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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Joni Woolf’s letter decrying Glenn Beck’s rally in Washington and insulting his (and millions of Americans’) call for traditional values is just about the worst series of liberal clichés that one could possibly have selected to denigrate and slander American history and American values. I don’t want to sound ad hominem, but her letter was so venomous, that it could only have been penned by a bleeding-heart, guilt-ridden, elitist-minded liberal requiring a strong response.

Simply, traditional values for Woolf is a gruesome nightmare, not a part of the American dream, a dream of freedom and hope for economic success, which many of us expect.

Some of us realized (at least in part), and some of us still dream because America is a good land, a land of hope and promise. Where did Woolf list the good deeds of America, both to her people and to the world?

We could have enslaved the whole world after World War II if we had so desired. That is what the Germans, Japanese, not to mention, the Soviets, would have done. We did not do that; instead, Americans paid with blood and treasure to free and rebuild the world. The defeated Germans and Japanese are now among our...

Keyword(s): politics

Friday, September 10, 2010

With the 2010 mid-term election behind us, we can safely say that another political tsunami swept the nation. This time the GOP ascendancy exceeded that achieved in 1994, when the Republican Party, led by the then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, picked up 54 seats in that legislative chamber.

In 2010, the Republicans needed to attain 218 seats in the House of Representatives to reach a majority. As I write this article seven days after the election (Nov. 9), the Republicans have won a majority with 240 seats and the Democrats are down to 188 seats. Seven seats are apparently still undecided. The House Democrats dropped from 255 to 188 seats. The GOP rose in strength from 178 to 240 seats.

It is worth remembering the triumphant scene on election night: House Republican leader John Boehner (R-OH) choking with emotion addressed a GOP crowd and said, "The American people are the big winners...Across the country right now we are witnessing a repudiation of Washington, a repudiation of big government, and a repudiation of politicians who refused to listen to the American people." That Tuesday night, November 2, 2010, Senate Minority Leader, Mitch...

Keyword(s): politics

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In Part I of this essay, we discussed the terms Liberty and Equality in accordance with Natural Rights theory and Constitutional governance, and then we summarized the ten planks of Karl Marx's 1948 Communist Manifesto. We showed how our Constitutional Republic has been eroded toward a Social[ist] Democracy by the infiltration of those Marxist planks in our polity. Now let us consider the more specific problems of the rising national debt due to the growth of government and unchecked, malevolent social spending and wealth redistribution. Let us also note the war against the middle class being waged by the Obama administration to enforce the aforementioned legal plunder, effect wealth transfer from one group of citizens to another, and exert its authoritarian will over the rights of the states (e.g., ramming through a bailout stimulus package while vehemently opposing extension of President Bush's middle class tax cuts; forcing a draconian ObamaCare provision that compels citizens to buy something they do not want or else be penalized with fines as if they were criminals; ordering an Arizona Immigration lawsuit to go forward irrespective of the views of the...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

In the summer of 1787, as the Founders, led by James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, concluded the drafting of the momentous Constitution of these United States, a Philadelphia lady at the steps of Independence Hall, asked, "Mr [Ben] Franklin, what kind of government have you given us?" He retorted, "a Republic, ma'am if you can keep it."

What was a Republic, according to our Founding Fathers? A limited government, a Republican mode of governance, established with a broad-based foundation with the consent of the governed, instituted among men for the expressed purpose of protecting the unalienable Natural rights of life, liberty, property, and (not the guarantee of but) the pursuit of happiness.

The proposition was that man was capable of self-governance, and that he had been created free and equal by his Creator for that purpose. That meant equality before the law and equal opportunity in life for advancement and achievement; but they did not fool themselves with the false notion that men were equal in talents or ability. Nor did the Founders posit the erroneous nonsense that if men were nurtured properly (i.e., provided with the proper government...

Monday, August 16, 2010

In a previous commentary, we discussed the ramifications of ObamaCare in terms of lowering the standard of American medicine, and the efforts of those in the media in preparing us for the drastic measures of rationing that will necessarily have to be put in place to sustain ObamaCare.

Who will then benefit from ObamaCare? Bureaucrats, who will grow like weeds over the land and power-grabbing politicians, who will also have to "manage" our health care; insurance companies that cooperate with President Obama's mandates, since small businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as Americans who do not have insurance, will be coerced into buying insurance plans from those insurers that collaborate with the administration. For the first time in the history of this country, Americans will be forced to purchase a product they do not want, or else be heavily fined.

Who else will benefit? Enemies of freedom and privacy rights, who yearn to control the lives of others via government intrusion into all aspects of our lives. For them, government knows best. Now that the Supreme Court in two landmark rulings, in rapid succession, has ruled correctly that the Second...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Much of the recent discussion among both Democrat and Republican members of Congress regarding the need to lift the travel ban and end the U.S. embargo of Cuba has revolved around the possibility of selling millions of dollars in agricultural products to Cuba. These politicians conveniently forget that the Castro brothers are dictators of the old, unreformed Stalinist variety, who have, in fact, devastated and desolated a once beautiful and prosperous island.

Just before the July 4th holiday almost unnoticed by the media, Emily Cadei of Congressional Quarterly wrote an article entitled "Senators Claim to Have Enough Votes to Pass Lifting of Cuba Travel Ban." The legislation is supported by Senators Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) and Michael B. Enzi (R-WY). Dorgan said in a press release "The quickest way to bring democracy to Cuba is through travel and trade." The accompanying House bill, sponsored by Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson (D-MN), in addition to lifting the travel ban would ease restrictions on U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba, essentially ending the embargo that has been in place since 1961.

Opposing the lifting of the travel...

Monday, July 5, 2010

This is the second time I have read and perused this magnificent book — and what a momentous and timely book it is! The book reads much like a cliffhanger spy novel, though its nonfiction and its information is true and disturbing. The message is as timely today as it was in 2007 when it was first published.

After World War II, it took the valiant efforts of the Russian defector, code clerk Igor Gozenko, to awaken America and her allies to the fact that Uncle Joe, the greatest mass murderer in history, and our Russian communist friends were conducting serious, devastating espionage against the United States (e.g., atomic secrets among others) at the same time that we were providing the Soviets with vital economic and military aid during "The Great Patriotic War" against the Nazis.

The Berlin Wall comes crashing down in 1989 and the Soviet Union collapses in 1991. Again, the Russians were said to be our friends and allies in the war against (Islamic) terrorism. Even a professor wrote enthusiastically that we had reached the end of history, so humanity has to become reconciled to live peacefully under a soft blend of global socialism and capitalism. Now enters...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

It is very unfortunate that the National Rifle Association (NRA) leadership in today's declaration stating that it plans to remain neutral in the political fight against the (Anti-Freedom) DISCLOSE Act (HR 5175) of 2010 appears to be going along with the divide and conquer strategy of the Democrats in Congress, who are once again attempting to silence political speech. This dangerous legislation is another incarnation of the failed McCain-Feingold Law banning political speech that was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court several years ago. 

Citizens were alerted to this menace by Gun Owners of America (GOA) last week, and on June 14, 2010, concerned Americans received corroboration. reported that the NRA would not oppose this bill. Why?

"House Democrats have offered to exempt the National Rifle Association from a sweeping campaign-finance bill, removing a major obstacle in the push to roll back the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling."

What is this legislation?

"The legislation in question is designed to restore more campaign finance rules in the wake of last year's Citizens United v. Federal Election...

Keyword(s): freedom

Monday, April 12, 2010

What I have written some time ago regarding gun registration and tyranny in Ideas on Liberty and still holds true today for the establishment of a National Identity Card and paving a road to the new authoritarianism:

Georg Hegel (1770-1831), the father of dialectical idealism, which Karl Marx transmogrified into dialectical materialism, lamented that one lesson we can learn from history is that man does not learn its lessons. Despite what we have learned from history regarding National Identity Cards in other countries, particularly during the turmoil of the last century, politicians with authoritarian leanings continue to beat the drums for the establishment of national identifiers. National ID cards and personal privacy are inextricably intertwined. Once the government can identify you, and possesses every minutia about your personal life, bank accounts, medical history, etc, and neatly collects it within the purview a National Id card, it will in effect, own you. And what the government owns, it will control. As Thomas Jefferson once wrote, the tendency is for liberty to yield and for government and tyranny to gain ground. And that is why in a...

Keyword(s): freedom

Monday, March 22, 2010

Rejoice and be glad, Americans!

Owing entirely to the visionary compassion of the Dear Leader and his party, the same regime that has slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans, that poured trillions of dollars into the coffers of Wall Street kleptocrats, that brought its unique healing touch to victims of the post-Katrina disaster in New Orleans, and that routinely commits similar acts of divine charity, will now relieve you of the burden of making your own health care decisions.

This point was made — albeit unintentionally — in a widely syndicated "news analysis" intended to celebrate this development.

"Rarely does the government, that big, clumsy, poorly regarded oaf, pull off anything short of war that touches all lives with one act, one stroke of a president's pen," observed AP commentator Calvin Woodward. "Such a moment has come." (Emphasis added.)

War requires the domestic regimentation of all private life and the confiscation of private property to accomplish the mass destruction of foreign property and the mass annihilation of foreign lives. Mass murder is the only undertaking in which government consistently out-performs...

Fransini Giraldo is a Colombian girl who dances her own style of Salsa. In this video, she dances to the rhythm of Sonora Carruseles de Colombia, presumably in the Colombia countryside. Published July 16, 2013.