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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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.


Van Jones Out

President Obama’s embattled “green jobs czar” packs it in:

Van Jones, an administration official specializing in environmentally friendly “green jobs” with the White House Council on Environmental Quality was linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the 2001 terror attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans.

The resignation comes as Obama is working to regain his footing in the contentious health care debate.

Jones issued an apology on Thursday for his past statements. When asked the next day whether Obama still had confidence in him, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said only that Jones “continues to work in the administration.”

The matter surfaced after news reports of a derogatory comment Jones made in the past about Republicans, and separately, of Jones’ name appearing on a petition connected to the events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. That 2004 petition had asked for congressional hearings and other investigations into whether high-level government officers had allowed the attacks to occur.

“On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me,” Jones said in his resignation statement. “They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.”

Jones wasn’t thrown under the bus, but taken away in a waahmbulance! The truth about his radical, communist, conspiracy theory ties was an open book, pointed out in print and online; but to him, it was a “smear campaign”. He was busted fair and square, thanks to talk radio personality Glenn Beck, who had the courage to stand up and question Jones’ agenda (and ask why in the world would Obama gave him an advisory post in the first place) with boldness.

Jones’ resignation is a victory for liberty; however, there are still 31 “czars” remaining on the government payroll — all with radical backgrounds — who can do irreparable harm to our nation, our lives and our freedoms. It remains wise to heed Beck’s advice, continue to stand up against tyranny, and question those in leadership who ultimately work for us, regardless of race, ideology, or political affiliation.

In short, fellow citizens, continue to watch, fight, and pray.


Much Ado About Nothing

It upsets me to no end that the Obama administration is considering persecution of officials from the previous Bush administration for giving legal opinions about what constitutes torture. R-J publisher Sherman Frederick opines:

Let me get this straight. President Barack Obama is “open” to the prosecution and impeachment of Jay Bybee, a sitting federal judge, because of an opinion — an opinion?! — the man rendered before he became a judge and while serving America in the war on terror?

This is “Alice in Wonderland,” off-with-their-heads kind of stuff that can be hatched only in the mind of the political left, which pretends to be oh-so tolerant, but given half a chance defaults to the ways of the Khmer Rouge.

It’s almost as if America’s political left wakes up every morning asking itself: “What would Pol Pot do?” […]

Federal Judge Jay Bybee is the UNLV law professor who authored a legal opinion on what constitutes torture. That opinion eventually resulted in the Bush administration giving the green-light to water-boarding, sleep deprivation and similar “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

The Obama administration thinks the Bush administration’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” were “torture.” Obama has stopped using them, and while he says he won’t prosecute those who “tortured” enemy captives, he is “open” to prosecuting those who authorized the techniques, which at this stage of the purge means the villagers are headed to the Bybee house, torches and pitchforks in hand.

Judge Bybee should be left alone, and Obama would be wise to drop such nonsense NOW. Because of his actions, America is now less safe. Terrorists and rouge countries who wish us all ill are now emboldened to hold us hostage and threaten our lives at will.

Bybee’s opinion led to lives being saved on the battlefields and protected our cities from post-9/11 threats. The judge deserves our gratitude, and not a left-wing witch hunt.



Thanks to the Navy SEALs, a fellow citizen and patriot is coming home alive.

U.S. Navy snipers opened fire and killed three pirates holding an American captain at gunpoint in a lifeboat, delivering the skipper unharmed and ending a five-day high-seas hostage drama on Easter Sunday.

The pirates were pointing AK-47s at Capt. Richard Phillips and he was in “imminent danger” of being killed when the commander of the nearby USS Bainbridge made the split-second decision to order his men to shoot, Vice Adm. Bill Gortney said.

Phillips’ crew, who said they had escaped the pirates after he offered himself as a hostage, erupted in cheers aboard their ship in Mombasa, Kenya. Some waved an American flag and fired flares in celebration. A lawn sign in the captain’s hometown of Underhill, Vermont that read “Pray for Captain Phillips’ release and safe return home” was changed to read, “Capt. Phillips rescued and safe.

While President Obama played a part by giving the military authorization to use force, he had to be asked TWICE. Nevertheless, the military stepped up and did the right thing by taking the pirates out.

I sincerely hope that our President will grasp the core principles that the United States NEVER negotiates with terrorists, and that we take IMMEDIATE action to deliver our citizens from harm’s way, including killing the bad guys. For the President’s sake, and for the sake of our nation, I pray that he NEVER hesitates again.


Abdullahi Lami, one of the pirates holding the Greek ship anchored in the Somali town of Gaan, said: “Every country will be treated the way it treats us. In the future, America will be the one mourning and crying,” he told The Associated Press. “We will retaliate (for) the killings of our men.”

No problem, Abdullah! Next time (should the President have the cojones to follow Thomas Jefferson’s lead), we’ll send in the Marines to reunite you with your “men” — down in Davy Jones’ Locker.


Thomas Paine Returns

Actor Bob Basso reprises his famous viral video role for a segment of the Glenn Beck Program:

As for Basso, it appears that the White House has backed off on their previous request to “discuss” his videos on YouTube, thanks to the publicity thereof. As in the spirit and tradition of the author of “Common Sense”, Basso is a true patriot.

See you at the Tea Party on the 15th!


The Second American Revolution

Once again, Thomas Paine (portrayed by Bob Basso) sounds the patriotic clarion call with a much-needed dosage of common sense:

Update: According to the Jerry Doyle Show, Dr. Basso was contacted by President Obama and requested a meeting with him at the White House. Personally, I sense that the President right now is doing everything and anything to destroy and discredit Dr. Basso, or possibly worse (which would be the most vicious attack on free speech executed by the Executive Branch).

Please pray for Dr. Basso’s safety and well-being — and share the above video with everyone you know.

Update 2: More here.


I Pledge to NOT Drink the Kool-Aid (UPDATED)

Today, as President George W. Bush transfers power to President-Elect Barack Obama, members of the Hollywood Left want us all to blindly get in line:

MySpace Celebrity and Katalyst present The Presidential Pledge

Andrew Breitbart has several words for them:

This video illustrates that the current celebrity class are not citizens but serfs. They need a leader to put their minds in the right place to do the right thing. They are not heroic individualists seeking to extend America’s promise but conformists who chose to sit out and complain during the tough years in order to ensure their guy got in the next go-around.

Read the entire piece, and share it with your friends — regardless of ideological bent.

I wish President-elect Obama well, and pray that he will exercise wisdom and common sense in governing our land for the next four years. However, the President serves the American people, and not the other way around. I refuse to join Ashton Kutcher, et. al. in a narcissistic pledge of serfdom to an elected public servant.

There is a difference between having respect for the officeholder of President of the United States, and engaging in idol-like worship of a false savior. As an American, I choose the former.

Update: It has come to my attention that some think that I’m opposed to community service and volunteering. On the contrary, I support it. For one, I am a public servant who DOES volunteer his time and efforts to help others in my local community. I do so because I desire to be helpful to others, not because I feel obligated to “give back” or kiss up to the cult of personality — which is what the “Presidential Pledge” is inferring. The obtuseness of said critics makes me mad.

When I give to charity or volunteer, I do so quietly, not drawing attention to myself, but focusing on being a cheerful giver. The liberal celebs are doing it for self-promotion. Such selfish behavior is the definition of narcissism.

  1. President Obama is my president, but not my god. I WILL NOT BOW DOWN TO HIM.
  2. President Obama is an elected public servant, and NOT my master.
  3. The President and I are equal citizens. I am NEITHER his slave NOR his serf. My critics would heed to re-read the U.S. Constitution and all of its amendments, especially the 13th.
  4. I DO NOT work for the President; the President, regardless of political party, works for ME — and for YOU.

Those who can’t grasp the above are intellectually and emotionally enslaved. Woe unto them.