Hat Tip: BB
Britain is lost.
Hat Tip: BB
Britain is lost.
By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings
Most folks remember the scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the ancient knight guarding the Holy Grail for centuries; but which cup was the real Holy Grail and which were imposters?
Donovan, the character representing NAZI domination, drank from an ornate golden chalice thinking he’d receive extraordinary powers reserved from On High only to find he’d taken destruction upon himself.
“He chose…poorly,” the wise Templar Knight remarked.
A strange thought to ramble through my mind as I prepare for our next Independence Day, wouldn’t you say?
I find little if anything to raise my spirits regarding America’s path, at least as they pertain to the future of our once great republic. Feelings of dread and foreboding place dark shadows on our future as I consider the path we’re now on, a path which leads toward totalitarian captivity rather than individual liberty.
In the year 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville, the famous French historian, came to our country at the request of the French government to study our penal institutions. He also made a close study of our political and social institutions. In less than ten years, de Tocqueville had become world-famous, as the result of the four-volume work that he wrote, entitled Democracy in America. Here is his own stirring explanation of the greatness of America:
“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
But we are still free to choose our path, are we not? The ability to decide to obey the commandments of the Lord or to follow the great deceiver; isn’t that the ultimate test? We can abide by the Plan of Happiness or follow our carnal desires; after all, the natural man is and always has been at odds with God.
In the Book of Mormon we are told of a promise, a promise which applied to the early inhabitants of this land as well as in our day:
“Wherefore, this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring. And if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever.”
When I contemplate the course America is on, this particular scripture haunts my mind. An unsettling thought as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day and what our founding documents had to say regarding our reasons for separation.
Consider the list of acts which brought about separation from King George, those listed within the text of the Declaration of Independence, are we not making a similar list of offenses our government has inflicted upon We The People in our day, acts which would lend a reasonable person to believe his/her government is not acting in his/her best interests?
He (King George) has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
How many Executive Orders have been used to bypass Congress in order to bring about Obama’s imposed agenda? How many Czars have been put in place, Czars who don’t require approval by the Senate? What about using the EPA or Homeland Security to impose Obama’s agenda rather than requiring Congress to pass laws intended to bring about such change?
He (King George) has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
It wouldn’t be much of a step to compare Arizona’s attempts to enforce illegal immigration laws and have the federal government stepping in to block enforcement of those laws. The same could be said for states which passed laws requiring proper photo ID in order to vote or voter mandates regarding same sex marriage; or am I mistaken?
He (King George) has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
Should I mention Supreme Court Justice John Roberts may have been bullied into compliance in order to push Obamacare through? That could never happen here in America; that’s pure speculation according to the AP article.
If Texas is an example of the road America has chosen, and Texas is one of the more conservative states, then America is in deep trouble. A story by Natalie DiBlasio and Steph Solis posted on USA Today pointed to a filibuster which disrupted an attempt to scale back the war on our unborn. The proposed legislation which was thwarted would have required better management of facilities and safety measures at abortion clinics.
“Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis became an overnight social media star Tuesday as people on the Internet tuned into her all-day filibuster of an abortion bill in Austin.”
“Actor Henry Winkler tweeted at @WendyDavisTexas, telling her, “You stand for all of us who believe woman are in charge of their own bodies and destinies.” President Obama tweeted, “Something special is happening in Austin tonight.”…”’ (emphasis added)
Our nation is sharply divided on what constitutes a living being, an individual worthy of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as scrawled on a piece of parchment so many years ago. Our president stands with those in favor of late term abortions. Shouldn’t we stand up for the rights of the unborn, those who lack the ability to defend their own rights?
It’s a federal crime to destroy the egg of a Bald Eagle; but not that of a human being; doesn’t that point to a serious problem in priorities?
John Adams (upon moving into the White House), “I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.” John must be spinning in his grave watching the antics of Obama. Actually, I was looking for a completely different John Adams quote when I fell upon that last one; here’s the one that originally came to mind:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
You might want to consider how to celebrate Independence Day next Thursday as it might be our last as a constitutional republic. Thinking back to the Indiana Jones movie and the Templar Knight, what would he say about our choices? We already know the answer.
“They chose… poorly.”
Hat Tip: Judy W.
“The Innocence of Islamic Jihad” draws the picture of ongoing Jihadi activities worldwide by radical Muslims in its varied forms. It illustrates what Jihad is, what its aims and objectives are, what motivates Muslims to engage in violent Jihadi atrocities, and how it can be defeated. Here we present the trailer, and the whole movie will be released on U.S. Independence day 4th july 2013.
Obama can go to hell… We’re going to Oklahoma. 8)
By: Dave Perkins
I have always said that “justice” is not a word that can be modified without losing all of its meaning. It is a complete word in itself.
“economic justice” means redistribution of wealth for fairness as determined by some judging party.
“social justice” means redistribution of wealth for fairness as determined by some judging party.
Obviously, neither one of them is actually justice; they are both “fairness”, which is arbitrary and situational. When more people need my money, government will say I owe more, in spite of the fact that I did nothing to cause their need and have even been quite charitable in my choices. How can more be taken from me, without my agreement, if “justice” is what is being administered?
That is, precisely, unjust to ME. What I owe, I should be able to control. I choose my debt, I make my contracts and agreements, and I am the financial decision-maker in my life. But not if I submit to “economic and social justice”. They are high-sounding words for the control of my life and the fruits of my labor by someone else, on behalf of someone else, for a stated purpose which will never be achieved– namely the “leveling” of wealth distribution. Inequities will always exist (because people are constantly changing their choices and decisions in response to conditions in the economy and in their own lives), and therefore the moral argument will always be made that some will always owe more than they are paying. It is subjective, not in accordance with any actual moral rule (e.g. the biblical 10% tithe for everyone regardless of wealth). And this endless pursuit of the unachievable is a de facto endless empowerment of the judges, the arbitrators, those who decide how much you owe. It is a ticket to their unending political POWER.
The only way to return some measure of control to your own life is literally to work less and earn less, so that less will be required of you. “Going Galt”, as Rand fans say. While that is technically a decision you make, it is NOT real freedom; if you were free, you’d be free to earn as much as you can, as much as you want, and it the only person controlling your debt and obligation would be you, by your own choice. Needless to say, the idea that earning more puts a target on your back is a dampening factor, economically speaking. People WILL choose to do less, so they don’t find themselves working their lives away for the benefit of ungrateful strangers rather than themselves and their families. And this will reduce available resources for government to “do good”. It will need to respond to this fact, and the response will be, as usual, higher demands on the productive; larger targets on their backs. The downward spiral then continues.
But there is a darker possibility; Marxism famously says “from each according to his ability”, and does not include as legitimate variables “his willingness to work”, “his relative happiness” or any other factor. Only “his ability”. At a certain point, farther down the slippery slope, one can conceive of a government which gives citizens labels of ability and then demands they live up to their abilities in terms of productivity; in other words, slavery.
Justice is ancient moral law; don’t murder, don’t steal, don’t even WISH you had what the other guy has, don’t lie and defraud people, don’t violate my rights. Nothing of ancient justice includes the idea that a man owes a subjectively variable fraction of the fruits of his labor to a collective, said fraction permanently out of his control.
In fact, ownership of what you make and earn is part of ancient justice; the Commandment says “thou shalt not steal”. If collective ownership of wealth were morally valid, this commandment would simply be incoherent.
The founding fathers, in considering the language of the Declaration, hesitated and eventually demurred on “the right to life, liberty and property”, because they were concerned the pro slavery forces would point to this part and claim it justified their position, that slaves were “property”. The founders did not want to grant the pro slavery forces that small victory, so they left out a specific reference to property rights and called it “the pursuit of happiness” instead, presuming that happiness and prosperity would be understood to be linked. And they were so understood for about the first hundred years. The constitution was being written by men with Bibles in their other hands; they all understood and took for granted that human beings have the right to own the fruits of their own labors. Property.
Then came the Marxists.
“Economic and social justice” are only Marxism, only situational; in that framework, what is required of you is ALWAYS subject to change, as the relative condition of others (whom you did not put into that condition) means the demands on you are relative also. The word “justice” is a self-contained idea. Adding a modifier to it only removes its inherent meaning. But it is a powerful idea, and so it can be combined with other words and be influential in a less than fully conscious way.
That misuse of words for their subconscious influence, by the way, is known as “propaganda”.
Now i have found this at the end of a post by the Instapundit–
–Just remember “social justice” has no intrinsic meaning apart from “what we want.”–
“There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.” William Hazlitt (1778 – 1830)
By: Julia Gorin
Right Side News
Israeli Paper Wants Israel to be 100th Kosovo Recognizer as Kosovo’s Mengele Commemorates Jewish Cemetery, Nazi-unrepentant Croatia Joins E.U. on Monday.
The year 2013 will witness a twin evil—imminently. As Kosovo is finally surrendered to terrorists by the nation it gave birth to (Serbia)—entering the “family of nations”—the E.U. this Monday will welcome the never de-Nazified Croatia as its newest member. It will be the consummation of backwards Western Balkan policy of the 90s, when the fascist remnants of both Kosovo and Croatia managed to recruit not only the world to its corner but also unlikely Jewish cheerleaders. Sadly, the cheering continues—from the pages of Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz and neoconservative Weekly Standard, to the Holocaust Museum in Skokie.
The leftist Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz recently ran an opinion piece arguing that Israel must become the 100th country to recognize Kosovo statehood. For Israel’s own sake, no less.
The article, which asks Israel to lay the foundation for its own demise by supporting a precedent for its own dismemberment by separatists, was a cheap rehashing of ‘90s-born pop platitudes and myths, referencing Milosevic’s “nationalist speech” (it was quite the opposite) and describing the Albanian goal as “the national aspirations of an oppressed people [who] suffered massacres, rapes and ethnic cleansing” – every charge that’s been debunked for more than a decade now, including by Serb-hunting Hague tribunal itself. The article was replete with Pristina-Washington talking points (Pristina is the Kosovo capital): “unique case, modern-dressed girls and alcohol sold freely — no chance of Islamization.” The staff writer, Adar Primor, even cited the old, since-reduced figure of “quarter of a million” dead in the Balkan wars.
In arguing the case for a second Albanian state while Jews still struggle to hold on to just one, Primor did the usual projecting of the Albanians’ uncompromising all-or-war mentality onto the Serbian side, which for years has been offering one plan after another for unprecedented autonomy. The article also credulously quoted the notorious criminal and current prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim ‘the Snake’ Thaci giving his usual talking points in response to concerns of the worldwide domino effect whose rumblings we’re already witnessing (in Spain’s Catalonia and Basque, in Belgium’s Flanders and Wallonia, in Scotland, in Serbia’s Sandzak, Vojvodina, and Presevo, in Western Macedonia, etc): “Kosovo is a unique case and, as a result, its independence doesn’t set any precedent. On the contrary; its freedom will be a cornerstone of stability for the Balkans, which will enter an era of cooperation and peace.” Primor goes on to write, “From the perspective of five years hence, it’s clear: Thaci was right….”
Because a mere five years provides all the hindsight one needs? Five years, incidentally, during which the international overseers are still there and so Kosovo is still on good behavior compared to what observers (and Kosovo’s non-Albanian minorities) are bracing for once the high-minded reformers leave. And that’s if you don’t count a pogrom of the dead that started the year off, with Albanians digging up bodies throughout Kosovo and scattering the remains as they celebrated five years of ‘independence.’)
It’s true that last month Pristina dedicated a monument at a Jewish cemetery honoring Kosovo Jews who died in the Holocaust and the Albanians who saved Jews. But one is left speechless at a Holocaust dedication by Thaci who, a Council of Europe investigation found, presided over human vivisection in an murder-for-organ-trafficking racket to fund his Kosovo “Liberation” Army—crimes which have been widely compared to those of infamous Nazi doctor-experimenter Josef Mengele. That’s in addition to the irony of cemetery-destroying Albanians honoring a cemetery to begin with.
At the dedication, the Israeli ambassador said the plaque also “expresses gratitude for the renewal of Jewish life in Kosovo, including the maintenance of the cemetery.” This is the same cemetery that had been grown-over and unrecognizable as such for years until Kosovo’s race for recognitions was on, at which point a group of students from the Dartmouth College Hillel was recruited to clean it up in June 2011. It’s the same cemetery that—after the naïve students’ unwitting PR job was done–was desecrated just five months later with swastikas and “Jews Out.”
Mark Froemke is a Minnesota/North Dakota Communist Party USA member and has been President of the Western Area Labor Council (AFL-CIO), which represents union members in 11 North Dakota counties and 7 Minnesota counties.
Froemke represents the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union, AFL-CIO. He spent 22 years in the sugar beet industry in the factory in East Grant Forks, Minnesota.
Mark Froemke actively campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008 and has been a strong advocate for Obamacare.
AFL-CIO delegates from Minnesota unions were enthused by President Obama’s speech to the labor federation’s national convention in September 2009.
“Obama has reached out to labor – and now union members must respond,” said Mark Froemke, a member of the Grain Millers union and delegate from the Western Area Labor Council in Crookston.
“It’s for us in the unions to push hard to make sure the public option (for health care) is there in the end,” he said.
Minnesotans were well-represented at the June 25, 2009 Washington, D.C. rally for health care reform. Among the union members urging Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tim Walz and Rep. Collin Peterson to support health care reform that will “offer quality affordable health care to America now” were: Linda Slattengren, President of MNA; Laura Askelin, President of SE MN ALC and Mark Froemke, President of the Western Minnesota ALC.
By: Trevor Loudon
In his latest message to the Party faithful: “Ingredients for a movement that can transform our country,” Webb outlined Communist Party objectives for the near future.
Speaking of the broad “progressive” alliance with the Communist Party at its center Webb said:
Contrary to what some on the left think, the starting point of transformative politics isn’t political desires and wish list, but a sober and concrete assessment of the balance of class and social forces on the ground, not least of which is the political consciousness of the majority of working-class people and what they are ready to fight for.
How do we accelerate this transition from a movement with transformative potential to a movement with transformative power and capacity?
…a movement with transformative hopes must be up to its ears in the struggle for jobs, a higher minimum wage, immigration reform, gun control, infrastructure renewal, abortion rights, protecting the climate, preserving earned-benefit programs, marriage equality, voting rights, saving public education, reversing the sequester, winning a federal budget favoring people’s needs, cutting the military budget, and many more issues at the federal, state and local level.
It should also be an energetic part of the struggle to give the Republican Party a licking in next year’s congressional elections. Defeating right-wing extremist candidates is the key link in moving the whole chain of struggle forward. It will take an expansive coalition of voters, including independents, centrists and even some moderate Republicans.
To some on the far left, even the Democrats seem too moderate, but the Communist Party understands that victory is impossible without using the Dems (at least temporarily) to push their agenda.
...the Democratic Party has been a necessary, albeit inconsistent, component (at this stage of struggle) of the broad “small d” democratic coalition blocking the imposition of some of the worst features of the extreme right’s agenda, not to mention its more ambitious effort to gain unchallenged dominance over the federal government, thereby enabling the right to impose an authoritarian and austere form of capitalism on the American people.
Moreover, since 2008 the Obama administration has advanced many positive reform initiatives which the movement would be foolish not to welcome and support – the latest of which is the administration’s efforts to curb carbon emissions.
Finally, the mass base of the Democratic Party includes major sections of the people’s movement and a substantial layer of progressive elected representatives who, while not completely happy with the centrist positions of its top leaders, are still not ready to bid goodbye and join a new political/electoral party.
In these circumstances, it would be foolhardy to refuse in advance to cooperate with the Democratic Party as a whole or sections of it under any conditions. That would be a prescription for marginalization.
This lesson should not be lost on the Tea Party, which should seek to be to the GOP what the Communists are to the Democrats.
The Communists understand that they should not abandon the Democrats to pursue a more pure Marxist-Leninist agenda. Using the Democrats may be frustrating, but it magnifies communist influence exponentially. One day it may be opportune to found a new broad based leftist party – but not now.
Likewise the Tea Party should not be abandoning the GOP right now, but should be aggressively and overtly taking it over. The Communist Party, a few thousand strong at most, can effectively dictate terms to the Democrats in many areas of the country. Nationally, Democrat policy is actually now mostly Communist Party policy.
Learn from the enemy my patriotic friends. Don’t marginalize yourself, or your opponents will surely win.
Use the GOP to advance YOUR agenda. Success is not guaranteed if you do, but failure is guaranteed if you do not.
And there’s a lot more of you, than there is of them.