Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
The president without a country
By Pat Boone
"We're no longer a Christian nation."
- President Barack Obama, June 2007
"America has been arrogant."
- President Barack Obama
"After 9/11, America didn't always live up to her ideals."
- President Barack Obama
"You might say that America is a Muslim nation."
- President Barack Obama, Egypt 2009
Thinking about these and other statements made by the man who wears the title of president, I keep wondering what country he believes he's president of.
In one of my very favorite stories, Edward Everett Hale's "The Man without a Country," a young Army lieutenant named Philip Nolan stands condemned for treason during the Revolutionary War, having come under the influence of Aaron Burr. When the judge asks him if he wishes to say anything before sentence is passed, young Nolan defiantly exclaims, "Damn the United States! I wish I might never hear of the United States again!"
The stunned silence in the courtroom is palpable, pulsing. After a long pause, the judge soberly says to the angry lieutenant: "You have just pronounced your own sentence. You will never hear of the United States again... I sentence you to spend the rest of your life at sea, on one or another of this country's naval vessels - under strict orders that no one will ever speak to you again about the country you have just cursed."
And so it was. Philip Nolan was taken away and spent the next 40 years at sea, never hearing anything but an occasional slip of the tongue about America. The last few pages of the story, recounting Nolan's dying hours in his small stateroom - now turned into a shrine to the country he fore swore - never fail to bring me to tears. And I find my own love for this dream, this miracle called America, refreshed and renewed. I know how blessed and unique we are.
But reading and hearing the audacious, shocking statements of the man who was recently elected our president - a young black man living the impossible dream of millions of young Americans, past and present, black and white - I want to ask him, "Just what country do you think you're president of?"
You surely can't be referring to the United States of America, can you? America is emphatically a Christian nation, and has been from its inception! Seventy percent of her citizens identify themselves as Christian. The Declaration of Independence and our Constitution were framed, written and ratified by Christians. It's because this was, and is, a nation built on and guided by Judeo-Christian biblical principles that you, sir, have had the inestimable privilege of being elected her president.
You studied law at Harvard, didn't you, sir? You taught constitutional law in Chicago? Did you not ever read the statement of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and an author of the landmark "Federalist Papers": "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers - and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation - to select and prefer Christians for their rulers"?
In your studies, you surely must have read the decision of the Supreme Court in 1892: "Our lives and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian."
Did your professors have you skip over all the high-court decisions right up till the mid 1900's that echoed and reinforced these views and intentions? Did you pick up the history of American jurisprudence only in 1947, when for the first time a phrase coined by Thomas Jefferson about a "wall of separation between church and state" was used to deny some specific religious expression - contrary to Jefferson' s intent with that statement?
Or, wait a minute - were your ideas about America's Christianity formed during the 20 years you were a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ under your pastor, Jeremiah Wright? Is that where you got the idea that "America is no longer a Christian nation"? Is this where you, even as you came to call yourself a Christian, formed the belief that "America has been arrogant"?
Even if that's the understandable explanation of your damning of your country and accusing the whole nation (not just a few military officials trying their best to keep more Americans from being murdered by jihadists) of "not always living up to her ideals," how did you come up with the ridiculous, alarming notion that we might be "considered a Muslim nation"?
Is it because there are some 2 million or more Muslims living here, trying to be good Americans? Out of a current population of over 300 million, 70 percent of whom are Christians? Does that make us, by any rational definition, a "Muslim nation"?
Why are we not, then, a "Chinese nation"? A "Korean nation"? Even a "Vietnamese nation"? There are even more of these distinct groups in America than Muslims. And if the distinction you're trying to make is a religious one, why is America not "a Jewish nation"? There's actually a case to be made for the latter, because our Constitution - and the success of our Revolution and founding - owe a deep debt to our Jewish brothers.
Have you stopped to think what an actual Muslim America would be like? Have you ever really spent much time in Iran? Even in Egypt? You, having been instructed in Islam as a kid at a Muslim school in Indonesia and saying you still love the call to evening prayers, can surely picture our nation founded on the Quran, not the Judeo-Christian Bible, and living under Shariah law. Can't you? You do recall Muhammad's directives [Surah 9:5,73] to "break the cross" and "kill the infidel"?
It seems increasingly and painfully obvious that you are more influenced by your upbringing and questionable education than most suspected. If you consider yourself the president of a people who are "no longer Christian," who have "failed to live up to our ideals," who "have been arrogant," and might even be "considered Muslim" - you are president of a country most Americans don't recognize.
Could it be you are a president without a country?
Obama will go to Denmark to pitch for Chicago Olympics (OneNewsNow.com)
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Sunday, September 27, 2009
Star Parker : Back on Uncle Sam's Plantation - Townhall.com
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
White House rethinking Gitmo closing date (OneNewsNow.com)
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Friday, September 25, 2009
Members of the U.S. Senate Financial Services Committee will be voting NEXT TUESDAY on amendments to keep abortion coverage out of Sen. Max Baucus's (D-Mont.) health care bill. Sen. Baucus's health care bill explicitly includes abortion and would subsidize health plans that cover all elective abortions. Such subsidies for abortion goes well beyond the status quo of preventing federal funds either from paying for abortion or subsidizing plans that covers abortion as is prevented under current laws governing Medicaid, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan, and the State Children's Health Insurance Plan.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has introduced several amendments that would prevent government funding for abortion and would protect current conscience laws for health workers. Please call these key Senators today and urge them to support Sen. Hatch's amendments to keep government funded abortions out of the Baucus bill:
- Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.): 202-224-5521
- Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.): 202-224-2441
- Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.): 202-224-2043
- Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.): 202-224-4843
- Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.): 202-224-5274
- Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine): 202-224-5344
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
- Tort reform is necessary.
- Allowing insurance companies to compete across state lines is important. This is competition among equals.
- Portability is important. Whatever happened to COBRA? The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides for premium reductions and additional election opportunities for health benefits under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985.
- Why come up with super-Medicaid? It seems to be the problem.
- Medicare seems to work and lots could be saved if crooks and cheaters were prosecuted and punished.
- Why throw Medicare under the bus; repair it. (See above.)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
I can think of nothing I can do to help Mr. "0" except give advice because I consider him fairly helpless. Since I am not a progressive, radical, revolutionary, communist, nor facist, but simply a Patriot who loves America and has sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic and to bear true faith and allegiance to it, I doubt that "0" will listen to me. In spite of my doubts, I will lay out some of what I would say if "you-know-where" ever freezes over, but that won't happen because "global warming" will keep the temperature too hot which will result in crop failures so we all starve unless we all drown because the icebergs melt... somebody slap me so I will stop. (I hate when I just keep rambling on.)
Don't be omnipresent. Every commander, supervisor, boss, etc., needs to be judiciously and selectively absent. The workers, the supervised, need time to do their jobs, time to be themselves, time to discover new things and ways, time to interact with their coworkers. People cannot be productive if the boss is constantly around. They have more important things to do than to be constantly worried about what the boss is going to say and do next.
You are so very tiresome. You have no clue how to lead. You do not give the people confidence that you can do the job. And you are proving the people correct.
You are acting as if you have no respect nor appreciation, nor even knowledge, of our Constitution. You treat it as a hindrance that must be circumvented.
During the campaign, you asked us to judge you by the people around you. You should repeat that request. Americans are doing that and more and more are realizing that they don't like what they are seeing and hearing.
You act more like a dictator that a presider. (Latin praesidēre to guard, preside over. -Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary) You are not guarding anything but your outdated policies of bigger government, nor presiding over anything. You are attempting to change America into something that only you and a minority of citizens want.
You act as if you are clueless about how small businesses function, probably because you are. All you have done is organize communities of people who wanted their share of the money you had been granted from the government (tax dollars) and gifts from special interest groups.
Don't take over the health care. This one-seventh of the economy would simply be plundered by big government just like Social Security and Medicare. In 20-40 years, if America lasts that long, the Health Care program will need to be reformed because we will be broke again or still broke.
Carry out your duties of keeping America safe from foreign and domestic enemies. Uphold the Constitution. Listen to the people. Honor your oath of office.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Representative Diane Watson (D-CA) Plays Race Card While Praising Communism and Fidel Castro
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
This concept has only come into vogue since the late 1960s. Korea was fought to a truce because the Chinese got involved and we decided to enter into the truce because we did not want to use atomic/nuclear weapons.
In the late '60s (Vietnam War), we had LBJ and his "Guns and Butter" (Google that phrase) concept. The Progressives wanted to transfer wealth and abandon the war against Communist expansion, so it became "unwinnable". But we eventually beat the Communists under Reagan, much to the chagrin of the Dems/Progs.
The First Gulf War was too short for the Dems/Progs to raise the issue of winnable/unwinnable.
Now that we have a Dem/Prog admin and legislature (even though the wars were going well under a Repub admin and Legislature in spite of the Dem/Prog opposition), the issue of a winnable/unwinnable war is once against being discussed.
We beat the Germans and Japanese and rebuilt Europe and Japan. I cannot be convinced that we cannot win whatever war we face.
We lose 35,000 people (mostly young and promising) to DUI accidents every year and we say and do very little about it. In contrast, we lose about 800 brave young men and women each year to hostilities and the anti-war crowd goes berserk. I am glad that they pay lip service to our heroes' sacrifice. I am not belittling the sacrifice of these young men and women nor of their families. I have been there: an Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Commander in Vietnam late June '67 to late June '68. I became a Commander during Tet-'68. I am just saying that we have the tendency to lose perspective. At least our heroes' deaths are for a purpose, a cause - freedom and offering the ability to choose to millions. These heroes decided that freedom and choice was worth the risk. One death offered to protect their loved ones' freedom, which flows from patriotism vs. four hundred deaths, inflicted by really bad judgment. We need to get a grip, get involved loving our veterans and our heroes' families and get the job done.
Ben & Jerry's ice cream honors same-sex 'marriage' (OneNewsNow.com)
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Does this mean the backward looking Obama administration is sorry?
Backward looking: blaming Bush; going after the CIA interrogators; looking to the failed policies of the facists, environmentalists, progressives, liberals, radicals, revolutionaries, the FDR New Deal, the LBJ "Guns and Butter" (see http://townhall.com/columnists/AlanReynolds/2003/12/18/what_guns_and_butter_means; also do your own search for "guns and butter"))
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Something to watch.
Cyber security plan gives Obama control of Internet (OneNewsNow.com)
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