Hat Tip: BB
I do believe that is a first. I’ve never seen the tables turned on a media hack so effectively.
That’s my Blondie! She slapped that troll three ways from Sunday. Good times. This is why we have been friends for decades… she has a spine and isn’t afraid to fight. This is a taste of the fun we had running together in the good ole’ 90s in Vegas and why I would do just about anything for her. She’s family and I would trust her with my life. Michele may go on to be Governor of Nevada and then to higher office — I hope so, it’s the best thing that could happen to Nevada. I am blessed to have her as my friend and all I can say is, great job Michele!
By: Caleb Howe
The Right Scoop
A.F.Branco Cartoon ©2014
Kira Davis writing for IJReview says “Political cartoonist A.F. Branco has perfectly captured Harry Reid’s sad views on what really constitutes a terrorist.”
Absolutely. As Dana Loesch said on her radio show this week, there are many examples of times Democrats were wilting flowers when it came to calling someone a terrorist. But Reid didn’t have to wait at all to decide who acted stupidly, and who was a domestic terrorist. And not just in the heat of the moment, but doubling down on it in a later interview.
But Loesch also warned that Dingy Harry has another motive at play. He doesn’t like that things ended peacefully. He wanted it to go badly. She warned, don’t let Harry Reid’s war-mongering disrupt a peaceful resolution.
Mongering is exactly what he is doing, both war- and fear-. It’s his SOP. When you’re a Democrat, it’s allowed.
By: Nelson Abdullah
Conscience of a Conservative
Conscientious Objectors, the term that first became part of our national vocabulary when it appeared during the Vietnam War as scores of Americans avoided the draft. Today, the two main criteria for classification as a conscientious objector are that the objector must be opposed to war in any form, and the objection must be sincere. Republican governor Mitt Romney, a devout Mormon and a confirmed Bishop in the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, refused all efforts to get him to come out hard against the Muslim Democrat Barack Hussein Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign. Romney was too preoccupied with portraying the Mr. Nice Guy image and miserably failed to attack the one person who was doing the most to destroy America. Today, another Mormon, Glenn Beck, joins those same ranks.
We have all become aware of the stand-off in Nevada where armed agents and hired mercenaries from the Bureau of Land Management raided the cattle ranch privately owned for over 100 years by the Cliven Bundy family and began to confiscate their cattle. The dispute had been ongoing for over 20 years because the BLM claimed the Bundy family owed the government for grazing on federal land. The Bundy family claimed their right to do so predated the ownership of the land since they were there first. It wasn’t until the BLM started to push the Bundy people around that word went out they needed some help. And the help came from across America as armed citizens representing a variety of patriotic groups drove to the Nevada ranch to stand up for Cliven Bundy. When their number grew to over a thousand the government agents decided to reconsider what they were doing and returned the cattle and left. But tyrants like Nevada Democrat Senator Harry Reid called the patriots “domestic terrorists”.
The Lexington Minuteman representing John Parker
What was happening in Nevada was similar to how during the American Revolutionary War. Patriots back then stood up for liberty against tyrants and gave birth to the greatest nation ever created on earth. Patriots who pledged their honor and loyalty and their lives to defend freedom from oppression. Patriots like Thomas Jefferson who wrote: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
It came as no small surprise to read today that another conservative Republican named Glenn Beck has sided with Democrat Harry Reid. Glenn Beck has used his popular forum to attack the people on the Bundy ranch who stood up against the tyrannical government agents. Glenn Beck said the incident was an “insurrection” and a call to “revolution” and compared their stand to the communist backed Occupy Wall Street movement. Glenn Beck said he was “truly frightened” over the support the Oath Keepers, the Militias, the Constitutional Sheriffs and citizens who stood with Bundy. True to the keeping of his Mr. Nice Guy Mormon faith, Glenn Beck said that everyone who stood with the Bundy ranch crowd should “unfriend” him on Facebook, to “unsubscribe” to his newsletter and to “cancel” their subscriptions to his TV program. Just like the other Mr. Nice Guy, Mitt Romney did two years ago when I labeled him a Conscientious Objector because he refused to fight against the wanna-be dictator Barack Hussein Obama. I wonder what these God-fearing men would say about the patriots who gave their lives to help create America; would Glenn Beck label them truly frightening? But of course that nasty thing called the American Revolution took place almost 50 years before the birth of the Mormon religion. What would these Mr. Nice Guys think of the popular phrase: “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.” Maybe if we see a second American Revolution these guys will have already fled to Canada.
This isn’t a condemnation of all Mormons. I am reminded of the fact that Brigham Young University has a large ROTC program. But there is one other fact that must be considered: both Glenn Beck and Mitt Romney never served in our Armed Forces. And neither did Barack Hussein Obama, for that matter. Who can forget the image of Barack Hussein Obama’s infamous crotch salute while the National Anthem was being played. There is a certain patriotic mindset that our veterans hold for the country they served either in peace or in war. It is obvious in the way it shapes attitudes about our history and our love for freedom and liberty and our regard for the Constitution. It also explains why veterans have been accused by the Democrats running our government as being potential domestic terrorists.
And as far as Nevada Democrat Harry Reid goes, there is a very interesting opinion story on Fox News that questions his real motives in denouncing the armed conflict at the Bundy ranch. It is well worth the read. Here a just a few snips.
By Wayne Allyn Root
Published April 16, 2014 FoxNews.com
Doesn’t it strike anyone as strange that the U.S. Senate Majority Leader is so obsessed with a small rancher who hasn’t paid grazing fees?
I live in Las Vegas. I live and breath Nevada politics. Something is very wrong. Something smells rotten in the Nevada desert. And Senator Harry Reid’s fingerprints are all over it.
I am of course referring to the Bundy Ranch siege. This was a dispute between a Nevada ranching family with rights to the land in question for 140 years and the BLM (Bureau of Land Management).
There are other questions raised about Reid’s involvement. Why did this assault become the #1 priority of government only days after a senior political advisor to Nevada Senator Harry Reid took over BLM? Coincidence?
Government appeared completely uninterested in backing down for days on end…and completely unconcerned with instigating a deadly confrontation like Waco or Ruby Ridge. Then suddenly Senator Reid’s involvement was brought up by conservative web sites across the Internet. INSTANTLY, out of the blue, within hours of Reid’s name being attached to the raid, the BLM decided to back down, pack up and walk away. Don’t you think that this timing was a tad too coincidental?
It has been pointed out by journalists intent on covering for Reid that a $5 billion Chinese solar project backed by Reid was recently shelved. But what they forgot to mention is Reid’s involvement in multiple solar and wind projects across the Nevada desert. Only days ago, Senator Reid was featured in a photo at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new solar project. Where is that project located? Just 35 miles from the Bundy ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada.
By the way, here is the open letter I posted calling Mitt Romney a Conscientious Objector.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The following letter was sent today to Gov. Mitt Romney via U.S. Mail to two different addresses asking for campaign contributions and posted on his official web site http://www.mittromney.com/contact-us. Now that I think of it, maybe I should cc: Ann Coulter, too, who helped him win the primaries.
Gov. Mitt Romney
I get mail every day asking for contributions to your campaign. All the while I watch your tepid, lackluster commercials on my TV and wait and wait for you to begin to fight. (or at least sound angry enough like you’re ready to fight)
Never before has anyone like Barack Hussein Obama occupied our White House. Never before has anyone had such a disastrous effect on America’s present and future. No one has ever trashed our Constitution as he has when writes new laws by dictatorial decree. No one ever has had more devious connections in American politics as he has. And while Obama has repeatedly asked you on a daily basis why you don’t release your tax returns, I keep hoping every day you will ask him why he has spent millions to keep hidden almost every personal record in his adult life. So why haven’t you? Obama is filled with personal weaknesses that you haven’t exploited yet. Have your advisers told you not to? Has Karl Rove told you to campaign like a boy scout while Obama and the Democrats are attacking you like vicious thugs? I think you need new advisers if the ones you have are telling you these things. If you haven’t got the balls to fight then let Paul Ryan do it. If you need ideas or inspiration then go see the film 2016 Obama’s America.
I won’t waste any more money on your campaign when you pay Obama compliments like that RINO John McCain did four years ago. I don’t want to hear you tell anyone that Obama is a nice person or a nice family man. He is, in truth, none of these things. His best friends are communists and radical terrorists who all hate America. How can you find such a person to be nice? America wants to see you take up the banner and wage war against Obama and the rest of the Marxist/Socialist Democrats, not go after him with a feather duster.
I watched the RNC and was very impressed with the testaments given by those friends you have helped but this campaign is supposed to be against the evils committed by Barack Hussein Obama and this not the place for your “Mr. Nice Guy” routine. If, by chance, you are a some kind of conscientious objector and have some religious scruples against fighting, then you should drop out of the race now. America’s future is at stake.
I have already sent $500 to the RNC but will now withhold any further contributions until I see how well you do during the debates. That is your last chance to show the public how much you are willing to oppose evil and make no mistake, everything about Obama is EVIL.
My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides.
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Hat Tip: BB
Western lawmakers are confabbing in Utah to discuss taking back their state lands from the Feds. Michele Fiore of Nevada deserves a lot of the credit for getting this movement among politicians and lawmakers rolling. States in the West are tired of being treated like territories instead of sovereign states in the Republic. They are getting ready to take their lands back and it is way past time.
Amid the fiery rhetoric of an addle minded, corrupt Harry Reid, who called the patriots aiding and peacefully protecting Cliven Bundy and his ranch and cattle, domestic, violent terrorist wannabes, the Progressives are forming a federal task force to come after those in the West who want their lands back and want to be left the hell alone. Dean Heller of Nevada is to be commended for slapping Harry Reid down for his and the Fed’s overreach with their thuggish, militaristic moves on Americans.
From The Right Scoop in Dirty Harry’s own feckless words:
Bundy doesn’t believe that the American government is valid, he believes that the United States is a foreign government.
He doesn’t pay his taxes. He doesn’t follow the law. He doesn’t pay his fees.
And if anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed — 600 people came in, armed. They had practiced, they had maneuvered, they knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women in children — in fact one retired sheriff from Arizona boasted that he put women and children so that they would get hit first.
So, 600 people. If there were ever an example of people who were domestic, violent terrorist wannabes, these are the guys. And I think that we should call it that way.
That’s rich, Harry Reid has NEVER followed the law. He’s a Nevada good ole’ boy who has lined his pockets for decades with stolen money from the people of Nevada and Americans in general.
Picture 200 armed to the teeth Federal agents facing off with cowboys on horseback. Dana Loesch is right, Reid wants to incite a confrontation and stoke the fires of violence. None of us want violence; we want our land and Constitutional rights respected. The violence is being brought by the Federal government forcing Americans to kneel before a dictatorship. Reid was nowhere to be found until this was over and then when a bloodbath did not ensue, he declared this as lawlessness that would not go unanswered, putting himself in the middle of the conflict and hoping to deflect from his involvement in shady, dirty real estate deals that benefit from all the ranchers being chased off. Cleanface Reid is the poster boy for fascism and should be legally prosecuted. The only violent extremists here are the government mercenaries themselves.
Reid has stepped in it big time and is in for a major blowback over this. Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza traveled to Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Bunkerville, NV, on Friday to embark on a “fact-finding” mission. Prior to attending a “big rally” made up of hundreds of the cattle rancher’s supporters, D’Souza planned to talk to some of the people who Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has labeled “domestic terrorists.” D’Souza says the real terrorists are the Feds and he is right.
Sporting “domestic terrorist” name tags, these good people basically told Reid to stuff it. Like the IRS scandal, this is another targeting of innocent Americans who want nothing more than their freedoms, their land, their privacy and to be left alone. Something D’Souza is intimately familiar with.
This has been brewing for decades and even before the Bundy standoff, state leaders, especially in Utah, were making moves to get rid of Federal oversight on state lands. The EPA and BLM are incompetent and utterly corrupt. While decrying the sacred protection of the habitats of the Desert Tortoise, they euthanize over a 1,000 of them… while carping on the sanctity of the wild horses roaming the range, they send huge numbers of these horses to slaughterhouses in Canada. The states and individual owners will take care of the land much better than any Fed ever will. It’s time for Western states to wrest back control of federal lands within their borders, as stated by lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states in Utah’s Capitol on Friday. And so, a monumental fight for our freedoms in the West takes shape. This is for resources, land and the fate of our food supply. Our lives depend on winning this fight.
More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal of regaining control of oil, timber and mineral-rich lands away from the Feds. When our government has basically seized control of somewhere between 81 and 93% of the lands out West, that can be seen as nothing less than nationalization of state resources and territory, and that my friends, is Marxism.
Along with leaders in these states, the Tea Party follows suit. I was very happy to see Mike Lee address these leaders on taking back control of our land:
“It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. “The urgency is now.”
Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including her counterparts from Idaho and Montana, during a press conference after the daylong closed-door summit. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee addressed the group over lunch, Ivory said. New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented.
The summit was in the works before this month’s tense standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing, Lockhart said.
“What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” Lockhart said.
These state leaders are very worried about the Fed’s debt as well and how it will impact their individual states. You already see the government withholding funds for the lands, as well as saying who can and can’t receive water and resources. Each of these states are sovereign and should not be under the thumb of an overreaching tyrannical government. Utah is leading the way and the rest of the West is close behind. The Bundy standoff merely highlighted the growing tensions between free Americans and our lawless President and his thuggish agencies.
Meet the Coalition of Western States Legislators formed in response to the Bundy Ranch Standoff. I’m proud my friend Michele Fiore is at the forefront. The fight is just beginning and Americans need to rally behind these people.
Bundy told Breitbart News the only communication he has received from the BLM recently has been through the mail.
“I’ve received some certified letters that I haven’t opened, and that’s the only conversation on that, so I’m going to save those letters for maybe awhile. That’s how serious I think they are,” he said. “I’m tired of their bull. They put their guns at me and my family and these American people. How can I honor one of their letters? I might never open them,” he added.
But the real quote of the day comes from D’Souza and it’s a zinger:
D’Souza, who is coming under fire from the Holder Justice Department himself, added, “I think what really rankles is the fact that justice is normally a virtue of liberalism. Liberals will say, ‘Oh we’re for social justice.’ Justice means treating people fairly and treating people who are in the same situation in a similar way. You get the sense with Obama that’s not the case. Lady justice has one eye open and she’s winking at her friends and sending the cops after her enemies.”
Amen brother. That’s exactly what is occurring. Justice for a select elite, but persecution for Obama’s enemies list. Justice should not be at the whim of corrupt bureaucrats such as Harry Reid and Eric Holder. She needs a severe makeover, via a return to Constitutional principles.
The Western states are prepping to reclaim their lands and sovereignty. A massive battle is getting ready to erupt with Progressive/Marxists and big government on one side and free Americans on the other. The wild, wild West is about to get a lot wilder.
After the week all of us have had, I think we can relate…
A Young Huntress And Her Golden Eagle
The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week, carved eternally in the records of cyberspace.
This week has been a celebration of hope and freedom, with Passover starting last Monday night and continuing through the weekend until next Tuesday. Which of course also coincides with Holy Week, which culminates this weekend with Easter Sunday. This linkage is entirely appropriate, since Jesus had come to Jerusalem for the Passover ceremonies and the famous Last Supper was a Passover Seder… the ritual meal where Jews all over the world retell the story of the Exodus, celebrate their G-d-given freedom and eat the unleavened bread, matzoh, to commemorate their ancestor’s journey and deliverance from bondage and slavery.
The story of the Resurrection is a story of freedom too… freedom of the soul and a promise of eternal life to believing Christians who understand what the rolling away of the stones means for them.
Both holidays change their dates on our calender from year to year, Passover or Pessah in Hebrew, because it is based on the centuries old Hebrew calender and Easter because the early Church fathers determined that Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal Full Moon date of the year, which always occurs after Passover.
However, it’s rare that the two holidays occur this close together and in this momentous year, when Judeo-Christian values seem to be under siege, I likewise see in that a sign of hope for the future.
I and my friends on the Watcher’s Council wish you and yours Chag Pessach Sameach and a blessed Easter.
“Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear” – George Orwell
Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.” – Hadith Bukhari (84:57)
“People ask me if I have some kind of death wish, to keep saying the things I do. The answer is no: I would like to keep living. However, some things must be said, and there are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice.” – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
This Week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s – An Honor Killing On Campus, is my reaction to the decision of Brandeis University to withdraw an honorary degree and a chance to address commencement ceremonies from writer, thinker and women’s rights activist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, under pressure from Muslim Brotherhood fronts and a few scared and clueless lefties. Here’s a slice:
Regular members of Joshua’s Army may recall the name Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
She was raised as a Muslima in Somalia and Saudi Arabia, survived female genital mutilation, beatings, abuse and various aspects of Somalia’s internecine clan warfare and became a devout member of the Muslim Brotherhood, after which her questions about Islam and the life she was leading led her to escape being ‘given’ in marriage to a distant male relative she had never met.and flee to Holland. There, she was granted Dutch citizenship and eventually became a member of the Dutch parliament where she became a voice alerting the people of her adopted country to the menace of radical Islam, and against the abuse of Muslim women and children in the Netherland’s Islamic ghettos.
She later collaborated with the late filmmaker Theo Van Gogh on a film called ‘Submission’, which chronicled the plight of many Muslim women victimized as she was by the traditional tribal culture.The film caused a firestorm of protest among Muslims. Van Gogh was murdered in broad daylight by a fanatic Muslim while cycling to work one morning in 2004 and then had his corpse ritually mutilated. A note was pinned to Van Gogh’s corpse promising Ayaan Hirsi Ali that she was the next target, with explicit Qu’rannic details of her `crimes against Islam’ as an ‘apostate’, a death sentence in Islam. Other death threats followed, and Ayaan has lived under 24 hour security protection ever since.
She went through the experience of being forced to move out of her apartment because her Dutch neighbors were annoyed that the security protection ‘inconvenienced them’ and because they were afraid that the violence directed towards Ayaan Hirshi Ali might involve them. And the Dutch government, which was obligated to pay for her security as a member of Parliament also disliked the cost, the inconvenience and the political stigma of protecting an ‘enemy of Islam’ in a country that’s over 25% Muslim, so they found a trumped up reason to take away her citizenship and force her to step down from her seat in parliament. Whereupon, she came here to America and became a noted author and speaker. You can read her story in her books ‘Infidel’, ‘Nomad’,and ‘The Caged Virgin.’
So Brandeis decided to honor Ayaan Hirshi Ali. She was to be their commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree.
But when the local chapters of Muslim Brotherhood fronts like CAIR and the Muslim Student’s Association heard about this, they went absolutely ballistic and were able to rope in enough guilty and frightened non-Muslim Lefties to go along with the mob to get Ayaan’s honorary degree ‘rescinded’ and her invitation to speak revoked.
“This is a real slap in the face to Muslim students,” said senior Sarah Fahmy, a member of the Muslim Student Association who created the petition said before the university withdrew the honor.
“But it’s not just the Muslim community that is upset but students and faculty of all religious beliefs,” she said. “A university that prides itself on social justice and equality should not hold up someone who is an outright Islamophobic.”
Thomas Doherty, chairman of American studies, refused to sign the faculty letter. He said it would have been great for the university to honor “such a courageous fighter for human freedom and women’s rights, who has put her life at risk for those values.”
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group, said, “It is unconscionable that such a prestigious university would honor someone with such openly hateful views.”
The organization sent a letter to university President Frederick Lawrence on Tuesday requesting that it drop plans to honor Ali.
“This makes Muslim students feel very uneasy,” Joseph Lumbard, an American convert to Islam and the chairman of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, said in an interview. “They feel unwelcome here.”
The university said that the decision had been made after a discussion between Ali and university President Frederick Lawrence.According to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, that ‘discussion’ consisted of a phone call made simply to inform her after the decision had already be made.
Much more at the link.
In our non-Council category, the winner was Mark Steyn with a superb piece on the Nevada standoff between the Bundy family and the Bureau of Land Management, The First Amendment is Not an Area, submitted by The Noisy Room. Mark Steyn is absolutely on fire in this one… A must-read.
Here are this week’s full results. Only The Colossus of Rhodey was unable to vote this week, but was not affected by the 2/3 vote penalty:
- *First place with 3 1/3 votes! – Joshuapundit – An Honor Killing On Campus
- Second place with 2 2/3 votes – The Independent Sentinel – Barack Obama’s Ideological Assault on Traditional America
- Third place with 2 votes – The Right Planet – The Soviet Anschluss
- Fourth place with 1 2/3 vote – Bookworm Room – A revolutionary idea to win the White House and save the world
- Fifth place with 1 vote – The Razor – There Should Be A Word
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Nice Deb – Sick: Eric Holder Plays Race Card at Sharpton Event (Video)
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Simply Jews – Bay Area anarchists leave Marx standing in the dust Part I: redefining “parasite”
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – VA Right! – Shaun Kenney and Bearing Drift Drop Anchor in Eric Cantor’s Treasure Chest
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Ask Marion – We the People… The Wind Has Shifted
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Wrong Enemy
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Noisy Room – Last Man Standing – Federal Fascism Cowboys Up In Nevada
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Rhymes With Right – Brandeis University Caves To Muslims
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Colossus of Rhodey – The real concern regarding the right to vote
- *First place with 2 2/3 votes! – Mark Steyn – The First Amendment is Not an Area submitted by The Noisy Room
- Second place with 2 1/3 votes – Ayaan Hirsi Ali/WSJ – Here’s What I Would Have Said at Brandeis submitted by The Razor
- Third place with 1 2/3 votes – The Elder of Ziyon – A fun Twitter conversation with a terror apologist/anti-Israel leftist (updated) submitted by Simply Jews
- Fourth place with 1 1/3 votes – Adam Kredo/Washington Free Beacon – Inside the White House’s Secret Campaign to Scapegoat Israel submitted by The Watcher
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote – Mark Steyn – The Wretched Jelly-Spined Nothing Eunuchs submitted by The Independent Sentinel
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote – Francis Wilkinson/Bloomberg – Why Are Liberal Cities Bad for Blacks? submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote – The Federalist – Is President Obama Appalled By Claire Shipman, Too? submitted by The Right Planet
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Center For A New American Security – If Deterrence Fails: Rethinking Conflict on the Korean Peninsula submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Victor Davis Hanson – Our psychodramatic campuses submitted by Bookworm Room
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The First Street Journal – Media Bias: The professional media are attempting to normalize transexualism submitted by The Colossus of Rhodey
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Liberal Backwards Think – Captain America and the New World Order submitted by Ask Marion
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Discriminations – Identity, Rights, Politics: Group Or Individual? submitted by Rhymes with Right
See you next week! Don’t forget to tune in on Monday AM for this week’s Watcher’s Forum, as the Council and their invited guests take apart one of the provocative issues of the day and weigh in… don’t you dare miss it. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that!
Mark Levin is right – peace through strength as Ronald Reagan put it. It was true then and even more so now.
View the full speech here: http://millercenter.org/scripps/archi…
Address to the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida that would come to represent Reagan’s view of the Soviet Union. Reagan defends America’s Judeo-Christian traditions against the Soviet Union’s totalitarian leadership and lack of religious faith, expressing his belief that these differences are at the heart of the fight between the two nations.
“Evil Empire” Speech (March 8, 1983)
Ronald Wilson Reagan
Reverend clergy all, Senator Hawkins, distinguished members of the Florida congressional delegation, and all of you:
I can’t tell you how you have warmed my heart with your welcome. I’m delighted to be here today.
Those of you in the National Association of Evangelicals are known for your spiritual and humanitarian work. And I would be especially remiss if I didn’t discharge right now one personal debt of gratitude. Thank you for your prayers. Nancy and I have felt their presence many times in many ways. And believe me, for us they’ve made all the difference.
The other day in the East Room of the White House at a meeting there, someone asked me whether I was aware of all the people out there who were praying for the President. And I had to say, “Yes, I am. I’ve felt it. I believe in intercessionary prayer.” But I couldn’t help but say to that questioner after he’d asked the question that—or at least say to them that if sometime when he was praying he got a busy signal, it was just me in there ahead of him. [Laughter] I think I understand how Abraham Lincoln felt when he said, “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”
From the joy and the good feeling of this conference, I go to a political reception. [Laughter] Now, I don’t know why, but that bit of scheduling reminds me of a story—[laughter]—which I’ll share with you.
An evangelical minister and a politician arrived at Heaven’s gate one day together. And St. Peter, after doing all the necessary formalities, took them in hand to show them where their quarters would be. And he took them to a small, single room with a bed, a chair, and a table and said this was for the clergyman. And the politician was a little worried about what might be in store for him. And he couldn’t believe it then when St. Peter stopped in front of a beautiful mansion with lovely grounds, many servants, and told him that these would be his quarters.
And he couldn’t help but ask, he said, “But wait, how—there’s something wrong—how do I get this mansion while that good and holy man only gets a single room?” And St. Peter said, “You have to understand how things are up here. We’ve got thousands and thousands of clergy. You’re the first politician who ever made it.” [Laughter]
But I don’t want to contribute to a stereotype. [Laughter] So, I tell you there are a great many God-fearing, dedicated, noble men and women in public life, present company included. And, yes, we need your help to keep us ever mindful of the ideas and the principles that brought us into the public arena in the first place. The basis of those ideals and principles is a commitment to freedom and personal liberty that, itself, is grounded in the much deeper realization that freedom prospers only where the blessings of God are avidly sought and humbly accepted.
The American experiment in democracy rests on this insight. Its discovery was the great triumph of our Founding Fathers, voiced by William Penn when he said: “If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants.” Explaining the inalienable rights of men, Jefferson said, “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.” And it was George Washington who said that “of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
And finally, that shrewdest of all observers of American democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville, put it eloquently after he had gone on a search for the secret of America’s greatness and genius—and he said: “Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the greatness and the genius of America. . . . America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
Well, I’m pleased to be here today with you who are keeping America great by keeping her good. Only through your work and prayers and those of millions of others can we hope to survive this perilous century and keep alive this experiment in liberty, this last, best hope of man.
I want you to know that this administration is motivated by a political philosophy that sees the greatness of America in you, her people, and in your families, churches, neighborhoods, communities—the institutions that foster and nourish values like concern for others and respect for the rule of law under God.
Now, I don’t have to tell you that this puts us in opposition to, or at least out of step with, a prevailing attitude of many who have turned to a modern-day secularism, discarding the tried and time-tested values upon which our very civilization is based. No matter how well intentioned, their value system is radically different from that of most Americans. And while they proclaim that they’re freeing us from superstitions of the past, they’ve taken upon themselves the job of superintending us by government rule and regulation. Sometimes their voices are louder than ours, but they are not yet a majority.
An example of that vocal superiority is evident in a controversy now going on in Washington. And since I’m involved, I’ve been waiting to hear from the parents of young America. How far are they willing to go in giving to government their prerogatives as parents?
Let me state the case as briefly and simply as I can. An organization of citizens, sincerely motivated and deeply concerned about the increase in illegitimate births and abortions involving girls well below the age of consent, sometime ago established a nationwide network of clinics to offer help to these girls and, hopefully, alleviate this situation. Now, again, let me say, I do not fault their intent. However, in their well-intentioned effort, these clinics have decided to provide advice and birth control drugs and devices to underage girls without the knowledge of their parents.
For some years now, the federal government has helped with funds to subsidize these clinics. In providing for this, the Congress decreed that every effort would be made to maximize parental participation. Nevertheless, the drugs and devices are prescribed without getting parental consent or giving notification after they’ve done so. Girls termed “sexually active”—and that has replaced the word “promiscuous”—are given this help in order to prevent illegitimate birth or abortion.
Well, we have ordered clinics receiving federal funds to notify the parents such help has been given. One of the nation’s leading newspapers has created the term “squeal rule” in editorializing against us for doing this, and we’re being criticized for violating the privacy of young people. A judge has recently granted an injunction against an enforcement of our rule. I’ve watched TV panel shows discuss this issue, seen columnists pontificating on our error, but no one seems to mention morality as playing a part in the subject of sex.
Is all of Judeo-Christian tradition wrong? Are we to believe that something so sacred can be looked upon as a purely physical thing with no potential for emotional and psychological harm? And isn’t it the parents’ right to give counsel and advice to keep their children from making mistakes that may affect their entire lives?
Many of us in government would like to know what parents think about this intrusion in their family by government. We’re going to fight in the courts. The right of parents and the rights of family take precedence over those of Washington-based bureaucrats and social engineers.
But the fight against parental notification is really only one example of many attempts to water down traditional values and even abrogate the original terms of American democracy. Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. When our Founding Fathers passed the first amendment, they sought to protect churches from government interference. They never intended to construct a wall of hostility between government and the concept of religious belief itself.
The evidence of this permeates our history and our government. The Declaration of Independence mentions the Supreme Being no less than four times. “In God We Trust” is engraved on our coinage. The Supreme Court opens its proceedings with a religious invocation. And the members of Congress open their sessions with a prayer. I just happen to believe the schoolchildren of the United States are entitled to the same privileges as Supreme Court Justices and Congressmen.
Last year, I sent the Congress a constitutional amendment to restore prayer to public schools. Already this session, there’s growing bipartisan support for the amendment, and I am calling on the Congress to act speedily to pass it and to let our children pray.
Perhaps some of you read recently about the Lubbock school case, where a judge actually ruled that it was unconstitutional for a school district to give equal treatment to religious and nonreligious student groups, even when the group meetings were being held during the students’ own time. The first amendment never intended to require government to discriminate against religious speech.
Senators Denton and Hatfield have proposed legislation in the Congress on the whole question of prohibiting discrimination against religious forms of student speech. Such legislation could go far to restore freedom of religious speech for public school students. And I hope the Congress considers these bills quickly. And with your help, I think it’s possible we could also get the constitutional amendment through the Congress this year.
More than a decade ago, a Supreme Court decision literally wiped off the books of 50 states statutes protecting the rights of unborn children. Abortion on demand now takes the lives of up to one and a half million unborn children a year. Human life legislation ending this tragedy will some day pass the Congress, and you and I must never rest until it does. Unless and until it can be proven that the unborn child is not a living entity, then its right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must be protected.
You may remember that when abortion on demand began, many, and, indeed, I’m sure many of you, warned that the practice would lead to a decline in respect for human life, that the philosophical premises used to justify abortion on demand would ultimately be used to justify other attacks on the sacredness of human life—infanticide or mercy killing. Tragically enough, those warnings proved all too true. Only last year a court permitted the death by starvation of a handicapped infant.
I have directed the Health and Human Services Department to make clear to every health care facility in the United States that the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects all handicapped persons against discrimination based on handicaps, including infants. And we have taken the further step of requiring that each and every recipient of federal funds who provides health care services to infants must post and keep posted in a conspicuous place a notice stating that “discriminatory failure to feed and care for handicapped infants in this facility is prohibited by federal law.” It also lists a 24-hour, toll-free number so that nurses and others may report violations in time to save the infant’s life.
In addition, recent legislation introduced in the Congress by Representative Henry Hyde of Illinois not only increases restrictions on publicly financed abortions, it also addresses this whole problem of infanticide. I urge the Congress to begin hearings and to adopt legislation that will protect the right of life to all children, including the disabled or handicapped.
Now, I’m sure that you must get discouraged at times, but you’ve done better than you know, perhaps. There’s a great spiritual awakening in America, a renewal of the traditional values that have been the bedrock of America’s goodness and greatness.
One recent survey by a Washington-based research council concluded that Americans were far more religious than the people of other nations; 95 percent of those surveyed expressed a belief in God and a huge majority believed the Ten Commandments had real meaning in their lives. And another study has found that an overwhelming majority of Americans disapprove of adultery, teenage sex, pornography, abortion, and hard drugs. And this same study showed a deep reverence for the importance of family ties and religious belief.
I think the items that we’ve discussed here today must be a key part of the nation’s political agenda. For the first time the Congress is openly and seriously debating and dealing with the prayer and abortion issues—and that’s enormous progress right there. I repeat: America is in the midst of a spiritual awakening and a moral renewal. And with your biblical keynote, I say today, “Yes, let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.”
Now, obviously, much of this new political and social consensus I’ve talked about is based on a positive view of American history, one that takes pride in our country’s accomplishments and record. But we must never forget that no government schemes are going to perfect man. We know that living in this world means dealing with what philosophers would call the phenomenology of evil or, as theologians would put it, the doctrine of sin.
There is sin and evil in the world, and we’re enjoined by Scripture and the Lord Jesus to oppose it with all our might. Our nation, too, has a legacy of evil with which it must deal. The glory of this land has been its capacity for transcending the moral evils of our past. For example, the long struggle of minority citizens for equal rights, once a source of disunity and civil war, is now a point of pride for all Americans. We must never go back. There is no room for racism, anti-Semitism, or other forms of ethnic and racial hatred in this country.
I know that you’ve been horrified, as have I, by the resurgence of some hate groups preaching bigotry and prejudice. Use the mighty voice of your pulpits and the powerful standing of your churches to denounce and isolate these hate groups in our midst. The commandment given us is clear and simple: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
But whatever sad episodes exist in our past, any objective observer must hold a positive view of American history, a history that has been the story of hopes fulfilled and dreams made into reality. Especially in this century, America has kept alight the torch of freedom, but not just for ourselves but for millions of others around the world.
And this brings me to my final point today. During my first press conference as President, in answer to a direct question, I pointed out that, as good Marxist-Leninists, the Soviet leaders have openly and publicly declared that the only morality they recognize is that which will further their cause, which is world revolution. I think I should point out I was only quoting Lenin, their guiding spirit, who said in 1920 that they repudiate all morality that proceeds from supernatural ideas—that’s their name for religion—or ideas that are outside class conceptions. Morality is entirely subordinate to the interests of class war. And everything is moral that is necessary for the annihilation of the old, exploiting social order and for uniting the proletariat.
Well, I think the refusal of many influential people to accept this elementary fact of Soviet doctrine illustrates an historical reluctance to see totalitarian powers for what they are. We saw this phenomenon in the 1930s. We see it too often today.
This doesn’t mean we should isolate ourselves and refuse to seek an understanding with them. I intend to do everything I can to persuade them of our peaceful intent, to remind them that it was the West that refused to use its nuclear monopoly in the forties and fifties for territorial gain and which now proposes 50-percent cut in strategic ballistic missiles and the elimination of an entire class of land-based, intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
At the same time, however, they must be made to understand we will never compromise our principles and standards. We will never give away our freedom. We will never abandon our belief in God. And we will never stop searching for a genuine peace. But we can assure none of these things America stands for through the so-called nuclear freeze solutions proposed by some.
The truth is that a freeze now would be a very dangerous fraud, for that is merely the illusion of peace. The reality is that we must find peace through strength.
I would agree to a freeze if only we could freeze the Soviets’ global desires. A freeze at current levels of weapons would remove any incentive for the Soviets to negotiate seriously in Geneva and virtually end our chances to achieve the major arms reductions which we have proposed. Instead, they would achieve their objectives through the freeze.
A freeze would reward the Soviet Union for its enormous and unparalleled military buildup. It would prevent the essential and long overdue modernization of United States and allied defenses and would leave our aging forces increasingly vulnerable. And an honest freeze would require extensive prior negotiations on the systems and numbers to be limited and on the measures to ensure effective verification and compliance. And the kind of a freeze that has been suggested would be virtually impossible to verify. Such a major effort would divert us completely from our current negotiations on achieving substantial reductions.
A number of years ago, I heard a young father, a very prominent young man in the entertainment world, addressing a tremendous gathering in California. It was during the time of the cold war, and communism and our own way of life were very much on people’s minds. And he was speaking to that subject. And suddenly, though, I heard him saying, “I love my little girls more than anything——” And I said to myself, “Oh, no, don’t. You can’t—don’t say that.” But I had underestimated him. He went on: “I would rather see my little girls die now, still believing in God, than have them grow up under communism and one day die no longer believing in God.”
There were thousands of young people in that audience. They came to their feet with shouts of joy. They had instantly recognized the profound truth in what he had said, with regard to the physical and the soul and what was truly important.
Yes, let us pray for the salvation of all of those who live in that totalitarian darkness—pray they will discover the joy of knowing God. But until they do, let us be aware that while they preach the supremacy of the state, declare its omnipotence over individual man, and predict its eventual domination of all peoples on the Earth, they are the focus of evil in the modern world.
It was C.S. Lewis who, in his unforgettable “Screwtape Letters,” wrote: “The greatest evil is not done now in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is not even done in concentration camps and labor camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried and minuted) in clear, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice.”
Well, because these “quiet men” do not “raise their voices,” because they sometimes speak in soothing tones of brotherhood and peace, because, like other dictators before them, they’re always making “their final territorial demand,” some would have us accept them at their word and accommodate ourselves to their aggressive impulses. But if history teaches anything, it teaches that simple-minded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly. It means the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom.
So, I urge you to speak out against those who would place the United States in a position of military and moral inferiority. You know, I’ve always believed that old Screwtape reserved his best efforts for those of you in the church. So, in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride—the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.
I ask you to resist the attempts of those who would have you withhold your support for our efforts, this administration’s efforts, to keep America strong and free, while we negotiate real and verifiable reductions in the world’s nuclear arsenals and one day, with God’s help, their total elimination.
While America’s military strength is important, let me add here that I’ve always maintained that the struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.
Whittaker Chambers, the man whose own religious conversion made him a witness to one of the terrible traumas of our time, the Hiss-Chambers case, wrote that the crisis of the Western World exists to the degree in which the West is indifferent to God, the degree to which it collaborates in communism’s attempt to make man stand alone without God. And then he said, for Marxism-Leninism is actually the second oldest faith, first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden with the words of temptation, “Ye shall be as gods.”
The Western World can answer this challenge, he wrote, “but only provided that its faith in God and the freedom He enjoins is as great as communism’s faith in Man.”
I believe we shall rise to the challenge. I believe that communism is another sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages even now are being written. I believe this because the source of our strength in the quest for human freedom is not material, but spiritual. And because it knows no limitation, it must terrify and ultimately triumph over those who would enslave their fellow man. For in the words of Isaiah: “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increased strength. . . . But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary. . . .”
Yes, change your world. One of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine, said, “We have it within our power to begin the world over again.” We can do it, doing together what no one church could do by itself.
God bless you, and thank you very much.