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Would somebody please stand up!

Posted by foundersfreedom on June 30, 2010

I was listening to the radio today as Sean Hannity interviewed  Governor Jindal of Louisiana. Governor Jindal is touted to be a rising star in the Republican Party, even presidential material.  What I heard was a man, perhaps rightfully, blaming the current administration for contributing to the destruction of his coastal lands and the fishing areas that provide a living for thousands of residents of the state he governs.  The red tape and permits and approvals have been strangling efforts to stop the approaching mass. “We wanted to do this…”  “We proposed that….”  “Delays for this….”  “Had to have inspections for that.”

What I wanted to hear, and it was difficult for me to listen to the groveling, was that he was doing what was necessary for the people of the state he was elected to protect.  That is what a true statesman does. That is what one who understands states’ rights vs. the rule of the federal government. That is what someone who understands the Tenth amendment does.  Federal regulations, be damned. I heard nothing even approaching that.

Would the administration send troops to arrest or fine a man who was saving jobs, valuable fishing areas and untold tons of fish and shrimp? For today and years to come?  Someone who was actually accomplishing what we thought BP was supposed to be doing? I say they wouldn’t.  And if they did, what would come of it?  He would be the hero of the people of Louisiana and far beyond!

Though state sovereignty and states’ rights have been cast as racist or pro-slavery and an attempt to step back 150 years, it certainly isn’t. That is the progressive modus operandi – slander and lie.  It was fully intended to be the gatekeeper against a power-hungry federal system. The Tenth Amendment states, simply, that

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Those delegated powers were enumerated in Article 1 Section 8 of the US constitution. Again, stated simply:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Does anyone see a word about interfering with or even assisting with clean-up efforts on an oil spill or anything else?  Does this mean they can’t help in time of crisis? No, not if Congress appropriates the money.  But, is there anything that states the federal government can prevent a state, a once-sovereign entity, from tending to its own business and needs?  Absolutely not! 

I cannot believe where we are as a country.  I’m but a schlep that has finally awakended to the perils we face – from our own government!  If we can’t rely on a “rising star” to do what’s right and necessary, it’s time to find another star.  Or another Party.  All I see is weakness or maybe political opportunism.  This fall we’ll hear that this administration failed to respond and hampered efforts to clean up the mess.  We’ll hear how they stalled and stammered, which may be true, but that’s beside the point. We’ll hear how we must restore sanity to Washington by electing Republicans.

If they have no more clue about the sovereign rights of states than this, we will get nothing in return for giving them the reigns of power again.  They won’t reign in the agencies like the EPA that are wreaking havoc on clean-up efforts. They had their chance in the first 6 years of the Bush era. Nothing.   They punted.  No, we must move on.  There is not enough time to educate them in things they should already know.  We don’t have enough time to reform a party that doesn’t want to be reformed.

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The Tide is turning

Posted by foundersfreedom on August 19, 2009

Wow, I miss pontificating here, but the time spent with the Cincinnati 912 Project and the Tea Party is giving me the hope that we CAN and WILL stop the madness in DC.  All the efforts of Patriots across the US seem to be paying off. 

We may have dodged the immediate bullet on health care “reform” but we will never stop and now we will push back . Those that have so willingly attached themselves to the Obama agenda are very certainly marked people, in the political sense – for you Lefties who take any resistance to your socialist agenda as physically dangerous.

The real America has awakened and we are not only going to work very hard to remove those that hate American principles, but replace them with people that will begin to reverse the process.

Everyone has now seen the real Obama, not the media version of him and most don’t like what we see.  The take-over of private business and this attempt at taking over health care and strapping us with environmental nonsense is being seen for what it is – the beginnings of a totalitarian regime. Under Obama?  Maybe not, but how long until the next “One” comes along?

We pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to maintain this last bastion of freedom for our children and grandchildren.  Even for those around the world who have longed to live half as free as we have. 

God continue to show mercy and favor to your people.

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Payback time for the Unions…and “We the People” get the bill. The Obama (non)nationalization plan continues…

Posted by foundersfreedom on April 28, 2009

The President must have learned a lot when meeting with Chavez recently.  It appears he’s stepped up the nationalization of more American companies, but of course he’s not because he and his friends in the media said so.     

The unapologetic (except when it comes to all of America’s “transgressions” to the rest of the fawning world),  fraudulent Obama administration is nationalizing American companies and giving huge amounts of ownership to the unions.  In two stories just today We the People own half of GM and the UAW gets 39%. The UAW gets 55% of Chrysler.  Did the companies do this willingly?  I can assure you they did NOT.  The Obama administration is “changing” the game.  The administration knew they would be able to do whatever they wanted once they loaned the money.   It may have fooled the typical Obama voter…

Under threat from the Treasury, the new Mob bosses in Washington, and amid the real possibility of bankruptcy, both companies are capitulating to the their new Masters in DC and the same unions that have aided them in the demise of their own industry.  What a great business plan.  A selfish union and a totally inept and inefficient government will “turn things around.”  Have we lost our minds? 

The Leftists who have captured and conquered Washington, DC have insured that their voting bloc will NEVER suffer loss.  The lock-step unions are too big to fail for the Democrat Party.  Read below to see where the unions would have the force of government behind them to force non-union suppliers to unionize if they want to stay in business.   

Remember, since “we” own it, we will be responsible for keeping all these union people working whether they make anything we want to buy, or whether they make ANYTHING AT ALL.  Get it?   As more and more people lose their jobs to this down economy (yes, the same people who now own GM), the union just got a “free ride” card and a multi-billion dollar  company to boot.

Civility is going to be hard to maintain as America crumbles under this assault on freedom and capitalism.  God help us.

From the WSJ.  Emphasis mine.

The government could be exposed to a host of conflicts and potential unintended consequences if it ends up — as now appears likely — with a controlling stake in General Motors Corp.

Under GM’s latest restructuring plan, the U.S. would get at least a 50% stake in the largest Detroit auto maker. Even without a majority stake, the government was able to use its muscle in March to oust GM Chief Executive Rick Wagoner. But such a major holding would turn GM into a sort of Government Motors, making the federal government the company’s de facto boss and bank lender.

A direct stake could create other uncomfortable conflicts: The Obama administration would be setting emissions and mileage standards for cars in Washington while having to implement them in Detroit. It also would make the government a direct partner of the United Auto Workers, which would get a 39% stake in the company under GM’s latest blueprint for survival.

A final GM plan is still many months away, and early reaction from bondholders suggests that the plan won’t come together in its current form. But even if it flops, the proposal reveals that the government, in close consultation with GM, is prepared to become more deeply immersed in the operations and rehabilitation of the auto maker.

Both the Bush and Obama administrations have grappled with how to shore up the economy without getting directly involved in running companies. They were unable to avoid an entanglement with insurer American International Group Inc., in which the government now owns an 80% stake after committing more than $170 billion in emergency relief. It will soon own more than a third of banking giant Citigroup Inc., with which it has had a sometimes-fraught relationship.

But in contrast with those cases, the GM proposal comes as part of an all-out administration effort to restructure the U.S. auto industry, including the country’s third-largest car company, Chrysler LLC.

“The big question is whether the government, as a shareholder, will be focused on GM making money, or it making clean and green cars, or whatever other political agenda they have for the auto space,” says Peter Kaufman, president and head of restructuring at investment bank Gordian Group LLC.

Administration officials dismissed suggestions that they were preparing to nationalize GM, saying that the plan put forward Monday was preliminary. “We’re supportive of this offer and of this process, but no final decisions have been made,” said one administration official.

Another official said the administration has long planned to swap the government’s debt holdings in GM for a large equity stake, but has no intentions of running the company.

Under the GM proposal to bondholders, the government would forgive $10 billion in loans to the company in return for a 50% stake, while GM’s tens of thousands of public bondholders would be asked to surrender around $24 billion in bond debt for a 10% stake.

GM continues to pursue two tracks for its turnaround — one outside bankruptcy court and one inside. One person involved in the situation says a late-May Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by GM is “99% likely now, maybe higher.”

In either case, the government would be in a position to set policy for the company. GM is one of the largest sellers of full-size trucks and sport-utility vehicles in the world, vehicles that are notorious for fuel inefficiency. Yet such products, which include the Chevy Silverado pick-up and Cadillac Escalade SUV, have always been among the company’s most profitable. That could present the government with a painful trade-off.

Even after its restructuring, GM is expected to remain one of the country’s largest employers of unionized workers, and it also does business with thousands of union and non-union employers.

That raises such questions as whether the government would allow GM to buy parts from a supplier that has resisted organizing efforts by the UAW or other labor unions, or whether it would encourage suppliers to support UAW organizing efforts — as GM had done for several years at the union’s urging.

The Treasury’s current plan is to hold its GM ownership stake in some form of trust, say people briefed on the situation. The administration’s auto team is now drafting documents that lay out how that trust and its government-appointed trustees will manage the government’s majority stake.

Still unclear is how long the government would maintain its ownership, these people say. There are differing views in the administration, with some advocating a quick sale of the stake while others argue the government needs to take a long-term view and hold GM for a long time to get a better price. One administration official said the government would likely sell its shares gradually, but only after GM had regained its financial moorings and rebuilt its reputation.

“This ownership thing is a few-year process, three years maybe, until auto sales come back,” said one person familiar with the matter.

How and when to sell GM and whether to consider private-equity firms or foreign auto makers as potential buyers presents another set of complications.

People familiar with the situation say that for now the government appears to have decided not to solicit buyers for equity stakes in a new GM, because it doesn’t have all the information investors would want before making what would likely be a multibillion-dollar commitment.

The government is still formulating financial projections and a capital structure for the new GM, which would be slimmed down to just a few brands—most likely Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and possibly GMC, as a niche truck brand, these people say. They say documents circulating in Washington show a radically smaller GM.

“Investing in GM would involve a couple billion dollars, which is obviously not an impulse buy, so you’d want to analyze it in depth,” said investor Wilbur Ross, who owns a large auto-parts supplier called International Automotive Components. “I’d think at some price there’d be some interest, especially as you remove debt and combine” that with relief from retiree health-care obligations and real wage-and-benefit concessions.

Economists point to the government’s intervention in the U.S. railroad industry in the 1970s as the best corollary to what may now happen at GM. In that case, the government created the Consolidated Rail Corp. in 1976 to absorb rail lines from two bankruptcy carriers. The company was sold to private investors 11 years later.

Write to Neil King at neil.king@wsj.com and Jeffrey McCracken at jeff.mccracken@wsj.com

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As America’s religion goes, so goes the country.

Posted by foundersfreedom on April 9, 2009

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A sign o’ the times – and what holiday, I ask, is “Spring?” That used to be a SEASON! How offensive is GOOD FRIDAY and to WHOM?!

 

As I lament the quickly deteriorating state of America I also lament the state of the souls of her citizens.  America has been rotting from the inside and now the facade is beginning to crumble.  Our leaders are corrupt, moral absolutes have been diluted or destroyed and ours has become a culture of decadence and selfishness.

President Obama recently said America is not a Christian nation. Apparently it’s OK and wonderful to have oppressive Islamic countries, but a Christian country is undesirable. After I got over my initial anger, I’m afraid I have to agree with him at this point in time.  He’s supposedly a believer, and that’s between him and God, but he and his fellow ideologues have done all they can to destroy the religious foundation of America.  

Gay rights, abortion of any kind, taking prayer out of schools, Christmas decorations from public places – all of these have been implemented by those who are in charge right now. The Left’s near total control of education over the last 40 years has seen to it that references to the Founding Fathers, religious or otherwise, are skimmed over or avoided completely. 

How I long for a return of those statesmen, instruments of Divine Providence used to create this the most free and prosperous land in the history of man, to manifest themselves to this current generation.  We’re treated to pandering, lies, feigned support for the military, and petty bickering. 

John Adams, in October 1798, said the following and it is shows the wisdom given to him and his contemporaries when the building blocks were being laid almost 300 years ago.
         “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

George Washington in 1792 (emphasis mine)
         “I’m sure there never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe, that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God, who is alone able to protect them.”

The enemies of freedom, inside and outside our borders, have been chipping away at the foundations since they were created, but the fabric has been held together by the Judeo-Christian ethic, or at the very least the perceived notion of a higher power and the benefits of living a good life.  Respect for life and property have their roots in every major religion, but it is a core of the Christian faith.  The first four of the Ten Commandments pertain to our relationship wih the Holy God.  The remaining six deal with our relationships with each other.  A quick review of these six and their attending assaults I hope will give pause to those who think a return to our Constitution can be accomplished without a return to our faith.

Fifth Commandment – Honor your Mother and Father
            Society is telling our kids to have sex as often and anywhere they like, certainly against the desires of parents.  The UN Rights of the Child proposal will be a huge detriment to our responsibilty to raise our children. Government (sometimes called public schools) indoctrinate our children in values contrary to those taught at home.

Sixth Commandment – Thou shalt not murder
           
Sadly, murder is a common occurrence in lower income neighborhoods , but isn’t  restricted only to those neighborhoods.   The average age of the perpetrator is younger than ever. News reports of 14 year olds killing other human beings doesn’t shock the way it used to.  Often a criminal that commits murder gets less time than drug dealers, large-scale polluters or animal abusers.
           The biggest and most damning trespass of the 6th Commandment is the horror of the killing of the unborn – abortion.  Under the auspices of “choice” or “health/life of the mother,”  we’ve entrenched the  murder of human beings into an acceptable activity.  Even most who abhor it will not stand up and speak for fear of being castigated.  So by our “sin of silence” this practice has moved to the point of allowing babies born after botched abortions to be left to die a cold, lonely death in a dark room off to the side.  If these “unwanted” babies were left on a doorstep somewhere I guarantee they’d be snatched up and taken care of by somebody, with media reports of how a community came together to find it a loving home, but since this occurs in a nearly empty room out of public view it’s OK to extinguish a life breathed by God Himself.
           
Seventh Commandment – Thou shalt not commit adultery
            God considers ANY sex outside of marriage to be adultery. Hetero or homosexual. Watched any primetime network TV over the last 20 years or more? Enough said.

Eighth Commandment – Thou shalt not steal
             
Our government, through legislative fiat, has been stealing from the producers and giving it to the non-producers. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it isn’t stealing. 

Ninth Commandment – Thou shalt not bear false witness (lie)
              Terms like ‘disingenuous’ have become the new ‘liar’ but softens it to an acceptable tenor.  Our elected leaders have perfected the art of bearing false witness. 

Tenth Commandment – Thou shalt not covet (desire to take from another) your neighbors wife, property, etc. (abridged for space)
              
Where do you start with this one?  Much can be referred back to the Eighth Commandment above.  The immoral theft and mismanagement by investment banking has caused the loss of trillions of dollars in our portfolios, yet it seems those running the show have made out just fine.  Sure, their portfolios presumably have taken a hit, too but when your making tens of millions of dollars running a company into risky investments which receive bailouts from your powerful friends in DC, it’s not so bad.
              The whole Socialist mentality our country now seems to have embraced is built upon this premise. 

Sociopsychologist Warren Benton said in Temporary Society, “In order to effect rapid change, one must mount a vigorous attack on the family, lest the traditions of the present generations be preserved.”  Another noted sociopsychologist, James Coleman, was even more straight-forward. He said, “If  ‘equality of opportunity’ (read socialism’) is to become part of the American Dream, the traditional family must be weakened.”  Ominous statements, indeed, and common in educational institutions, especially higher education.  It explains why so many college students come out so far removed from their values going in. 

Our public education system has done a thorough job of indoctrinating our children for decades, but we can’t hold ourselves blameless if we failed to correct those teachings by reinforcing our values at home or, better yet, homeschooling them – a choice my wife and I made before our children were born.  I can talk the talk and walk the walk.  My wife is an RN and we’ve sacrificed close to a half-million dollars so far for our decision and, frankly, have no regrets.

Moral relativism is a sinister mindset that leads to pain and confusion for our kids.  They’re told that all lifestyles are equal.  They’re told that we all have our own path to heaven and no one is more right than others.  They’ve been taught that corporal punishment should be impuned or even prosecuted.   They’ve been taught that their self-esteem should be caressed at all costs.  The only way to reconcile all this in their developing value-system is by diluting the messages of the Bible and the values many have grown up with.  Our education system and entertainment industry pound on those values every day.  These kids grow up and raise children that have never known discipline, have few boundaries and no truths to anchor themselves to.  What a scary place to be!

To get a glimpse of America a decade or two from now just look at England and France.  They have given up religion en masse, and their societies are under assault from Islam. Experts are projecting both to be Islamic countries within a couple decades.  Some estimates put it as early as 2030, just 20 years from now.  How could that be, you may ask?  Pure and simple, Westerners have embraced smaller families and the “choice” of killing tens of millions of potential Westerners while Muslims are having larger families for the sake of growing their populations. Our mothers have left the home in pursuit of careers and “things,” leaving insufficient time to grow and nurture large families. 

America, if we really want to get back to the country we were with the freedoms that have been the envy of the world, we need to get back the spiritual component as well as the political.  We need to say, “no” to to sports on Sunday mornings.  We need to teach the important things, like the struggles inherent with freedom and responsibility. We need to teach that what we do in private is in full view of God. If we don’t go to church regularly and seek God’s will for our lives, ask for forgiveness for our sins of commission as well omission by allowing the horrible things that have become commonplace and give Him his rightful place as the Divine Creator, our spiral into decadence will continue. 

Romans 13:3-6 says about Godly rulers-  

“[They] are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.”

In this upside-down world where evil is called good and good evil, it doesn’t appear that what we currently have are Godly rulers.  Perhaps we get what we deserve.

God, have mercy on us. 

   

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Pres. Obama, Apologist-in-Chief, speak for yourself!

Posted by foundersfreedom on April 6, 2009

Obama is once again lapping up the reverence of the masses of Europe while spitting in the faces of our soldiers who saved their backsides in World War ll, had their backs for decades and continue to carry almost the entire weight of the “war-on-man-caused-disasters.”

Apologizing for the worlwide economic chaos, as if America is responsible for the ineptitude and corruption of their government (in one respect we are – so quit voting these dirtbags back into office! Even your own.), when the rest of his socialist friends in Europe were spending their countries into the same mess is just one more thing to add fuel to my fire.

His threat to bamboozle the Iranians and now North Korea have fallen embarrassingly short of his successful efforts with organizing communities.

Mr. Obama, these enemy countries aren’t on your payroll like ACORN and all your other neighborhood thug minions.  They see and smell weakness and it comes from YOU.

They threaten to destroy us with newly developed nuclear weapons and you want to unilaterally disarm the free world. Insanity! They have BOTH laughed at your attempts to “communitize” them.  Interesting your friends in the media don’t report their derision of you.

You are WAY out of your league and America will pay dearly for the ignorance of those who thought Change was automatically a good thing.

The country is awakening and we know your intentions. Your naivete, or worse traiterous, actions to tear America down will meet fierce opposition and it is building fast.  We the People are educating, amassing and motivated. Look out your window on Tax Day and see who you’re up against!

End rant.

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It’s all about 545 People – a must read

Posted by foundersfreedom on March 25, 2009

From Campaign for Liberty.  Wish I could take credit for this.  No commentary is needed.

Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.

 545 PEOPLE
By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-pickingthing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.

The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party.

She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red .

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it’s because they want them in IRAQ

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it………. Is up to you.

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Who gives you the right?

Posted by foundersfreedom on March 3, 2009

I just got this from a contact with a local John Birch Society member. 
He asks the question, “who gives our rights?”  All emphasis is mine.

Did you know that nowhere in the United States Constitution as well as any of the 50 State Constitutions, is the word democracy written. There was a reason for this. I would also ask you this; who gives you your rights? Does the Bill of Rights guarantee you your rights? Does government? Do the courts give us our rights? Hardly! Thomas Jefferson said: “They [the judges] are … in fact the corps of sappers and miners, steadily working to undermine the independent rights of the States and to consolidate all power in the hands of that government in which they have so important a freehold estate. “

Stewart Rhodes, a fellow ex-paratrooper who was honorably discharged, who left Ft. Lewis shortly before I got there notes: “Rights come first, and then government is created to protect them, not the other way round. This is something modern political and legal elites want us to forget. They don’t believe in inalienable, natural rights that are ours by virtue of ‘nature and nature’s God.” Instead, they share the view of Karl Marx, that such “rights” are merely artificial political/legal constructs, that man is just an infinitely malleable animal (to be shaped by social engineers), with no inherit rights whatsoever, and your only “rights” are whatever society wants to “give” you. Black’s law dictionary defines this as “positive law” – man made law – as opposed to natural law.

That’s a question I don’t believe I’ve heard since the tempestuous Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings.  The eradication of religious discussion and reference from public discourse has made it a red herring for too many politicians, including those who profess to hold those values “dear.”  Will we ever be able to again ask this question and discuss it with civility?  Sadly, I believe we’re too post-modern/christian to see that day.  The wrongly applied separation of church and state has been fully co-opted by the Left creating such a stigma that most in any position to reinforce those rights are reluctant, if not actually afraid, to instigate such a discussion. 

Human nature, without Godly direction through that still small voice, is destined to fall deeper and deeper into base selfishness, leading to steeper and steeper decline.  Without a true spiritual revival, our rights and freedoms that we’ve enjoyed up until now will continue to erode.  Socialism gives way to Marxism , which gives way to Communism – a godless dictatorial society. 

America, without a real “change” – one of the heart, that is our future.

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Please, Dear God, let Obama fail! Amen.

Posted by foundersfreedom on February 26, 2009

 

flag-1Change has come to America and it is frightening. The speed at which the Left has taken their mandate for change is breath-taking.  Daily there are hundreds of billions, and now trillions, being thrown at problems of (mostly) governments’ own doing.  It’s nearly impossible to keep up, let alone get a handle on it all.

That, my friends, is by design.  The Soros Left has a plan to destroy the Republican Party and implement new financial and social orders.  His Open Societies Institute gives a humble image of righteous endeavors, but his hatred for what America stands for is what drives him. 

Here is a portion of an article from Investors Business Daily

And since 2003, tearing down what he views as the “fascist” tyranny of the United States, as he has put it, is “the central focus of my life.”

Through networks of nongovernmental organizations, Soros intends to ruin the presidency of George W. Bush “by any legal means necessary” and knock America off its global pedestal. “His view of America is so negative,” says Sen. Joe Lieberman, who, like Gen. David Petraeus, has been a target of Soros’ electoral “philanthropy.” “The places he’s put his money are . . . so destructive that it unsettles me.” Soros’ aim seems to be to make the U.S. just another client state easily controlled by the United Nations and other one-world groups where he has lots of friends.

Anyone who has been paying any attention knows who George Soros is and I didn’t intend to write about him, though a very wide road leads to him. 

 The reality is that Barack Obama, a radical the likes of Soros, is now the President of these, currently, United States.  This President has done more in the last 5 weeks to forward the Soros Socialist/Marxist program than the sum total of the previous 30 years.

In the past 5 weeks Obama has promised to give away$800 billion, $410 billion, $275 billion of OUR MONEY and now he presents a nearly $4 trillion “responsible” budget.  What is responsible about any of this?

Folks, this man is lying and evil.  He is taking us on the fast track to the failure that has been coming slowly.  He’s setting aside $634 billion that we DON’T HAVE for a Universal Health Care System that we DON’T HAVE. 

There are at least 2 scenarios that could be in play.  The first is the lockbox line of bull we always hear about, such as Social Security, which eveyone knows is full of IOUs.  The second is much more diabolical and involves the spending of money, again, that we don’t have on a huge program that has not been authorized.  The word tyranny begins to come into focus.

As Obama is conferring rights to illegals and terrorists, as just today he decreed that at least some of the Gitmo detainees will receive criminal trials with OUR hard fought rights, his liberal comrades in the Senate are plotting to “Hush Rush (and Hannity, Levin, Beck, Ingraham and any other opposition voices). Is this what our brave soldiers had in mind when they stared death in the face, and in the case of hundreds of thousands over the centuries, gave all?  The Founding Fathers are spinning in their graves.  The benefactors of our insane catch-and-release policy, yes, those who are sworn to the death to destroy us, will now have access to publicly funded defense attorneys and will make a mockery of our legal system. Osama and Ahmadinejad are having a very hearty “un-Islamic” laugh. 

The Senate approved a vote for DC today and has sent the bill to the House for debate and a vote.  The Constitution says representation is reserved to the States. Two Senators can’t be far behind.  That’s 2 more GUARANTEED DEMOCRAT…never mind, the Constitution is irrelevant. And wasn’t Orrin hatch, a co-conspirator co-sponsor of this fraudulent deal, a one-time chairman of the judiciary committee?  I think that position has something to do with the LAW and the CONSTITUTION! 

We all know what the problem is.  Now, what are our options to take back our country?  There are many who are calling for peaceful and symbolic protest designed to get the attention of Washington to say, “Hey, we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore!”  Another is the sovereignty movement in some Statehouses to tell Washington to back off.  I’ll address the third in a moment.

The National Tea Parties set up for tomorrow, Feb. 27th, though well-intentioned, I’m afraid will fall short simply because of the lack of time to build large enough gatherings nationwide.  My fear is that the MSM will film places where there are only a handful and show them as proof that America is really behind Obama’s agenda.  We could look foolish to the ignorant masses, some of which may be experiencing the first pangs of buyer’s remorse.  It could put doubt in their minds as to the validity of their concerns.

This is not to say that these are wrong or shouldn’t be done, but it will need to be a continuing movement to build momentum.  I know there’s a “We the People” march planned for the end of May in DC and I encourage everyone to consider taking their families and being a part.  See the details at www.resistnet.org.

I personally believe it is up to our state legislatures to rein in the addicts in DC.  The 10th Amendment to the Constitution, (I know, I know) specifically gives the bulk of rights, except for the few specifically enumerated to the federal government, to the States.  Until this president gets his hands on a couple Supreme Court nominees, the Court should uphold those rights.  We should all be encouraged by this movement and we should get 100% behind it.

The third path to taking our country back, and the least desireable, is through taking up of arms.  To be totally honest, we have to acknowledge that the Founders knew this to be an option preserved for future generations. They had just come through just such a successful revolution and knew well the tyranny that an over-reaching government can impose upon its citizenry.

Thomas Jefferson said, “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that they preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”  Was this just to show how clean they were or how shiny the barrel and stock were?

James Madison: “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

Ben Franklin:  “Any society willing to give up a little freedom for a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”

And a favorite from Patrick Henry: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! ”

This is not an endorsement for revolution of this kind, as I fear one who leads it may be worse, ala Hitler.  If this is the course America is forced to take, we should be thankful that the gun owners are primarily on our side.  (Which side are the gun banners on again? )

This is exactly why the Founders put the right to bear arms second only to the right to free speech, as mentioned earlier, another favorite target of the Left.  Without the 2nd the first would be difficult to defend.

I will close with this.  America, know who you are and what you stand for before choosing the path to take.  Do we believe in Providence and self-determination or in “government benevolence?”  Will we help our brothers in need or fend only for ourselves?  I pray we are willing to suffer some hard times to preserve what  millions from around the world have only dreamt of for over a century… being free in the most benevolent, beautiful and blessed country God ever created.

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Get a load of this – HuffPo article says Republicans got preferential treatment from self-censoring journalists! What a riot!

Posted by foundersfreedom on February 24, 2009

This comes from the Huffington Post, that wealth of “information.”  (To know the mind of the insane, scroll through the comments of any story on HuffPo) This story covers up through 2004, and these people say it’s still the order of the day! Wow! What newscasts are they watching?

The three major broadcast networks favored Republicans in elections from 1992 to 2004, according to a study that analyzed presidential campaign coverage.

That effect was largely due to journalists censoring their own reporting out of frustration at being accused of a liberal bias, according to Maria Elizabath Grabe, associate professor in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University College Of Arts and Sciences, who co-authored “Image Bite Politics: News And The Visual Framing Of Elections” (Oxford University Press) with fellow academic Erik Bucy.

Grabe and Bucy examined 62 hours of network news coverage – 178 newscasts – between Labor Day and Election Day over four elections and examined the visual coverage, including such package techniques as the “lip-flap shot – when a reporter’s voice is heard over video of the candidate, which tends to be unflattering for that candidate.

They also examined the “Goldilocks effect” – which party gets the last say in a piece and is better remembered by viewers.

According to their research, Democrats were more likely to be the subject of the unflattering “lip-flap” effect while GOP candidates had the last say in every election but 2004. In 1996, Republicans got the final say eight times as many times as Democrats.

I guess since they were so oppressed up until that point, they decided to pull out all the stops in this past campaign as so many were obviously totally in the tank for the O.

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No rest for the Right – next up – a (no American) energy bill, then “climate change”

Posted by foundersfreedom on February 20, 2009

This from the Boston Globe

WASHINGTON—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he wants to take up a bill to tackle global warming by the end of the summer.

The Nevada Democrat told The Associated Press in an interview late Thursday that the Senate in the next few weeks will move to pass an energy bill focusing on several of President Barack Obama’s priorities, but then ” hopefully late this summer do the global warming part of it.”

There is widespread agreement that the climate change issue must be addressed. But there remains sharp disagreement on just how to do it.

Many Republicans argue that the Democrats’ plan to cap the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming may be too expensive and produce higher energy costs. Democratic congressional leaders maintain that costs can be contained and that failure to act soon could have even more severe economic consequences.

Reid says he is convinced that many senators want to move on the issue this year.

“We have to take a whack at it,” he said.

Reid, who is up for re-election next year, has assumed a high profile on the need to promote “clean energy” sources such as wind, solar and biomass that do not produce carbon dioxide, the predominant greenhouse gas. These are also energy projects popular in Reid’s home state, where several major solar projects are under way or planned.

Next week, Reid will participate in a “clean energy” forum being convened by the Center for American Progress. Others participating will include former President Bill Clinton, possibly former Vice President Al Gore,and senior Obama administration officials.

Reid earlier this week said that he expected Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, to produce an energy package within two weeks that will be ready for floor action. Among other things, Bingaman’s bill would require utilities to produce 4 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2011, increasing to 20 percent over the following decade, according to a draft of the legislation.

Reid said he favors a 20 percent renewable standard for utilities, but added, “we’ll get by with what we can.”

Many states already have requirements for utilities to use renewable energy, but attempts in Congress to establish a national requirement have fallen short repeatedly because of regional divisions. Lawmakers from the Southeast particularly have argued that utilities in their area would be hard pressed to meet a federal requirement because they lack wind or solar energy resources.

Reid said he also favors some additional tax incentives aimed at spurring energy efficiency, especially for construction of more energy efficient buildings.

“We’ve got to give people incentives to build better buildings and also do something about the buildings that are there right now,” said Reid.

But Reid said he doesn’t expect the Senate to tackle the issue of offshore oil drilling again.

While Congress last fall ended a drilling moratorium that covered 85 percent of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, Reid said he’s convinced that Obama’s Interior Department will protect those areas where drilling shouldn’t be allowed.

“I don’t think we need to do anything legislatively,” he said.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recently scrapped a Bush administration blueprint for offshore energy development through 2015 and said he was developing a new plan, keeping in mind that some areas are not suitable for drilling and putting greater emphasis on developing wind and wave energy projects offshore.

Exactly why we can’t rest.  Reid wants to “take a whack at it.”  “We’re from the government and we’re here to help.”  Gird your loins for this one. Consensus (of their inner circle, not the scientific community), says something has to be done. Yeah, like those successful TARP  bailouts and now the porkulus bill.   

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