Even some fifty years after MLK’s Dream was heard across the nation, the racial dynamics of a country as complex as America are still muddled. Confusion abounds on all levels & in a nation most divided, MLK’s Dream lies in limbo, just as it has before…Many people of color, whichever color that may be, are uncertain what qualifies as progress in the race arena & what constitutes racial barriers being broken. Race is not nearly as clear-cut as the glass-ceiling theory for women which plagued our nation for years, but was no less important.
The political future of Nevada’s “race-savvy” Senator Harry Reid hangs in the balance—a place he’s never quite been before—when a recent Las Vegas Review Journal poll showed that only a third of Nevada’s registered voters would vote in favor of his re-election if the 2010 election were held today.
Reid’s survival depends, like many Democrats up for re-election, on a few factors, among them his whimsical mouth and financial backing.
He’s no stranger to Freudian slips & definitely not to pre-orchestrated hate speech. He’s been well-known in Nevada for calling President Bush a “loser & liar” while giving a speech to schoolchildren; declaring his “undying” support for the “lost” war in Iraq; “supporting” local businesses by telling the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s director that he “hopes they go out of business;” exploiting the death of Senator Kennedy as a key means to “help” him pass Obamacare; and most recently, the GOP slave-master references…
Of course, these come as no surprise to Nevadans & we’re sure to see many more between now & the 2010 election. The question is how deep the lifeboat holding Nevada’s “representative” will sink…
According to that same LVRJ poll set, a whopping 53% of Nevadans polled do not support the health reform legislation Mr. Reid has proposed & supports. Only 39% of Nevadans are in favor, demonstrating a pretty significant drop in approval numbers since October when the split was 49% -40%.
So why, Senator Reid, do you continue to tout this bill (constantly in decline) as the Insurance of a Lifetime? Are you a representative of Nevada’s people or do you just work for the “Big Guy?”
Errr, wait—the ultra-Liberal left is always for the “forgotten man.” Point noted.
It could be said that Reid should focus a bit more on the state with the second highest unemployment rate in the nation from which he claims to sprout…But, perhaps he’s too distracted with fixing the housing crisis? Ooops, we lead the nation in foreclosures too. Oh, I got it! He’s focused on helping Nevadans keep more of the money we make with a serious return on our “investments!” Darn! It seems unfortunate that Nevadans get back 65 cents for every dollar we send to Washington…
Whilst your piggy-bank may be bursting at the snout, your coins & career are corroding as should be your pride. Senator Reid, your state is turning against you & the job-crushing, future-depriving proposals that you praise daily are in no way winning us back.
I received this via email earlier this morning & for the life of me could not get it out of my head. It’s a clear & sobering reminder that walks hand in hand with the events of the last week or so.
Take a moment & read Brigitte’s letter…then, I encourage you to visit the website.
Remember the fallen soldiers & honor them as Nevada welcomes home one of our own, Pfc. Thomas Lyons who leaves behind a wife & 3-month old baby.
God bless everyone fighting for freedom in America & abroad.
Remembering a Fallen Soldier…
Remembering What We Are Up Against and Why We Must – and Will – Prevail
by Brigitte Gabriel
I don’t believe I’ve ever written a letter quite like this to you before.
Indeed, it is difficult to write this without tears welling up in my eyes.
It started as a rainy Friday morning in late August. I was flying from my presentation in Springfield, Missouri, to my next destination connecting through Atlanta. Little did I know that what I was about to experience that day was going to shake me to the depth of my soul, inflame my passion for our country (I didn’t think it was possible to be more passionate) and remind me why ACT! for America is so important to our security and the future of America.
I looked out my window at gloomy Atlanta as the plane took off, closed my eyes and pictured home and my loving family meeting me at the airport with open arms, smiles and kisses, waiting to whisk me off to Outback Steak House for dinner as planned.
It was a quiet, uneventful flight. No beverage service. No announcements from the captain — until we landed at our final destination:
“Welcome to “…….” . Ladies and Gentleman we have a special request to ask of you. We are carrying on this plane today a fallen soldier brought home from Afghanistan. His body is accompanied by Sgt. “……”. Please kindly allow Sgt. “….” to deplane first so he can do his job in escorting the body below. We will leave the seat belt sign on until the body has been taken off the plane. Then when the seat belt sign is turned off, you can deplane.”
The plane continued slowly down the runway as the captain’s shocking announcement reverberated among the passengers. As we taxied closer to our gate, tears began to flow as we saw a police car, a military hearse, and a team of Marines standing in formation waiting to carry the body. And the saddest scene of all — his family, wife and children, all lined up against the wall waiting for him.
Burning tears were flowing down my face as my heart sank into utter pain and agony at such a sight. We always hear about this on the news and feel sad but to experience it in person is completely different. We pulled up to our gate and Sgt. “….” stood up in all his gloriously decorated uniform, opened up the overhead compartment carrying a folded American flag and a back pack, and started walking out of the plane amid the clapping and tears of all of us on board.
No one in the plane even touched their cell phone. People were transfixed, staring out the window, sharing our respect and sorrow.
At that moment we were not Democrats, Republicans or Independents. We were Americans soberly watching one of our own come home in a coffin draped with an American flag.
As they removed the body from the plane, two men holding his wife started walking towards the plane as the wife covered her face and began sobbing. She was followed by her children. The Marines walked in formation and carried his body to the hearse.
We started getting out of our seats and deplaning without a word from anyone except the sounds of crying coming from different people looking out the window as they walked out of the plane.
As I entered the airport, people were standing in lines and rows facing the window watching all this. Some men were saluting the body. We all stood next to each other, honoring this soldier until his body was finally in the hearse and he was driven off the tarmac.
It was the most sobering, heartbreaking, and patriotic scene. As I cried for the following few hours sitting with my family at home eating Chinese take-out for dinner (I just wasn’t up to going out for dinner), I was reminded of why we need to continually remind Americans that we are at war.
Our men and women are fighting and dying overseas to protect America from an enemy who is not only fighting us across the globe but also advancing here at home. Just because we have not been successfully attacked at home doesn’t mean our enemy has forgotten about us. Their tactics have become more sophisticated. They not only wish to attack us militarily, they are moving at full speed in the advance of their cultural Jihad invading America. Islamic foot-washing basins in airports; Shariah finance being introduced by American banks; college campuses designating Islamic prayer rooms for Muslims only; Islamic compounds practicing Shariah law springing up across America; public schools using our tax dollars to indoctrinate American students into Islam; demands by Muslim parents that their children be provided private prayer rooms in their public schools; Muslim workers demanding special workplace accommodations no other religious person would ask for; and the list goes on.
As history demonstrates, only organized resistance will stop this. Unopposed by organized resistance, the advance of cultural Jihad in Europe has proceeded to the point that many think a full-blown “Eurabia” is inevitable and irreversible. And even if we win the war against Islamic terrorism, but lose the struggle against cultural Jihad here at home, we may protect our safety but lose our liberties and our way of life.
I just don’t believe this young man who fell on the field of battle would consider that a victory. “Freedom” is not just freedom from the physical harm our Islamist enemies want to inflict on us. It is freedom from the tyranny and oppression of shariah Islamic law and the supremacist political ideology our enemies are determined to impose upon us.
So, just as that soldier was on the front lines of this war overseas, we are on the “front lines” here at home. That soldier was part of the “organized resistance” in Afghanistan. We are part of the “organized resistance” here in America. We cannot afford to fail in our military missions overseas. Failure would embolden and empower Islamists throughout the world. We also cannot afford to fail here at home.
This is why I appeal to you to take heart and help me continue building ACT! for America. We are the only nationwide organized resistance to this threat. As I said, we are the front lines here at home. Our families, our communities and our nation are depending on us, even though many do not yet realize it.
For instance, two years ago ACT helped pass the bill in Congress that protects every citizen from lawsuits when they report suspicious activity in public places.
How many Americans know this happened? Very few. Yet they are now protected from lawsuits, which means America is safer as a result.
I know there are other issues right now, such as health care and the economy, that are dominating the attention of the American people. And I understand why that is. But for those of us, you and me, who grasp the seriousness of the threat of radical Islam, we must continue to do everything we can to make sure that the reason 9/11 occurred is not forgotten. That the reason we are fighting in Afghanistan is not forgotten.
We must continue to push forward, to inform, organize, and ring the alarm bells, even when it feels like a lot of people aren’t paying attention right now or don’t seem to “get it.” Because there are many good Americans out there ready to respond to our message, if we can only get it to them.
Because we are the modern “Paul Revere’s,” the messengers who are warning America even when a lot of America is preoccupied with other matters. It is estimated that over 2/3 of the colonists either were loyal to Britain or were indifferent to the political struggles the colonies were experiencing in 1776. Yet, through the leadership and sacrifice of the remaining colonists, independence was declared and Britain was defeated.
How I wish I could be standing in your presence this very moment, to grasp your hands, look into your eyes, and say “be encouraged!” We will win this struggle against radical Islam. It won’t be tomorrow, or next year, but we will, in time, prevail — so long as good, patriotic Americans like you do not lose hope and keep taking action. We are winning victories, and we will continue to win more – and bigger – victories, so long as good, patriotic Americans like you do not lose hope and keep taking action. Let’s remember how far we have come together. In less than two years we have built the largest grassroots organization in America dedicated to combating the threat of radical Islam, with 62,000 members and 315 local chapters. Be encouraged!
I want to close with this.
Last week, when Guy Rodgers and I were at the EMP conference in Niagara, NY, the president of a national security organization sat down with us and thanked us profusely for what ACT! for America is doing and has already accomplished. I wish you could have seen his face and heard his words. This is a man who has served at high levels of government and been around Washington politics for decades. His message to us – and ultimately to you – was that ACT! for America is KEY to all our efforts to defeat radical Islam. He has watched us grow, witnessed our activism, and rejoiced for our victories. So I’ll say it again. Be encouraged!
Comedic mystery abounded from the POTUS address last night—which MSM’ers would lead you to believe had the same effects as Ronald Reagan’s address against socialized medicine (Similarities, anyone?)—including VPOTUS Biden cluing in the rest of America as to yet another of his many talents…Anyone who has yet to become aware, he is among the first in his position to literally sleep with his eyes open during the President’s address.
The stated purpose of this primetime buy-out according to the Whitehouse was not just to quell fears stemming from “disinformation,” but to lay out SPECIFICS of the proposed plan. Mission accomplished? Not a chance! Not only were specifics not the focus of this address, but after using the much expected Conservative-speak, President Obama attempted to draw parallels between his administration & that of Theodore Roosevelt where there weren’t many positives to draw & to push aside the “politics as usual” partisanship by laying blame for the state of the current health care system at the feet of insurance companies, health care providers, and of course—Capitalism.
First things first, are there many Americans who are aware of “savings” surpluses within the Medicare system? Are there any Americans aware of such savings? And if eliminating wasteful spending & overages were truly the government’s objective, would they not have done this prior to aiming at revamping the entire system? Why would you pump money into a system that is already faltering as a result of insufficient funds?
The tone of the speech & largely the message itself reminds any historian of FDR’s proposal for Social Security legislation, in which he said the following,
“[Economic] security was attained in the earlier days through the interdependence of members of families upon each other & of the families within a small community upon each other. The complexities of great communities & of organized industry make less real these simple means of security. Therefore, we are compelled to employ the active interest of the Nation as a whole through government in order to encourage a greater security for each individual who composes it…This seeking for a greater measure of welfare & happiness does not indicate a change in values. It is rather a return to values lost in the course of our economic development & expansion.” (Underline mine.)
It’s clear that President Obama, like FDR before him, equates Capitalism & technological progress with the downfall of America. He continues to employ government as the solution for the many crises that arise & shouldn’t go to waste with a self-serving agenda that will ultimately (like Social Security, Medicare programs) be to the detriment of all Americans, present & future.
It became evident in last night’s address that this isn’t about reforming health care so as to make it more available to Americans. Nor is it about increasing the quality of care that is provided. It most certainly isn’t about allowing the free-markets & competition to play out with the best providers rising from the ashes.
The goal is to hold the purse strings of the American people from this generation forward. The goal is to entangle every American & their children in one of the largest safety illusions this country has ever seen. The goal is addicting the people of this country to a controlled-substance that’s long been lurking in the shadows…government entitlements.
If the purpose were truly centralized around reform & helping the Americans that “fall through the cracks,” it is disingenuous on the part of the proponents of this legislation to neglect mentioning the “quick fix” with long-term positive results for at least one of the major aspects of health care that President Obama spoke of last night (i.e. losing coverage if you lose your job, move, change jobs, etc.)…I know it’s a difficult concept for many a Statist to grasp, but by simply lifting the governmental controls currently riddling the system with “problems,” and thus allowing interstate commerce for health insurance coverage…that problem disappears.
It’s merely one humble suggestion.
For an administration & campaign that was centralized upon changing the status-quo in Washington & positively promoting America’s image around the world, the Obama administration has certainly gone off-track. With the call by Obama to “…get to a point where we can have conversation…without vitriol, without name calling” it’s at least ironic that the Americans who are understandably opposed to this “sweeping” fake-reform, are vilified as mobs, etc. by the Whitehouse & other prominent “leaders.”
So in the spirit of bi-partisanship & non-vitriolic conversations on issues important to America, the final lesson to be learned from last night’s address is this:
If you feel at any time that you are losing your audience when discussing higher taxation & greater personal regulation, blame Bush!
During a time in this great country when Americans feel more distanced from their “representatives” than ever…this video hits home.
Originally seen on the 9/12 Project website, this video is correctly described as “making you laugh…& yet making you cry.”
Wake up, uninformed America! We have a long road ahead of us which will only be exacerbated by the current government’s choices.
Remind them they work for you!
And please, SHARE THIS VIDEO WITH YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY!
The “change” voted into office a few short months ago was supposed to represent an overhaul in the “culture” that had become Washington—lies, corruption, blame, & partisanship. The candidate that was supposed to help unify & unite Americans—the “transcending racial barriers” candidate—this mere mortal man has created rifts so deep in the American psyche & deepened already existing ones such that race & color have become the least of the social issues. Now the government uses moral coercion to gain the American people’s support for their drastic overhaul & “fundamental change” in America. “Change” in and of itself arrived under the false “crises” premise as it usually does. Government handouts, entitlements, & wasteful spending describe the entirety of the current government’s “plan” for ‘recovery in America’—shredding an already fragile Constitution by playing on the fears of the public—“Destruction through Distraction.”
Bankers, Wall Street, oil companies, Republicans, Libertarians, Bush, Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, and don’t forget the racists—all collectively to blame, but there exists not a second mention of the legislating body who implemented policies & regulations that worked to destroy what was left of laissez-faire markets. The government, by way of tapping the taxpayers, owns the largest chunk of private industry in history & just like could be expected, the taxpayer unwillingly forfeits any return on their “investment” in America’s future.
Welcome to the New America.
Do Americans believe that capitalism & free markets are the cause for the instabilities our country faces? No, they don’t. Could Americans finally be realizing that the direction the government takes us is inevitably the wrong one for not only our country, but also for our families & individual circumstances?
THE SHORTAGE OF BECK’S “COMMON SENSE”
Glenn Beck states in his recent book most properly titled, “Common Sense: the Case against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine,”
“You cannot take away freedom to protect it, you cannot destroy the free-market to save it, & you cannot uphold freedom of speech by silencing those with whom you disagree. To take rights away to defend them or to spend your way out of debt defies common sense.”
He couldn’t be more accurate.
- “Taking away freedom to protect it”- The 2nd Amendment, for example, has been under assault for years. Regulations & restrictions have been placed on citizens, infringing on their right to bear arms, yet are often disguised as “precautions” to “keep people safe…” Operating under this “theory” would entail strict adherence to “people don’t kill people, guns kill people…” The direct assault tactic to disarm the people is uncommon, but rather the regulations & restrictions that consistently grow stronger, weaken the people’s ability to protect themselves & their families. The right to bear arms as originally intended is floundering.
- “Destroy the free-market to save it” – By way of bailouts for financial institutions & car dealerships, Americans have watched silently as the government “saved private companies deemed too large to fail,” selling out to Unions & special-interest groups. The entire deal is eerily reminiscent of 1963 when railroad unions demanded the government nationalize railroads to preserve [ultimately useless & unnecessary] jobs by “preventing human disaster on their one-way track of making profit at human expense.” Like the totality of the Statist’s agenda, “moral imperatives” or “humanitarian” efforts are not targeting only the “rich,” but actually undercutting successful & competent people of all income levels. What’s portrayed as a “redistribution” of profit & wealth is actually much more than that—an undermining of not only business achievement, but of Capitalism and thus, the original American system itself.
- “Uphold freedom of speech by silencing dissent” – Earlier this month, even after the defeat of the original Fairness Doctrine, the FCC named attorney Mark Lloyd their new Chief Diversity Officer. Mr. Lloyd was not only the Senior Fellow at the uber-liberal CAP organization, but he also recently (and I do mean June 2007 recent) co-wrote a report entitled, “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio” in which he discussed re-enforcing “localism” and its use as a weapon to cut down on the number of Conservative & Christian radio broadcasts that exist. Not only is Mr. Lloyd condoning censorship in effect, he is yet another one of the wealth redistributors so common-place in America today. His policies seek to mandate that conservative radio stations pay a fine of up to $250 million per year, which would then be directly funneled into National Public Radio where there are more liberal voices. So, the question remains…what entitles a person or company to make use of something by taking it forcibly from others, particularly when they didn’t themselves contribute to its existence? If freedom of speech ever fully dies in America, the origin of its fall will be clearly traced back to the broadcasting industry.
The reality remains that any & all power the government now has, we have given to them.
An uninvolved people will fail to notice as their liberties give way to government control.
The American people must cease to allow others to tell them that their “rights” are to be solely established by the government.
FREEDOM- THE INDIVIDUAL VERSUS THE STATE
There is a struggle between two cultures in America today: freedom & responsibility versus control & dependence.
“Freedom” within the scope of this political struggle means “freedom from government coercion” and that alone. The delusion that this struggle either doesn’t exist or is vastly different from the conflicts between the Individual & the State that have been waged before under various names—fascism, Nazism, socialism, feudalism, & even the “Welfare State”—is astounding & can be partially contributed to poor history lessons & false propaganda. If what a people truly desire is “freedom” within the intended context, then there exists but ONE solution—Capitalism in its entirety. It is the only moral system that serves both the political & economic aspects of life, guaranteeing man’s individual rights, thus defending them.
Ayn Rand chronicled the state of European countries & the inevitable direction America is headed best when she said,
“…It is only after men have chosen slavery & dictatorship that they can begin the usual gang warfare of socialized countries—today, it is called pressure-group warfare—over whose gang will rule, who will enslave whom, whose property will be plundered for whose benefit, & who will be sacrificed to whose “noble” purpose.”
RAND’S ‘ANTI-CONCEPTS’ & THE ‘AVERAGE’ AMERICAN
Ayn Rand describes the actions recently taken by our government as “anti-concepts” or succinctly the act of under-handedly destroying particular concepts without discussion.
How is this accomplished in modern-day America? By summersaulting with semantics, of course! Anyone taking “Hope & Change” for .50 cents? Anyone? Anyone?
Progressives often find themselves in a battle with vocabulary as they strive to disguise their ultimate goal & the steps that such a culture-shock would require. As we’ve witnessed most recently during the health care meetings, words are used to distract & cause commotion—“deathers,” swastikas, Hitler, racist, brown-shirts, etc—while in the next breath, “moral imperatives” are the “true” means & reasons for passing what Americans are showing overwhelming opposition to.
Take for example the White House & the Left having deemed all Town Hall participants as “Right-wing Extremists”& Astroturf plants—and then recall the Texas Obama Delegate, I mean DOCTOR—& one would surmise that slandering American citizens had become a new summer recess blood-sport for our “leaders.”
So break it down…
“Extreme” has the potential to be anything so long as it is “great in degree.” In saying that all of the Town Hall people are “Right-wing Extremists,” the Left has done themselves a disservice not just by attacking citizens & portraying them under false pretenses, but also by assuming that these individuals are people separate from the “average American.”
What makes them separate & who determines the “average” definition? Does the fact that these citizens hold an opinion opposite of the government’s automatically make them “extreme,” militia members, KKK, political terrorists, mobs, or fascists?
Or do you believe, like Professor Marc Lamont Hill, that because the Town Hall meetings are attended by the elderly white population (who essentially grew up as racists in a different time), that there is a reason for such categorizing? I mean, what sort of racists would work to overthrow Hitler’s death squads & free the Jewish people & all of occupied Europe? The audacity!
The Left would do well to remember that plenty of “crazies” who now are essentially common definitions of terms like “Communist,” “Racist,” or “Terrorist” come from “their side”—trust me…we don’t want to start playing this game!
PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH—APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED
The Progressive movement in general is antithetical—they paint what is not evil, as evil; what is evil, as noble; they disguise immorality as morality & vice-versa. However, don’t mistake the “Progressive” movement as merely the Democrats or Liberals, both parties are guilty in this “living document” Constitutional destruction match. The American people have elected “Conservatives” (by name only) who fail to advocate for those very principles against Statism & the Liberal causes; they (Conservatives) attempt to stealthily defend the most moral & yet misunderstood system in the world. They apologize for Capitalism around every corner, while reaping the benefits of such a system in their own careers & lives.
Americans in general play by the rules be that by paying taxes, obtaining credit they can afford to use, purchasing/applying for firearms & ammunition legally (as well as hunting & fishing permits)—now they are watching their government as it grows more bold & decisive becoming the antithesis to their own actions. Everything from ‘sweetheart’ mortgages, printing money, spending recklessly as if America’s economy were a board game—Hell, even poker champions are more frugal with their placing of bets! To the point where even drunken sailors would receive the benefit of the doubt here…
The American people have allowed their country to be taken over by a “living monster.” That monster is the government & in the words of Howard Dean, “It’s time to take America back!” The government that was specifically structured to be “of the people, by the people, and for the people” is long gone. Americans have permitted the loss of their freedoms by sitting idly by as the government systematically dismembers these liberties in the name of “protection.” We’ve witnessed multiple full-fledged assaults & utter disregard by the government for the Rule of Law & America’s Constitution and American citizens are paying the price.
So as the Obama Administration sets up their “citizen-fishy-spy force” under new names & as our supposed leaders target any & all dissenting voices, I’m unsure if this vilification of “average” Americans—err, I mean “Extremists”—could be more “in your face.”
Take that, Saul Alinsky.