Candidate Dr. Ben Carson Speaks the Truth … PC Be Damned!

Dr. Ben Carson’s honest response to the question of a Muslim becoming President has set the fox amongst the hens and, of course, the screeching has begun at a magnitude 10 level.

It is genuinely tragic that, in today’s reality, it would be virtually impossible for any genuinely Moderate Muslim, one who adamantly and staunchly refuses to engage or even entertain in his or her own mind the act of Civilizational Jihad, as being managed worldwide under the Muslim Brotherhood’s guidance and advanced by their satellite agencies, e.g., CAIR, ISNA, MSA, etc., to become a candidate for the Office of the President.

This all comes down to being informed and understanding the Muslim Brotherhood’s directive to all potential jihadis to engage in Taqiyyah. In a nutshell, Taqiyyah is the permission given in the Qur’an, ref. Sura 3:28, to dissimulate in the face of peril to one’s person. The Muslim Brotherhood’s guidance on this is that, employing some creative word gymnastics, it is not only permissible but encourages jihadis to deny and lie about their true goals, i.e., worldwide caliphate, in order to infiltrate Western Civilizations in order to bring about our collapse.

Our Pentagon has recognized this, short of using the actual word; instead, they use the terminology “denial and deception.”

The tragedy for decent, non-violent, non-radical Muslims who have no desire whatsoever to install a caliphate nor destroy Western Civilization, there is no magical litmus test to determine who is lying and who is not. Good people who stand against the evil that has used Islam to wreak wholesale carnage and devastation across the planet know this, know that no one can “divine” who is genuinely telling the truth and who is lying through their teeth. Most notable are two satellite organizations of the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR and ISNA; CAIR, especially, being the most vocal in their denials of this infiltration technique and their adamant use of labeling anyone who dares to criticize any aspect of Islam as “Islamophobic.”

This has all been rendered down to its most basic form but it is derived from a year’s worth of research. It all began in trying to understand what was missing from the overall “picture”. What were we not seeing? Dr. Carson understands this; his statement is factual. It is, as I said earlier, a tragic consequence for all genuinely peace-loving Muslims but, still, it is truth and it IS critical that the truth be spoken, openly and loudly. Our idiotic embrace of political correctness has imperiled us more than any other idiotic fad in which we have engaged in any past era. It is the 11th hour and well past time that our leaders, and potential leaders, grow a spine and say, loudly and clearly, that they will NOT be silenced by the juvenile fear of the PC-bogeyman under the bed.

No subversive element ever wants the glare of light directly focused on them, just ask any spy if they want all eyes turned their way; turn on the lights, tell them all that we will not be cowed by terminology and laugh in their faces. The American people are, by our very nature, strong, obstreperous, determined, and generally, never give a bloody damn what outsiders think about us as long as we know we are being true to ourselves.

Stop trying to disprove a negative accusation! I do have a phobia about Islamists; I’d have to be an absolute idiot to NOT be terrified of these monsters and I am no idiot. But, the truth is they do not understand us; they do not get that the more outsiders try to intimidate us, the more we’re going to get our hackles up and we are going to get to the point where we start shoving back; Dr. Carson is merely the first politician to show his spine and tell it like it is. I see that beginning to happen, too, among the “rank and file” people. More and more citizens are thumbing their noses at the stupidity of political correctness and no longer give a damn if someone tries to silence them by labeling them as “anti-” whatever. Our history is one of blunt honesty and it’s time to stand up and say, “Hell, no!”

http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/ben-carson-does-not-believe-muslim-should-be-president-n430431

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/09/20/ben-carson-says-a-muslim-shouldnt-be-president-many-americans-agree/

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/ben-carson-defends-muslim-remarks-real-problem-politically/story?id=33947260

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/09/22/ben-carson-muslim-president-absolutely-stand-by-comments/

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Avoidable Tragedy in San Francisco – ALL Lives Matter –

On July 1, 2015, Kathryn “Kate” Steinle, a young mother, daughter, and sister was murdered, allegedly by what the “liberal” media euphemistically terms, alternately, as an “undocumented immigrant” or an “undocumented worker”. Let’s take the NewSpeak terminology and burn it on the altar of failed Progressive perspectives. The alleged murderer, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, is an illegal alien with a felony record who had, to-date, been deported five (5), yes, FIVE! times, yet here he was, again, on a San Francisco, California pier, .40 calibre weapon in hand – a weapon he claims he found wrapped in a T-shirt – heading towards a tragic rendezvous with 32-year-old Kate.

As Kate strolled along the pier with her father, Sanchez pulled the trigger; he claims he fired the weapon accidentally and, to play fair, it might not have been intentional although three “accidental” shots fired is stretching credibility beyond the rubber band’s tolerance. The issue, though, is not whether or not he meant to harm anyone; the salient issue here is that he was ensconced safely in what is said to be a so-called “sanctuary city.” This is a term that has most of America scratching their heads trying to understand what the heck a “sanctuary city” is. From what I can figure out, it seems that these cities have decided that they will, contrary to existing federal regulations, create a safe haven for illegal aliens. In other words, these cities/municipalities feel that they can determine who is and who is not bound by the rules – they, apparently, being the locales for whom the rules do not apply.

I’m not a cold-hearted bitch, not at all; my perspective has always been that a credible, sensible, and, yes, compassionate immigration policy should be near the top of the To-Do list for our President and our Congress. We’ve been beating this dead horse for years and still nothing! This tragic crime has blown the lid off of the worst-kept secret inside the Beltway – no one really wants to be bothered to do anything that might, actually, make inroads into this problem. Yes, I did say “problem”, contrary to the acceptable PC-Speak . It flew past “issue” a long, long time ago – just ask anyone who has the MS-13 infection in their neighborhood, as one in a long list of criminal elements involved in illegal immigration.

The Progressives (code for Leftist, a la Marxist-leaning devotees) have a “fluffy bunny” concept that none of those who run our national southern border are “illegal”; they’re merely fleeing to the “Promised Land” so they can help their families. I would concede that it is likely that the majority of these illegal immigrants are hoping to find a safer haven for themselves and their families, and a chance to pull their families out of poverty. These people you will not find on a pier in San Francisco with a gun in their hand. Unfortunately, right along with those who just want to live what they see as a good, hope-filled life here in the USA are accompanied by another element; a violent, criminal cadre who see us as foolish patsies who don’t have the cojones to do anything about them. Sadly, the latter are correct. The USA is too busy playing “fluffy bunny” PC-roulette to get off their duffs and be honest about the immensity of the nightmare of these criminals and the abject failure on the part of our government to ensure the safety of innocent Americans.

At this moment in time, the USA is in the midst of a whirligig and its speed is ramping up; natural security issues, unemployment, a fiat currency system that makes our money about as real as Monopoly dollars, almost-daily assaults on our Constitutional Rights, illegal data gathering of our personal, private communications, lunatics abroad and at home who are lustily calling for our extinction, and the list rolls on, seemingly never-ending.

An article in the January 30, 2015, edition of the Washington Times quotes Senator Grassley, “The Obama administration claims that it is using ‘prosecutorial discretion’ to prioritize the removal of criminal aliens from this country. But this report shows the disturbing truth: 1,000 undocumented aliens previously convicted of crimes who the administration released in 2013 have gone on to commit further crimes in our communities.”

“Prosecutorial discretion?”  What is there about known, convicted, illegal alien criminals that requires “discretion”? You commit a crime, you get prosecuted, go to jail, if convicted, serve your time, after which your criminal butt gets deported. Further, convicted or not, you still get deported. This is not brain surgery; whatever other crime an illegal alien may or may not be convicted of, being here illegally is, itself, a crime so you get deported regardless. Period. If you slither back into our country illegally after we have sent you back to your home nation you get to be deported … again. That is really simplistic, I know. The problem extends far beyond what happens if an illegal happens to be arrested for a crime and it starts at our borders.

The US-Canadian border, not so bad; our southern border is a sieve so that’s where we must start. We have been wasting years arguing about how to secure that border while illegals are trotting across as if they were taking a stroll in a park and innocent people in our country are paying for the inefficiency of our government; and, this includes immigrants who are resident here legally. Our Border Patrol is overwhelmed and undermanned. We have been wasting precious dollars on ill-advised investments, e.g., $536,000,000.00 to Solyndra; just imagine what we could have done with just a fraction of those hundreds of millions of dollars. Build the damned wall, use earth-penetrating radar to find, then destroy, the tunnels and keep doing it until the criminals get the point – no more, no way, not on our watch!

To our Congress I say this – stop thinking you are somehow cleverer than We the People are! We know what your game is; we’ve seen it in action. You have created an oligarchical mindset within your own imaginations. Any Representative or Senator who actually believes that they are there to serve the people receives punishment in the form of threats of “blacklisting” within his or her own Party, e.g., guaranteeing that the Party apparatus will not provide financial assistance for his or her election campaign, blocking them from committees where they might actually have a positive effect, etc. In spite of occasional purges by the electorate, you still seem incapable of understanding that you serve at OUR pleasure. Stop pissing around and do your jobs!

Here’s a short list:

  • Pass viable immigration reform that does NOT give away the farm and genuinely protects our national sovereignty; that puts the needs, safety, and will of the legitimate electorate first. Ban, as federal regulation, all such “sanctuary cities” that are providing protection in any state, city, or municipality that harbors illegal aliens and then hold them accountable.
  • Legitimately secure our national borders and enable the harried Border Patrol agents, making them better able to do their jobs, properly and safely.
  • Cease and desist using our tax dollars on ridiculous earmarks or “pet projects” that do not provably enhance the life of all residents of your constituency and/or the American people as a whole. We need that cash elsewhere to “…establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity…”

This latest insult to the integrity of our belief that We the People should be able to feel secure within the boundaries of our own nation, that a young woman may take a happy stroll along a pier in one of our loveliest cities and feel that she is safe from criminal assault by a person who has no right to be here is the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back. You, our dear Congress and President, can attempt to throw the blame solely back onto San Francisco’s “sanctuary” policy but you may not! It is your responsibility and the blood of yet another innocent victim, a victim of your inaction, has stained your hands. This was a preventable crime; you had the power of prevention and you chose to put your personal power agendas above American lives.

2016 brings an election wherein every seat in the House of Representatives is up for grabs. Keep that in mind. We are not the stupid sheep you think we are and we ARE fighting back by way of our power – the vote!

God bless and keep the family and friends of Kate Steinle.

God Bless the USA!

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Political Correctness or The Cancer That Kills Democracy

Amendment I – Bill of Rights, Constitution for the United States of America

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Somewhere, in the darkest hour of night, someone conceived of the cancerous infection that we, in the light of day, would suddenly find ourselves trying to understand and reconcile its existence in a free society.

“Good morning, America; I am Political Correctness and I am now your new Master!”

And, thus, the greatest insult to Democracy came to be. It was imagined, or, perhaps, predicted might be more accurate, decades ago by George Orwell in his novel, “1984”. Although, I doubt that he ever imagined his “warning” would come to fruition. In Orwell’s nightmarish tale of a free society gone bad … or mad … his word for political correctness is “NewSpeak”. Merriam-Webster defines it as: “propagandistic language marked by euphemism, circumlocution, and the inversion of customary meanings; speech or writing that uses words in a way that changes their meaning especially to persuade people to think a certain way”. Sound familiar?

Whichever term we use, it is the first brick in the road to totalitarianism. But, wait, “That can never happen here!” We all truly believed that back when we still knew who we were and we were right. “1984” came to the world just four years past the end of WWII, after we and our Allies had soundly defeated one of the worst evils of our modern times … and we knew who we were.

Who are we today that, like lemmings, we blindly and stupidly ran off the cliff and plunged into the maw of an infant fascist monster?

When “PC” began to infect the body of Freedom, I was out of the country; the first I heard about this insidious aberration was by way of an article in a magazine. I remember well my initial reaction to what I was reading; the incidents of “retaliation” against those who were not toeing the “PC” line had to be an aberration. They just had to be! It was unthinkable that our society would permit limiting the free expression of ideas.

Boy, was I naïve!

Still, I truly thought this lunacy would run its course because Americans, being the obstreperous lot we are, would reach our breaking point very quickly with this lunacy and our innate Yankee stubbornness about Freedom would send it, and its proponents, packing in a New York minute.

Boy, was I naïve!

Here we are, roughly thirty years on and political correctness – no, let’s try some Truth and call it what it really is – Controlled Speech and Thought   has come to control our lives; every moment of every day, we pause as we filter what we want to say lest we slip up and grievously offend someone’s hyperactive, delicate feelings. “Hate Speech!”, that’s the accusation screeched by the banshees of the fascism-loving controllers. Heaven forbid – Oops! There I go, engaging in “Hate Speech”, using the word ‘heaven’! Some atheist somewhere might be offended and collapse in a paroxysm of anguished pain.

*sigh* Well, I’ll tell you true – I! Have! Had! It! Never having been known for patience, what little I can usually muster has completely run out and I very seriously doubt that I am the only American who has reached their tolerance limit with this un-American stupidity.

So, what do we do? It is sickeningly obvious that we cannot depend on our government to put a halt to this infringement of Free Speech. No, they seem to be embracing Controlled Speech like a lover in the throes of first passion. As a result, two branches are useless in any battle to protect our 1st Amendment Right. And then there was one…

Our last great hope from within our government rests in the hands, and, one prays, the wisdom, of one body – the Supreme Court of the United States. So far, be the Justice a Conservative or Liberal, SCOTUS has come down on the side of the Constitution … so far.

It is the sacred duty of SCOTUS to give voice to our great Constitution and ensure that neither of the other two branches, or State courts, abridge, in any way, shape, or form, the Rights guaranteed to all citizens.

Their job is to deal with cases that come before their bench. Our job, as citizens of the United States of America, is to stand four-square behind and as immovable as the great Rocky Mountains as the first line of defense of our great Freedoms. Democracy, Freedom, and Liberty are as fragile as spun-glass; one stumble and they can shatter into irreparable shards.

This my dear fellow Americans, is what being an American Patriot is truly about. It’s not about waving a flag or delighting in a majestic fireworks’ display. It is all about standing between Freedom and tyranny and refusing the latter even a millimeter of ground.

“If not us, who? If not now, when?”

Isn’t it long past time we all stand together and say to those who would bring our Freedoms and Liberty to nothing, “Not on my watch! Not now, not ever!”

God Bless America and all who dwell in her!

God bless America,

Land that I love,

Stand beside her and guide her,

Thru the night with a light from above.

From the mountains, to the prairies,

To the oceans white with foam,

God bless America,

My home, sweet home.

God bless America,

My home, sweet home.

~ Irivng Berlin, 1918

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Thou Shalt Not …

Let’s get down to brass tacks here. Our current administration and legislators have made it abundantly obvious that they disdain religion, most particularly Judaism and Christianity. Anyone who has missed that is either not paying attention or is in lock-step with the anti-religious government.

Homosexual couples have gained the necessary secular legal protections they, as people and citizens, deserve. That, is a no-brainer if you are an American.

This is not an attempt to hold forth on the general, civil concept of the rightness or wrongness of same-sex marriage. That’s not my place. Personally, I truly do not care one way or the other; my own religious beliefs don’t come into play because, at the end of the day, we’re talking about people who must be treated with respect and just plain common courtesy. Right or wrong, they are the guardians of their own souls and consciences; I am not.

Any government who has Civil Rights legislation as the law of the land must make it totally inclusive and this issue should be part and parcel of that legislation and there the matter should end. A secular government decides civil laws, not, ever, religious principles!

In plain-speak, the mere fact that our government is not only entertaining the idea, but actively trying to force, religions to perform marriage ceremonies for everyone whose life choice, i.e., homosexuality, is specifically proscribed against is a bald-faced assault on and abrogation of the 1st Amendment to our Constitution.

So, when does politics have the legal right to intrude into matters of religious teachings and conscience?

Need I remind them once again?

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

As demonstrated above, this too, is a no-brainer; the answer is never. Never, never, never! No legitimate, free, government has the right to dictate religious beliefs, nor infringe on the teaching of the same.

As I see it, the greatest danger from within our various religious institutions is that any one of them betrays the teachings of the Torah or Holy Bible and the laws of G-d. When you do, you are putting G-d’s laws secondary to man’s and diminish your authority as a spiritual leader. You are on that slippery slope; if you, as our religious leaders, bow down to this attempt to “manage” religious philosophies, when will you finally say, “No!”? When the government demands a full re-write of our religious texts making them properly politically correct?

Though this is not a simple issue; same-sex marriage is bundled up with the overall matter of freedom of speech vs political correctness, it is clear that forcing any scripture-based religion in this country, whose protection against government interference is guaranteed, into an action clearly forbidden by their own scripture, truly terrifies me. What is next? Will our government move to ban the Torah, Holy Bible, or even the Qur’an? How, I wonder, will forced acceptance of same-sex marriage square with our government’s absolute protection of Islam, to the exception of all other Faiths?

Speaking particularly to Christians, hatred has no place in a Christian’s soul. It is wholly contrary to the teachings of Christ. Despise the sin but love the sinner. We are all individually responsible for our acts and thoughts; our individual souls will be judged for what we did in life. Christ is inclusive and forgiving and, yes, this is just my own personal belief, but because the Son loves and forgives people, so, too, I believe does G-d. If you are going to walk with Christ, you must embrace the whole aspect of Him and be prepared to also embrace the hatred directed your way. Listen to your soul which, really, is where you will hear G-d’s voice if you only bother to pay attention. Accepting the despisement of others without responding in anger or with violence is the hardest thing to do but giving into those feelings diminishes you as a proclaimed Christian. That said, it is also your responsibility to stand firm and defend the Faith rather than risk falling into apostasy and betraying G-d.

We have a two-front battle before us, right now; if any Christian or Jew cowers in a dark corner, we will see the end of both and not only here in the United States. Committing acts of violence, e.g., fire-bombing an abortion clinic or assaulting, either verbally or physically, two people who may wed legally is anathema, however much you feel their lifestyle is contrary to your sense of right or wrong. Permissible secular law governing this matter of same-sex marriage is not your problem; standing firm and fighting against the secularization of our faiths is.

How will Christian leaders respond to same-sex ruling?

 

 

 

 

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The Bill of Rights, 1st Amendment Rights – part II

BILL of RIGHTS

BILL of RIGHTS

Ah, yes. Our esteemed Congress and President; both duly elected by We the People. Here’s a quick reminder for all of you; it appears you’ve forgotten.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Search as I might, nowhere within this hallowed document have I been able to find any mention whatsoever about “Political Correctness.” I was very good in my History and Civics classes and I’m now left wondering if all of you in our Congress slept through yours. A show of hands, please; who does not recognize the following:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”  ~ Title 5, Section 3331 of the United States Code.

And for you, Mr. President, just to refresh your memory:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” ~ Constitution for the United States, Article II, Section 1

Do you both notice what your individual oaths have in common? Let me help you; it is the part about the Constitution, wherein you promise to support, preserve, protect, and defend it.

As you will recall, the Bill of Rights is part and parcel of this Constitution and, as the framers set the mandates about religion, speech, press, assembly, and redress of grievances as the very first Amendment, it seems reasonable that they stuck it at the top because of the importance they attached to all of those guaranteed Rights. One would think, wouldn’t one? It seems reasonable; the first thing on a list is usually considered by the list maker to be the most important. For argument’s sake, let’s just assume we’re agreed on its priority. Given that premise, would you, please, explain to all of us why you have opted to engage in the ludicrous, wholly un-American practice of “Political Correctness”? When, and under what Constitutional guidance, did you also decide that only those who profess a belief in one specific religion are the only ones that must be protected, sacrificing all other faiths upon the altar of PC?

This is my first concern. That you, and this is to both Congress and the Oval Office, have succumbed to this lunacy is so disturbing, even more so than the average citizen. There’s a wonderful, and very true, line in the movie, “Remember the Titans”; “Attitude reflects leadership.” For good or ill, you are our current leaders and turning your backs on the words and spirit of our Constitution goes beyond disturbing, indeed it is frightening. Is it only the personal power that inspires you to sit in one of the most august offices of leadership? Is our Constitution, a philosophy of freedom and liberty unique in the world, a joke to you?

When you stood for election, we trusted not only in your platforms but also that you would be the first in line as guardians of our Freedom and Liberty. You are failing us. If you do not stand firmly behind the words and the spirit of our Constitution, how can you expect our citizens to do the same?

Far too much of your time seems dedicated to defeating your opposite across the aisle, or the opposing party in the Oval Office, or worrying about your next campaign. Nowhere in this amazing document can I find a single reference suggesting that good governance and leadership is secondary to one’s personal agenda, nor is there consideration given to any party’s particular agenda. Good governance is about good leadership and you cannot lead from behind, nor can you govern properly and remain dedicated to your oaths, if you bow before outsiders. We are not Europe, nor Asia, nor the Middle East; we are the United States of America and that should be a source of pride, coupled with humble gratitude that we were graced to be born into the only truly principled democracy in the world. I wonder if you appreciate that. If we are not ourselves first, if we do not fully embrace and walk our espoused principles of democracy, freedom, and liberty every single moment of every single day then we are no longer of use to ourselves or to any other people.

As I mentioned earlier, the matter of ignoring, or dismissing, the Bill of Rights, most particularly the 1st Amendment, is my first concern but not, in the least, the only. As our Congress, you must be our first line of defense.

Being a Patriot is not just about our martial strength; no, first and foremost it is about fully embracing our core Principles, the Principles for which millions of men and women laid down their very lives in order to guarantee their protections would remain fully endowed upon our children.

It’s well past time that each of you evaluate why you are sitting in your chambers or the highest office in the land and decide if you are truly American Patriots. If you are, start acting like it!  Your duty is first to our Constitution then to the people; it is not your job to pander to any foreign government or philosophy at the expense of our national identity and integrity. It is your responsibility to lead with integrity and full dedication to the living principles embodied by our Constitution so that, where you lead, We the People will then be proud to follow.

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The Bill of Rights, 1st Amendment Rights – part I

BILL of RIGHTS

BILL of RIGHTS

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment I, also known as the Establishment Clause, is really very cut and dried. It states, quite plainly, that, unlike England and Europe at the time of its writing, our government is forbidden from instituting a national religion, e.g., the Church of England. As you will see, as we progress through the Bill of Rights, no where in any of these Amendments will you find the phrase “separation of church and state“, or any variant thereof. Just a quick bit of background on that contentious and hugely misunderstood phrase; it was used in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut, dated January 1, 1802 wherein he writes,

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”

In various matters before the Supreme Court, they have upheld the spirit of the concept of separation but within differing contexts. If you’re genuinely curious about it I suggest you search out cases and read through the briefs and decisions. At best, it is an accepted concept albeit not a legally binding one; at least not that I have been able to find conclusively.

Having dealt with that “hot potato” topic, what I really want to delve into is the very clearly stated part of the Clause that reads, “Congress shall make no lawabridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; …” 

And with this, brothers and sisters, we have a really, really big problem! Well, maybe a potentially really, really big problem. This guaranteed Right comes with a very slippery slope and we seem to be sliding, unrestrainedly, right down that slope. Right off the bat, let me clearly state that, yes, there are legitimate limits to Freedom of Speech. For instance, no, you may not stand up in a crowded theatre and yell, “Fire!”, unless, of course, there happens to actually be a fire; this is a matter of being for the common good and safety. Nor may you stand on the corner and use your speech to incite violence; otherwise known, in most penal codes, as inciting to riot. Beyond that, there is no protection inherent in the Bill of Rights that states you are protected from insult. Anyone who resorts to epithets in lieu of reasoned debate is of low character and paltry intellect; their behavior, while reprehensible, is not forbidden by our Constitution. That comes under the auspices of proper behavior and manners which makes it matter of good etiquette, not law. At the end of the day, if contrary opinions and legitimate debate so intimidates you that you demand to be cosseted then, perhaps, your position is not as right as you seem to think it is.

Of late, there seems to be a full-blown epidemic of ignorance raging across the landscape, most especially on our university and college campuses. Places that were once havens of free speech and ideas have now created so-called “free speech zones”. Wait? What?! Hello! For the incredibly jejune and self-entitled out there, the “free speech zone” extends from “sea to shining sea”! Just for you, I’ll insert your oh, so cherished “TW” – WARNING: unrestricted free speech about to let loose on you!

I’ll try to take this slowly for those of you who may be a bit dense, this IS the United States of America, we have a Constitution that contains a Bill of Rights in which FREEDOM OF SPEECH is the #1 protected RIGHT!

The framers of our Constitution attached so much importance to FREEDOM OF SPEECH that they felt it necessary to lead off with it, along with Freedom of Religion and of the Press. Hint: If it’s first on the list, it is of the highest priority! Do you know what else is Free? You are! You are free to whine all you want and then free to walk away. No one forces you to stand and listen to someone with whom you disagree although, actually, doing so would show at least a modicum of maturity and open-mindedness. Heaven forfend, you might actually LEARN something and discover that what you’ve always thought is not the whole story and … *gasp!* … you’re wrong! Then there is the whole “Trigger Word” idiocy. Really?! Oh, my stars! Someone, somewhere might be offended so, okay, how about this? Let’s ban all words and images?!

What I really want to know is, from where, in your tiny little universe, did the idiotic idea spring forth that you are so entitled that only your sensibilities are of importance? Do you want to know who is genuinely offended? I am! Me, and every other American who actually “gets it”; who truly understands how exquisitely unique and precious the Freedoms guaranteed to us are. Generations fought and died to preserve these Freedoms and you, what do you do in tribute to them? You spit on their graves. If there is any one thing rampant through this country that is wholly un-American, in spirit and deed, it is this obscenity that prevents anyone from freely expressing their thoughts and feelings. And, here’s the rub. I may loathe your immaturity and lust for fascist totalitarianism and restricted speech and thought but I will stand there and protect you while you speak your mind. Sadly, you may never be real enough to do the same for someone else.

My last shot across the bow on this particular aspect is aimed at those who are running our universities. Shame! Shame on you! Between the two groups, you are far, far worse. It is your responsibility to encourage your students to broaden their minds, not narrow them. It is truly pitiful that you have become so spineless that you were willing to set fire to our Constitutional Rights because you are cowards. There, I’ve said it. Cowards. In a manner of speaking, you’re all Quislings; you are collaborating with the enemies of Freedom and Liberty to not only undermine our inalienable rights but to destroy them entirely.

Simplified, Political Correctness = Fascism. Oh, yes, and one more thing; America IS the Land of Opportunity and we are, in our essence, Exceptional!

Next up on the firing line — the esteemed, duly elected –>

Links:

All About History – Separation of Church And State

 

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“Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”

In my youth, there was a very popular, beautiful folk song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”; it was, and still is, one of my favorites from that time.

Today, for whatever reason, that song popped into my head and it led me to another question, “Where Has America Gone?”

Herein, I want to explore, and discuss, what I am witnessing as a wholesale dismissal of our American values.

We are on the brink, my friends, we stand on the razor’s edge where one more misstep and everything that made us the original, true beacon of a democratic republic will be burned away forever.

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Constitution for the United States of America

Constitution for the United States of America

Two-hundred-twenty-eight years ago, in 1787, men of vision, consequence and principles argued passionately and found compromise, putting pen to parchment, these inspired and dedicated men gave birth to one of the world’s most radical and inspired documents – the Constitution for the United States of America.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution for the United States of America.”

Short, sweet and to the point. There is no ambiguity in the Preamble to the Constitution. These men, not demi-gods, merely flawed, non-omniscient human beings, conceived an ideal that would, through the ensuing centuries, inspire diverse peoples around this globe to embrace the ideals of Liberty, Freedom, and Justice as being their God-given rights, too.

We have struggled, fought amongst ourselves, debated, and, yes, stumbled and erred egregiously as we strove to give action to the words penned centuries past. Through all our struggles, we steadfastly clung to the words and the spirit of that one hallowed document … until now.

The body of the Constitution speaks to, and firmly establishes, the manner in which our government be formed; including, in simple, unambiguous language, the balance of power between the three permitted branches of our government and the prohibition against any one branch’s intrusion into, or usurpation of, any of the other two branches … until now.

Let us take a few minutes to review the “rules”; the instructions governing who does what within our democratic republic. At the end of that review, and I do apologize if anyone finds it tedious but it has probably been a long time since many sat in their Civics class, so a reminder is due. At the end, let’s talk about that part of our Constitution that is, quite possibly, the most profound document penned since the Magna Carta was agreed to by King John at Runnymede on 15 June 1215, and deserves the most strident protections we can offer as the keepers of the promises penned in it – the Bill of Rights.

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Civics Class, or What You Should Already Understand About The Separation of Powers

Hearken back to days long past when you were a callow youth, stuck in what you deemed a major yawner … American Civics Class, aka Problems of Democracy (who guessed that that would be prophetic?). Who knew, way back when, that the information you were handed would actually, one day, be critical to your very existence as an American citizen? Well, boys and girls, today is that day.

Let’s review the fundamentals, shall we? I’m going to paraphrase and highlight specific aspects of the Articles and Sections that are the most pertinent to what seems to be utter confusion within our government at this time. I encourage each and every one of you to go read them in their entirety. For crying out loud, folks, it is YOUR Constitution!

Article I, Section 1: Legislative Powers reside in the Congress! The only exception to this is the issuance of an Executive Order by the sitting President; more about this later. (FYI – Congress is a bicameral body composed of the House of Representatives and the Senate.)

Article II, Section 1: “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.”

Article III, Section 1: “The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.”

In a nutshell, the House of Representatives and the Senate are responsible for creating laws called Amendments to the Constitution. The Executive branch (President) is responsible for ensuring that said laws are enforced through whichever department an enacted law pertains and the Supreme Court is responsible for adjudicating any question that arises in relation to enacted laws and their constitutionality. That is the short version.

Now, the good old Executive Order we’ve all been hearing about, ad nauseum, these past six years is a legal device whereby the Executive branch (President) may enact initiatives without the approval of Congress. An Executive Order has the full effect of law but it is not “written in stone”, as it were. While Congress cannot directly vote to override an Executive Order, as they may when the President vetoes a Bill, they can pass a new Bill cancelling the Order, or modifying it, as they deem necessary. Of course, the President will, most likely, veto that Bill which, if he/she does, then Congress has the right to override that veto just as they would with any normal Bill vetoed by the President that had originated in the Congress. Additionally, the Supreme Court may deem any Executive Order to be unconstitutional thereby cancelling it.

Still with me so far?

While it may seem as if the current President has been flinging Executive Orders about willy-nilly, only 213 E.O.s have been issued from 2009 through, so far, April 1, 2015, as reflected in the Federal Register. In the current government, it is not the quantity but the substance of the Orders that is at issue and of grave concern. All of the E.O.s can be read at the Federal Register via the National Archives and I strenuously encourage you to go and read them.

Personally, I’m not over-the-moon thrilled with E.O.s; I’d much prefer that anything that is actually a matter of law be handled through Congress. At this point, we can only hope that SCOTUS is paying attention since it has become blatantly obvious that Congress seems more interested in grandstanding and playing party politics than governing. Sad, isn’t it?

What concerns me more is what I’m seeing as our Executive branch, members of Congress, and “civilians” pretending that the Bill of Rights isn’t really of any significant consequence and that’s where we head next.

The Bill of Rights

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