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Friday Ramblings: Fencing in liberty

Lately it seems like every time I turn on the T.V. there’s some type of nonprofit group or government agency running a commercial to sell us on the idea that some aspect of our lives need to be regulated.  From how seat belts save lives to the costs associated from smoking, the airways seem to be saturated with someone or some group reminding us how we should live our lives.  They’re now telling us what we should eat, the light bulbs we should use, the type of environmentally safe cars we should buy, the words we should say, the things we need to do to make our homes energy efficient, and so on.  The list seems endless of all the things they believe should be regulated in our lives.  They … Read entire article »

Filed under: Liberty

Friday Ramblings: Do we even know what liberty is anymore?

This administration has done more to encroach on our individual liberties than any other in recent times.  They have punched a hole through our constitution and have assaulted the few liberties we have left and we have done very little to stop it.  Somewhere along our journey as a republic we lost our understanding of liberty and with that sacrificed our individualism and possibly the republic.  It started with the progressive movement in the early 1900s and over a span of 90 years it has slowly evolved into the liberty stealing, free market stifling, overreaching beast we all live with today.  We as a people abdicated our responsibilities as citizens to solve our problems by looking inward and turned outward to the state for answers.  How did they answer?  They … Read entire article »

Filed under: Liberty, Limited Government

Free Radicals

by RightHandMan It’s become a slogan repeated ad infinitum, “the right wing/tea party/candidate is radical”. It’s supposed to scare you, conjure up images of someone much different from you, someone unstable. This definition, however, doesn’t exactly line up with the word’s historical definition. Let’s take a look. Webster: 1. a. a root part b. a basic principle 2. a. root b. a sound or letter belonging to a radical 3. one who is radical 4. free radical; a group of atoms bonded together that is considered an entity in various kinds of reactions or as a subunit of a larger molecule 5. a. a mathematical expression indicating a root by means of a radical sign b. radical sign There are a few different meanings here. Obviously the left is attempting to use definition #3 (one who is radical) in order to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Founding Fathers, Freedom, Liberty, Radicals

A Call to Duty

by RightHandMan “To follow Rome, one of the greatest civilizations of all time, as it degenerated and fractured, is especially painful in view of the parallels to what is happening to America in our own times.” Thomas Sowell Recently Mr. Sowell, my favorite author, was interviewed by the Hoover Institution. In response to the quote above, he made a fascinating observation regarding these parallels with Rome and America. In the comparison he said, “…That we have to accommodate people who move here. You know, the old saying is ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’. The new one is, ‘when in Rome, tell the Romans what to do.’ And we are going along with it.” What has happened to us as a people? When did we become so self-deprecating? We have lost … Read entire article »

Filed under: Declaration of Independence, Hoover institute, Liberty, principles, Rome, thomas sowell

2 August 1776: The Declaration of Independence is signed

Each year since the birth of our great nation, we celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July.  It was on this day in 1776 that delegates representing the colonies met in Philadelphia and adopted the Declaration of Independence declaring their independence from England.  It was an action that was not taken lightly for these men were committing an act of treason against the Crown of England punishable by death.  It took courage, it took an inner strength, it took an unshakable belief that we all were born with certain inalienable rights that are granted by our creator and not by a system of government. These men knew that by signing this Declaration they were placing their lives and the lives of their families in grave danger.  It was 234 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Congress, Declaration of Independence, Freedom, Liberty, Sacred Honor, sign

Mr. Stalin’s Neighborhood…in America

According to a new poll by Democracy Corps 55 percent of likely voters think “socialist” is a reasonably accurate way of describing Obama.  That’s an absolutely astounding number considering it was derived from citizens of a nation that was founded on individual liberties, property rights, and limited government.  When the majority of the citizens of this great Republic believe that their chief executive officer is a socialist that should send a pretty clear message that we’re on the wrong track. Now I know that there is a difference between socialism and communism and I’m not saying that all socialists are communists, but the two philosophies have more in common with each other than they have in common with a free market system and capitalism.  Socialism uses capitalism to a degree; however it still attempts to control the means of production just like … Read entire article »

Filed under: Communism, current events, Founding Fathers, Liberty, Obama, Socialism, Video

Liberty is color blind

Lately there has been a great deal of rhetoric from the left about how the Tea Party movement is filled with racists and hate mongers.  They have accused the right of being racist if they disagree with the President.  I really try not to fall into this trap, because that’s what it is; a trap.  It’s a trap that shuts down legitimate debate about the issues we face today.  You can’t debate about the serious problems that our country must address if you haven’t evolved past the name calling phase.  I mean this is what kids do in elementary school.  We need to be better than that. Martin Luther King said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will … Read entire article »

Filed under: Color Blind, Founding Fathers, Freedom, Liberty

Ignorance is strength for the left

My family taught me to never be afraid of asking the tough questions.  My Father would always say, that if it sounds too good to be true, well it probably is.  This taught me that there is no free ride and if someone tells you there is, then grab on to your wallet and hold tight.  It also made it much more difficult to sway my opinion using emotional tactics and promises of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  I became a realist.  My Mother believed that an education combined with observation and experience, would provide me the tools needed in life to make sound decisions.  This drove me to examine life with a critical eye and obtain a deeper understanding of events.   I was sixteen when I started … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1984, american spirit, Free Market, ignorance, Liberty, Republic

Washington Wept

by RightHandMan In the Fraunces Tavern of New York City on December 4, 1783, General Washington wept in front of a group of his officers. For years Gen. George Washington led the Continental Army against the forces of Britain in the revolutionary war. His men fought beside him against the greatest force in the world despite plague, food shortages, harsh weather, a lack of clothing, supplies, and the devaluation of the Continental currency. Worse yet, many of these men went years without pay. Most of us recall the names of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, and for good reason – they were valiant men, great leaders, and brilliant minds. They were men forged by the times, refined by their circumstances, and molded by their creed. The names we don’t know are those of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Revolution, continental army, general washington, George Washington, king george III, Liberty, tyranny

March 21: How liberty dies

What we’re seeing in Washington these days seems to be following the same script from the Star Wars movies. The Emperor and Senate created the illusion of a healthcare crisis to expand the powers of the government over our lives and it worked. The Republic will soon be reorganized…into what, your guess is as good as mine. Keep the faith, because this is only round 1. Liberty forever, freedom for all! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Congress, Healthcare Bill, Liberty, Star Wars

The Ignorance of Chris Matthews: What Does Patriot Mean These Days?

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews’ ignorance about the Constitution and Tea Party movement reached a new level on his show “hardball” when he and far left pal Joan Walsh went after Colin Hanna from Let Freedom Ring.  In an attempt to paint the Tea Party movement as a bunch of non-inclusive racist that embraced the original intent of the Constitution, he and Walsh displayed their progressive fangs as they ripped into the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and then questioned the definition of a patriot.  It was really disturbing to see.  If you all want to know how the far left or progressives feel about our Constitution and those that wish to keep it scared, all you need to do is watch the following clip.  This is sad but scary stuff. After watching this it paints a clear picture of what we’re up against.  Trust me when … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chris Matthews, Constitution, Democrats, Founding Fathers, Liberty, Radicals

That Pesky Constitution and its Negative Liberties

A few days ago the Supreme Court reminded Congress that their authority to impose restrictions on free speech is limited by our pesky little Constitution.  Especially speech that is political in nature.  In a 5-to-4 ruling, they lifted the ban on using corporate and union funds for electioneering communications and advocacy ads.  Justice Anthony Kennedy writing for the majority said, “If the First Amendment has any force, it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech.”  Wow how refreshing is that.  Well as you know the decision angered the left.  They claimed big corporations would have an unfair advantage during election cycles and that they would drown out the voice of the people with their corporate dollars.  They also argued that corporate entities should not be afforded the same Constitutional rights as individuals.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Corporations, Democrats, Freedom of Speech, Liberty, Obama, Progressives, Supreme Court