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Video: The Transformation of Society

I know, I said I was going to step back but I just can’t help myself.  Anyway I found this interesting video on You Tube.  Please take a few minutes to check it out. Source: The Corbett Report It’s shocking to see how quickly we have transformed as a society.  Principles that were commonplace only 50 years ago are now gone.  The narrator ask how do we snap people out of this state of affairs; or as I see it this apathetic mindset?  What needs to happen to wake the people up?  In my opinion waking people up will be a monumental task.  It will take a massive effort on the part of liberty loving citizens to deprogram a citizenry that has been conditioned to accept these blatant violations of our constitution … Read entire article »

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Walking the dog…

I love going on walks with my dog.  It’s something fairly new for me because I’ve only had my dog for about a year; but I’ve found it to be very enjoyable.  There is a mutual benefit for both of us.  She likes the exercise and to smell anything and everything she stumbles upon.  I like to unwind from the day.  Sometimes I walk her.  Sometimes she walks me.  It all depends on our moods. Yesterday we went on a long walk through the neighborhood.  As the walk started I noticed that hardly any flags were displayed on homes for Flag Day.  Out of 100+ homes we walked by, I only counted nine flags on display.  And out of those nine flags displayed, five were on homes that always display them.  … 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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The Boston Bombings: Don’t let evil steal our liberties…

Yesterday marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War when British Regulars marched on the towns of Lexington and Concord to impose England’s will on the colonists in 1775.  The British goals were to arrest Patriot Leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock and capture the stores of munitions in Concord.  Many colonists viewed this as a direct and immediate threat to their liberties and freedom.  After years of having their concerns ignored by the Crown and the British Parliament the colonists had finally decided enough was enough.  They were no longer going to stand idly by and allow the Crown to alter their way of life.  It was time to send a message and it was citizens soldiers (Militia) that sent it on that day.  It was the shot that was … Read entire article »

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The spirit of Paul Revere and William Dawes still lives in those who love liberty

On this day in 1775  Paul Revere and Dr. William Dawes set out on horseback from Boston to warn Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British regulars were marching on Lexington and to arrest them and then on to Concord to confiscate the weapons hidden there by the colonists.  Below is an account of the event. By 1775, tensions between the American colonies and the British government had approached the breaking point, especially in Massachusetts, where Patriot leaders formed a shadow revolutionary government and trained militias to prepare for armed conflict with the British troops occupying Boston. In the spring of 1775, General Thomas Gage, the British governor of Massachusetts, received instructions from Great Britain to seize all stores of weapons and gunpowder accessible to the American insurgents. … Read entire article »

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Senator John Hoeven must stand with the “New Blood” or risk losing my support

I’ve never been a single issue voter; but that long held position was pushed to its limit when I found out my senator (John Hoeven) voted to allow debate in the Senate on gun control.  I was so mad I went to his Facebook page and posted the following; “I will not support you again Senator. You know this vote opens the door for a Democratic majority to ram through whatever they want with a simple majority vote. You knew this and you voted for it any way. Today you stood against the constitution and the peoples’ right to bear arms. You should be ashamed of yourself. “ I meant every word at the time. Mark Levin hammered the 16 Republican Senators who voted to move forward with the debate.  He stated … Read entire article »

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Patrick Henry was willing to trade his life for the cause of liberty

Do Americans care about liberty anymore?  I often wonder.  Just look at the last few weeks and ask yourself if liberty matters to Americans.  In New Jersey we had a woman ( Eileen Hart) who attended a public informal meeting and protested a reevaluation of her property value; one that significantly increased her tax rate.  Se below. Ms. Hart attended the meeting, armed with- as she said “her Constitution and the facts.” Said Hart “I tried to express my opinion and tell them that my Constitutional rights had been violated. I began quoting the Constitution, line by line. Ms. Hart tried to explain, that Appraisal Systems, Inc. was attempting to inspect her property without her husband being present. As an Orthodox Jew, this is against the tenets of her religion. Her husband … Read entire article »

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The struggle to define the role of government is causing us to lose our republic…

One of the reasons why our government has grown so massive and out of control is because the governed has struggled to understand the role government is supposed to play in our lives.  Does government protect rights or create rights?  Should government create laws to secure the people or secure our rights?  Earlier today my blogging partner Right Hand Man posted the following comment on his Facebook page: “Within the last week I’ve had conversations with three different people who hold the unfortunate belief that our government is here to define and protect our freedoms. If this is the majority of Americans, then we’ve lost this republic already.” One of our friends asked, “So what is the government for?”  Below is my response to this question. The founders believed that government should … Read entire article »

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Liberty needs more doers and fewer watchers

My father always told me there are two types of people in this world; doers and watchers.  Even the revolutionary war had its share of doers and watchers.  The doers were the Patriots and Tories.  These people encompassed colonists who kicked in by fighting either for independence or for the King.  Some of the most brutal and bloodiest battles of the war were fought between Patriots and Tories.  They made up roughly 2/3 of the colonial population.  The final 1/3 was made up people who either didn’t care which side won or who desired independence but really didn’t want to invest in the overall effort to achieve it.  They offered up plenty of verbal noise but beyond that they were looking for the doers on the Patriot side to get … Read entire article »

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Washington Politics: Power and Control is the name of the game

When I first sat down I was going to write about John Boehner and his “purge” yesterday of fiscal conservatives from key committee positions but my friend Steve over at America’s Watchtower has already covered this topic and said everything I would have said in his excellent article.  So I’m not going to retread that tire.  As most of my readers know I have been pushing the notion that the “fiscal deal” has already been cut behind closed doors and that what we’re observing now is nothing more than political theater.  I said the deal would include some type of tax increases and the counter proposal that Boehner floated yesterday did indeed include tax increases.  So no surprises there.  I also said the real battle would be selling the tax … Read entire article »

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Wandering around in my mind

Lately I’ve been finding it hard to jot some words down on the blog.  I’ve been wandering around in my mind finding it difficult to string together anything that could be construed as a coherent thought.   The truth is I’m tired.  I’m tired of both Republicans and Democrats stealing my liberties and my property to expand the size of government and the role they play in my life.  I’m tired of the next crisis they will use to drive us deeper in debt and regulate us more.  I’m tired of a tax system that takes money from my wife and me and redistributes to people who don’t pays taxes.   I’m tired of an uninformed electorate who has no desire to educate themselves on the issues.  I’m tired of an overregulated … Read entire article »

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Restoring liberty should be our number one priority

During the recent election most people listed the economy as their number one concern and that it should be a top priority for the next administration.  The reason people prioritize the economy as their main concern is because they can feel it.  Like the nauseating smell of cigarettes smoke, people feel the negative effects of a faltering economy.   It has an immediate and direct impact on their lives and impedes their ability to pursue happiness because there is little to no opportunity.  So it’s a natural thing for people to desire stronger economic conditions because it creates an opportunity rich environment. It establishes a basis for financial and economic security.  And it enhances and improves the individual condition.  If only people would connect the dots and realize that liberty is … Read entire article »

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I will not go gentile into that goodnight…I will resist and fight for liberty

Like most of you, I’ve been doing a great deal of soul searching since the election.  I’ve been questioning if my efforts to promote conservatism were worth the time and energy put into it.  Like most of you I have great concerns about the course America has chosen.  Two nights ago liberty took it on the chin.  Americans decided that they wanted to continue down the road to serfdom.  At one point I actually looked at my wife and told her I was done.  I would waste no more time trying to convince people that liberty is the answer.  I felt so drained and empty.  It was in this moment of self-reflection that I decided to go downstairs and pull some books about the founding fathers and the Revolutionary War … Read entire article »

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Ask yourself this question before you vote today…

When you go out an vote today and examine all the measures you are voting on in your states.  Before you check yes or no on any measure, ask yourself if the measure promotes individual liberty or if the measure takes individual liberty away.  The answer to that question should help you decide how to vote no matter how good the measures’ intentions are.  The same can be said for the candidates you vote for.  Do they stand for liberty or not?  Below is a great clip of John Wayne that might help remind you of the role government should play in our lives.  Check it out. Now go VOTE! Liberty forever, freedom for all. … 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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Why I didn’t watch President Obama’s acceptance speech…

I decided not to watch President Obama’s speech because it really doesn’t matter to me what he says.  I know he’s a polished speaker.  He’s a master at spinning a tale for the misguided and uninformed.  They hang on to his every word and gobble it up like candy believing that only Obama can lead America out of darkness and into the light.  They don’t care that he lies or that he says one thing and does another.  It doesn’t matter to them that Obama’s policies have failed and that we’ve become more dependent as a people on the federal government.  They view government as a benevolent entity that exists to right the wrongs of society and grant new rights to different groups who believe they are entitled.  Obama’s speeches … Read entire article »

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Conservatives need to stand up, speak up, and drive the narrative

I’m tired of the left driving the narrative this election cycle.  We have anemic economic growth, over 8 percent unemployment, little to no job growth with a bleak outlook, no budget for three years, Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank financial reform laws destroying our healthcare and economic systems, over $5 trillion more on the national credit card, the loss of our triple AAA credit rating, failed green energy companies at the taxpayer’s expense, a massive tax increase (Obamacare) on the American people, the fast and furious scandal leading to the Attorney General of the United States being held in contempt, the FED monetizing our debt and devaluing our dollar leading to inflation, the doubling of gas prices since 2009, and a President running roughshod over the rule of law and our … Read entire article »

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Liberty: Why so many don’t understand it

We talk about it.  We celebrate it.  We claim to cherish it and yet many people don’t understand it.  I’m talking about liberty.  Here we are moving towards the high-water mark of the election season and our President is attacking and dividing our country instead of promoting liberty and freedom.  He’s talking about Romney and his time at Bain Capital.  He’s calling him a felon.  He’s talking about raising taxes on the “evil” rich.  The Democrats in congress have even threatened to drive America off the fiscal cliff if the Republicans don’t give into their demands.  He’s bashing the free market, bashing the successful and bashing individualism.  Let’s face it Obama clearly favors more control and less liberty.  He wants more control over our economy, more control over our energy … Read entire article »

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Independence Day: My duty and my responsibility as a citizen

Ever since I was a child I’ve loved fireworks.  The crisp sparkle of a variety of colors painting the night sky has always captivated me.  Last night while watching the news I heard a faint boom from a far off distance. Like a child on Christmas morning I jumped up from my chair and went to the back door.  Just over the hill I could see those wondrous colors painting the sky; a feeling of reassurance washed over me as I made my way to a chair on my back patio.  Independence Day was upon us again. The temperature was in the low seventies with a warm breeze that rustled the leaves of the large silver maple in my backyard.  It was just enough of a breeze the keep the mosquitoes … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (Take Back Liberty edition)

The constitution took a beating this past week.  First with the Arizona ruling on Tuesday then with the Obamacare ruling on Thursday.  Both high profile cases were closely watched as many experts believed the SCOTUS would not only strike down the individual mandate in Obamacare but would kill the terrible law in its entirety.  Sadly that was not the case.  Conservative Justice Roberts jumped shipped and sided with the four Justices on the left and interpreted the penalty as a tax making Obamacare constitutional.  Remember that day and how you felt when the unthinkable became a reality.  It should have never come to this point.  It should have never been left in the hands of the SCOTUS to defend our liberties.  WE should be the defenders of our liberty and … Read entire article »

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I am what I am because I’m the master of my own destiny

Can you say that you are masters of your own destiny; that you control your own fate?  That all you are and all you will become is based on the decisions you have made or will make in this life; a series of choices that lead to life events with more choices to make.  Or do you believe your life is predestined and no matter what road you travel or what choices you make it has already been mapped out?  There is so much I don’t know about life, but what I do know is I am what am because of who I am and I’m living the life I have chosen.  And it’s good. I don’t envy those who are successful and wealthy because being master of my own destiny … Read entire article »

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Conservatives sabotaging conservatism

I took a few days off after our primary this past Tuesday to digest the results.  Two very conservative measures were voted down in what’s supposed to be one of the most conservative states in the union.  One measure provided an avenue for people to unshackle themselves from the bonds of property taxes while the other measure reinforced religious freedom on a state level.  Both measures had everything to do with conservatism; liberty and smaller government in our lives and both failed to pass by overwhelming margins.  I wasn’t surprised that both measures were voted down.  I saw it coming with all the money being poured into the anti measure campaign from largely progressive left groups.  The most disturbing part of all was that there were a large number of … Read entire article »

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When conservatives don’t embrace liberty

Have you ever met someone who claimed to be conservative to the bone and then turned around and threw their support behind bigger government?  If the answer is yes well you’re not alone.  Let me give you an example of the mindset I finding with many of my “conservative” neighbors.  There are two measures on the North Dakota ballot next Tuesday.  One measure eliminates property taxes while the other strengthens and preserves religious freedom for the individual.  The goal conservatives should be striving to achieve is less government, less regulation, lower taxes, and empowering the individual at all levels.  What I’m finding is that many so-called conservatives are not really embracing these core principles.  Instead they’re throwing their support behind bigger government involvement in their lives.  Let’s start with measure … Read entire article »

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North Dakota Measure 2: The uninformed, the unknown, and the fear of liberty

This past Tuesday I wrote about a measure on the ballot in North Dakota that will eliminate property taxes if it passes on June 12.  In that post I talked about statist forces that are working hard to defeat this measure.  This coalition is very large and very powerful.  I decided to get the pulse of my friends on this issue and I discovered a few disturbing things. First off about 25 percent of the people I talk to about measure 2 didn’t even realize there was a measure on the ballot to eliminate property taxes.   This of course not only disappointed me but it also disturbed me a great deal.  How can you be living in North Dakota and not know that there is a measure on the ballot that … Read entire article »

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North Dakota Measure 2: Property Tax Revolution

On June 12th North Dakotans will go to the polls and have the chance to make history.  Constitutional measure 2, elimination of property taxes and replacement of lost revenue will be on the ballot.  North Dakotans will have an opportunity to decide whether they want the continued regulation of their lives through a tax on their property or they want to be free.  It’s really that simple.  There are big government forces out there who are trying to convince the voters that the world will come to an end if these shackles are discarded.  They are telling the people that if measure 2 passes they will cede local control to the state, forcing cities to beg the state for crucial funding.  To that I say balderdash!  The new wording in … Read entire article »

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19 April 1775: The shot heard round the world

“Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war let it begin here.”  Those were the words that Captain John Parker told his minutemen on this day 237 years ago.  This was the day that the American Revolution and the fight to secure liberty for all Americans began when 77 minutemen engaged 700 British regulars in the village of Lexington just west of Boston.  I can only image what was going through the minds of Captain Parker’s men as they gathered on the village green in the early morning hours on April 19, 1775 to face the British regulars; the most powerful army in the world.  I’m sure some questioned the wisdom of their actions; however it had become clear to many colonists … Read entire article »

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President Obama calls it Social Darwinism; I call it liberty…

This past week when President Obama stated that Paul Ryan’s budget proposal was “thinly veiled social Darwinism.”  In an attempt to understand exactly the context in which he was using the term Social Darwinism, I watched his speech again.  After all Social Darwinism has such a negative connotation that surrounds it I wanted to make sure I got it right.  So based on my observation he is stating that Paul Ryan’s plan promotes individualism and free market principles that rewards the successful for their efforts and actions.  This in-turn creates a larger inequality gap in America because where there are winners there are also losers.  I think I got that right.  Well this would explain why he has such disdain for it.  He doesn’t believe that individualism and the free … 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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Patrick Henry: Give me liberty, or give me death!

Two years ago today President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  For the first time in our nation’s history people are now slaves to a government program that mandates they purchase an insurance plan or face a penalty.  The act of an all controlling leviathan.  Liberty was lost on that day.  Call it planned or a strange coincident but the President signed this liberty stealing act on the anniversary of Patrick Henry’s famous “give me liberty or give me death” speech during the Virginia Convention at the ,St John’s Church in Richmond Virginia.  Henry’s words moved and inspired a people into action.  Below is the entire speech he gave in response to increasingly oppressive British rule over the American colonies.  Please take a few moments … 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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Mark Levin tells it like it is…Ameritopia

Yesterday morning on Fox and Friends Mark Levin made a rare appearance promoting his new book Ameritopia.  I really enjoy listening to Mr. Levin even though I do not always agree with him.  He’s not a big fan of Ron Paul or Mitt Romney.  I enjoy listening to his show because I truly believe Mr. Levin gets it.  He understands with perfect clarity as to what’s happening to America.  He sees that liberty and the constitution are under constant siege from both the left and right and believes we’re living in a post constitution America. He’s a rock solid patriot I have a  great deal if respect for. I read his first book Liberty and Tyranny and loved it.  It inspired me to start blogging and for the first time engage … Read entire article »

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Video: Ron Paul’s 2002 Predictions All Come True!

Back in April 2002 Ron Paul stood on the House floor and made some bold predictions about where America was heading and what the future held for us.  This was a full year before the commencement of U.S. military operations in Iraq.  He nailed the Arab Spring nine years before it happened.  Please take a few minutes and checkout the below video. Whether or not you support Ron Paul, you have to admit his 2002 predictions were spot-on.  How did this crazy out of touch candidate see all these things back then?  How did he see the troubled times ahead for America when so many of us didn’t?  He saw these things coming because he reveres liberty above all else and when you cherish liberty you can see the things that … Read entire article »

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Ron Paul: Why you should give him a second look

Many of you have read or heard the following comments about Ron Paul.  Ron Paul is out of touch and doesn’t have a clue about the threats against the United States. Ron Paul is an idiot.  He’s a moron. I would be embarrassed to be a Ron Paul supporter.  It would be a dangerous thing if Ron Paul became President.  The list goes on and on about how Ron Paul is just a crazy nut whose foreign policy and national defense strategy is unrealistic and would do more harm to America than good.  We have all witnessed first-hand him going toe-top-toe on this topic with his fellow Republicans on a national stage.  Trusted conservative talk show host from Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity have called him out and stated they … 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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Why I support Ron Paul

A few weeks ago I wrote an article titled I’m not the same conservative I was five years ago.  In the article I describe my transformation from being a conservative who supported candidates with an “R” in front their name to a conservative who now supports a candidate whose first name begins with the letter “R.”  I wouldn’t have supported Ron Paul five years ago, but I do now because as I have said he’s the only candidate talking about liberty and liberty is what will save us.  We are in such dire straits as a nation we can no longer turn a blind eye to these watered down conservatives claiming to be something they’re not.  Why has Ron Paul had limited time during the debates?  Why has the media … Read entire article »

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Friday Ramblings Late Edition: Liberty is about the power of choice

My first taste of liberty came when I was 16 years old.  I was hired by my grandfather to work on the township road crew.  It was also the first year I could legally drive.  Looking back at my time working on the road I can tell you it was some of the hardest work I’ve ever done; however it was extremely rewarding because I learned so much about work and earning a living.  It was also the first check I earned outside the 1 mile radius of my home.  Most of the money I earned prior to that was from helping local farmers hay during the summer months.  The one thing I will always remember about that summer is it was the time in my life when I got … Read entire article »

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Friday Ramblings: I’m not the same conservative I was five years ago

I’m not real sure the exact date of the change, but one thing is very different about me today as compared to five years ago; I’m not the same conservative I was back then.  Five years ago I supported acts, agencies, military endeavors, and spending I felt strengthened America’s standing in the world and promoted our form of representative style of government.  I didn’t care what method was used or how the task was complete. I was a staunch supporter of the actions of the Bush administration no matter what liberties were sacrificed to ensure the continued advancement of the American model and our way of life.  These are the ideals I believed were representative of the conservative view point or at least my understanding conservatism and I willingly fell … Read entire article »

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