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Happy declaring our independence from tyranny day!

On July 2, 1776, 12 out of 13 colonial delegations voted in favor of a declaration of independence from England, with the New York delegate abstaining, unsure of how his constituents would wish him to vote.  John Adams wrote that July 2 would be celebrated as the most memorable epoch in the history of America; however the final draft of the Declaration of Independence wasn’t adopted by the Second Continental Congress until two days later July 4, 1776.  This is the date that was chosen to celebrate our declaration to the British Crown. Today as we fire up the grills and shoot off fireworks to celebrate a day off work, perhaps we should also reflect on the meaning behind our celebration.   For me it’s a very personal thing.  I thank God … 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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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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Judge Napolitano: Is Freedom A Myth or a Reality?

Another great one from the judge.  The judge gives a good history lesson in the below clip.  Enjoy. Liberty forever, freedom for all! … 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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Friday Ramblings: So the Constitution is a rigid idea…Yes it is

Last night I decided I wasn’t going to waste my time watching the president tell me for the umpteen time how he has a plan to create jobs by spending more money we don’t have.  We’ve been there, done that.  So instead I took my lovely wife to dinner, enjoyed a good meal, and came home just in time for the Packers Saints game.  On the way to work this morning I was listening to Mike Church and one of his callers pointed out that our President implied that our constitution was a rigid idea.  So needless to say I had to hear it for myself.  Below is a clip from that part of his speech last night. So if you ever had any doubt where our President stands and how … Read entire article »

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Is Ron Paul out of touch or are we?

I will be the first to tell you that up until a few weeks ago I was on the Ron Paul is out of touch bandwagon.  As a matter of fact Right Hand Man and I got into a bit of a disagreement about Ron Paul’s belief that we should pull back in the world and stop interfering in the affairs of other nations.  I argued that we live in a much different world than the founders and that we did have a responsibility to lead.  I was sticking with this argument until it hit me; the world was a very dangerous place during the time of the founders.  There were empires that desired to dominate the world and impose their will upon other nations.  There were pirates that forced … 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: What if…

Have you ever asked yourself what if?  I know I have and lately I find myself asking “what if” more often. What if we fired Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve was eliminated?  In my opinion Bernanke has been an absolute failure as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve.  Appointed by President Bush in 2006, Bernanke has used smoke and mirrors to create the illusion of a sound monetary policy.  His decision to monetize our debt by implementing  QE1, QE2, and now there’s talk of a new round of money printing this summer has not only devalued our currency but has had a direct impact on our fiscal standing in the world.  We need to take a critical look at the central bank Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were so vehemently … Read entire article »

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We have a moral obligation to enforce our constitution

Lately I’ve been hearing the words moral obligation or moral duty being thrown around like a baseball on the first day of spring training.  Pundits and politicians declare we have a moral duty to protect the civilians in Libya.  Democrats cried we had a moral obligation to pass ObamaCare to ensure all Americans had access to affordable health care even though it may very well lead to a single payer system and bankrupt our nation.  With all this talk of moral obligations and duty I feel it’s only fair to add one more to this list.  We have a moral obligation to enforce our constitution.  We owe it to each other and our children in order to restore the republic our founders carefully crafted in 1787.  We owe it to … Read entire article »

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Wisconsin Democrats are undermining our Federalist System

The events that unfolded last week and that are now spilling over into this week with the union protests and Democrats running from their responsibilities to represent their constituents really got me thinking about our system and self governance.  When the founders started us off on our journey as a Constitutional Republic in 1787, it was an experiment on whether a people could govern themselves.  When our constitution was crafted, the founders sought to establish a limited federal government with limited powers.  The constitution purposely delegated most of the powers of governance to the states because it was the states that could best address the concerns of their citizens and not some out of touch bureaucracy 1,000s of miles away.  They understood that the states were in a better position … Read entire article »

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