Archive for July, 2012

America’s Malaise Is BACK!
The Misery Index Is Rising
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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The dictionary defines malaise as: “an indefinite feeling of debility or lack of health often indicative of, or accompanying the onset of, an illness … .”

Malaise in an individual is bad. Malaise in a nation can be fatal.

America is currently mired in the worst case of malaise in my lifetime.

I’ve been around since FDR was President. I have experienced American national malaise twice in my lifetime. Both times it was during the administrations of Democratic Party Presidents.

The first case of American malaise (in my lifetime) was under the administration of the 39th President of the United States — Jimmy Carter. It was BAD.

I was trying to run a business — and it was pure hell. All business could do was hunker down and wait for a flicker of light at the end of that very long and very dark tunnel.

When it came, it was not a flicker — it was a sunburst by the name of Ronald Reagan.

America came roaring out of her national depression and raced back to the to the top — turning on all the lights as they went — illuminating “the shining city on a hill.”

Now, under the Obama administration (another Democratic Party President) here we are — in an even deeper national depression — or malaise — than we were even under Jimmy Carter. This time — there is no Ronald Reagan waiting in the wings. In my opinion THAT is why THIS malaise is even deeper than Carter’s. We just don’t see the promise in Mitt Romney that we saw in Ronald Reagan.

Having said that, allow me to say that it is not Romney’s fault. NOBODY can live up to Reagan. And no one can come anywhere near matching the legend of Reagan. Reagan was one of a kind. We will likely never see another Ronald Reagan — and THAT, I believe is adding to the depth of our national malaise.

Understand: national malaise is what happens to people when they are saddled with socialism. THIS is IT. And it only gets worse until socialism is thrown off and people can breath free again.

Let me be clear. Liberalism is one thing. Socialism is entirely another — and what we have in the Oval Office in Washington, DC is a socialist President with a socialist agenda and a socialist Democratic Party in charge of the US Senate, which is hell bent on destroying America. Period!

To top if all off, if we don’t catch a break, we’re going to have a socialist Supreme Court — very soon — and THAT will be the end of America.

Any day now, I expect to awaken and find women with babushkas covering their heads glumly sweeping the streets of the silent cities of America. (If you didn’t get this — think 1950’s Soviet Socialist Russia … or just Google it.)

There is a sense of impending doom in America. The expectation that Obama will somehow pull a rabbit out of his hat and win a second term as America’s President has blunted the enthusiasm and the energy of America’s right. No. There is no joy in Mudville.

Look around, dear reader. THIS is what you get when you elect a socialist to lead a capitalist nation. THIS is what you get when you elect socialists to Congress. And don’t kid yourself, Obama and his cadre of communists have only begun! Given a second term he WILL finish the job. He WILL take America to the outhouse of history.

Eighty-six percent of Americans do not believe their children will have a better life in America than they. That bit of earth shaking info came recently from one of America’s leading polling companies. I believe it.

Try as they might, Americans cannot see a clear path, an optimistic path, into the future for their children. They know that, no matter what happens November 6th, their kids are already saddled with crushing debt that will smother their future and short circuit their plans for a happy, prosperous, life for themselves and their families.

Like the mercury in a thermometer held near a flame the “Misery Index” continues to rush upward as Obama’s socialist government binds Americans ever tighter to central oversight of every facet of American life.

There is not a moment of the day that Americans can feel truly alone. We are monitored twenty-four hours a day by the government — for our safety and security, of course. If you believe that lie, I have a bridge — on sale this week.

For America to survive it is imperative that we take back the government from those who intend the destruction of the republic. Make no mistake about it — that is exactly their agenda.

Mitt Romney is not Ronald Reagan, but he has made himself available and offered his business experience to, at least, get America back on track again.

America’s Malaise Is BACK! It is a given that no one president can undo the damage the Obama Administration has wrought on America. THAT will take generations. I have concluded, in the past few weeks, that Romney can do three things. He can replace Obama in the Oval Office — he can slow America’s slide into oblivion — and he can prepare the foundation upon which our recovery must be built over the coming decades.

If Providence smiles on America and Romney wins, understand, it will be a long, difficult, journey back. Some Americans do not believe just how close to disaster and complete collapse the country is today. Rescuing America will require a massive effort over many decades. Yes, we are THAT close to disaster.

Watching Romney stand before the people of Israel, last weekend, and observing the connection between the Israeli people, the leaders of Israel, and Romney, it was clear that in THIS election the choice for America is clear and definitive. To SAVE America, and to RESTORE America, electing Romney is absolutely crucial.

On November 6th the choices for America are clear: Romney — or — Destruction.

J. D. Longstreet

“Common Sense” Gun Control Laws?
“Reasonable” Gun Control Laws?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
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First allow me to try and clear something up.

The Second Amendment does not grant US citizens the right to own and bear arms. It recognizes that right, already granted by God, and makes darn sure the government KNOWS they (the government) cannot tamper with it.

Problems is — modern government is not nearly as smart as those first American politicians (though they THINK they are) and modern politicians are hell-bent on subjecting every American to the yoke of government — just like the government burden of King George from which our forefathers went to war to free us.

Whenever a left-wing, liberal/progressive politician begins to speak of “common sense” gun regulation, there is a near audible gasp from Americans coast to coast. The reason? Common sense is in extremely short supply among the political practitioners of the political left. It is one of the characteristics that marks them, sets them apart, sanctifies them, for the world to recognize. There simply is NO COMMON SENSE amongst them.

When they use “common sense’ and “reasonable” in referring to gun control laws then you know it is time to hide your guns (as many Americans are busily doing today).

“Reasonable,” to the political left, is defined as: agreeing — totally — with them. Period.

One shudders when the left raises the suggestion of common sense gun control laws.

Immediately one is wary because clear thinking Americans, that is to say — those American who actually think with their minds and judgment unclouded by the emotions of the political left — already know that no gun control laws are needed in the first place.

Try as I might, I simply cannot get a grasp on the left’s definition of common sense. So little of it is displayed by them, that it is difficult to form an opinion based on the left’s context.

However, judging from their overall performance one would have to say, I believe, that common sense to the left, simply means allowing the government, which they believe is far superior to the individual, to control one’s life from cradle to grave — and — that would include making sure we don’t hurt ourselves with our guns.

Yeah, I know. In sensibility it ranks right up there with a mother demanding that her child go nowhere near the water until he learns to swim. But then, who among us, other than those on the political left, think sensibility had any part in the major screw-ups the left has given this country down through the decades?

“Oh, but their intentions were good!” Right! And the road to Hell is paved with them. Plus — the patchwork on that road is made from “unintended consequences.”

Look. Any sensible human being inherently knows that taking guns away from people will not stop people from killing other people. There are lots of other weapons available for dispatching one’s fellowman. If one is not readily available for you — you simply produce your own.

You may recall that in the event that took three thousand American lives on 9-11 not a single firearm was employed — not one.

In some cases not even gun powder is required — as in the Oklahoma City domestic terrorist attack.

Do you realize that a good crossbow can put a bolt into the engine block of an automobile? And they are deadly accurate. Is that not a powerful enough weapon?

The point is — Americans are going to be armed — period.

Of course when one bothers to clear some of the smoke from the hot air surrounding the debate one quickly learns that common sense gun control is not about protecting the American citizens from other American citizens, it is about protecting the American GOVERNMENT from American citizens who, finally, having had enough, MIGHT (one day) decide to dump them and replace them with a truly constitutional government. THAT is what they are afraid of. THAT and THAT alone.

I fear that with an Obama 2.0 America is going to get gun control. So far as I am concerned — that is a given. Obama’s henchmen have, I feel certain, ascertained how to use Presidential Executive Orders to saddle the American people with gun control. I believe it as surely as I believe the sun will rise in the morning. (Actually, I believe in Obama’s power-grab more than I believe in tomorrow’s sunrise!)

At this point, one has to wonder how Obama’s Civilian National Security Force is coming along. I ask because — it is they who will be charged with the confiscation of America’s guns. Too many members of the US military, you see, take their oath to protect the constitution seriously, and the same applies to police officers across America. For that reason Obama cannot rely upon them to snatch their neighbor’s weapons.

As I observe the power plays going on in our nations’ seat of government — and — as their agenda becomes more and more apparent, I find that I am beginning to FINALLY understand the French Revolution for the first time. (Look it up. You’ll understand.)

And, finally, I believe I am beginning to understand what motivated Samuel Adams, (John Adams’ second cousin) one of this republic’s founders.

America is quickly approaching a decision point at which American citizens are going to have to decide between slavery to the state and maintaining their freedom and the republic. What will you do? What will you decide?

I suggest you begin thinking, seriously, about that before you are blind-sided when your door is kicked-in at 3 o’clock one morning in the not too distant future.

J. D. Longstreet

Obama’s Green “Investments” Drown In Red Ink

Sacrificing taxpayer dollars on the altar of green ideology is destroying our economy

Deroy Murdock

“We’ll invest $15 billion a year over the next decade in renewable energy, creating five million new green jobs that pay well, can’t be outsourced, and help end our dependence on foreign oil,” candidate Barack Obama pledged in a November 1, 2008 radio address.

Three years and eight months later, as unemployment has exceeded 8 percent for 41 straight months, Obama seems incapable of keeping this promise. With the worst employment figures since at least 1948, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ started measuring them, Obama has made a dog’s breakfast of jobs – green and otherwise.

Consider three key Department of Energy programs. DOE’s website boasts that its “clean energy” initiatives – dubbed 1703, 1705, and Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) – loaned $34.7 billion and launched “nearly 60,000” jobs. This totals a staggering $578,333 per position.

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, private employers pay average workers $62,757 in wages and benefits. So, Obama is “creating jobs” at 922 percent of the private sector’s cost. Thus, for every green job that Obama supposedly spawns with taxpayer dollars and borrowed Chinese money, private enterprises could hire nine people.

Obama touts green-energy “investments,” even though this is not Obama’s money to invest. Rather than choose winners and losers, which would be bad enough, Team Obama picks losers. It subsidized at least ten “clean” companies that went kaput.

• Abound Solar consumed $70 million of its $400 million Energy Department loan guarantee. The Loveland, Colorado-based company blamed Chinese subsidy payments and European subsidy cuts for falling prices in its thin-film-panel sector. On July 2, Abound Solar filed for Chapter 7 liquidation and prepared to lock shop and fire its 125 employees.

• Solar Trust envisioned Earth’s largest solar-power plant. DOE enthusiastically offered it a $2.1 billion loan guarantee in April 2011, provided that it raised private capital. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar attended the company’s Blythe, California groundbreaking and hailed “a historic moment in America’s new energy frontier.” Solar Trust missed DOE’s benchmarks, however, and announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy last April 2.

• Energy Conversion Devices, a solar-laminate supplier, received a $13.3 million Stimulus tax credit in January 2010 to update its Auburn Hills, Michigan factory and hire some 600 people. ECD pleaded Chapter 11 bankruptcy last Valentine’s Day.

• Ener1 received a $118.5 million DOE Stimulus grant in August 2009. Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Greenfield, Indiana to tour Ener1 on January 26, 2011. “Here at Ener1,” Biden said, “we’re going to harness electricity and bring it to the world, like Edison did more than a century ago.” The electric-car battery company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last January 26, exactly one year after Biden’s visit.

• Aptera Motors aspired to build three-wheel electric cars. DOE offered it a $150 million ATVM loan, conditioned upon Aptera’s raising $150 million in non-government capital. Aptera never convinced private investors to finance glorified tricycles. So, last December 2, CEO Paul Wilber stated: “After years of focused effort to bring our products to the market, Aptera Motors is closing its doors, effective today.”

• Massachusetts-based Beacon Power Corp. received a $43 million loan guarantee in October 2010 – DOE’s second such subsidy. The energy-storage concern declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on October 30, 2011.

• Solyndra, the most notorious of Obama’s green-energy baubles, filed for bankruptcy on August 31, 2011. Taxpayers are liable for this solar-panel maker’s $535 million in loan guarantees – the first that DOE made under Obama.

In death, Solyndra has proved to be anything but green. As San Francisco’s KCBS-TV reported last April, Solyndra’s Milpitas, California facility features metal drums marked “Hazardous Waste.” Cadmium, lead, unidentified black chemicals, and other toxins haunt the premises. A company called iStar said it would remove these poisons — as soon as Solyndra pays its bills.

Solyndra also discarded still-valuable solar-panel components, even though selling them could have generated capital to reimburse it creditors, including America’s taxpayers.

• In June 2009, SpectraWatt scored a $500,000 grant from the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory PV Technology Pre-Incubator program and $150,000 from the National Science Foundation in June 2010. Facing stiff Chinese competition, this solar-cell manufacturer closed its Hopewell Junction, New York factory and dismissed all of its 117 workers in April 2011. SpectraWatt filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on August 19, 2011.

• Raser Technologies received a $33 million Treasury Department Stimulus grant in February 2010. As its dreams of a geothermal plant in Beaver County, Utah turned to steam, its payroll subsequently evaporated from 42 workers to 27 to 10. Raser declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April 2011.

• Despite Mountain Plaza, Inc.’s 2003 bankruptcy, the EPA decided to inject $424,000 in Stimulus funds for that Tennessee company’s “truck-stop electrification” technology. Nonetheless, Mountain Plaza again went bankrupt on June 3, 2010. EPA officially awarded those funds 12 days later, despite Mountain Plaza’s insolvency and a related lawsuit.

These doomed projects alone devoured $3.4 billion in taxpayer funds and commitments.

Rather than slam Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital – which deployed private capital behind Staples, Sports Authority, and other still-thriving corporations – President Obama should beg taxpayers’ forgiveness for pouring their hard-earned cash down at least ten “green” rat holes.

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New York commentator Deroy Murdock is a Fox News Contributor, a nationally syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service, and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. This column was originally published by National Review Online in July 2012.

The Middle East Horror Show
By Alan Caruba

As of Wednesday the news out of the Middle East is that naval fleets in the Mediterranean and armed forces from Russian, Western and Arab nations were, according to Debka File, “piling up on Syrian borders.”

The Russians are aligned with Syria which also has Iranian support as a satellite state intent on keeping Bashar al-Assad in charge. In the UN, the Chinese, too, have vetoed measures to contain the Syrian leadership. The Obama administration has rather belatedly discovered how useless the UN is.

It is yet another Middle East horror show as the greater and lesser powers struggle to contain it.

There’s always a price to pay for making bad choices. The cliché is that we learn from our mistakes, but as often as not we forget them and repeat them. I got to thinking about this as I watched the murderous mess occurring in Syria, the natural extension of the popular movements that overthrew despots in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt; movements fostered by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Lest anyone assume we are watching democracy in action, a yearning of the Muslim masses to achieve the freedoms Americans and others in the West enjoy, it would be well to take into consideration the general culture of the Arab world and to understand that “Muslim democracy” is as great an oxymoron and “Capitalist communism.”

Nothing about Islam suggests democracy and only Turkey managed to install democratic governance by virtue of maintaining a secular state—backed by the military—that kept Islam separate from government. Ironically, the Baathist—Socialist—Parties in Iraq under Saddam Hussein and in Syria under the Assad family, father and son, did the same thing.

In Egypt under the control of a succession of military dictators from Nasser to Mubarack, all dealt with the militant Muslim Brotherhood by jailing its leaders and making it unsafe to be too Islamist.

Lebanon was considered the jewel of the Mediterranean and enjoyed years of peaceful government by creating a coalition between its Christian and Muslim populations. Then the Palestinians came along to initiate civil wars. Syria, that always coveted Lebanon, sent troops to “maintain the peace” until the Lebanese rose up in a peaceful revolt and forced them out.

What was left, however, was the Palestinian Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy that remains in control in Lebanon. Now the big question is whether the chemical arsenal that Saddam parked in Syria will be used against Israel or against the Syrians trying to drive out the ruling Assad-Alawite clan.

The two times that Americans chose an extremely liberal President, Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s and Barack Obama in 2008, they made a hash of Middle Eastern policy. Carter abandoned the Shah of Iran. Obama famously bowed to the Saudi king, and has belatedly expressed support for the Iranians who fill the streets of Tehran to protest the dictatorship of the ayatollahs. In a similar fashion he was late to the party regarding events in Libya, Egypt, and now Syria.

Contrast this with George H.W. Bush who put together a coalition to force Saddam out of Kuwait in 1990 and his son, George W. Bush, who did the same to overthrow him in 2003 following a swift response to 9/11 when he rendered as much punishment as possible to al Qaeda in Afghanistan. In both cases, their instincts were good, but Bush43 made the mistake of staying on.

The result in Afghanistan and Iraq was a predictable Arab-Muslim response that continues to play out to present times as Sunnis and Shiites do their best to kill one another in order control oil wealth and other income streams. These are largely tribal wars using Islam as their justification though they also demonstrate al Qaeda’s intention to exploit the conflicts in its own interest. In Iraq today, the bombs are still going off, most recently killing more than a hundred victims.

President Obama has proved to be pro-Muslim and extremely risk-averse. He campaigned against both wars in Afghanistan and Iraq because, it must be said, most Americans wanted their troops out of these places and with good cause. Killing bin Laden was a no-brainer, albeit risky. He quickly claimed all the credit for nearly a decade’s effort of his predecessor to find him though he made no mention of it.

The Wall Street Journal in an editorial, “Obama’s Syrian Education”, noted that “It only took 17 months, and multiple Russian and Chinese vetoes, but the Obama administration has finally concluded that the United Nations has failed on Syria.”

The UN is a legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and World War Two. It was fashioned largely by the communists in his and Truman’s administration. There has been little peace in the world since it was established and it has been a huge failure in too many ways to enumerate. It is a cesspool of corruption and the epicenter of the effort to impose a global government.

Obama’s economic policies, largely based on dispensing taxpayer’s money to unions, campaign fund bundlers, and ignoring any steps to address unemployment and other ills, are sufficient reason to throw him out of office in November. His foreign policies have been a disastrous succession of missteps regarding Russia, China, the Middle East, and everywhere else.

The larger war being fought these days is the Islamic assault on the West and it is not likely to end until the military strength of the U.S. is used with precision to punish Iran, the main exporter of terrorism. Or Israel will be forced to take action.

Nations, like individuals, do what they can to avoid conflict. It is costly in treasure and lives, but if history is any guide, it is also necessary, whether it is preemptive or in response to aggression. We have a President who has been Muslim-friendly all of his life—if not in fact a Muslim—and that bodes ill, especially for Israel, our only democratic ally in the Middle East, and for the outcome of the present Syrian civil war.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

Racial Tension Ramping Up In America
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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It’s not pleasant to bring up a subject seemingly NO ONE wants to talk about. It’s even more unpleasant when you know you are opening yourself up to accusations of the filthiest kind.

So — here goes.

America has a race problem. It is a problem that may be about to erupt into nationwide violence. In fact, some believe it has already begun.

The “War on Poverty,” it appears, may be about to morph into a real shooting war.

I am seeing report after report, on the Internet, concerning the sky rocketing rise of black on white crime and yes, black on black crime, as well. But, most horrible is the black mob violence which is becoming so prevalent that even the Mainstream Media is ALMOST forced to report it. Notice: I said “ALMOST.”

There are the so-called black “flash mobs,” the “rob mobs” and, of course, the old stand-by — the out and out “riot.”

Thing is — it’s happening all across the US. This time, thankfully, my “South” will not bear the brunt of the criticism from the “Limousine liberals,” the “Guilt-Trip Lefties,” and the “Poverty Pimps.” But then, they have heaped defamation on us Southrons for so long they may just feel compelled to continue.

News reports bear out the fact that this black mob violence is nearing — if it has not already reached — epidemic proportions. But, there are two things I’d like to point out.

First, the geography of the mob violence and the MsM’s self-censoring their reports so as not to make mention that the individuals constituting the mobs are almost exclusively black.

As an example, earlier this month as Americans tried to celebrate Independence Day, black violence broke out in Georgia, Florida, Ohio, California, Texas and Illinois.

It is reported by WND that on Independence day Chris Rock tweeted the following: “Happy white peoples Independence Day.” He continued his tweet by saying: “The slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks.” SOURCE: http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/racial-violence-explodes-in-3-states/

Rock, born in Andrews, South Carolina, is a native “Sandlapper” — the same as “yours truly.” Mr. Rock is a great disappointment to me, personally. I will not weary you with my “responsibility lecture,” — at least not at this point. But I must mention that Rock was raised, according to his biography, in Brooklyn, NY.

In an editor’s note on a piece written by Colin Flaherty entitled: “Black mobs now have soundtrack for violence” from WND (formerly known as World Net Daily) the editor says the following: “Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of sky rocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.” SOURCE: http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/the-soundtracks-of-racial-violence/http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/the-soundtracks-of-racial-violence/

WND has published a number of reports on this growing problem in America. Here is a list of some of them you might want to check out for yourself:

Blogger: Why don’t blacks behave?

Judge to black perps: What are you doing with your lives?

Black mobs terrorize 1 of ‘whitest big cities’

Black mob … in the Hamptons?

Racial violence explodes in more states

Black mobs now beating Jews in New York

Black mob violence hits Nordstrom

Chicago’s unreported race war

Black expo ‘inescapably tied’ to race violence

Black-on-white link found in Minneapolis violence

Call for crackdown on black-on-white terror

‘Boredom’ proves to be triger for ‘flash mobs’

If you navigate over to: http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/the-soundtracks-of-racial-violence/http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/the-soundtracks-of-racial-violence/ and scroll down the page you will find hot links to each of these articles. Be prepared for bone-chilling fare as you read them.

The report(s) from Mr. Flaherty is/are, indeed, chilling, but, I hasten to add, important because it now appears the undercurrent of rage in the black community of America is forcing its way to the surface and we may be receiving a tiny foretaste of a nationwide tsunami of black on white crime many believe will be unleashed on America if Obama loses to Romney in November.

Now it has been said. The paragraph above expresses the whispered rumor circulating within America’s white community for months now.

These are truly perilous times in America. Nerves are on edge. Patience has worn extremely thin — in both the black and white communities — and if cooler heads don’t, somehow, prevail, a bloodbath will ensue in the streets of America.

Can anyone doubt there are elements in both the black and white communities that would like nothing less than a race war in America.

God help us should such a devastating orgy of blood lust occur. No matter what you may have heard, read, or been told, there can be no winner in such a conflict. Let there be no doubt America’s black community would be decimated. If there is any lingering doubt about the outcome of such a racial insurrection in America one only has to refer to the history of the Native Americans.

We cannot know, at this point, if the dye has been cast. If the Mainstream Media was doing its job, we all would be better informed and it is possible a national racial confrontation could be avoided.

If they remain silent and America is blind-sided by a national tide of black on white crime, once the white community shakes off its shock and surprise, unfortunately, reprisals will be the order of the day. And it will be a national nightmare.

To deny racism exists in both the black and the white communities of America is to deny breathing. Denial does absolutely nothing to solve or, at least, contain the problem.

It is past time for those in the mainstream media — and those of us who subscribe to their products — to demand the editors and news directors report the news of the racial unrest fully and completely. Believe it or not, it actually IS one of those things we have a right to know.

J. D. Longstreet

Now It Is Change And Hope
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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If there is anything quite as pathetic looking as a democrat after having been taken to the woodshed by either the President, or their party, I honestly don’t know what it is.

See, being a democrat means you absolutely must walk in lockstep with your President and/or the party. Get out of step and they’ll be all over you like white on rice.

In order Io understand the democrats it is absolutely necessary to understand that “liberalism is an authoritarian ideology.”

To be considered a good liberal, and remain in the good graces of the bosses of the party, you must follow orders without question — even when you are humiliated by them. And you must be willing to fall on your sword to save the political career of the party bosses — even if it means the end of your own career.

Now, if this sounds a bit more like the communist party that an American grown political party, well, it DOES. You are forgiven for thinking that.

The latest example, at least at this writing, is Senator Dianne Feinstein , democrat of California, who said plainly, earlier this week, that leaks were coming from Mr. Obama’s White House. The next day she had to say she had gone too far and she should not have said that.

No matter that Senator Feinstein was correct, truth has very little to do with the Democratic Party. See, the Democratic Party has an agenda. The truth has no agenda. Like matter and anti-matter truth and the Democratic Party and truth cannot coexist, or share the same space.

The GOP, on the other hand, is often accused of “eating its own.” Why? Because the GOP simply refuses to get in lockstep with a leader, any leader, and march blindly into the fray allowing themselves to be used as cannon fodder for the party bosses. They lose a lot. But they sleep nights.

Even in the midst of a Presidential Election cycle the party is divided two, maybe three, ways. I count myself in one of those groups in disagreement with the party bosses. I, along with a few million other Americans, reserve the right to form our own opinions, hold them, and defend them from all comers, even if that happens to be the President of our own party.

I went after George W. Bush when I thought he was wrong, and frankly, that was a lot. If Romney is elected, I’ll do the same. Not only is it what I do — it is Who I AM. I’ll not give that up for membership in any political party — period.

For reasons I have never been able to fathom democrats will stay with the herd of lemmings and run helter-skelter right off the cliff and drown in the sea. They’ve done it time and again and they appear set to do it again.

I am not a supporter of Mr. Romney. That is no secret. Yet, I hope he wins because I just don’t see how America will survive another term under Obama.

The Obama Administration has been, I HOPE, a learning exercise for Americans about how delicate democracy is. Countries that practice different forms of democracy always, always, run the risk of the electorate electing someone who will destroy their democratic form of government and replace it with a more dictatorial form of governance.

All one has to do is look at Iraq, look at Egypt, and soon, Afghanistan. Or one can simply look at what happened in 2008 — and since — right here in America.

In the last Presidential Election Americans flocked to the polls and elected a man, of whom, practically nothing was known. He was a blank slate and each voter wrote upon that slate that which he/she wanted to see. Of course, in the end, we all got what Obama really was — a socialist.

It is a slick trick. Its an old advertising gimmick to advertise a product with as little detail as possible and use a lot of puffery to create a desire in the consumer’s mind for that product — about which — they actually know very little. Works like a charm.

I find it funny that the Obama campaign is screaming after Romney for all the detail of his tax returns, his private life, etc., when the blanket of secrecy has never been removed from the previous life of Obama. Eventually, we will know, and I predict, America is going to be astounded and stunned by Obama’s background.

I watched Mr. Romney’s speech before the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) recently and even with a voice threatening to give up on him at any second, I thought he made a terrific address. He called Mr. Obama out on those security leaks, the same ones Senator Feinstein had said Obama was going to have to recognize a day or so before. He told us, plainly, what he would do and what he would not do. Frankly, I believe Romney.

This week, Romney will fly to Israel, a country one suspects Obama couldn’t find on a map. President Obama has never been to Israel. Romney, only a prospective president is going to Israel.

Romney and Netanyahu know each other,. Many years ago they worked together in a firm in Boston. If Romney is elected, and Netanyahu remains Prime Minister of Israel, look for things to change in the US relationship with Israel. That would be a good thing.

When a nation turns its back on Israel bad things happen to that nation. It is a promise, or a curse, as old as the founding of the Hebrew people. When one considers Obama’s shunning of Israel and the problems visited on the US since, can anyone really doubt the veracity of that promise?

I wish Mr. Romney all the luck in the world with reestablishing a link between the people of America and the people of Israel. It is a link that should never been broken.

At the risk of waxing religious here, often, when thinking of the damage Obama has done this nation, I think of the Hebrews who demanded of God an earthly king. When the prophet Samuel told them they had no need of a king because they had God, they demanded, even more vociferously, that they wanted a king — like every other country around them. God acquiesced and warned them they would rue the day they chose a king over God. The king they got was Saul.

Saul, you may recall, almost immediately overstepped his authority and in the end went nuts. Now, having a king, in and of itself, is bad enough, but having a CRAZY king is about the worst thing imaginable.

How does this apply to America? America desired a leader like all the European countries. We got him. He, too, has overstepped his authority and, as it turns out, is dangerously narcissistic.

With age I have learned a few things. One of the most important lessons I have learned is that no matter what one thinks, no matter what one believes — there exist boundaries. When a person, a people, a nation crosses those boundaries– there is a price to be paid. One does not have to look to the holy books for those boundaries and the consequences of violating them. All one has to do is look at recorded history.

I have HOPE that American can CHANGE her President in November. For without that CHANGE — there is no HOPE.

J. D. Longstreet

A Potential Olympic Bloodbath

By Alan Caruba

A foretaste of what is likely to occur in London when the Olympic games open on Friday, July 27, occurred on July 20 when a Muslim youth shouting in Arabic, “God is great”, attempted to seize the Olympic torch as it was being carried through Maidstone toward Redhill.

I was reminded of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich when members of the Israeli team were targeted and killed by Islamists. Then I thought of other terrorist attacks in London and in Manchester in the recent past.

Wikipedia offers some sobering information about Islam and England. There were more than 1,500 mosques in England as of 2007. Muslims have been part of the English population as early as 1707 and today it is the second largest religion in the country. As of 2011 the Muslim population was estimated to be 2.869 million. It is the fastest growing religion in the UK.

“A 2009 survey of the attitudes of British Muslims found 77% said they identified ‘very strongly’ with the UK, compared to 50% of the general public. However, only 7% of Muslims think of themselves as British first, with 81% thinking of themselves as Muslim first.”

“40% of British Muslims want Sharia in the UK and 28% of British Muslims want Britain to be an Islamic state. A survey of young British Muslims revealed that there has been a significant rise in Islamic fundamentalism amongst the younger generation. 36% of 16-24 year olds believe if a Muslim converts to another religion they should be punished by death, compared to 19% of 55+ old Muslims; 13% of 16-24 year olds admire organizations like al Qaeda compared to 3% of 55+ year olds.”

“58% of British Muslims support the arrest and prosecution of anyone who insults Islam.”

The majority of Muslims live in England and Wales according to a 2001 census. In 2001, it was reported that the UK has around 100,000 converts to Islam with 66% of them being women.”

The opening day ceremonies will be further disrupted by planned strikes by transportation unions and the main access to the venue will be via subway, a prime target for bombs. The British have mobilized elements of their armed forces to provide security, but it is my view that, like most acts of terrorism, it will be virtually impossible to deter bombings and other mayhem.

The 2012 Olympic Games hold the prospect of becoming a bloodbath for participants and attendees.

The ability of Islam to transform otherwise “sane” Muslims into killers is well established. Islam was spread by terrorism and it remains its primary choice 1,400 years after it was invented by Muhammad. Its Koran and the Hadith commentaries amply document his use of assassination and raids on Arabian tribes, including mass murder.

The large Muslim UK population, the radicalization of its youth, as well as the potential for an influx of terrorists coming into London for the purpose of attacking participants, attendees, and the general public portends an ugly outcome. British authorities have been busy picking up suspected homegrown Islamists in order to sequester them during the games.

Simply stated, Islamists have no regard for the ordinary rules of civilization and regard all “infidels” as targets for the advancement of Islam. As the census results demonstrate, many English Muslims want the nation to adopt Sharia and given Islam’s track record, the games present an unparallel opportunity to display their penchant for terrorism.

It says a lot of Islam that the sites of the Olympic Games since 1972 have become an armed camp.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

GOP Readies August Suicide in Tampa
J. B. Williams
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Back in June, I published a column demonstrating just how difficult it will be to unseat Obama in the 2012 election. In short, Obama will win a minimum of twenty states no matter what and those twenty states represent 242 of the 270 Electoral College votes Obama needs to win re-election. Obama is only one state away from winning at the starting gate, and that state is most likely Florida.

Romney could win twenty-nine of the fifty states and still lose the election. The states in his column at the start of the 2012 race represent only 146 Electoral votes, at best. He has a long way to go to victory.

But the game could end in August at the GOP Convention.

Led by Republican news site Newsmax, a growing number of Republican talking heads across the airwaves and blogosphere are promoting Marco Rubio for Vice Presidential running mate.

In an ongoing poll, approximately 58,000 Newsmax readers answer the question Who Should Romney Pick for VP? The results are absolutely frightening!

93% of Newsmax participants would vote for Romney if the election were held today, according to poll results, demonstrating a very solid Republican demographic in the poll and a party unifying against Barack Obama.

The rest of the poll results are unbelievable…

Knowing very well that Marco Rubio is not a Natural Born Citizen of the United States, but rather an immigrant-citizen from Cuba, ineligible for the office of Vice President, 67% of Newsmax readers chose Marco Rubio for VP running mate.

According to the XII Amendment ratified in 1804 – “no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.” – and according to Article II of the U.S. Constitution, only a Natural Born Citizen of the United States is eligible for the office of President.

Many of the Republicans voting in this poll have opposed Barack Obama’s unconstitutional administration for the last four years. But they appear to have no trouble nominating their own unconstitutional VP running mate to run against Barack Obama.

According to the Newsmax poll results, 89% believe that placing an unconstitutional VP on the ticket with Romney will help Romney defeat Barack Obama in the general election. Newsmax placed fourteen potential VP choices on their ballot, only two of which are not eligible for the office of Vice President or President, Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal, both born to foreign parents living in the U.S., a condition often referred to as anchor baby.

In addition, Marco Rubio is well on record supporting many Democrat agenda items opposed by most Republicans, including amnesty for millions of illegal aliens living in America in direct violation of our immigration and naturalization laws.

This might explain the gap between those who think Rubio might help Romney win (89%) and those willing to support Rubio (67%), a significant 22 point gap indicating that some of these folks will not vote for Rubio, even though they believe he could help Romney win.

This 22% could represent the number of participants who like Rubio and want Romney to win, but also understand that Rubio isn’t even eligible for the job.

As Florida promises to be a key state for both Romney and Obama, it isn’t hard to see the political strategy behind promoting the young and popular freshman Senator from Florida for VP. But will placing a confirmed unconstitutional candidate like Rubio on the ticket with Romney help or hurt Romney’s chances in November?

The fact is it will hurt Romney’s chances even in August at the GOP Convention, where Ron Paul and Rick Santorum aim to upset the convention, gathering a storm of Convention Delegates opposed to Romney due to his past constitutional indiscretions.

Placing Rubio or any other unconstitutional candidate on the ticket with Romney will most likely end any serious Romney challenge to Barack Obama. I would read such a move as a forfeit of the race by strategic suicide.

It would also end any political future for the promising Marco Rubio.

Florida won the heated 2000 contest for Bush and the 2008 contest for Obama. Florida is a huge gamble in 2012, not because of Florida’s large Hispanic community, but because of Florida’s even bigger retiree community.

It wasn’t Hispanics or even college age kids foolishly voting for change who elected Obama in 2008, it was senior citizens, retirees and as those retirees vote, so goes Florida.

More than any other issue, the Charters of Freedom are center stage in the 2012 election. If voters are presented with two equally unconstitutional choices, Obama will win re-election by default. He has twenty states and 246 Electoral votes in his column at the starting gate.

Romney will have to make his VP choice very carefully or he can end his campaign in August. Obama has demonstrated a total disregard for the Charters of Freedom and if Romney does the same thing by choosing an equally unconstitutional running mate, the people will not support that ticket in Florida or anywhere else.

The 67% of Republican Newsmax readers need to see both Rubio and Newsmax for what they really are… I’m not trying to hurt Rubio, I’m trying to save Romney and thereby, hope for our country.

If Rubio is the real hero American Son many believe him to be, he must immediately and publicly disqualify himself for the office of Vice President and then challenge Barack Hussein Obama on the same basis.

If Rubio is unwilling to do so, he is not the hero many seem willing to bet their future upon. Romney cannot defeat Obama with a ticket just as unconstitutional as Obama. And that’s where the rubber meets the road, folks…

Readers should challenge Marco Rubio to become the American hero he wants to be by contacting his Senate office and demanding he take a stand for Article II: Sen. Marco Rubio 317 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510 – Phone: 202-224-3041
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JB Williams is a business man, a husband, a father, and a writer. A no nonsense commentator on American politics, American history, and American philosophy. He is published nationwide and in many countries around the world. He is also a Founder of The United States Patriots Union and a staunch conservative actively engaged in returning the power to the right people in America. Patriots Union | Veteran Defenders |… Archives E-Mail: JB.USPU@gmail.com

Eye In The Sky
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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For millenia man has cast an eye toward the sky in an unconscious gesture of yearning — yearning, perhaps, for his home? Science certainly does not know.

When the religious among us pray, more often than not, we direct our prayerful petitions skyward toward what we suppose is the home of the deity to/for whom we are supplicants.

Today, however, that has changed. Today, man casts an eye toward the sky in wariness — not wary of the lightening bolt from an angry god, but wary of the spying of a far too powerful and intrusive government.

My thoughts go to the icon of the “all seeing eye” engraved on US paper currency. Modern circumstances give new meaning to that early American declaration of God’s omnipotence and omnipresence.

Scrub all of that!

Times change. Things change. Men change. Governments change. And now — we Americans have a continual presence of the US government 24-7, 365(6) — whether we want it or not.

America’s skies are filled with government spies watching you and me — and everything we do — around the clock. And it stinks!

America is now approaching the likeness of a police state. We will, in fact, BE a police state very soon. (Some argue that we are already a police state. I would argue — not yet– but we ARE getting there.)

“Since Jan. 1 of this year, according to congressional testimony presented Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized 106 federal, state and local government “entities” to fly “unmanned aircraft systems,” also known as drones, within U.S. airspace.

“We are now on the edge of a new horizon: using unmanned aerial systems within the homeland,” House Homeland Security Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Michael McCaul (R.-Texas) said as he introduced the testimony.

“Currently,” said McCaul, “there are about 200 active Certificates of Authorization issued by the Federal Aviation Administration to over 100 different entities, such as law enforcement departments and academic institutions, to fly drones domestically.”

SOURCE: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/faa-has-authorized-106-government-entities-fly-domestic-drones

What has happened here, dear reader, is the US citizen just lost a (another) constitutional right. I refer, of course, to the right to privacy. It’s gone — likely forever.

You may argue that with the Internet and social networking, etc, our privacy was already gone. You are correct — up to a point. Much of the social networking loss of privacy was/is voluntary. That is one thing … and it is quite different from having your privacy TAKEN from you, especially by an over-reaching, all to intrusive federal government. It’s even worse when you consider it is illegal — and they are gong to get away with it!

What I am referring to is the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans.

The Fourth Amendment reads: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” That’s right out of the Bill of Rights.

See, those pesky colonists had had enough of the British soldiers crashing through their doors and rummaging through their private papers and possessions so they intentionally made it very difficult for their own government, the one they were creating, to do it. It was intentional.

But, HEY! This is that “living, breathing, thingy” the liberals like to stretch to cover activities they favor, or to prohibit activities they do not favor — or just plain ignore it at will.

I’m not an attorney, and I’m sure as heck not a constitutional lawyer, but, that’s the beauty of the US Constitution. You needn’t be an attorney at law to read and understand it! Well, at least for us “originalists,” that is. See, I believe the constitution says what it means, and means what it says, and that’s all there is to it. I’m one of those dread originalists.

It is as clear as the ringing of a bell that under the Fourth Amendment, having tiny little government aircraft — with cameras — flying about observing you, looking through your windows, or whatever, is as unconstitutional as it is possible to be. It is unlawful. It is clearly an unreasonable search.

There are only two kinds of people who dare say it is constitutional: Fools — and people with an agenda unkind to the constitution.

No mental athletics are required to determine that the Obama Administration considers the constitution a speed bump, an irritant, anything but a serious threat their power grab. That have become so big, so powerful, so bold, that Americans feel they can no longer even trust their own Supreme Court, their court of last resort.

The US government is no longer of, by, and for the people. It is now alien to the people. There is now an adversarial relationship between the people of the US and the government that is supposed to answer to them.

You know, maybe it is time to call that Constitutional Convention — and among the changes I’d like to suggest is this: If thirty-six states decide the Congress is unresponsive to the will of the people, they have the power to “dissolve” the Congress, send them all home, and hold nationwide congressional elections in sixty days.

Oh, don’t get your shorts in a wad! It’s not going to happen! No, America is too far gone to do anything as radical as make an effort to save herself. Heck, that would be too much work, entirely.

With that in mind, may we suggest you get yourself some old fashioned pull-down window shades as soon as you can. I have an idea the local super big box store is going to be sold out shortly.

J. D. Longstreet

A Guaranteed Minimum Income In The US?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
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If the Obama Administration and his fellow Socialist/Marxist/Progressives (who camouflage themselves as democrats) in the US government aren’t sent packing in November, I fully expect the next step in securing a socialist state in America is a guaranteed annual (minimum) income for every American.

Think about it. It is one of the few steps remaining that would solidify the hold government has on every man, woman, and child in America.

We know from the records that the welfare rolls have increased exponentially under Obama. Recently, changes were made by Presidential Executive Order to redefine “work” allowing even more applicants for welfare to be added to the welfare rolls. Why? Could it be the Obama Administration is deliberately attempting to “crash” the US welfare system? If so — why?

I contend — that is exactly what is happening.

If I an correct, then we are actually seeing the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” at work. We are observing the foundation, the groundwork — if you will — for establishing a guaranteed annual (minimum) income for American citizens. It is very, very, worrisome. But — it is only the latest move by our socialist leaders to break America so they can re-mold her in the image of their choosing, which is, unarguably a socialist/Marxist state.

America is in a death spiral, dear reader. If the American electorate doesn’t shake itself out of this stupor in which it is currently wallowing and come out swinging like the people we like to think we are, we are going to lose our liberty, our individual freedom, and our country.

What we are talking about here is “a government-ensured guarantee that all citizens unconditionally receive an income sufficient to meet their basic needs.” SOURCE: http://www.usbig.net/index.php

Look around you. Consider the extremely high percentage of Americans already on what we call “Welfare” and consider, too, that nearly half of all Americans currently receive some form of government monetary assistance every month and then — ask yourself what will happen to America’s economy if Americans are guaranteed an annual income whether they work and contribute to our society or not.

Let’s look a bit closer: What is a BIG? It is a Basic Income Guarantee. “The basic income guarantee (BIG) is a government insured guarantee that no citizen’s income will fall below some minimal level for any reason. All citizens would receive a BIG without means test or work requirement. BIG is an efficient and effective solution to poverty that preserves individual autonomy and work incentives while simplifying government social policy. Some researchers estimate that a small BIG, sufficient to cut the poverty rate in half could be financed without an increase in taxes by redirecting funds from spending programs and tax deductions aimed at maintaining incomes.” SOURCE: http://www.usbig.net/index.php

Here’s more: “The Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) is a government ensured guarantee that no one’s income will fall below the level necessary to meet their most basic needs for any reason. As Bertrand Russell put it in 1918, “A certain small income, sufficient for necessities, should be secured for all, whether they work or not, and that a larger income should be given to those who are willing to engage in some work which the community recognizes as useful. On this basis we may build further.” Thus, with BIG no one is destitute but everyone has the positive incentive to work. BIG is an efficient, effective, and equitable solution to poverty that promotes individual freedom and leaves the beneficial aspects of a market economy in place.” SOURCE: http://www.usbig.net/whatisbig.phphttp://www.usbig.net/whatisbig.php

OK. So, how would we pay for it? Those who advocate the BIG say (above): ” … could be financed without an increase in taxes by redirecting funds from spending programs and tax deductions aimed at maintaining incomes.”

HUH?

That’s strange because just a bit lower on the page we find this: “The most commonly cited source of revenue for BIG is the income tax. Most proposals combine a basic income guarantee with a flat tax on income. Charles Clark estimates that a flat income tax rate of less than 40% would be enough to finance all current government spending and a BIG large enough to eliminate poverty.”   SOURCE: http://www.usbig.net/whatisbig.php

I have to wonder if “less than 40%” means 39.99%?

It’s coming. How can I be so sure? Because the next attempt at a BIG for the US will be only the latest iteration. The movement for a guaranteed income has been around for a long time. A quick check for advocates of a guaranteed income at Wikipedia brought some surprises. For Instance: American revolutionary Thomas Paine advocated a basic income guarantee to all US citizens as compensation for “loss of his or her natural inheritance, by the introduction of the system of landed property” (Agrarian Justice, 1795).

French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte echoed Paine’s sentiments and commented that ‘man is entitled by birthright to a share of the Earth’s produce sufficient to fill the needs of his existence’ (Herold, 1955).

In 1962, economist Milton Friedman proposed a Negative Income Tax coupled with a flat tax in support of a guaranteed minimum income.

In 1963, Robert Theobald published the book Free Men and Free Markets, in which he advocated a guaranteed minimum income (the origin of the modern version of the phrase).

In 1966 the Cloward–Piven strategy advocated “overloading” the US welfare system to force its collapse in the hopes that it would be replaced by “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”.

In his final book Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967) Martin Luther King Jr. wrote[3]

I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.
—from the chapter titled “Where We Are Going”.

In 1968, James Tobin, Paul Samuelson, John Kenneth Galbraith and another 1,200 economists signed a document calling for the US Congress to introduce in that year a system of income guarantees and supplements.

In 1973, Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote The Politics of a Guaranteed Income in which he advocated the Guaranteed Minimum Income and discussed Richard Nixon’s GAI proposal.

We encourage you to read the article at Wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guaranteed_minimum_income

There are references to other advocates of a national guaranteed income in the article at Wikipedia, but I think you get the idea.

Oh, and while you are on the Wikipedia page, scroll down and check out the list of suggested means of funding for a national guaranteed income. But — be sure you are sitting down before you do.

A guaranteed income for all Americans is the worst idea for America since, well, Obamacare!

Item number two in the The Black Panther Party: Platform and Program includes the following statement: “We believe that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every man employment or a guaranteed income.” SOURCE: http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6445/

As I mentioned above — I have to wonder if the massive increase in the number of Americans on Welfare under the Obama Administration is in keeping with the Cloward–Piven strategy which suggests overloading the US welfare system forcing it to collapse and setting the stage for a guaranteed income for all Americans. You can read more on the Cloward-Piven strategy at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloward%E2%80%93Piven_strategy

I cannot even begin to tell you how deeply, deeply, opposed to the entire idea of a guaranteed annual income for all Americans I am. The American republic would be crushed and wiped out by internal rot!

If you think Obamacare is bad for America, if you think the UN’s Small Arms Treaty is going to disarm America (as I do), then you will not be surprised when the call goes out from the Obama Administration to replace the welfare system with a guaranteed income.

I am convinced that if Americans don’t wake up and get a grip and reclaim their/our country — the UN Small Arms Treaty will become the law in America NEXT YEAR and I am convinced there is a sub-Rosa movement to give America a guaranteed minimum income. (I spoke to a young man, over the past weekend, who told me emphatically that beginning this week he is going to begin buying all the ammunition he can lay his hands on — while he still can! He, too, is convinced that America’s weapons are about to be seized by the US government.)

A second term for Obama is America’s death knell. The damage from his first term will take generations to repair and restore.

There is a reason we cherish the words of our national anthem — “land of the free, and home of the brave.” Free and brave go hand in hand. As it always has, throughout America’s history, it will take brave people to keep America free.

Yes, America is FREE — because of the BRAVE! It is time for the brave to raise their colors and state emphatically: “This far and no farther!”

Yes, it will take courage. But, it should be clear to every sentient American that if we don’t stop the attack on our freedom and liberty, here and now, very soon we will awaken one morning to find we are a people enslaved to — and by — the state.

J. D. Longstreet