud of having served in the Armed Forces. I served in the Army Field Artillery and Cavalry from 2000 to 2006. I mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2004 to February 2006. I am currently serving in the Inactive guard and reserve of the US Army.

Just a few month after receiving his high school diploma, my father stormed the beach in Okinawa for 82 days and was just one of the 38,000 wounded during that great battle that took the lives of 12,000 of America’s finest.  World War II took the lives of 416,800 sailors and soldiers.  The Americans going into World War II came from the farms and the cities, left their tractors and time cards, and these civilians became soldiers. Then and now, we are always underestimated by the enemy. They think we are soft and apathetic. They think this because we love liberty, we accept all come to our shores, and we think that freedom leads to happiness and prosperity. Sometimes this makes us too trusting. And, let’s face it– sometimes we are unprepared. But the last 250 years of history is full of grand armies and navies unprepared to face the heart of free men, fighting for their liberty.

My Grandfather served in WWI, his grandfather and uncle in the Mexican-American War.  WWI saw over 116,000 U.S. military deaths, the Mexican-American War witnessed more than 13,000.  We had grandfathers on both sides of the Civil War, the bloodiest in our history; some experts say the toll reached 700,000; and the first Persingers to set foot on US soil, had to fight for as part of the Virginia Infantry Regiment during the American Revolution.  An estimated 25,000 American Revolutionaries died during active military service.  Some who lived into their seventies saw their first military pension payments.

Memorial Day, for myself, my father, and for all soldiers, living and dead, is embodied in the words of the oath they first take when they enlisted into the service of their country:

I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC; THAT I WILL BEAR TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO THE SAME; AND THAT I WILL OBEY THE ORDERS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE ORDERS OF THE OFFICERS APPOINTED OVER ME, ACCORDING TO REGULATIONS AND THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE. SO HELP ME GOD.

Memorial Day, is traditionally May 30; May 26 is this year’s Congressional designation. It is a day of “National Mourning.” All U.S. Flags should be displayed at half-staff during the morning hours. At noon, they should be raised back to full-staff.

Let us now observe the bearing of flag with silent reflection, and let us pay our respects to our honored dead by supporting and defending the Constitution, by never sacrificing freedom for the illusion of peace, or liberty for the promise of leisure; and bear true faith and allegiance to the same.


DP

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Special Message | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We’re Take’n Back America

We’ve been asleep at the wheel for far too long and now we are about ready to crash if we don’t wake up quickly. We have to do something right now before everything this country has been to us will be gone. Those of us older than 40 years old know what I’m talking about. They remember how America used to be and the values that have been lost today. Our children and grandchildren depend on us right now to protect what we have lost and pass on something worthwhile to the future. What future do our children have right now if we do nothing?

Is this situation what our Forefathers feared would happen? Is this what they fought and died for? Is this what our fathers, grandfathers, and brothers died to protect in previous wars? Is this what our men and women are fighting for RIGHT NOW around the world, as we sit here in our plush war homes and drive our nice cars and eat nice meals?

Well, I’m sorry but this just isn’t good enough for me. I remember America 50 years ago, and I remember the way it used to be –before Democrats forgot who they serve, and Republicans got greedy. The youth don’t know the America that we know. They don’t know what they’ve lost, but we do. We know that they deserve more than what they are inheriting now, don’t we? l, very controlling and outright loss of freedom planned for us! Can’t you see it? Can’t you stop long enough to read between the lines?

Whatever way of life we live now, it is nothing like we will have if we take the bate and fall for the garbage being told to us by the Democrats. If you believe they are telling you the truth then you’ve been brain washed, because they are telling us the biggest lies ever before told by politicians from the past. They have evil, very controlling and outright loss of freedom planned for us! Can’t you see it? Can’t you stop long enough to read between the lines?

This is no longer “Politics as Usual” and a question between Democrats and Republicans. It is a matter of evil versus lessor evil. Let’s clean out the Democrats and get back the House, and then we can work on cleaning out the Republicans.

Just remember that a vote against Republican or no vote at all, is a vote for the Democrats and more loss of rights and freedom. You have to see this before we’ve lost everything we hold dear. NO MORE POLITICS AS USUAL. THIS IS NOW SURVIVAL!

I want to hear from you if you don’t agree with this video. I promise, I’ll be nice. I just want to know your thoughts on this!

May 18, 2010 Posted by | Back to Basics, Can We Believe What We Hear | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Despicable Human Beings

I am tired of politicians using racism as a tool to separate people from the Republican Party, TEA Party efforts, and states trying to protect citizens from ILLEGAL immigration. Politicians who do this are despicable human beings and obviously have no conscience.

Using racism as a political tool is NOT “politics as usual”, as some people would have you think. This tactic is way out of bounds of ethical and we need to hold the offenders accountable!

The problem is the Elite in government who believe the peasants (that’s us) are easily influenced. They think that we can be manipulated to believe as they want us to believe and think as they tell us to think. We must inform them that they are wrong.

We are NOT ignorant and are perfectly capable of thinking for ourselves. With 24/7 access to the Internet and live reports, we find out what politicians do not want us to know. This is why they want control of the Internet, so they can control the information that we access.

We need to tell politicians who use racism as a tool that we know what they are doing, that we are offended by its use, and that we won’t tolerate it any longer. Even more important, they need to know that we think it is despicable to suggest racism when they know it’s a lie!

What type of person will use the evil of racism as a tool to divide people for political gain? It just goes to show that the Party using it is desperate and feels a need to use everything in their arsenal to reverse people’s attitudes toward them.

Being desperate is one thing, but hitting below the belt by accusing racism when they know it isn’t is shameful. I noticed the Democrat Party started doing this in the 2000 elections. They made claims that the Republican Party were racists because they tried to get in the way of black voters, which was completely a lie.

During that same time frame, I read a report by Associated Press that the Democrat Party told people to make racism claims, even if they had to lie, and say that Republicans tried to prevent them from voting. They stated that, even if it wasn’t true, to insinuate racism was enough.

I was disturbed by this report so I wrote to twenty-five newspaper editors in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I asked them to investigate racism claims and the supposed attempts of Democrats to sway votes by making false claims. I never heard a word back from any of them.

Then again we heard racism claims in the 2004 and 2008 elections. Although Obama’s race worked well for him in the 2008 elections, now the party thinks we are ignorant enough to believe race is the reason people disagree with him now.

Since when is it racism to disagree with a sitting President of the U.S.? The answer is, since Obama became President; even though race is what elected him. This just proves that race is used as a tool to persuade people or inflame situations.

Racism is unacceptable from any group of people, especially from politicians. It is an evil that only we can stop! Politicians using it as a tool make it much harder for the nation to get past injustices of the past. This is what makes these actions so despicable.

President Obama being black is NOT what has people upset with him today. They are angry about what he is doing to the country in only sixteen months and about being “hell bent” on fulfilling his vision for America–even though it is against the “Will of The People”. Also, they are angry because Democrat Representatives and the President have stopped listening to constituents.

The way to turn things around is to become informed citizens. Well-informed citizens know the truth and recognize when politicians use “spin” to cover up their deeds or to change the focus; in other words, they play the shell game.

The shell game is used to misdirect the observation of participants and fool them into believing the object (a pea, walnut, or acorn) is in one place when it is some place else. Being well-informed is the only way to prevent playing the shell game, reverse the situation, and change the direction of our nation.

It could very well be that false racism accusations can actually bring people together and bind us as a well-knit nation. Once people understand that race is NOT the real issue and that it is being used to divide us, they will see the immorality of such efforts. Recognizing this fact will hopefully be the demise of Liberal/Progressive Democrat’s reign and allow “Blue Dog” Democrats to surface again.

This is not suggesting that Republicans are the answer to current problems, they contributed a great deal to the situation, or that the TEA Party is an alternative to a two-party system. It means we need to pay closer attention to politics and become more involved, perhaps more than in the past, even when it may not be comfortable for us to do so.

We reached this point because too many of us have been complacent about our responsibilities or have turned our votes into a popularity contest. This type of irresponsibility has to stop! We need to be accountable and do the right thing now to change the situation we’ve created.

One way to be more accountable is to take a stand on protecting the values and principles on which the “Founding Fathers” established this nation. It will help if we remember that General Washington, who became President, said he accomplished what he did through the intervention of a supreme power. It is this same power that we need to intervene now.

Obviously, our nation has gone off track. We need to get back to our roots and adhere to past standards that made us a great and admirable nation. In addition, integrity in politics needs to be restored and choose representatives that hold firmly to core standards that represent a healthy society.

Drawing the line on how far politicians can go will stop the practice of hitting below the belt to win elections and tell past offenders that such actions in the future will be unacceptable.

The Democrat Party being desperate now is a good sign. It shows that they are vulnerable and that they recognize it…not that knowing this will change their bad behavior into good.

The bottom line here is that WE AS A UNITED FRONT must accept our own responsibility and, to the best of our abilities, help ourselves out of the hole we’ve dug before we are buried by the consequences. We owe that much to God, to those who died to give us the freedom we enjoy today, to those who are dieing now, and to future generations.

Remember these things in November when you make your decision to vote, and recognize that how you vote will impact the nation as a whole.

May God bless America, may it continue to be the Land of The Free and Home of The Brave.

May we have the courage to vote according to our conscience instead of by popularity or to grant selfish desires.

May we be given power of discernment so we see through the ploys of politicians and recognize their true intentions of the heart.

I pray that we may have the desire to change and that we will have the insight needed to make the changes that need to be made.

May 13, 2010 Posted by | A Divided Nation | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment