We Will Remember Them

The final Monday in May is Memorial Day, a designated federal holiday to remember the men and women who died while in military service. Not to be confused with Veterans Day, which celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, living or dead. This federal holiday was once called Decoration Day, which commemorated the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. It’s not clear where Memorial Day began; but Waterloo, New York first hosted its annual event on May 5, 1866, when businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags. In 1966, Waterloo was declared the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country…” General John A. Logan proclaimed that date Decoration Day because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

“For love of country they accepted death,” General James Garfield said at Arlington National Cemetery on the first Memorial Day.

By 1890, each state had made Decoration Day an official holiday to honor those lost while fighting in the Civil War. During World War I the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

David Jeffers wrote a devotional entitled Eavesdropping on God. “How does one deal with the loss of a child, a spouse, a sibling, or a close friend? What does one do with all the grief that floods the soul in such a time?” Dave asked and then answered. “When we lost Eddie in Iraq…as a man who has buried his only son, may I give you a word of encouragement? You will never get over the loss of your loved one. You do not forget the pain, but you don’t remember the trauma. I’m not sure if that makes sense right now, but over time it will. The mercies of God are fresh and new every morning.” He advises the friends, “looking after their physical needs is one of the kindest and most helpful things you can do…Mundane chores in a time of grief can seem as a mountain of responsibility…So be the quiet and helpful friend meeting their basic needs.”

Although Eddie’s death was a shock, Dave takes comfort in John 11:25, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believeth in me, though he may die, he shall live.”

Here is one stanza from “Ode of Remembrance” by English poet Laurence Binyon, commemorating the fallen Allied forces of World War I:

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

“We will remember them.” Sometimes we translate that “lest we forget” and “Never forget.” Remember them so the mistakes of the past are not repeated ― so young patriots, like Eddie Jeffers, will not have died in vain.

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Senator Whitehouse and his Idiotic Rant About Global Warming

 

 

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) went to the floor of the Senate on Monday, May 20, 2013 and made an absolute fool of himself.  Shortly after the devastating and tragic tornado had struck Moore, OK, with its huge loss of life and property, Senator Whitehouse immediately went to the Senate floor to “blame” this event on Global Warming.

What level of thoughtlessness and insensitivity would compel a United States Senator to rush to the floor of the Senate and make a bunch of politically motivated comments after such a tragic event?  The answer is, a Democrat whose mind is so twisted with the far left politics of the extreme environmentalism that any tragedy is worth exploiting as long if it means convincing a few more fools that Global warming is responsible for the tragedy in Oklahoma.

The sad fact is that Senator Whitehouse is wrong on a number of fronts.  First, he is wrong to exploit a major American tragedy, with massive loss of life and properly, purely for partisan political purposes. Second, he is wrong to dishonor the Senate and its traditions, which call for leading political figures to express sorrow and invoke prayers for the dead and injured after such an event, and not to make some inane political speech. And third, he is completely wrong on his facts and on the science of climate change and its discredited cousin – Global Warming.

The Real Climate Change Facts

It is ironic that one day before of the Oklahoma tragedy and Senator Whitehouse’s rant on the Senate floor, the BBC published an article entitled Climate slowdown means extreme rates of warming ‘not as likely’.  In the article, the author Matt  McGrath explains that since 1998, there has been an unexplained “standstill” in the heating of the Earth’s atmosphere. The article goes on to point out that there are a whole range of uncertainties in the future for Climate Change, but a key finding is that there was little or no change in the Earth’s temperature over the last 15 years.

On May 15, 2013 the Heartland Institute published an article by James M Taylor entitled Sorry Global Warmists, But Extreme Weather Events Are Becoming Less Extreme.  The article states thatjust about every type of extreme weather event is becoming less frequent and less severe in recent years as our planet continues its modest warming in the wake of the Little Ice Age”.  The article further states that “NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) posted a list of the five “lowest non-overlapping 12 month counts (of tornadoes) on record from 1954-present.” Notably, each of these low-tornado periods occurred since 1986, precisely during the time period global warming alarmists claim global warming is causing more extreme weather events such as tornadoes. According to NOAA, the lowest non-overlapping 12 month counts on record from 1954-present, with the starting month, are:

197 tornadoes – starting in May 2012

247 tornadoes – starting in June 1991

270 tornadoes – starting in November 1986

289 tornadoes – starting in December 2001

298 tornadoes – starting in June 2000

What About Other Weather Related Disasters?

Let’s look at hurricanes. According to the NOAA, the USA has recently had its longest stretch in recorded history without a major hurricane strike.  From May 4, 2013 it has been 2750 days (7 years, 6 months, 11 days) since the last major Hurricane (Cat 3 or greater) hit the USA on October 24th 2005 when hurricane Wilma made landfall. Each new day is a new record in this major hurricane drought.

OK, what about drought?  Droughts are less frequent and less severe than in prior, colder centuries and the number of wildfires is in long-term decline.  An article entitled Trends in 20th century drought over the continental United States discusses 20th Century trends in soil moisture increases in the USA.

In a recent interview on FOX News, Meteorologist Joe Bastardi compared today’s weather patterns in the USA to the 1050’s, when we had similar, very bad tornadoes.  This results from the warmer Pacific and a colder Atlantic and we can expect more bad storms this year.  It has nothing to do with Global Warming (which is non-existent) or Climate Change.

The Political Impact of the Moore, OK Tornado

Besides the enormous costs of cleaning up and rebuilding resulting from this devastating tornado, the real cost may turn out to be the push for additional government programs, carbon related laws and massive government intrusion to “save the world from Global Warming”.  This disaster is just what the Environmental lobby needed to spur the Federal Government into “acting” in the public interest.  Senator Whitehouse’s stupid rant on the Senate floor on Monday was just the starting point.  You can expect the liberal media, the tree huggers and the environmental wacko’s to start their campaign for more money, more laws, more carbon taxes and more intrusive laws and treaties from the United Nations to attempt to control every aspect of our lives.  We are already inundated with Agenda 21 initiatives and more of this is likely to happen.

Conservatives need to be wary of any legislative efforts aimed at solving non-problems like Global Warming.  Conservatives need to educate themselves on this issue as it is a prime excuse for much more chicanery by the Obama administration.  This tragedy in Oklahoma could not have come at a better time for Obama, as he can use this event to make Americans forget about all of the administrations illegal activities and cover-ups.  Don’t let this happen!                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mom Was a Lady

I lost my mother, the ultimate liberated woman, true feminist and leader, in 1988. She taught me to celebrate the strength and power of women. The Left treats women as persecuted by societal injustice and battling with men. “The pathology … can all too often be characterized by its members … who find individual worth in being a victim. Recovery threatens this identity, trapping them in a web of denial and narcissism… use[ing] their victimization to intentionally manipulate the collapse of the culture’s traditional moral barriers and values,..”.

Men and women are equal, but different in “design” and created to work together. To pretend that all women want to forsake the traditional God-given roles of homemaker and mother equated by feminists to weakness, or subservience to men is patently absurd. Nothing could be further from the truth or more counterproductive for the advancement of women. Women just want a fair shake in the workplace.

My mother worked at a bank and a soda fountain to pay for her education at Kansas State University. Nursing school rejected my mother because she was two inches too short. (She insisted I learn to walk in high heels with a book on my head to give the illusion of being tall. Tall people have an edge in hiring, dating, even politics. A 2009 study in Australia reported some tall people make as much as $800 per inch more than their shorter counterparts.)

With an Accounting degree in hand, Mom headed west, alone, to work in remote Lovelock, Nevada. She wanted to “see the world first” before she married. My mother worked hard with my dad in the family business, raised four children and did bookkeeping for Abbot Supply.

While changes removing some barriers for women in the workplace can be attributed to top-down policy, most change happened organically out of the increased economic necessity for dual incomes within the family. Nearly 30% of working moms earn more than their husbands, but they need not stop being ladies.

In everything she did, my mother was a lady. She never used crude language. “Always be a lady. It takes no brains at all to say vulgar words. Good vocabulary and grammar are the marks of a good mind.” Mom told me, “Be careful how you use the word lady; it does not apply to every woman.” When Joy Behar called me a b—– on national television, it spurred over $150,000 in one-day online giving to my campaign. Mom would have been proud that I sent Joy flowers and a thank you note.

Mom’s advised, “People will be drawn to someone with character who is kind, patient, truthful, reliable, and has a sense of humor, especially about themselves.” The California Senator who demanded a Brigadier General use her title, gained no respect for herself, nor any other woman. She sounded petulant and shrill.

Most Americans want the leadership that the nation’s Founders demanded from each other—leaders with character, like Lady Margaret Thatcher.

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The Real Meaning of the Benghazi Cover-Up

After many months of stories, investigations, obfuscations, liberal media biased reporting (and lack thereof) and political infighting, this week’s House of Representative’s hearings are finally starting to provide some solid information.  We have now heard from the top U.S. official at the Libyan Embassy, Gregory Hicks, that there was no doubt on Sept. 11, 2012 that a terrorist attack was perpetrated on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  This information was relayed directly to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and she was told that it was a terrorist attack.

There should be no doubt, as well, that the White House and President Obama were immediately informed that this was a terrorist attack.  Everyone at the top echelons of the U.S. Government, including Obama, Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta knew this was a terrorist attack on the evening of September 11, 2012.

There are many different and separate elements and questions about this entire affair, all of which have come under some scrutiny.  Some of these are:

  • What was the level of security at the Bengazi site and was it sufficient to protect the Ambassador and his staff?
  • What was the extent of the requests for additional security at this site and what happened to those request?
  • After the reported death of Ambassador Stevens, could the U.S. Military have sent help to the Consulate to prevent further deaths and injuries during the 2nd wave of the attacks?
  • Why was a team of special operations personnel under the command of Lt. Colonel Gibson told to not fly to Benghazi to support the Consulate personnel?
  • Why did U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, state in sworn testimony to Sen. Lindsay Graham that the military gave no such order to Lt. Colonel Gibson to “stand down”?
  • Why did U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice announce to the world, 5 days after the attacks at Benghazi, that the whole episode was the result of an “anti-Muslim video produced in the United States”?
  • Why did the President persist in this ridiculous anti-Muslim video story for weeks following the attacks at Benghazi?
  • Why did the U.S Intelligence Agency’s assessments of what happened, in the form of unclassified media talking points, get re-written by White House and State Department political operatives to totally mislead the American people?

There are many more questions about Benghazi, but to me, the most important questions are: 

  • Why did the President of the United States and the Secretary of State consistently deliberately lie to the America people about the substance and nature of the Benghazi attack on America?
  • Why does the American media to this day still refuse to characterize all of the presidential statements made in the days following the Benghazi terrorist attacks as blatant lies by the President of the United States?

What Should Congress Do Now?

The United States Congress now has an important duty to the American people to organize and appoint a Select Committee to further investigate the unanswered questions surrounding the Benghazi affair.  This committee should call on everyone from the White House, the State Department and the Intelligence agencies to testify and provide all the answers to the unanswered questions about the Benghazi affair.  The Republicans in Congress, and especially Speaker John Boehner must take the lead on this.

This is speculation on my part, but I have no doubt that the Select Committee will ultimately find out that:

  • President Obama gave the military orders to “stand down” in Benghazi because permitting the military to move on Sept. 11 would have been tantamount to admitting that a major terrorist attack was underway.
  • Obama then blatantly lied to the American people on numerous occasions about what really happened at Benghazi.
  • Obama’s lies were told because he did not want to admit, during the course of a presidential election campaign, that Al Qaida and worldwide terrorism were alive and well.
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was deeply involved in the conspiracy of lies, partly to protect Obama’s election narrative that “GM is alive and Osama is dead” and partly to protect her incompetence in providing adequate security for overseas State Department personnel.

Should Obama be Impeached?

No American President should be able to lie to the America public and get away with it.  Richard Nixon and his close advisors lied consistently about the Watergate break-in and he was impeached in the House and very likely would have been convicted by the Senate, except for his resignation from office.  Bill Clinton was impeached by the House for perjury and obstruction of justice related to his affair with Monica Lewinski, but was spared conviction by the Senate because his lies were “only about sex”.

Barack Obama’s actions and orders shortly after hearing about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11 should prompt House Republicans to establish an Impeachment Committee to draw up articles of Impeachment.  The House of Representatives should be able to pass an Impeachment Bill and move the matter to the Senate.

In today’s partisan political world, it is not likely that the Senate would ever convict Barack Obama of anything, including misdeeds in office and lying to the American people just to win an election.  However, the lies and misdeeds of Obama, Clinton and others surrounding the Benghazi terrorist attacks and the deaths of the four Americans should never be forgotten.  A House of Representatives Impeachment Bill and a Senate trial against Obama will ensure that won’t happen.

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Sharron Angle: Common Core Poison

My political journey began at the legislature testifying for a new Nevada home school law in 1983 after my son’s teacher introduced a religious abstraction into his kindergarten classroom. Today, the battle continues with an Illinois family finding the classroom implementation “poison” in the Common Core apple.

The global-warming film “An Arctic Tale”, shown in their second grader’s class, prompted them to challenge the teacher, who responded, it is “part of the Common Core Standards which our curriculum is based upon.” Research revealed that parts of the curriculum were produced by “The Committee for Children”, which has a website page dedicated to LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) issues.

When the poem, “Earth Day” by Jane Yolen, was taught to their 1st grader, the parents explained, “The statement “I am the Earth…And the Earth is me”, capitalizing “Earth”, is subtle earth worship or Pantheism a ‘view that everything is part of an all-encompassing immanent abstract God; …or nature, and God are equivalent.’ It is idolatry, in direct opposition to mainstream Christianity (and Judaism).”

“The school responded by banning me from classroom volunteering for being ‘negative.’ My children cried and so did I,” said the mother.

By having 45 states “voluntarily” adopt Common Core standards, Washington circumvented Federal laws prohibiting nationalized education, offering incentives like $435 billion “Race to the Top” dollars and waivers from No Child Left Behind. The Feds write the Common Core test. Common Core test questions require no public notification for content. Textbook manufacturers write the content and teachers use the textbooks to teach to the test. Controlling the test controls the curriculum.

States accepting 2009 Stabilization Funding are required to collect data for a national Student Data Longitudinal System (SDLS) database. Health care history, disciplinary records, family income range, political and religious affiliation, student test scores, nicknames, extracurricular activities, bus stop times and psychological evaluations transmitted without parental consent to any governmental or private “authorized representative.”

Common Core’s “lead architect,” David Coleman, believes education is “the engine of social justice.” His self-proclaimed “mentor,” David Sherman, is Consultant to AFT (American Federation of Teachers), President Local 94 outside Chicago, and on Teachscape’s board of directors. Teachscape is partners with AFT, McGraw-Hill textbook publisher, and The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Connect the dots.

But, states like Indiana, Alabama, South Dakota and Georgia are pulling back. Educators complain. Professor James Milgram, mathematician, concluded American students would be two years behind their peers in other countries. Ze’ev Wurman, math-advisory expert, said, “I believe the Common Core marks the cessation of educational standards improvement in the United States.” Yong Zhao, associate University of Oregon Education dean said, “…American education may end in 2014, when the Common Core”  marches “into thousands of schools …” Parents are “opting” their children out of testing. Sen. Grassley (R-IA) wants to eliminate federal funding.

Reversing Common Core won’t be easy because states have already spent millions of dollars. It will require bold strokes, provoking hard-fought battles. The key is: Do not hesitate. Be proactive. Become a warrior for our children.

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FAU- Fund Another University

On December 30, 2012, I viewed three Emails requesting donations. One was from my alma mater Florida Atlantic University (FAU), the other from Hillsdale College, and the third from our home town heroes, Institute for Policy Innovation. I clicked on the donate tab for two of the three. The events of the past month reinforced that I made the correct decision.  My email below was sent to the President of my alma mater: 

As an alumnus of FAU, I am repulsed with the contempt and hostility of Professor Deandre  Poole as he attacks our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the Judeo-Christian values on which the United States was founded. His claim that commanding students to write JESUS on a piece of paper and then stomping on it is an exercise for discussing the importance of symbols in culture, insults the intelligence of a rational populous. By violating the First Amendment Rights of student, Ryan Rotella, when he was suspended for noncompliance, Poole demonstrates his contempt for the Constitution. Our Constitution is the protector of our God-given, not government granted rights.

FAU reinstated Mr.  Rotella only after the threat of legal action.  You claim to be centers of tolerance and a venue for free exchange of ideas and thought.  Your definition of education appears to be nothing more than parroting whatever propaganda spews from your radical faculty.

1 Timothy 1: 3-7 is worthy of your consideration. “As I urged you….command certain men not to teach false doctrines….nor to devote themselves to myths. These promote controversies rather than God’s work – which is by faith.  The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.”

William T. Lawson, BS 1968 

IPI and Hillsdale College have more than earned my support.  Walter Williams absolutely nailed it with the following: “Wealthy donors ….give large sums of money to institutions that are contemptuous of donors’ values, such as enlightened racism, anti- capitalism, and Marxism. Wealthy donors who care about the fraud of higher education should recognize that there’s nothing like the sound of pocketbooks snapping shut to open the closed minds of college administrators.”  The charade above at Florida Atlantic University ( FAU), masquerading as enlightened higher education, illustrates Walter Williams’ analysis.

Defenders of Liberty- Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College, America’s leading institution dedicated to studying the meaning and history of the Constitution, maintains institutional independence by rejecting any form of federal or state taxpayer subsidy. This independent education is essential for the defense of our constitutional liberty, as Hillsdale trains our next generation of leaders. They are sharing their passion for our founding values free of charge,   with lessons on The Constitution taught by The Constitution’s most prominent scholars.    If we are going to win the battle of ideas we need to be grounded in the fundamentals that are the bedrock of our society.

Home Remedies from Texas by IPI

The Institute for Policy Innovation, celebrating their 25th Anniversary, advocates lower taxes, fewer regulations and a smaller, less intrusive government. By fostering the intellectual ammunition for conservative principles, they help shape innovative policy from its conception.  Based in Lewisville, Texas, their finger is on the pulse of freedom loving Americans everywhere, uncorrupted by the clinking cocktail glasses of the liberal elites in Washington, D.C.  Statists attempt to break our spirit with antigrowth policy and burdensome oppressive regulations that decimate job growth, while championing reckless government spending that will plunder our currency.  By creating chaos and a sense of desperation, they hope we will vote according to government inflicted needs and not our intellect. President Tom Giovanetti and his colleagues cut through this maze of deceit and fraud, unmasking the duplicity of this hostility and contempt. IPI’s optimistic, inspiring common sense solutions reveal that solutions do exist to our government created dilemmas. Just imagine if we could balance the budget in 18 months!  IPI ‘s  logical, painless  solution  of   freezing  spending at 2012 levels  for two years, only requires political will.

Donations to Hillsdale College and the Institute for Policy Innovation are investments in our nation’s future that will pay dividends for generations to come.

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Saving The Second Amendment

Continued efforts by Congress to pass gun control—threaten American’s right to defend themselves, explaining the “Sold Out” signs at sporting goods stores and gun shows. Sensible Americans want to end violence against innocents, but gun control is not the solution.

In 2009, talk show host Lars Larson and I discussed this trend using a Constitutional attorney’s term, “Second Amendment remedies”, to describe our right to self-defense and defense of family, property and country. Demonized by the left, these “Second Amendment remedies” in the Constitution are, “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” National and state constitutional documents all affirm that “provide for the common defense” in the Declaration of Independence begins with the people.

The language “Militia,” “security of a free State” and “keep and bear Arms” all contribute to this understanding. By articulating “for the common defense, “the intent was to exclude excuse for disarming the people. In the context of Article I, Section 8 the Congress’ common defense responsibility is limited by the prevalent, recurring theme that self-defense is one of the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” existing with or without the Bill of Rights. The framers further secured this right with the text, context and Congressional debates around the Second Amendment explicitly stating or strongly implying the right of self-defense, the right to have arms, the duty to be in the militia, and the danger of standing armies. The Courts ruled that the amendment protects the right to maintain militias, the individual’s right to bear arms, and in District of Columbia v. Heller, an individual right to own and use guns for lawful purposes including self-defense. I emphasize Adams second amendment remedy argument, “Here every private person is authorized to arm himself, and on the strength of this authority,… for their defense, not for offence.” I have always emphasized, like “Patriot’s Day,” 1775, every citizen has the duty to defend themselves and their country and not as a pre-emptive offensive act.

In April 19, 1775 the shot heard ’round the world responded to British troop orders to disarm the population by seizing arms stored at Concord. Cromwell reasoned the standing army provided “for the common defense.” Eyewitnesses said the king’s troops opened fire, killing eight of the parishioners lead by Pastor Clark. In self-defense and defense of country, they returned fire at Lexington Green, directly beside their church.

When tempted to believe we can safely disarm, Thomas Paine warned, to “expect to reap the blessings of freedom.” Americans have to “undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”

Beginning in 1934 with a gun tax, Congress has incrementally attempted to disarm Americans by converting Militias to federally controlled and funded National Guards and passing laws  such as recording names and addresses of gun purchasers. States’ demands further restrict with their own requirements. Specifically, gun control laws did not prevent tragedies in “gun free” zones like Newtown, CT or Aurora, CO.

Attempts toward gun control legislation are classic examples of “activity mistaken for progress.” We need solutions …not political salves

 

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Screaming Donkeys

Last week my four-year old grandson was sick. All he wanted was to hear me sing those great songs my mother used to sing like Swinging on a Star. It has some funny lyrics like, “a mule is animal with long funny ears, he kicks up at everything he hears, his back is scrawny and his brain is weak, he’s just plain stupid with a stubborn streak.” It reminded me of the screaming donkeys.

The screaming donkeys use a crisis to manipulate social change. The truth is in short supply but, what difference does it make if they achieve the desired result?

We’ve heard them screaming through their friends (the media) about “global warming” but record cold snaps turned that screaming to “climate change.”

We’ve heard them screaming about the fiscal cliff, the sequestration and they will continue to scream as they create the next economic crisis.

We’ve had to listen to their politically correct screams over the Dream Act, homosexual love, and killing babies.

They politicize the grief of Newtown by screaming for gun control. Harry Reid insinuates the left-wing sequester agenda into the tragic deaths at Hawthorne, NV. When a conservative talks about the women and children who need protection from a rapist claiming parental rights, they scream about the word “legitimate.” Their blog responses, television shows and speeches are filled with screaming obscenities. By design, they reduce a civil society to a nervous culture afraid of, reacting to, or creating the next scream. (Saul Alinsky, who died in 1972, published “Rules for Radicals” outlining power tactics. “Rule number 12—Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. Isolate the target from support group sympathy. Go after people. They hurt faster than institutions.”

“Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded,” says Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, “The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.” For over 35 years Rossiter, a board-certified clinical and forensic psychiatrist, has diagnosed and treated more than 1,500 patients and examined more than 2,700 civil and criminal cases. Rossiter says the liberalism of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is a psychological disorder.

Dr. Rossiter says liberalism preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by:

  • creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization;
  • satisfying infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence and compensation;
  • augmenting primitive feelings of envy;
  • rejecting the sovereignty of the individual, subordinating him to the will of the government.”

OurVoicePAC’s new video showcases the screaming donkeys. It’s a one-minute parody composite of Alinsky’s rule 7—“Keep the pressure on with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose…Take advantage of current events and twist their implications to support your position.” And as Rahm Emanuel boldly instructs, lifting right from the Saul Alinsky playbook, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

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Posted on March 25, 2013 | Sharron

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Who Felt the Sky Fall

March 1, the latest apparent apocalypse deadline, came and went; Congress did nothing — something it does well. Republicans won’t agree to tax hikes and Democrats won’t vote for entitlement spending cuts. The Democrat’s self-inflicted sequestration (2011 Budget Control Act), was largely unnoticed in spite of exaggerated Huffington Post $1.2 trillion draconian sequestration cuts hype. In fact, the $85 billion sequester is a 2.4% reduction from 2012’s $3.563 trillion in federal government spending or one-half of 1 percent of gross domestic product.

Obama, Reid and Pelosi realize the economy is headed for double-dip recession caused by increased spending and massive regulatory policies. Unemployment is expected to soar and tax revenues are low in spite of huge tax increases (Payroll tax increased $200 billion; income taxes $65 billion; health insurance premiums up 10-20 percent; capital gains taxes 9 percent; home sales tax increased 4 percent, and taxes from Obamacare).

To deflect attention from the “debt elephant in the room,” this is the fifth time Democrats have declared a fiscal crisis in two years.

 Nancy Pelosi, threatened, “What does sequestration mean? Well, whatever it means this is what it equals… sequestration equals unemployment, sequestration equals job loss. And we cannot have a slowing down of our economic growth. We cannot afford losing seven hundred thousand jobs.”

Disingenuously, to avoid political risk before the 2012 election, the Obama Administration in a memorandum instructed Federal contractors not to provide WARN Act notice to employees facing sequestration. (The WARN Act, requires 60 days advance notice of plant closings and mass layoffs from most employers with 100 or more employees. Many employers like defense contractor, Lockheed Martin, who employs 103,000 people needed warnings.)

Defense Secretary Panetta argued sequestration would harmfully affect national security. Spending reductions for defense are $500 billion over 10 years (an average of $50 billion per year) or 43 percent of the sequestration; woefully disproportional given defense accounts for only 11 percent of total spending. To emphasize the Democrat sequestration point, unnecessary pain is scheduled for some military families by forcing them to take unpaid Friday furloughs for five months amounting to a $1000 a month reduction in pay in some cases.

Reid promised gridlock saying, “Those cuts will go forward. They’re all cuts. I think we need some revenue [code for tax hike] to take the pressure off of everybody. The American people agree with me. Until there is some agreement on revenue, I believe we should just go ahead with the sequester,” and transferred blame to Republicans, “I think he [Boehner] should understand who is sitting on their posterior.”

Blaming Republicans is political gamesmanship. The Republican House passed targeted spending cuts to replace the sequester nearly 300 days ago—specifically: $26 billion by eliminating food stamp fraud, approximately $10 billion by eliminating the ObamaCare Public Health Slush Fund, and $12 billion from National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Reid has refused to pass a budget for over 1,400 days. Expiration of the Continuing Resolution lurks as the next fiscal crisis diversion. This should outrage Americans.

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Special Forces: A Call To Action

America teeters on the brink of Obama’s and the liberal Congress’ 2011 dream-child sequestration. Now the President wants a “balanced approach” to fix sequestration. Remember his “balanced” package for the fiscal cliff  was tax increases and NO spending cuts.

Broken promises, cover-ups, a loose interpretation of truth, and “At this point, what difference does it make?” disclaimers convince us one party has no conscience and the other has no courage. Who are the heroes (usually ordinary folks) born for a time such as this and training to serve in this battle?

Consider some examples from history. The LORD told Gideon to pick his team. “You have too many people on your side… ‘Anyone who is afraid or unsteady may return home ….” Twenty-two thousand people went home, leaving ten thousand. “There are still too many people. Take them down to the water, and I will weed them out for you there… Set aside those who lap the water with their tongues, as a dog laps, from those who bend down on their knees to drink…With the three hundred men who lapped I will rescue you…” That band of courageous, mentally alert warriors defeated armies of thousands.

There was no battle at Valley Forge, but it was the turning point of the Revolutionary War. The Continental army was bloody, beaten, battle-weary, and ready to quit; ravaged by hunger, disease, despair, raw weather, dozens of desertions, and death. General Washington conceded, “If the army does not get help soon, in all likelihood it will disband.”

In February the weather eased. In March, General Nathanael Greene was appointed head of the Commissary Department, starting the flow of food and supplies. In April, Baron von Steuben, a mercenary not a baron, began training the troops into a fighting force. May brought the French Alliance with military and financial support. On June 19, 1778, exactly six months after they arrived at Valley Forge, the American revolutionary forces immerged, transformed from rebels into a mature Army that defeated the tyranny of the elite English ruling class.

During the Korean War personnel from Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) formed a small, elite force of 300 men. Training commenced with one grueling week designed to eliminate the men from the boys. It is still considered “HELL WEEK.” They were trained to operate on Sea, Air and Land, hence their name. The U.S. Navy SEALs established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 are the counterpart to the Army “Green Berets.” Navy SEALs are physically fit, mentally sharp, mature and resilient. They conduct on-the-ground Special Reconnaissance and carry out clandestine, small-unit, high-impact missions that large forces cannot.

Who are the brave, tenacious, trained Conservative Commandos? They are the protectors of the grail of freedom who write books and blogs, host talk radio, citizen lobby, and cast lonely “no” votes against spending, taxation, over-regulation and entitlements in local, state and federal governments. In short, “Uncle Sam needs you!”

Get trained or send a team to train at the BattlebornBootcamp May 3-5 in Reno, NV.

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