Independence Day — or Dependence Day?

With the recent Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Health Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), the federal government will mandate all Americans to purchase health insurance in the name of The Common Good, or be taxed a penalty for failing to do so. Repeal of the act is still an option — but only if we the people stand up, and vote to remove social progressives from both the White House and Congress on Election Day, November 6.

Today, America stands on the edge of tyranny — just as the original 13 American colonies stood 236 years ago, when the British empire levied taxes upon them without representation in Parliament.

236 years ago today, 56 men stood up, and against all odds, declared their independence from the British crown to build a free country we know today as the United States. Are we willing to stand up today and do our part to remain free?

Liberty or tyranny. The choice is yours NOW — as it was then.

Choose wisely.

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I Don’t Know About You, But…

I’ve grown tired of the groveling.

We get it. You’re an ideologue who thinks he isn’t one.

You say you know what the people want, yet you ignore the voices of the people.

You’re angry at the judicial branch for scuttling a restrictive campaign law that you yourself chose not to follow.

And now, you say you want to control spending and whittle down the deficit by proposing an outlandish budget plan with more tax hikes and even more spending.

We’re stuck with you for the next three years. We get that. We’ll cope until your term ends.

But, for God’s sake man, stop with the groveling already. It makes you look weak.

A head of state bows to NO ONE.

If you can work on nailing down that precision commander-in-chief salute, you can also try harder to greet others without losing control of your spine.

Oh, and learn to speak extemporaneously too, lest you be accused of being a puppet.


Dissent is the Highest Form of…


Statists have lost their damn minds!

Maureen Dowd:

The normally nonchalant Barack Obama looked nonplussed, as Nancy Pelosi glowered behind.

Surrounded by middle-aged white guys — a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men’s club — Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn’t.

But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!

Jimmy Carter:

Michael Eric Dyson:

I call B.S. on all three of them.

President Obama is not under fire for being black. He is under fire for his policies and how he is governing the country. Race has absolutely NOTHING to do with opposing the President’s worldview that America is evil and must be weakened in order to appease the rest of world, nor questioning his warped belief that a bigger, overfunded federal government will solve all of our domestic and economic problems.

Barack Obama could have been born white (he’s biracial, BTW), brown, red, yellow, olive, or plaid — and he would still be rightfully judged not by his skin color, but by his words and deeds. As a black man, I’m appalled that those on the left would rush to play the race card in defending a head of state who was elected by his peers not because of his race, but because of the promises made to usher in a “post-racial” era of politics and leadership.

Enough with playing the race card already. We’re ALL Americans — and the President is accountable to all of us, regardless of complexion.

Related: I’m in full agreement with Conservative Black Woman


We HAVE Forgotten

Today should have not been declared a “national day of service”, but of remembrance.

Ralph Peters’ op-ed in the New York Post hit the nail right on the head:

Eight years ago today, our homeland was attacked by fanatical Muslims inspired by Saudi Arabian bigotry. Three thousand American citizens and residents died.

We resolved that we, the People, would never forget. Then we forgot.

We’ve learned nothing.

Instead of cracking down on Islamist extremism, we’ve excused it.

Instead of killing terrorists, we free them.

Instead of relentlessly hunting Islamist madmen, we seek to appease them.

Instead of acknowledging that radical Islam is the problem, we elected a president who blames America, whose idea of freedom is the right for women to suffer in silence behind a veil — and who counts among his mentors and friends those who damn our country or believe that our own government staged the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

Instead of insisting that freedom will not be infringed by terrorist threats, we censor works that might offend mass murderers. Radical Muslims around the world can indulge in viral lies about us, but we dare not even publish cartoons mocking them.

Instead of protecting law-abiding Americans, we reject profiling to avoid offending terrorists. So we confiscate granny’s shampoo at the airport because the half-empty container could hold 3.5 ounces of liquid.

Instead of insisting that Islamist hatred and religious apartheid have no place in our country, we permit the Saudis to continue funding mosques and madrassahs where hating Jews and Christians is preached as essential to Islam.

Instead of confronting Saudi hate-mongers, our president bows down to the Saudi king.

Instead of recognizing the Saudi-sponsored Wahhabi cult as the core of the problem, our president blames Israel.

Instead of asking why Middle Eastern civilization has failed so abjectly, our president suggests that we’re the failures.

Instead of taking every effective measure to cull information from terrorists, the current administration threatens CIA agents with prosecution for keeping us safe.

Instead of proudly and promptly rebuilding on the site of the Twin Towers, we’ve committed ourselves to the hopeless, useless task of rebuilding Afghanistan. (Perhaps we should have built a mosque at Ground Zero — the Saudis would’ve funded it.)

Instead of taking a firm stand against Islamist fanaticism, we’ve made a cult of negotiations — as our enemies pursue nuclear weapons; sponsor terrorism; torture, imprison, rape and murder their own citizens — and laugh at us.

Instead of insisting that Islam must become a religion of responsibility, our leaders in both parties continue to bleat that “Islam’s a religion of peace,” ignoring the curious absence of Baptist suicide bombers.

Instead of requiring new immigrants to integrate into our society and conform to its public values, we encourage and subsidize anti-American, woman-hating, freedom-denying bigotry in the name of toleration.

Instead of pursuing our enemies to the ends of the earth, we help them sue us.

We’ve dishonored our dead and whitewashed our enemies. A distinctly unholy alliance between fanatical Islamists abroad and a politically correct “elite” in the US has reduced 9/11 to the status of a non-event, a day for politicians to preen about how little they’ve done.

We’ve forgotten the shock and the patriotic fury Americans felt on that bright September morning eight years ago. We’ve forgotten our identification with fellow citizens leaping from doomed skyscrapers. We’ve forgotten the courage of airline passengers who would not surrender to terror.

We’ve forgotten the men and women who burned to death or suffocated in the Pentagon. We’ve forgotten our promises, our vows, our commitments.

We’ve forgotten what we owe our dead and what we owe our children. We’ve even forgotten who attacked us.

We have betrayed the memory of our dead. In doing so, we betrayed ourselves and our country. Our troops continue to fight — when they’re allowed to do so — but our politicians have surrendered.

Are we willing to let the terrorists win?

God forbid, IF and WHEN we are attacked again, they will win.

The words of George Santayana ring true in these present times: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Let us resolve this moment forward to NEVER AGAIN betray those who were brutally killed eight years ago, REMEMBER the attacks of September 11, 2001, and REMAIN VIGILANT against those who threaten our country, our liberty, and our way of life.

If you still feel compelled to serve, then do so in reminding our elected public servants that they work for us — and hold them accountable for letting their guard down in this war.

Yes, we are still at war.


Speaking Truth to Power

Last night, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) shouted out loud our thoughts and feelings toward the vicious demagoguery that has come from the Obama Administration:

Regrettably, Rep. Wilson caved in to criticism from the left (with a little help from RINO Sen. John McCain and House Republican leaders) and apologized. Quite frankly, he told the truth, and he had absolutely nothing to apologize for.

Will the president apologize for his derision and insults toward the American people who rose up and spoke out against a forced government takeover disguised as “health insurance reform”? Don’t count on it. Being Barack Hussein Obama means never having to say you’re sorry.

In the meantime, I’m disgusted with the weakness displayed by the GOP, and I believe that a voter registration switch back to Non-Partisan is in order.

But the president’s health care “speech” is small potatoes compared to the rest of the vicious attacks on liberty that surround us. Remain vigilant. Watch, fight, and pray.


Let’s Get Rid Of Harry

Our “esteemed” senior U.S. Senator Harry Reid used to fight against the Chicago-led mob that once ruled the Las Vegas Strip. Now, he has become one of them — and used his new-found Chicago influence to threaten the advertising director and the owners of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

R-J publisher Sherman Frederick comments:

On Wednesday, before he addressed a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Reid joined the chamber’s board members for a meet-‘n’-greet and a photo. One of the last in line was the Review-Journal’s director of advertising, Bob Brown, a hard-working Nevadan who toils every day on behalf of advertisers. He has nothing to do with news coverage or the opinion pages of the Review-Journal.

Yet, as Bob shook hands with our senior U.S. senator in what should have been nothing but a gracious business setting, Reid said: “I hope you go out of business.”

Later, in his public speech, Reid said he wanted to let everyone know that he wants the Review-Journal to continue selling advertising because the Las Vegas Sun is delivered inside the Review-Journal.

Such behavior cannot go unchallenged.

You could call Reid’s remark ugly and be right. It certainly was boorish. Asinine? That goes without saying.

But to fully capture the magnitude of Reid’s remark (and to stop him from doing the same thing to others) it must be called what it was — a full-on threat perpetrated by a bully who has forgotten that he was elected to office to protect Nevadans, not sound like he’s shaking them down. [emphasis added]

Enough is enough. It’s time to throw Harry Mason Reid out of office once and for all. This constituent will do his part, to the best of his physical and fiscal abilities make sure that event takes place come November 2010.

For all of his “accomplishments”, Nevada’s unemployment rate is at an all-time high of 13%. Nevadans from all walks of life are struggling to make ends meet, keep their roofs over their heads, and provide for their familes while Harry Two-Face plays his “hardscrabble, up-from-poverty, Nevada-proud” act to the voters, only to turn around and knife them in the back and sell out the best interest of the state to activist thugs who don’t give a damn about Nevada residents. I’m sick and tired of him and his ilk.

It’s high time that all Nevada voters throw that dirty, rotten slimeball in the trash can and haul him off to the waste dump of defeat. Anything less that will be unacceptable.


Ted Kennedy: A Sobering Look Back

The NRO editors penned a brutally honest, yet civil post-mortem retrospective on the late U.S. Senator from Massachusetts:

As a member of the modern American aristocracy, Senator Kennedy believed that he had a mandate to use his power to do good for the least well-off among us, and that cast of mind is, at its core, admirable. Among the better achievements of his life, Kennedy lent moral support to important civil-rights and voting-rights legislation. Unhappily, he mistook power for wisdom, and he very often left things worse than he had found them. He meddled in Northern Ireland to no good end, contributed mightily to the politicization of the federal courts, sought to regulate and restrict political speech, appeased the Soviets, contributed to the American defeat in Vietnam, and attempted to apply the Vietnam template to Iraq. A child of privilege, he worked energetically to deny school-choice scholarships to poor black children in Washington, D.C. His ideas on taxes, immigration, and social welfare were reliably counterproductive.

Also, Chappaquiddick, Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, et. al. do not go ignored. RTWT.


That 9th Commandment Thing

In an attempt to compare his battle for socialized medicine with the historic civil rights movement, President Obama accused his critics of “bearing false witness” about his true intentions as he gave his sales pitch to religious leaders.

Given that Obama has repeatedly lied about his agenda to force socialized medicine down the throats of the American people time, time, and time again, he is not without sin in such regard, and should refrain from casting stones at his critics.

Secondly, Obama is actually preaching to the choir, given that the “coalition of religious groups” is actually a left-wing network of “faith-based” community organizers whose founders were trained in the teachings of Marxist pharisee Saul Alinsky as opposed to taking up the cause of the converted Christian apostle formerly known as Saul of Tarsus.

In promoting the big lie that is currently repackaged as “health insurance reform”, Obama is a false prophet. The “unwashed”, “uninformed” multitudes are rejecting the message and responding with a resounding “NO!” like fire shut up in Jeremiah’s bones (no relation to the latter-day Jeremiah Wright, whose hate-filled sermons left quite an impression on the president).

The fish and loaves that are being fed to those who hunger for total government control over their lives are quite fishy indeed.


Standing With Kenneth Gladney

As many of you know, St. Louis resident Kenneth Gladney was recently assaulted by union thugs (one of them an ordained minister, no less) outside a town hall forum on the proposed health care power-grab.

Today, members of MoveOnUp, an online forum of black conservatives, will be rallying holding a press conference outside the St. Louis NAACP headquarters, demanding that the organization take off their partisan blinders and speak out against acts of violence that are currently being condoned by labor unions and politicians in order to ramrod their socialist agendas. Although I’m unable to attend, I propose a challange to all who believe in individual liberty, regardless what one’s political leanings might be.

Kenneth Gladney was beaten by a goon masquerading as a preacher of the gospel for merely selling Gadsden flags (the historical battle standard from the Revolutionary War best know for the words “Don’t tread on me”). As a fitting tribute of support to a man who believes in liberty and was wrongly attacked for his free expression thereof, I call on others to purchase and display the Gadsden flag with pride and solidarity. Whether it be a full-sized banner, a bumper sticker, a lapel pin, or a yard sign, display it with resolute boldness. Send a message to the Service Employees International Union and other hostile statist factions that we, as Americans, will not be intimidated by thug activity, and that we will stand up and defend our Constitutional rights as citizens of a free republic.

If you’re in the St. Louis area, do whatever you can to buy your Gadsden flag gear from Kenneth Gladney himself — and support the spirit of free enterprise.

Tell the thugs not to tread on us.


“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a Toot.”

The Black Sphere’s Kevin Jackson comments on the looming power grab that is ObamaCare — and highlights some splinters in the Trojan horse itself:

Using his grandmother [the late Madelyn “Toot” Dunham] as an example, Obama squirmed while explaining that [Toot] likely should not have had her hip replaced, since she was dying of cancer and was 86 years old. Here was his comment:

“I don’t know how much that hip replacement cost,” Obama said in the interview. “I would have paid out of pocket for that hip replacement just because she’s my grandmother.”

“That’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues,” he said in the April 14 interview. “The chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here.”

There is no hidden message here, as the message is crystal clear. Sometimes Obama is worse than Biden in revealing the truth, though he is sensitive to the idea not throwing [Toot] from the train. What he’s not saying is he didn’t want her on the train to begin with!

Obama would have preferred [Toot] take painkillers for three weeks, instead of have that expensive hip replacement. After all, she died only a few weeks later. But what if [Toot] had lived another year or two? Should she be kept in a drug-induced stupor or should [Toot] become Soylent Green? Only the government counselors would know for sure…

I would submit that Obama never truly loved or cared about the woman who literally raised him, gave him shelter, and jumped through hoops to give him an education — only to dismiss her for political expedience as “a typical white person”, but I digress. All I know is that I’d be damned if I threw my own mother under the bus like he did.

BTW, if you’re not familiar with the Soylent Green reference, here’s a brief primer on how end-of-life care might be handled as depicted in the 1973 film:

I hope ObamaCare fails.


Here’s What They Think About You

Some members of Congress and the U.S. Senate have hosted town hall forums regarding the government health care proposals being rammed down our throats by the Obama Administration. While many of the forums have been dismissed by the mainstream media as hostile, angry mob gatherings, the following video sums up the collective attitude of those elected to represent us:

This is not as much as an attack on Sheila Jackson Lee as it is an example of blatant arrogance being displayed by all politicians, Democrat or Republican, who have forgotten who they work for.

If it were either you or me who displayed a cavalier attitude toward an employer while on the job, an immediate firing would be in order.

It’s time for all Americans to put politicians back in their place as elected public servants — not the elitist barons who see their constituents as serfs. Whether health care “reform” passes or fails (and I hope it fails), it’s time to start firing some people on November 2, 2010 and November 6, 2012 — starting with snobs like Jackson Lee and finishing it with your local representatives and/or senators.

As for me and my backyard, both Dina Titus and Harry Reid are on notice.

It’s time to take our country back.

Update (8/17): Tracy Miller, the woman who was rudely ignored by Jackson Lee, responds:

Show ‘em who’s boss.