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Time is a quiet destroyer

My mother and father built the house I grew up in with their own two hands.  It took many years of long hours, overtime work, sacrifice and a few setbacks, but when it was finally completed it was a beautiful home with good bones.  The foundation was sound. Twelve concrete steps that ran up the side of the house to the front door was poured and set by my father.  My father was not one to cut corners so pouring and setting them was a painstaking task for a man who was a perfectionist.  The ground had to be prepared in order to support the two and half tons of concrete that made up the steps.  Looking back I know my father spent a great deal of time to get … Read entire article »

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Why the left demonizes our Founding Fathers

Yesterday while listening to the Sean Hannity radio show a caller who identified himself as a liberal questioned why conservatives hold such a godlike reverence towards our Founding Fathers.  After all these men were nothing but rich, white, slave owners who spoke of liberty and yet enslaved a people.  You could sense the caller’s contempt towards our founders in his visceral tone.  It had a healthy dose of arrogance seasoned with anger.  He further went on to call conservatives unintelligent people who only cared about huge corporations.   Mr. Hannity let the man continue on with his rant without saying a word.  Finally the caller asked, “What do you have to say about that?”  Paraphrasing Mr. Hannity’s reply, he said something to the likes of, sometimes the best thing to do … Read entire article »

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NRA News: Special Report, “Sheriffs Lay Down The Law”

I ran across this Special Report “Sheriffs Lay Down The Law” by Ginny Simone from NRA News last night.  It’s only about five minutes long but it’s a very good piece.  So please take the time to check it out. Sheriffs across the nation are standing up for our constitution and our rights.  It’s time we do the same and back them up.  God bless them. Liberty forever, freedom for all! … Read entire article »

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Mayor Bloomberg’s twisted “interpretation” of America

Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes our interpretation of the constitution needs to change to allow for greater security to stave off future attacks like the Boston Marathon bombings.  And my guess is sadly many people agree with him.  During a press conference Mr. Bloomberg said, “The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry, but we live in a complex world where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.” Does this guy know anything about our constitution and why the Founding Fathers crafted in the manner they did?  It’s apparent he does not.  By trading our liberties for some sort of … Read entire article »

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Senator Ted Cruz schools Senator Feinstein like a sixth grader

Every now and then we get to see the true face of liberalism and yesterday we got a rare glimpse of it in Senator Dianne Feinstein’s response to Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s question about the constitutionality of a gun ban imposed by the federal government.  Below is the clip of that exchange. Senator Feinstein might not be a sixth grader but she was sure schooled like one yesterday.  And like a sixth grader who has failed to do their homework she was woefully unprepared for Senator Cruz’s quiz.  And when you’re not prepared for a quiz you panic.  Yesterday Senator Feinstein lost her cool  and resorted to the same old tactics of the left when the facts are working against them.  You make an emotional appeal to the crowd regardless of … Read entire article »

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Rand Paul: Standing on principle!

Finally someone in Washington is standing up for our constitution and our individual rights it protects and it’s damn refreshing to see.  Senator Rand Paul has had enough of a President who appears more than willing to shred the constitution by not restricting the use of drones on American citizens on U.S. soil. After receiving a statement from Attorney General Eric Holder that hinted at the possibility of using a drone to kill Americans inside the United States Rand Paul decided to take his case to the floor of the Senate and filibuster President Obama’s CIA nominee John Brennan until he receives an assurance from the White House that drones would not be used against American citizens on U.S. soil. Holder struggled to give a straight forward answer when questioned by … Read entire article »

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America out of scale: Rethinking the Permanent Apportionment Act of 1929

Eventually over time nations grow out of scale.  The manageable becomes unmanageable because as the population and size of a nation grows so do its problems.  Our founders believed that government at its best was an imperfect beast administered by flawed bureaucrats seeking power and control.  They felt that in order to keep government in check it should be as close to the people as possible.  This is why many of our founding fathers feared an all-powerful federal government with its seat at a national capital far from the people.  They knew it would be more detached from the people so they decided to do three things to keep it in check when they crafted the constitution. The first was to create a system of government that had three separate but … Read entire article »

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The President has no constitutional authority to restrict or ban certain types of weapons…period!

The President held a press conference today and the main topics were the debt ceiling and gun control.  At one point during the conference President Obama my the following statement: “My understanding is the vice president’s going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence,” said Obama. “Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we’re going to go ahead and propose later in the week. But I’m confident that there are some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president, and where you get a step that, has … Read entire article »

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Liberty deserves better from me

As a conservative I’m fighting each day to restore the constitutional republic our founding fathers gave us.  My weapon in this fight is the words that I use in the articles I write.  After all this an ideological war, one that pits two very different views about the role government should play in our lives.  It’s a topic that has been debated since the founding of our great nation.  Great minds like James Madison and Patrick Henry had two very different views on the role government should play in our lives and they matched wits against each other during the Virginia ratifying convention in 1788.  Both men were Patriots and both men were concerned with securing the rights of the individual.  They just had different ideas on the best method … Read entire article »

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The power still resides in the people…see the Founding Fathers

Last week the constitution and our individual liberties took a beating.  Rumors that Justice Roberts switched his position because of pressure from outside forces are beginning to surface.  If this is the case, and John Roberts caved because he feared how he and the court would be perceived by the left, then we are in deep trouble as a nation.  Supreme Court Justices must remain above opinions of both the left and right and examine the law strictly based on its constitutional merit.  They must do this without fear of reprisal.  This is why the founders established life time appointments for Supreme Court Justices.  They didn’t want the Justices to feel intimidated by the other branches of government.  If a Supreme Court Justice’s decision is swayed by public opinion or … Read entire article »

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Why federalism is failing us…see Arizona ruling

In a 5-3 ruling the Supreme Court struck down three out of the four key provisions in Arizona’s immigration law.  Justice Kennedy delivered the opinion of the court and as I read the long-form explanation of the court’s opinion it became abundantly clear to me why federalism is failing us.  It’s failing us because the federal government believes it’s a national government that reigns supreme over all things.  It does not view states as sovereign entities that are part of a federation and the Arizona ruling confirmed that position. In order to understand where I am coming from one must know the difference between a national government and a federal government. A National government is the highest level of governance with the government at the central level having direct control over … Read entire article »

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Federalism: Stuffing the federal government back into its constitutional box

The other day I was listening to one of my favorite conservative talk radio shows on the way to work and the discussion was about whether or not states have the right to unplug from the corrupt system that is the federal leviathan.  The logic tree the host climbed up in regards to states and their legal right to decide not to participate in unconstitutional programs and laws that are imposed on them by a federal government made complete sense.  He even went so far as to say that states participation in the election process was completely voluntary and if states wanted to they could choose not to send Senators (who represent the interest of the states) to Washington D.C.  I found the discussion very intriguing to say the least.  … Read entire article »

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Is the sun setting on our liberties?

I often sometimes wonder if states had another bite at the apple in regards to ratification of the constitution, would they rethink ratification knowing what they know today about how the federal government has positioned itself through interpretation the justify operating beyond its 17 enumerated powers.  It’s hard to say because so many people have become so dependent on the federal government and view minor infringements on their unalienable rights as a necessary evil to ensure what they perceive as a secure and safe society.  I have argued in the past for the need to convene an Article V convention to correct the wrongs of 16th and 17th amendments and to clarify the commerce clause.  I’m not so sure that’s the way to go in this age of dependency. You see … Read entire article »

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The patterns of history

Ever since I can remember I’ve loved history.  It was the one subject I excelled in during my high school and college years.  I always had a deep appreciation for it because at a young age I realized history speaks to us even if we choose to ignore it.  You see history can teach us about life and about us if we’re willing to take the time to open our eyes and examine the past with an open mind.  It can teach us about success and failure, love and hate and human nature because the truth is history is the fingerprint of our humanity.  When we see clear patterns in history we should take notice of them.  When we see the repeat of these patterns throughout history we should learn … Read entire article »

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Local Government: It’s time to get our house in order

Lately I’ve been running into a number of people who are completely frustrated with a federal government that is clearly out of control.  They’re frustrated with both political parties and a system that appears rigged to work against them and favor the political elite.  Again and again I hear the same concerns about elected officials ignoring the constitution and their unquenchable thirst for power.  They’re frustration is turning into apathy.  They’re starting to lose hope that this thing can be turned around.  The hope they felt with the 2010 elections results has slipped into disappointment.  They believed that one election would change the course America was on.  Some of us understand that we didn’t get here overnight and it’s going to take more than one election to turn things around.  … Read entire article »

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The Constitution: Keeping a promise ( H.R. 347)

As many of you know I made a New Year’s resolution to contact my elected representative whenever I feel a bill has been crafted, passed, or signed into law that violates the constitution.  I do this because if we’re going to turn this thing around we’re going to need to reestablish the constitution as the law of the land.  We do this by not remaining silent when a bill like H.R. 347 is passed and signed into law.  This law threatens freedom of speech in America and my representative voted yes in support of it.  My representative is a Republican so party affiliation means very little because this bill got overwhelming support from both sides of the political spectrum.  Below is the the letter I sent him via email an … Read entire article »

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While we were distracted did we lose free speech? (H.R. 347)

While we were being distracted by the Sandra Fluke-Rush Limbaugh debacle last week somehow we lost some more of our liberties; liberties that are protected by OUR constitution.  This time the target is free speech. Yes you heard right we may have lost our ability to express ourselves through the act of protesting the government and it sneaked in right under our radar.  Yesterday morning while I was getting ready for work I caught Judge Napolitano on Fox and Friends talking about how last week President Obama had signed into law H.R. 347. Below is the Fox and Friends clip of this interview. How I missed this, I don’t know.  What I do know is that since the turn of the year our President has violated the constitution three times.  First … Read entire article »

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Why does the left want a king to rule over us?

When the Founding Fathers came together and crafted our constitution the notion that government was at best an imperfect entity that offered imperfect solutions was universally accepted by many of them.  The history of past governments had taught them that no matter what constraints were placed on governments the natural evolution was to drift towards tyranny.  This flawed nature of government was a direct reflection of our own human nature and the tendency for people to look to kings and enlightened leaders to solve their problems.  Even the Israelites chose a king against the wishes of God because they desired to be like the rest of the nations of their world.  This prevailing mindset of the period prompted George Washington say, ”Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it … Read entire article »

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Are we capable of self-governance anymore?

Thomas Jefferson once said, “Man is capable of living in society, governing itself by laws self-imposed, and securing to its members the enjoyment of life, liberty, property, and peace.” Lately I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking on the topic of self-governance and I’m beginning to wonder if we’re capable of self-governance anymore.  It you ask the five different people what self-governance means to them you will get five different answers.  The most common answer I hear is that self-governance means the people set up our own form of government to be governed by.  This response is not only incomplete but totally misses the mark.  Self-governance is much more than setting up a form of government and a system of laws to govern us; it’s about the inalienable rights we’re … Read entire article »

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Congressman Berg replies to my recess appointment letter

A few weeks ago President Obama made four recess appointments while the Senate was still in pro forma session.  This unconstitutional act by the president prompted me to take action and contact Congressman Berg.  You can read the letter I sent him here>>  Today I receive his reply to my letter.  Below is his reply in its entirety.  Please take a few moments to read it. Dear John, Thank you or contacting me about the President Obama’s recent appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board.  I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter. Like you, I was dismayed by the President’s shameless disregard for historical precedent when he appointed Richard Cordray as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau along with three new members to … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (Pro Forma Edition)

I took the last couple of days off to collect my thoughts and recharge.  The big news of last week was President Obama’s decision to make four recess appointments while congress was still in session under a procedural rule called pro forma.  This pro forma rule was first implemented in 2007 via a senate controlled by the Democrats to prevent then President Bush from making any recess appointments.  Following the advice of his lawyers, President Bush decided that any appointments made during the pro forma session would indeed violate the constitution.  Article I, section 5 of the constitution clearly states that each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings. When the senate crafted this pro forma procedural rule in 2007 it was and is perfectly legal per the constitution; however … Read entire article »

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Judge Napolitano: No difference between Mitt Romney and President Obama

I do love these clips from Judge Napolitano because he knows how to get his message across so well; something Ron Paul still struggles with in my opinion.  In the below video he basically makes the case as to why Romney and Santorum are not up to the task to make the necessary changes to reestablish the constitution as the law of the land.  There is only one candidate who is standing up for the constitution and liberty. Check it out. Folks yesterday the President in my opinion violated the constitution by making what he called a recess appointment.  The problem is congress was not technically in recess; he just decided to push forward and violate the law of the land and make his appointments without the consent of the senate.  … Read entire article »

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The Best of “The Plain Truth” 2011 & my New Year’s resolution

Below is the best of Judge Napolitano’s “The Plain Truth.”  It’s about 43 minutes long but as always it’s well worth the watch,  At about the 22 minute mark, he makes a great comparison between the Roman Empire and America.  It’s really informative and worth a look.  When the FED Chair talks about QE1, QE2, and QE3, he’s talking about actions that devalue our currency just as they did during Roman times.  Enjoy the clip. This was a snap shot of just how far we have drifted away from the Constitution in the last year even with a Republican controlled House.  The last I checked the constitution is still the “Law of the land” and as the “Law of the Land” is supreme and enforceable.  So this brings me to my … Read entire article »

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The Boston Tea Party still matters

On December 16, 1773 roughly 200 men, some dressed like Indians, boarded three ship in the Boston Harbor and dumped 342 crates of tea in the water.  It was an act of protest against the draconian policies of an oppressive government.  It was a liberty loving people standing up for the right to be heard and the right to have their grievances addressed by the British Parliament.  The main grievance was taxation without representation.  Even though the British lowered the duty on tea, the colonists believed that by accepting the tea under these conditions, they would be admitting that Britain had the right to tax them without representation.  What many do not know is that the colonists made numerous attempts to have their message heard by the British Parliament.  They … Read entire article »

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Our Bill of Rights is 220 years old today!

Tonight most of us will be watching the Republican debate before the Christmas break.  This will be the last chance for the candidates to pitch their brand of conservatism on a national stage to a very skeptical audience before the Iowa caucus.  Today also marks the day that our Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791 by the last state needed (Virginia) to make the first 10 amendments of our constitution the law of the land. During the ratification process of our constitution a point of contention between the Federalist and Anti-Federalist forces became apparent in regards to providing safeguards to protect individual liberties.  Many in the Anti-Federalist camp believed that the constitution as written was too powerful and did not provide enough restraints to protect these liberties.  They proposed that … Read entire article »

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I’m a little confused…

So according to the latest Rasmussen poll (Nov 30) 38 percent of likely GOP primary voters support Newt Gingrich while 17 percent support Mitt Romney.  So basically 55 percent of the conservatives who participated in the poll support big government candidates.  I’m a little confused.  I thought conservatism was about preserving the institutions that protected our rights and promoted liberty.  I thought it was about less regulation, reestablishing our constitution, sound fiscal policy, individualism, and oh yeah LIMITED GOVERNMENT.  And yet 55 percent of likely GOP primary voters are supporting candidates who have less than stellar conservative records.  Am I missing something here? Yesterday on the way home from work I listened to Mark Levin attack Ron Paul’s foreign policy position and how out of touch he was with real world … Read entire article »

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Judge Napolitano: Do we have a constitution?

Do we have a constitution anymore? Can the republic be restored? Judge Andrew Napolitano and Utah Senator Mike Lee examine this topic in the below video.  Please take a few minutes and watch it. Mark Levin says we are living in a “post constitution” period in America.  Conservative talk show host Mike Church believes our constitution is dead and that we need to get over it.  The other day I was listening to Andrew Wilkow and he made the case that DUI checkpoints which is now commonplace in America are 100 percent unconstitutional.  Think about it, every time law enforcement set these checkpoints up to randomly pull over cars and subject the individual to a sobriety tests or breath alcohol test without any probable cause they are violating the 4th amendment … Read entire article »

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Newt Gingrich at Values Voter Summit – Out-of-Control Judges

One of the things I really like about Newt Gingrich beyond him being brilliant, is I believe he is very sincere about saving America.  He is a man who has made a few missteps in his past, but can you tell me who hasn’t.  Look at all the missteps and associations President Obama has had in his past.  No one is perfect.  None of our candidates are perfect.  There is one or two things about each candidate that we conservatives don’t like.  Now back to Mr. Gingrich.  Yes he has had some missteps in the past but the one thing he is about is ideas.  He brings up relevant topics that need to be discussed and debated.  Below is a clip from yesterday’s Values Voter Summit in which he addresses … Read entire article »

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GBTV: Cutting the people out

This is a follow up from yesterday’s post because I believe that the attack on our Constitution and our republic is a very real threat from the progressive left.  The following is a video clip from GBTV that addresses this issue and highlights the concerns I raised in yesterday’s post.  Check it out. This is the end goal folks.  These progressives want to fundamentally transform our country and our Constitution is one of the main obstacles that prevents them from achieving this goal.  The other obstacle is an informed citizenry,  That’s people like you and me.  I have said it again and again and I will continue to say it.  The main issue we should all be concerned about in this country is the restoration of our Constitution.  When our Constitution … Read entire article »

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The left’s disdain for our constitution runneth over…

How many of you remember the below clip from the Star Wars movie?  A young Anakin Skywalker is sitting in a field with his love Padme talking about how he would change or fundamentally transform the Republic so that it’s more responsive to the needs of the people.  Padme, a champion of the Republic quickly realizes what he’s proposing. For those who love liberty what Anakin is proposing is the antithesis of liberty.  It’s a dictatorship.  Why did he propose such a thing?  He believed the system didn’t work anymore and something needed to change to get things done.  If you’re a Star Wars fan and have seen the movies you know how this line of thinking worked out for the fictional Republic.  The Republic was eventually transformed into the Galactic … Read entire article »

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Friday Ramblings: Do we even deserve our constitution?

The one thing I have learned in the last few years is if you want to effect change you must stay engaged in the process and address the tough issues we face today.  Now many of you might be thinking there are so many problems that need addressing where to start?  I believe the single biggest problem we face as a nation is our elected officials’ complete disregard for our constitution.  The second biggest problem is the total lack of understanding by the citizenry of the document that protects their rights.  I told someone earlier in the week that if people in this country showed as much interest in the constitution as they do for the NFL season oh what a different nation we would be.  Let’s face it we … Read entire article »

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It’s Constitution Week!

Yesterday was a time for reflection; a time for remembrance as we paid homage to those we lost in the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks 10 years ago.  As Right Hand Man said so eloquently in his post yesterday we changed.  We changed as a nation and as a people on that day.  It was one of those moments in time that was not only life changing event for so many; but one that was defining in nature for us as a nation.  This week marks the beginning of another significant time in our nation’s history.  It’s the week that our current system of government was finalized after months of debate in Philadelphia. On this day in 1787 William Johnson from Connecticut presented the final draft of our constitution to the … Read entire article »

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Debt Ceiling Deal: Is the “Super Congress” constitutional?

A few days ago the debt ceiling “crisis” was adverted when congress cobbled together a plan that kicks the can even further down the road.  Within this bill there is the framework to set up a 12 person bipartisan commission whose charter is to find additional spending cuts and present them before congress for a simple up or down vote without debate.  They have been granted unprecedented authority by the congress to act on behalf of the American people to cut spending.  People have called this new panel with these new powers a Super Congress.  Here’s the problem, one of the very foundations of our republic is to be able to have open and robust debate on the issues.  This commission which requires a simple up or down vote sounds … Read entire article »

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Behind Closed Doors

I’m sure most of you have either heard of or experienced closed door meetings in the organization you work for.  These meetings are called for a variety of reasons; however based on my own experience the main reason is when management is planning some type of organizational change they don’t want their employees to know about.  The topics can range forced layoffs to major organization restructure and can create a certain amount of uneasiness in the workplace, so steps are taken to conceal the order of business from the workforce.   They don’t want to present a plan or announce a layoff until all the logistics have been hammered out, a general consensus has been reached, and the timing is right.  Because closed door meetings tend to be so secretive it’s … Read entire article »

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Friday Ramblings: Our system is not broken; however something else is

Lately I’ve heard a number of people grumbling about the system.  They say it’s corrupt.  They say there is something fundamentally flawed with it.  They say it’s broken.  It’s a “nothing changes” mindset and it’s starting to spread.  They’re losing faith and trust in the system and this is a bad road to be traveling down.  How many of you know or have encountered people likes this?  I am beginning to encounter more and more each day.  So is the system broken?  Some of you might say yes. So what is this system that so many people think is broken?  Is it our legal system with ideological activist judges advancing their agenda through rulings?  Is it our legislators, writing and passing bills that infringe on our rights?  Is it our government … Read entire article »

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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 »

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We must be ready to advance liberty and freedom

Many of you are probably growing very tired of people who choose to keep their heads buried in the sand in regards to the current state of our nation.  I’m sure you have encountered these types of people in your daily activities.  They’re the ones who say they hate politics and would rather ignore the obvious than embrace the truth.  Whenever you bring up an important issue that could very well impact them or the country as a whole, they tune you out because they simply do not want to hear it.  They’re more concerned about who got voted off of American Idol or why they were defriended on Facebook the night before than our constitution and government that disregards it.  These people are spouses, friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors.  … Read entire article »

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The Sunshine Patriot: When it becomes personal

How many of you know conservatives or people who claim they want to do the necessary things to save the republic.  They spout off about reining in the government and cutting spending.   They demand entitlement reform and a government that functions within the scope of its constitutional parameters.  They slam politicians who tax and spend and wave Gadsden Flags to show their patriotic spirit.  Yes that’s right they talk the talk that is until it becomes personal or in some way impacts them.  These are the modern day “sunshine patriots” that Thomas Paine spoke of back during that difficult winter of 1776. “These are times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands … Read entire article »

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