THE PRICE OF FREEDOM AND THE NEED FOR LEADERSHIP….


 

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            In our American history and the history of civilized societies around the world the price of freedom has been almost immeasurable and the need of leadership repeatedly on display.  I am a veteran of the War in Vietnam and like most who served I lost people I knew and some whom I called friend but all I call brothers.  I have been privy to the horrors of decisions that resulted in the death of those fighting to secure freedom and liberty.  I don’t and won’t talk about it, would like to forget it but I know the pain.  WAR IS HELL but sometimes FREEDOM can only be secured by it.

             President and former General George Washington told Congress in his first annual address on June 6, 1790, “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”  Thomas Paine in 1777 said, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”  Our founding fathers did not desire war, were not war-mongers, and would have chosen peace if they deemed it even remotely possible.  Yet, they understood that in order to throw off tyranny sometimes you have to FIGHT.  Those in the leadership positions would be charged with drafting the strategy and ordering those in the trenches to implement it.  Those orders would cost thousands of people their lives and their blood would stain the ground so that those after them could live free.  In war you must have ‘leadership’ and you must have ‘warriors’.  Both require total commitment to the cause and neither easy or without price.

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            On June 6, 1944 General Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke to the Allied Forces and said, “Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well-trained, well-equipped and battle hardened.  He will fight savagely.”  General Douglas MacArthur understood as he declared, “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.  He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”  He also knew the high price of war saying, “In war there is no substitute for victory.”  He further anchored that conviction saying, “It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”  God help us for since WWII America has repeatedly done just that and it has resulted in tragic loss without significant accomplishment.  Eisenhower said, “History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid.”  Leadership and resolve are cornerstones of FREEDOM!

             When you face enemies such as the Empire of Japan, the Third Reich under Hitler, and see quotes from despots like Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini when he declared, “Fascism accepts the individual only insofar as his interests coincide with the state’s” you realize the indispensable need for resolve and leadership.   Winston Churchill may have said it best, “In War: Resolution.  In Defeat:  Defiance.  In Victory: Magnanimity.  In Peace: Good Will.”  As England faced possible annihilation he rallied the people and the troops saying, “We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”   God help us as we remember those who have served and those who paid the ultimate price in serving in our military that while WAR IS HELL if we must go to war WE MUST GO TO WIN.  Some experience inconvenience during a war but those who serve experience the HORRORS and some PAY THE ULTIMATE PRICE that those inconvenienced would no longer suffer inconvenience.  They served so that we could all BE FREE!  They are deserving of our highest praise and thanks. 

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            In our modern era I am, at times, incensed over the callousness and ineptness of those charged with leading our men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.  They know nothing of the horrors of war and demonstrate no remorse over their decisions to place our people in harm’s way.  I join General Douglas MacArthur, “I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working within.”

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            Today I SALUTE all who served and ask that every American citizen and lover of Freedom HONOR our Troops and Veterans.  I urge everyone to pressure their elected officials to insure that our veterans are cared for, their service and sacrifices respected, and their families embraced.  Without the willingness and sacrifices of those who have served WE WOULD KNOW NO FREEDOM!

             God bless you and God bless America!

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BLACKLISTING AND BRAIN WASHING ARE LIBERAL AGENDAS…..


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            Okay that title alone is probably worth at least 2-3 ‘unfriend’ actions but I believe it to be the truth and I base that on what I see happening in America today.  In the past few months I have been challenged dozens of times by liberal leftist who proudly proclaim that they fully support the policies of Barack Obama, think Benghazi was a minor incident, support the IRS targeting conservative groups, and see no reason for the administration to work with any Republican on anything.  Sounds like the tolerance they preach right?

             This administration has used such vicious rhetoric and vitriol calling conservatives ‘domestic terrorist’ largely because they disagree with him on how to govern and what America should be.  He has lamented that the constitution is too restrictive, does not allow government to DO whatever it desires and feels needed.  He does not believe in American Exceptionalism, has proclaimed that America is a Muslim nation and not a Christian nation, directed NASA to take steps to make Muslim countries feel good about themselves, and more!   He has identified conservatives especially those in the Bible belt and Tea Party participants as people who ‘bitterly cling to their Bibles (God) and Guns’ and labeled them as people to be watched.  Either directly or by inference has called for the boycott of conservative businesses, talk shows, and has demonstrated a pronounced viciousness when anyone disagrees with or blames him for anything and I mean ANYTHING!          

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            The left has used every tool available to dig up any ‘dirt’ or the perception of ‘dirt’ on anyone disagreeing with their ideology but cry foul when someone exposes them such as the IRS, Fast and Furious, V.A., and Benghazi cover-ups.  They say as Hillary, “What difference does it make now that Americans are dead.”  Or as others, “That was a long time ago dude.”  Even a liberal media has declared that the ambassador was not ‘murdered murdered’.  No he was just ‘killed killed.”  WHAT?

             I don’t normally pay any attention to Twitter but there has been a rash of liberals who have proclaimed their desire to ‘kill’ or see Republicans and conservatives DIE.  Not just oppose them but KILL THEM.  One would almost think that America has become a third world nation under Islamic extremist or other tyrannical regime that kill, maim, and harass anyone who does not become compliant to their beliefs and mandates.  It seems that the liberal agenda is to ‘transform America’ into a nation that has a 1st Amendment for Liberals but censorship for conservative constitutionalist.  There is a visible and real assault on many of our rights and liberties and ‘blacklisting’ while not necessarily new is more pronounced than ever.

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            I find the zealotry of the liberal left amazing and the continual attempt to fan the flames of hatred, divide the nation, and seek to totally obliterate any opposing voice.  Can you see a comparison between the Islamist telling girls they can’t go to school and in America boys being told that if they do not go to a school assembly on global warming or homosexual acceptance they will be given an ‘unexcused absence”?  Is there a comparison between someone determined to have offended the Muslim false prophet Mohammed losing a hand or eye and a person who donates a small amount supporting traditional marriage and losing their job?

             If you identify yourself as a conservative or constitutionalist be prepared to possibly lose your job at any time and realize that the liberal network will so ostracize you that you may never work again especially in any publicly visible job.  The THOUGHT POLICE are working overtime to tell us what we can think or if we can think and if we voice our thoughts heaven forbid! 

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            Thank God for the few brave souls on the national stage who are willing to face down the earthly tyrants and declare – YOU ARE THE PROBLEM!  Of course, they immediately become targets of many governmental agencies including the D.O.I.J. and as with Joe the Plumber who openly questioned Mr. Obama on his redistribution of wealth they seek to DESTROY opposing views.  They don’t want to debate the issue, have no room for differing opinions, or exhibit tolerance. They demand tolerance from everyone else but it does not apply to them.

             AMERICA if we don’t wake up, stand up, and speak up we will find ourselves candidates for an early entry into eternity.  We need the patriots to RISE and RESOLVE to STAND at all costs!

             God bless you and God bless America!

I AM NOT A DENIER…..


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           Some time back an individual called me one of the “Rabid Right Wing Deniers” because of my stance on the subject we were discussing.  My stance was defending the Constitution regarding Freedom of Speech and he wanted to censor all speech that did not align with his ideology held by the liberal left.  Yeah I know, typical.  I countered by saying, “I am not a denier, however….”

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            I Do Not Deny That Climate Changes – – However I do question the faux science and arguments regarding ‘man-made global warming or climate change now called climate disruption by Mr. Obama’.  Just a few years ago we were being told by the ‘climate change’ advocates that we were heading to another ICE AGE and then it was GLOBAL WARMING, then it became the almost undefinable “Climate Change” argument, and now it is Climate Disruption.  Of course climate changes it always has and always will.  It is, has been, and will be cyclical.  I have seen incredibly cold wet winters, hot dry summers, and everything between in my lifespan.  So I do not deny that Climate Changes I just argue that the ‘man-made’ factor is not nearly as significant as those like Al Gore and some Islamist extremist who has used it as a ‘cash cow.’

             I Do Not Deny that Immigration Is A Problem – – However I do contend that making ‘illegals legal’ with one broad stroke of the brush will exacerbate the problem not solve it.  Amnesty is not the answer to any problems in our Immigration System or Laws it is the antithesis.  It would, in my view and that of some well versed individuals, result in virtually erasing our borders and opening the flood gates for millions more formerly illegals to come here without hindrance and thus destroy our economy and our sovereignty.  That is not something I can support.  I am PRO LEGAL IMMIGRATION and want those that have something positive to offer this nation and desire to come assimilate into our society and become Americans to be given the opportunity but I do not want millions of people who have thumbed their noses at our laws to be given a free pass.

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           I Do Not Deny That Racism Exists in America – However I do not view it as a one-way street.  It seems that 99% of all media coverage of anything ‘racist’ is when some ‘white guy’ somewhere says or does something that is racist or could be viewed as racist. Yet, when people like the head of the New Black Panthers, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Charles Rangel, Jeremiah Wright, and scores of others make racist statements it is immediately dismissed and counted as inconsequential.  The left, the media, and the Democrats (same thing) all seem to believe that ‘racism’ is only a WHITE PROBLEM.  I know that in my lifetime race relations have become better but during the years of the Obama Administration have escalated largely because of the rhetoric and fanning the flames by those connected to him and his ideology.

 

           I Do Not Deny That We Need Government – However I do believe that we need limited government not an all-powerful, over-reaching, over-regulation federal bureaucratic monster that has an insatiable appetite for spending and power.  I believe in States Rights but more importantly the Rights of the Individual citizen in this country.  I believe in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the purposes set forth in the Declaration of Independence.  We need ‘some’ government we do not need what we have and what is desired by the left and the RINO’s.  We need to return to Constitutional Government and become the Constitutional Democratic Republic that we were designed to be.

            I Do Not Deny That The Founders Wanted Freedom of Religion – However I do believe that their desire was FREEDOM OF not FREEDOM FROM religion.  In my studies of their writings, those of many average citizens of that era I have come to believe that they did not and I do not want a Church of America established and controlled by the government but they did want the Church in America.  They did not appear to desire the absence of faith’s influence in government but the absence of government’s mandate, manipulation, and control of the church.  There are too many biblical quotes in their writings, our founding documents, and images in public places for me to buy that they wanted to censor or silence the church and/or faith in matters of government rather they wanted all to be FREE to worship as their hearts dictated.

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            So I Am Not a Denier instead I am a Supporter of the Constitution and believe that any changes to that document MUST be through the established pathway of Amendments not with the presidential phone and pen.  America, I plead with you to wake up, rise, up, speak up, and step up to work for the restoration of our Constitutional Government in America.

             May God bless you and may God bless America!

THERE’S NO ROOM FOR THAT…..


 

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            That is a statement that has been uttered repeatedly by many over the L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s comments to his mistress recorded illegally and leaked to the media to do him as much damage as possible or a possible failed extortion plot.  I DO NOT DEFEND Mr. Sterling in any fashion with regard to his views.  I wish we lived in a society where there was no hate, no bigotry, not abuse, no racism but we do not and it is not one sided but every ethnicity is infected with its ugliness.  I know that some will immediately dismiss me because I said that but I believe it to be an honest and true statement.

            The NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver almost immediately acted in line with the sentiment being voiced by players, media, and others and took the most severe stance he could in an effort to preserve the image of the league and pacify those calling out for blood.  There are legal questions as to whether he could force the sale of the team but that will get played out in court and is not my focus.  Many black players were immediate in calling for him to be banned and stripped of his team saying, “There is no room for that in the NBA….”   Yet, I heard none of them challenging Charles Barkley’s comment that, “The NBA is a BLACK league.” Although over 75% of the leagues athletes are black, were a white to declare that the NHL is a WHITE league he would likely lose his job and would be branded a racist.  Mr. Barkley was citing the percentages of black athletes in the league and one could use that same formula with regard to the NHL but we dare not do it and it is completely unnecessary.

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            Former NBA player Larry Johnson chimed in that blacks were focusing on the wrong thing and what they should be striving for was an ALL BLACK LEAGUE but no one declared that to be racist or called for a lifetime ban of Mr. Johnson.  Spike Lee has been very vocal about this situation and many other situations concerning whites.  He works for the NBA on their network and stars in many of their commercials and yet Mr. Lee declared after a trip to South Africa that he had the urge to pick up a gun and start shooting white people and that the only solution was bloodshed.  He has had many racist and bigoted comments but he still has his job and the commercials and no one is calling for his lifetime ban.  The New Black Panthers leader who is identified as King Shamir Shabazz declared that blacks have to KILL white babies seconds after they’re born and suggested bombing nurseries but none of those calling for Mr. Sterling’s ban had a word to say about that past or present.  The calls for violence against whites and the appearance at the polling places in Philadelphia in uniform carrying batons (clubs) is not deemed racist and according to the Attorney General he will not prosecute his people.  There is no room for that in society.

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            The cover up of Benghazi that is becoming increasingly clear and is without defense has not elicited calls by those same individuals and media for the ouster of Barack Obama and Eric Holder.  The hideousness of Fast and Furious a government program that had the sanction if not direct involvement of both Eric Holder and Barack Obama has elicited no calls for their ouster from the liberal, leftist, and black community.  The IRS scandal that is a violation of federal law and seems to reach all the way to the Oval Office has produced no calls from the left for Mr. Obama to step down and/or be prosecuted and if anyone does call for his removal they are immediately branded a RACIST….  There is no room for that in society.

             The overt manipulation and fabrication of the numbers with regard to unemployment and the economy should have people on all sides of the political spectrum standing up and demanding it stop but there are no calls from the left or the black community and only whimpers of resistance from the Republicans.  To have a report that the economy grew 0.1% in the first quarter and over 800,000 people were dropped from the statistics because they have either given up or no longer qualify for benefits allowing the administration to declare that unemployment dropped to 6.3% has caused no concern.  The fact that the job participation rate is now only 62% the lowest since 1978 and in real numbers means that 92.5 MILLION Americans are UNEMPLOYED.  How many of those are retired I do not know but I know that if 38 out of 100 are not employed the UNEMPLOYMENT Percentage cannot possibly be 6.3%.  It is a bold faced lie, a manipulation for political purposes and THERE IS NO ROOM FOR THAT IN GOVERNMENT.

             Rick Berry former NBA great declared that if any owner did not vote to force Donald Sterling to sell his team they would be as guilty of racism as he.  HOW?  If they do not vote to force him to sell does not mean they agree with his views but that they are concerned as to where this will end.  Kolbe Bryant called a referee a ‘faggot’ and no one called for him to be banned.  Players have committed crimes and often received minor suspensions and fines but no calls for a lifetime ban.  Where does it end?  Is it that only a white person can be racist and made to pay the most severe penalty for being an idiot?  There is not room for that in society. 

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           If we are going to take this kind of aggressive action in one case must we not be aggressive in all cases?  If racism is the worst crime possible as this suggests then what is next?  Frankly, I am appalled at Mr. Sterling’s history but I am also concerned as to where the policing of thought, beliefs, and attitudes will lead.  I know that my writing this will label me racist because I am a white male voicing an opinion that is counter to the main stream liberal mindset and of course there is no room in society for anyone to disagree. 

             Racism is not dead, bigotry is not dead, evil is not dead and while there is a call for tolerance there is a total intolerance for some things and some ethnicities while others are given cart blanche and allowed venomous statements and actions.  There is no room for that in society or is there?  No matter how many laws you pass, how many penalties you impose you will never eradicate wrong thinking and beliefs, bigotry, or racism.  That will only come as the hearts of people are changed and when you give one segment a free pass and attack another with vengeance you only further the divide and the ugliness of that type of mentality and behavior.

             May God bless you and may God bless America.