By: Cliff Kincaid – Accuracy in Media
Donald J. Trump says vets are treated worse than illegal immigrants. But help is on the way. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to make it easier for veterans to get access to officially-approved marijuana. Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), a physician, argues that the proposal is “absolutely insane.”
It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. But Rep. Fleming notesevidence that marijuana “enhances psychosis and schizophrenia” in some people with these psychological problems.
Dr. Christine Miller asks, “Does no one remember Eddie Routh, the vet thought to have PTSD, who was diagnosed by psychiatrists for the prosecution with cannabis-induced psychosis, and who killed both Chris Kyle (“American Sniper”) and Chad Littlefield?”
By: Trevor Loudon | New Zeal
Iowa’s Marxists hope to elect one of their own to the US Senate this year.
Tom Fiegen is one of four Iowa Democrats hoping to win the June 7th primary to become the Democrat nominee contesting this year’s Iowa Senate race against Republican incumbent Chuck Grassley.
Despite their comparatively “moderate” name, Democratic Socialists of America, like Sanders himself, draws inspiration from the “socialism through stealth” tactics of Italian Communist Party theoretician Antonio Gramsci.
Longtime Iowa City academic, DSA comrade and leading Sanders supporter, Jeff Cox, endorsed Tom Fiegen in a May 20th letter to the Iowa City Press-Citizen:
Johnson County Democrats have an opportunity to revitalize a moribund Democratic Party by voting in the June primary for three county supervisor candidates who endorsed Bernie Sanders: Rod Sullivan, Kurt Friese and Jason T. Lewis. They represent the future of the Democratic Party, a party that says ‘yes we can’ rather than ‘no we can’t.’
We can also vote in the primary for the only Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate who endorsed Sanders, former state Sen. Tom Fiegen of Cedar County. He has a distinguished record of campaigning against factory farming and corporate agriculture. Unlike his opponents in the Democratic primary, he does not take campaign contributions from corporations, corporate political action committees or other campaign committees that accept corporate funding. Like Sanders, Tom Fiegen is not for sale.
Jeff Cox is a longtime Democratic activist and the point man for a Johnson County steering committee which helped draft Sanders for the 2016 presidential contest.
At the University of Iowa – Ames, the local Young Democratic Socialists branch, has endorsed Tom Fiegen and are actively training members and supporters to join his campaign.
Hey everyone, a quick reminder that there will be a surrogate training for Tom Fiegen this Saturday. We strongly endorse Tom, and would love to spread the word about his plans for senate on campus. This training will be the best way to get started!!
This is not the first time Iowan Marxists have supported Tom Fiegen.
In 2004, Democratic Socialists of America targeted local races where control of state houses were up for grabs and where statewide electoral vote outcomes hinged on successful local district turnouts.
In Iowa, Tom Fiegen—who says his politics are in the tradition of the radical lay Catholic Worker Movement,—is attempting a return to the Iowa state Senate (District 40)..”
We reported on the candidates that DSAers were supporting in the last issue of Democratic Left. How did they do?Longshot progressive insurgents Al Weed in Virginia, Lin Whitworth in Idaho, Dave Franker and Tom Fiegen all lost.
Let’s hope this attempt is as unsuccessful as the last. Iowa just got rid of long-serving socialist Senator Tom Harkin in 2014.
Does the Hawkeye State really want to send another Marxist to Washington?
Trevor Loudon is a New Zealand writer and speaker, currently living in Iowa. Loudon is working on the soon-to-be-released, Iowa-produced documentary The Enemies Within (see trailer here) and is the author of the 2013 book The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the US Congress.
Contact Trevor at [email protected].
By: Lloyd Marcus
A few Memorial Days ago, I recall myself comfy on the sofa overstuffed with cookout delights, watching a documentary on TV about conscientious objectors. The program portrayed these guys as moral superiors. I thought, “You guys are able to bloviate about the evils of war and pursue careers as American artists, college professors and so on because other brave young men went to war to fight for you; defending your freedom.”
Another Memorial Day TV program featured WWII soldier and character actor Charles Durning. Durning earned three Purple Hearts. He was awarded the Bronze and Silver Stars for valor and the World War II Victory Medal. The French consul presented Durning with the National Order of the Legion of Honor.
At the 2008 National Memorial Day Concert, Durning stood at the podium and wept for his fallen brothers. Wow! Do they make character driven courageous men like that anymore? http://1.usa.gov/20mZ3yW
I served in the US Army stationed at Ft Bragg NC, drafted from 1969-1971. My entire battalion received orders for Vietnam accept myself and another soldier. Thus, I never experienced serving in a combat zone.
My buddy, Gerry “Boats” Milhollen experienced combat in Vietnam. He suffered night terrors for several years and other emotional issues which cost him his marriage. Gerry said what pained him and fellow combat vets the most is that unlike other US troops returning from war, they never received a welcome home. Quite the opposite. Vietnam vets were spat upon and called baby killers.
I asked Gerry to share his thoughts in a tribute I recorded a few years ago titled, “Welcome Home Brother.” http://rvrb.fm/1kznUgL
I was in my late teens when my cousin Jackie’s husband Norman Byrd was drafted and sent to Vietnam.
Norman never returned home. It was all pretty surreal. I found his name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC.
My daughter recently retired from the US Navy. She went in directly after high school and worked her way up to retiring as an officer. Her cousins on her mom’s side lived in the mean hood of west Baltimore. Many became addicted to drugs. One of her cousins was murdered by thugs.
I remember my daughter telling me that when she came home on leave after basic training, she immediately noticed that she no longer had much in common with her friends. They were still kids and the military made her an adult.
My daughter said before she retired, it pained her to see what the Navy was becoming. The discipline which had molded and shaped her was being thrown out the window due to political correctness. She said rather than training sailors, she felt like a babysitter.
I heard a black preacher tell his congregation that he would love to see the government go through the ghetto scooping up fatherless young black men for the military. They would learn to shut-up, respect authority and receive a paycheck for a job well done. While the preacher’s comments were tongue-in-cheek, I get his point and agree. Despite it being under attack by Obama http://bit.ly/1RkvWWJ, Leftist social engineering and political correctness, the US military is still a pretty good place to turn youths into responsible adults.
Traveling the country on Tea Party Express, I had the pleasure of meeting Debbie Lee, the gold star mom of Marc Alan Lee, the first Navy Seal to die in Operation Iragi Freedom. In honor of her decorated son, Debbie founded AmericasMightyWarriors.org which helps the families of fallen soldiers. I organized patriot music artists across America to record a song titled, “Taking Back America”. We selected 44 songs from the artists to be included in a project titled, Tea Are The World”. All the proceeds benefit Debbie’s AmericasMightyWarriors.org. http://bit.ly/1YRLAPd
While enjoying your family cookouts, please reflect and give a nod to those whose courage and sacrifice made it all possible; the US military.
Have a happy and blessed Memorial Day.
Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
Chairman: The Conservative Campaign Committee
Hat Tip: Citizen Scribe
By: Carolyn Alder
“Memorial Day” was originally known as “Decoration Day.” Graves of soldiers who had given their lives in the Civil War were decorated with flowers to remember and honor their sacrifice. Later, the observance was renamed “Memorial Day,” to honor the sacrifice of all who died in all the wars. It is a day for solemn reflection on the service and sacrifice of those who paid the ultimate price to preserve freedom.
Americans who died (from the Revolutionary War on) that we might have freedom:
Killed In Action over 1,354,000, plus 88,000 MIA.
(How can we even estimate the number wounded to preserve freedom?)
The Founders and Framers of this nation knew it would require much more than battle and blood to acquire and preserve freedom. They pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to secure the Blessings of Liberty for their posterity. The Declaration of Independence declares the principles of freedom; the United States Constitution was their charter to preserve freedom. We call it the Formula for Freedom.
The Founders also knew that we could not retain freedom, liberty and the American Constitutional Republic without being a virtuous and moral people. There are numerous statements to support this principle, however, just quoting from our first 3 Presidents:
President George Washington in his farewell address warned: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man ought to respect and to cherish them (religion & morality). …Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education…reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. (Sept. 19, 1796)
President John Adams stated, addressing the military, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. … Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. (Oct. 11, 1798) (Concerning his own sons he advised Abigail, “Let them revere nothing but Religion, Morality and Liberty.”)
Thomas Jefferson: “God who gave us life gave us Liberty at the same time.” (1774) “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the People that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” (1781)
“There is no more ominous defilement of our Constitution and threat to Liberty ‘endowed by our Creator’ than that of the errant notion of a ‘Wall of Separation’ between our constitutional government and our Creator. … The plethora of fraudulent opinions by judicial activists have for decades ‘interpreted’ the First Amendment to suit their political agendas, placing severe constraints upon the free exercise of religion…to expel religious practice from any and all public forums.” Essential Liberty Pocket Guide
Our Constitution, written and ratified “in order to secure the Blessings of Liberty”, established a constitutional Republic structured to control the government, not to control the people. Laws made under the Constitution, the “Supreme Law of the Land”, were to be founded on God’s Law, natural law and natural rights; not rights invented by government or the “whims of man” by those in positions of power. God’s Law the Foundation of Free Government
John Quincy Adams, our 6th President wrote, “Our political way of life is by the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God, and of course presupposes the existence of God, the moral ruler of the universe, and a rule of right and wrong, of just and unjust, binding upon man, preceding all institutions of human society and government.” (Apr. 30, 1839)
Alexander Hamilton stated: “The law…dictated by God Himself is, of course, superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times. No human laws are of any validity if contrary to this.” (Feb. 23, 1775)
Justice James Wilson a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, as a justice on the first U.S. Supreme Court wrote: “…all laws, may be arranged in two different classes. 1. Divine. 2. Human. … But it should always be remembered that this law, natural or revealed, made for men or for nations, flows from the same Divine source: it is the law of God. Human law must rest its authority, ultimately upon the authority of that law, which is Divine.” (James Wilson, Lectures on Law 1791) From the Pen of James Wilson
In short, we have been given a great legacy of freedom by those who came before us and paid the ultimate price. We can only repay that debt by our willingness to promote and restore freedom for those who will come after us. As General Douglas MacArthur stated, “No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” (May 3, 1948)
By: Carolyn Alder www.freedomformula.us
Blair Bertaccini investigates “wage theft” with the State Department of Labor. He previously served as the President of AFSCME Local 269, which represents workers from the Connecticut State Department of Labor, Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Department of Worker’s Compensation Rehabilitation Services Division.
On Sunday, June 9th, 2002, the Harlem/Washington Heights Friends of the People’s Weekly World heardBlair Bertaccini, a trade unionist, Latin America scholar and solidarity activist, who recently returned from attending the Congress of the Venezuelan Communist Party.
By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media
The Washington Post has written about “a grass-roots backlash against secularism, homosexuality and changes introduced” during the time in power of a “Marxist-inspired” political party. But the story was not about the United States. It was about Brazil. The backlash to Marxism has not yet arrived in the United States, and it certainly won’t happen with Donald J. Trump’s candidacy. Trump has just demonstrated that he is scared of debating socialist Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
The Post story, “In Brazil’s political crisis, a powerful new force: Evangelical Christians,” is an amazing account from a liberal perspective of how Christian conservatives are taking back their country. One leading critic of the ruling Workers Party in Brazil said, “We saw that communism was in their DNA.” We saw this coming more than a year ago in our story, “Anti-Marxist Counter-Revolution in Brazil.” The obvious question is, Can it happen here? The answer is, Not with Trump.
Andrew Chesnut, a Latin America expert and professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, is quoted as saying, “They think the Workers’ Party put Brazil on a path to moral ruin. It legalized gay marriage. It has given Brazil one of Latin America’s highest per-capita abortion rates, even though the procedure remains illegal. There’s pornography all over the place.”
By: Renee Nal | New Zeal
While Trump supporters typically use the “at least he is not Hillary” argument to make their case for Donald Trump, some of Trump’s notoriously vile Twitter bullies are not helping the presumptive Republican nominee’s case.
Chuck Nellis believes that a coordinated, planned attack by some individuals to get the prominent Cruz supporter suspended on Twitter has been effective. Whether or not the attack was coordinated, however, many Trump supporters have celebrated his suspension in a particularly offensive and vulgar manner (warning to sensitive readers).
Additionally, numerous parody accounts have been created to mock Chuck Nellis, who had over 100,000 followers at the time of his suspension:
Donald Trump promotes fisting your 6 yr old! #NeverTrump
— Chuck the Cuck (@CuckNellis) March 5, 2016
— The Saint⚜ (@TheSaintNegro29) May 28, 2016
By: Carolyn Alder
Today is a day for solemn reflection to honor the service and sacrifice of those who paid the ultimate price to preserve freedom. Let us also reflect on America’s Godly Heritage in acquiring freedom.
The Founders of this nation knew it would not only require their blood to gain freedom, but also God’s favor. The Declaration of Independence declared the principles of freedom and their grievances’. The signers significantly affirmed their pledge to secure the Blessings of Liberty for themselves and their posterity with these words: “We therefore, the Representatives of the united states of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, … with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
Our Founders publicly recognized and acknowledged the “hand of God” in their affairs:
Benjamin Franklin in the Constitutional Convention: In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain …we held daily prayer in this room for the Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor. …And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need assistance? (June 28, 1787)
Thomas Jefferson: God who gave us life gave us Liberty at the same time. (1774) Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the People that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever. (1781)
James Madison: It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it (the Constitution) a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution.” (Federalist 37 Jan. 11, 1788)
Our first Commander in Chief and President, George Washington: I am sure there never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States, and I should be pained to believe, that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God, who is alone able to protect them. (March 11, 1792)
Let us appreciate America’s Godly Heritage. We have been given a great legacy of freedom by those who came before us and paid the ultimate price. We can only repay that debt by our willingness to promote and restore freedom for those who will come after us. As General Douglas MacArthur stated, “No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” (May 3, 1948)
By Carolyn Alder www.freedomformula.us