Sunday, June 28, 2009

Shot by homeowner

Antioch, TennesseeFrom WZTV of June 24, 2009

Gunman Shot to Death During Home Invasion

A home invasion turns deadly after one of the robbers is shot by the homeowner. It happened on Moss Landing Drive in Antioch around 1:00 a.m. Dennis Nicholson told detectives that he was confronted by 22 year old Elijah Minnard at the home. Nicholson says Minnard had a shotgun, and 17 year old Jeremie Thomas (pictured right), had a pistol.Police say the men forced Nicholson inside, and Minnard held Nicholson and 25 year old Lincoya Stephens at gunpoint upstairs while Thomas searched the downstairs area of the home.

Police say Stephens grabbed the shotgun to try and disarm Minnard, but Stephens was hit in the leg by a shotgun blast. Police say Stephens and Nicholson still managed to get the gun away from Minnard. Officers say Stephens then pulled a pistol that was concealed in his waistband and shot and killed Minnard. Thomas, hearing the gunfire, went to check on Minnard. Stephens opened fire on Thomas, and he fled the house.

At 2:15 a.m., police say Thomas, with gun in hand, jumped in front of a driver on Hamilton Church Road and yelled for her to stop. The driver accelerated as she and her four passengers ducked. Thomas was caught by officers a short time later. Detectives say Thomas told them he and Minnard went to the home to commit a drug-related robbery. No drugs were found in the residence. Stephens is hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his leg and has not yet been interviewed by detectives.

The investigation is continuing. Thomas is charged at Juvenile Court with two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of unlawful weapon possession, attempted criminal homicide, four counts of aggravated assault, and attempted aggravated robbery.

Thomas is being held in juvenile detention pending a hearing.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Armed Citizen Report

Wagram, North Carolina
From the Laurinburg Exchange of June 20, 2009

One dead after botched home invasion
Deputies say at least one gunman was killed in an early-morning home invasion near Wagram.Anthony Martin, of Kale Street in Wagram, was shot to death in the failed robbery attempt while two others masked men fled, according to Shep Jones.

The sheriff's department did not have Martin's age.Investigators say one of the robbers was 40-year old William Anthony Strickland, according to Jones. The last-known address for Strickland is 9539 Springview Road in Charlotte. Jones would not say how Strickland was identified as a suspect.Warrants were obtained for Stricklands arrest on charges of robbery, burglary and felony assault.Investigators have not released information on the third suspect.Jones said the trio entered the home of 62-year Edmond Cooper at 23296 Wagram Street at about 12:30 a.m. through the back door, which had been left unlocked.Debbie Cooper, Edmond's wife, was still up and a suspect knocked her out by striking her over the head.

The men then entered the room of the Coopers' 15-year old son. The suspects used ziploc ties to restrain the juvenile. The three men then entered the hallway of the residence, according to Jones."Edmond Cooper came out of the bedroom with a gun," Jones said. "He fired several shots, hitting one of the suspects."

He said the two suspects left standing returned fire, while fleeing from the residence."Mr. Cooper was shot in the hand," Jones said.Martin was dead when emergency personnel arrived on the scene, according to Jones. Edmond Cooper was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.Jones said the two suspects may have fled with $1,000 from the residence."

It shows the times we're living in when families are at home, where they are supposed to be safe, and they are violated," Jones said.Wagram police have assisted the sheriff's department in this case.

If you know the whereabouts of William Anthony Strickland or have information on the third suspect, contact the Scotland County Sheriff's Department at 276-3385 or anonymously report your tip to Scotland Crime Stoppers at 291-3333.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Are we safe?

So just wondering aloud, are we safe?

Let me explain the question. If I voice my right to keep and bear arms(and I do) I still get the crazed looks like I'm the bad guy.

The mainstream media's agenda has had disastrous consequences. There are now millions of people who have this idea that only criminals would have a gun. The final straw that caused me to get my CCW was these people who could not concentrate if they saw my gun.

Anybody else remember the Ruby Ridge fiasco? How many still know nothing but what the media fed them? You know, about the extremist militia group who were holed up in a compound facing off with the government. Read the real story here.

And then we had Waco, and there again we were lied and led to believe that these were really bad people. When the fact is, they could have just as easily been you and or I and a small group of friends and/or family who decided we could not trust the government and wanted to go off grid. Forget religious convictions, this was about control. Read the story here.

Anyway, back to my question, Are we safe? Would my neighbors come to my defense against our own government if and when they come for me? I think not. And the govt. knows it. We as gun owners have been portrayed as the guys in black hats.

I posted these links to these American tragedies because I just spoke to some co-workers who knew nothing about them. I think it is important to remember them and educate our family and friends so hopefully they do not get away with it again.

Something to think about: A student lawfully carrying a gun on campus could have saved lives at Virginia Tech. How many lives saved would have been worth it. I say just one would have been worth it so imagine a dozen or more.

There IS a reason suicidal rampage shooters almost always choose schools. They want someplace they can carry out large amounts of carnage with little resistance. I personally would feel better if I knew there were some teachers armed at my kids school. You don't need to tell me who, just that there are arms to defend my children.

Oh yeah, what a selling point that would be!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Take a moment......

We are all busy, but I think it is highly appropriate to take the short 12+ minutes and remind ourselves why the fight is worth fighting.

If you can watch this without tears I will be shocked.

America is not lost, and the support that turned out to honor a fallen hero is proof of that.

Thank you to all who put it all on the line to keep us safe.

I am honored to call myself an American when you stand as my brothers and sisters. That is why you have my pledge to do my part domestically.

Fight on!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Those with the Guns........

Like many of you I suppose, I have been watching the news accounts of the protests in Iran with fascination. Here are a people who despite the risk to life and limb are coming out by the thousands to protest the kind of regime that has kept them down since the late 70's.

First thing is that the election is not the real issue. The so called 'opposition' leader is only slightly different in his policies than the entrenched supreme leader and the so-called re-elected president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. What is really going on is that Iranians are at the point of no return.

There have been reports for the last several years that there has been a huge western influence in Iran. Many Iranians have come to the united states to pursue their educational goals. While it is true that many stay and become successful here in the U.S., the majority end up back in Iran. They have seen the freedom that we have here and long for it at home.

The feelings of wanting true freedom exploded when Ahmadinejad declared himself the winner, by landslide no less, in last weeks presidential election. And he did so after only four hours. This was such an obvious slap in the face to the general populace who had sensed the change in the air.

And now we see tens of thousands of Iranians protesting in the street, at the very risk to their lives. The Iranian equivalent to Hitler's SS has stormed dormitories and killed students and recently even showed up in tanks on the street. And yet the protesters remain, seemingly growing in determination to make themselves be heard.

So what is the end game I ask? The Iranians have been rendered unarmed, except for rocks, by a controlling regime. Without arms, the revolution cannot succeed. The ones in control have the guns, and at least for the moment they are following the orders of their president and supreme leader, a religious leader appointed from God and unanswerable to the people.

My hope is that the momentum continues and when the general army is ordered to fire upon their own, in masse, they will not do it but instead join in the cause. This is the only way that this revolution can even have a chance to work. Because those with the guns have the power!

Take a good look America! This is what it is like to have an unarmed citizenry. When our founders set to outlining how a government would be instituted here, they took into account the corrupting power of government and wished to restrict government and its actual power. They set up checks and balances which would keep any one power from becoming out of control. They designed a system that would make government accountable to the people.

And we have gradually given that power away, for one pet issue after another. And now we collectively have three branches of government that together are stripping away OUR power. And if you think they are not coming after the guns, you are crazy. It is one steady attack on our guns and us as gun owners every single day.

Just look at the way your local news talks about anyone with a gun. There are constant stabs at gun owners in television and movies as well. I watched a show recently that had the detective ask the question, "What did he even need a gun for?". Is there any more need for a gun than to know that if you did "need" it that it would be available to you?

Take away guns and you take away the power of the "common" man to challenge unrighteous leadership and dominion.

What will happen when those in power command OUR military to turn their guns on us, because we are out of control and demanding our constitutional rights which are being denied already today? Think you know the answer?

The military already trains in suburban warfare and has leaked that it has been talked about being used in cleaning up drug infested neighborhoods. Maybe this sounds good to you at first, Drug dealers are not going to be defended by good citizens. Is this what you really want? I say no! If you want to get rid of the drug dealers you make it mean something if they are caught. But that is another post.

According to my brother, nobody he knows in the military would so much as fire one shot into a crowd of Americans. But we have seen indoctrination first hand and have seen it elect a President. What else is it capable of? When will Americans start thinking for themselves and demand we return to constitutional principles?

When will YOU?

It will take many dedicated individuals to step forward and even get involved politically if necessary in order to flush out those in politics who are entrenched with power. This no longer is defined by party. We need to vett our politicians not by party but by ideals. By the way, do you have any idea how many staffers those in congress have at their disposal? It would make you sick. Why, our politicians aren't even the ones creating laws anymore it is the thousands of staffers at their employ. Is this what was envisioned by our founders? A resounding no is the answer to that.

What else is happening you do not know about?

Find out!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Never the wrong time to honor our Military

The Most Tragic Event of My Life
by (more by this author)
Posted 05/26/2009 ETUpdated 05/26/2009 ET

The single most tragic event of my life took place in 1970. It was the day I heard my younger brother Wieland was killed in Vietnam. It was a day like no other. No family should have to feel what my mother, my other brother (Aaron) and I did that day. And yet so many do, every day, in every year.At the height of the Vietnam War, both of my brothers, Wieland and Aaron, enlisted in the U.S. Army. Aaron was stationed in Korea, and Wieland was sent to Vietnam. As Wieland headed off to Nam, I hugged and kissed him and said: "I'm going to miss you. Be careful."

In 1970, I was refereeing a tournament in California, when I heard an announcement over the loudspeaker: "Chuck Norris, you have an urgent call." I hustled over to the phone. I recognized the muffled voice of my mother-in-law, and she was crying. "What's wrong, Evelyn?" I asked her. "Your brother Wieland has been killed in Vietnam." If I had been kicked in the stomach by a dozen karate champions at the same time, it would not have impacted me more. I staggered back away from the phone, hoping that somehow would make Evelyn's words untrue. It didn't.I hung up the phone, moving in what felt like slow motion. For a long time, I couldn't function. I simply sat in shock, thinking about my little brother Wieland, my best friend, whom I never would see again in this life.

Right there, in front of anyone who cared to see, I wept uncontrollably.When Wieland was 12 years old, he had a premonition that he would not live to be 28. Wieland died June 3, 1970, one month before his 28th birthday. As Jesus said, "There is no greater love than the one who lays down his life for another."It's fitting that every year, Memorial Day falls a week or so before the anniversary of when a soldier like Wieland gave his life in action. (It was to my brother Wieland that I also dedicated all my Missing in Action films.)I've been honored over the three decades since that day to show my support in a host of ways for our veterans and service members from every war since World War II.

Thanking our military is why, in 2006 and 2007, I also visited our troops in the Middle East. I went to 28 bases and shook hands with nearly 40,000 troops. It was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.I'll be honest with you. I understand why people are against the wars we're in. But I simply don't understand how anyone could neglect to support the fine men and women in our armed forces. It is not only unpatriotic. It is unjust.War is never easy.

Indeed, as Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman once said, "War is hell." And despite our variant views of it, we all can agree that our service members deserve our support and commendations. As with you, I'm humbled by their courage and grateful for their service.The military is very close to me because it turned my life around. Joining the military helped me get on the right path. I still believe it can help others, too.

That is why I stand with the majority of Americans who say to all our service members and their families -- and indeed all the veterans who have served this great country and the cause of freedom -- that we salute you. We support you. And we will continue to pray for you.Just this past week, we heard Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warn the West with his test missile, leaders from Taliban-teetering Pakistan battling more civil unrest, continued debate about where to place the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and speeches from President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney justifying their warfare and blame game in this terrorist-peppered post-9/11 era, etc.

The world is far from a safe place.And while our politicians pontificate over their positions and purposes, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, their families and our present service members continue even now to make real sacrifices. As Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf once humbly concluded: "It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle."If ever there were a time we should be grateful for our service members, it would be now. Memorial Day and Veterans Day should not be bottled up into two days a year. Our patriotic commemorations and military gratefulness should extend to every day of the year.

That is why, whether you're abroad or stateside, I encourage everyone to put into practice something I did in Iraq and try to do every time I see a military person in uniform anywhere. I stop him or her, look in his or her eyes, shake his or her hand, and say, "Thank you for your service." As Brig. Gen. S.L.A. Marshall said in "The Armed Forces Officer," "Also remember that in any man's dark hour, a pat on the back and an earnest handclasp may work a small miracle."

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Obama scares me too!

Why Obama Scares Me, Too
by (more by this author)
Posted 06/16/2009 ETUpdated 06/16/2009 ET

The New York Times passed on the opportunity to publish a great op-ed letter to President Barack Obama from Lou Pritchett, a former vice president of Procter & Gamble. Pritchett worked for that company for 36 years, until his retirement in 1989. Confirmed by the Internet watchdog Snopes, here's a sample of what Pritchett wrote:Dear President Obama: You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

… You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll. … You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail. You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad. You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one. You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves. … You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations. You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals. … You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Reillys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view. You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing. Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.Lou PritchettThank you, Mr. Pritchett, for your love for America, honesty and willingness to risk your reputation by speaking up to this administration. Now let me add a few of my own fears to yours:President Obama: You scare me because so many amazing corporate and American leaders, such as Lou Pritchett, are saying you scare them.

You scare me because after you initiate more government borrowing and bailouts than all presidents combined, you then require Congress to follow a system that is "pay-as-you-go." You scare me because you really do believe that going into massive amounts of debt can remedy our economy in the long run. You scare me because your actions don't reflect the federal governmental constraints and fiscally prudent principles of our Founding Fathers and Constitution. You scare me because you repeatedly still play the blame game with the Bush administration but never blame the Clinton administration, even though it was responsible for the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac subprime fiasco via the proliferation of loans to unqualified borrowers.

You scare me because you buy and run the banking, automobile and (soon) health industries with taxpayers' money but refuse to call it socialism. You scare me because you claim to be a fighter for minorities and the promises of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness yet do not defend the unborn. What greater minority is there than those in the womb, against whom you already have enacted more pro-abortion laws than anyone since the Roe v. Wade decision? You scare me because you promise to defend the U.S. against all potential enemies yet pacify those harboring terrorists, fight for the rights of combative detainees, and enable the enemies of Israel.

You scare me because you deny America's Judeo-Christian heritage before other countries of the world, espousing "the promise of a secular nation" during an age in which religious revisionism is on the rise. (Thank God for Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., and others like him, who even now are trying to preserve America's religious history by proposing the passage of a bill that would create "America's Spiritual Heritage Week." Call or write your representative today to support it.) You scare me because your media team (including the mainstream media) seeks to label as radical, quarantine socially or in some way penalize any opposing conservative voices (such as conservative talk show hosts, news agencies, columnists and actors, such as Jon Voight).

You scare me because your media team does not address or diminish in any way your deification before the world, epitomized by the editor of Newsweek who stated this past week on Chris Matthews' MSNBC show: "In a way, Obama's standing above the country, above the world. He's sort of God." (How much scarier can it get than representative statements like that in a republic that once stood for a balance among political powers and a government "by the people, for the people"?)

Sincerely,Chuck Norris

America, it's time to awaken from your slumber. Quit looking to the government for answers, and start looking to reputable sources. I recommend starting with Lou Pritchett's 1995 business book, "Stop Paddling & Start Rocking the Boat."

Thursday, June 18, 2009


I first read this letter after a friend turned me onto the Glenn Beck websight where it was republished after being read on the air. I think this brave patriotic American speaks for many of us patriots out there. Please read;
I'm a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any political party or representative in Washington represents my views or works to pursue the issues important to me. There must be someone. Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me that you are there and that you're willing to fight for our Constitution as it was written. Please stand up now. You might ask yourself what my views and issues are that I would horribly feel so disenfranchised by both major political parties. What kind of nut job am I? Will you please tell me?

Well, these are briefly my views and issues for which I seek representation:
One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I'm not a racist. This isn't to be confused with legal immigration.

Two, the TARP bill, I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it. We told you no, but you did it anyway. I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal.
Three: Czars, I want the circumvention of our checks and balances stopped immediately. Fire the czars. No more czars. Government officials answer to the process, not to the president. Stop trampling on our Constitution and honor it.

Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There is more to say.
Five, universal health care. I will not be rushed into another expensive decision. Don't you dare try to pass this in the middle of the night and then go on break. Slow down!

Six, growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. Shrink it down. Mind your own business. You have enough to take care of with your real obligations. Why don't you start there.

Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory escrow fees contributed to them every time on every real estate deal that closes. Stop the funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending impartial audits and investigations. I do not trust them with taking the census over with our taxpayer money. I don't trust them with our taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before taxpayers get any more involved with them. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, hello. Stop protecting your political buddies. You work for us, the people. Investigate.

Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have because they gave me jobs. That is the only redistribution of wealth that I will support. I never got a job from a poor person. Why do you want me to hate my employers? Why ‑‑ what do you have against shareholders making a profit?

Nine, charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves.
Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Sink or swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we'll be better off just getting into it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful. Have you ever ripped off a Band‑Aid? We will pull together. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us the chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us.

Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how about it? Let's have it. Let's say we give the buzzwords a rest and have some straight honest talk. Please try ‑‑ please stop manipulating and trying to appease me with clever wording. I am not the idiot you obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.
Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now.

Take a breath. Listen to the people. Let's just slow down and get some input from some non politicians on the subject. Stop making everything an emergency. Stop speed reading our bills into law. I am not an activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant or a violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent. I work. I'm busy. I'm busy. I am busy, and I am tired. I thought we elected competent people to take care of the business of government so that we could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals, cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be responsible contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same all while living in the home of the free and land of the brave.

I entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the checks and balances to keep from getting far off course. What happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think I find humor in the hiring of a speed reader to unintelligently ramble all through a bill that you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not. It is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face. I am not laughing at your arrogance. Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision about my own life and how I would live it but you should expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our children. We did not want the TARP bill. We said no. We would repeal it if we could. I am sure that we still cannot. There is such urgency and recklessness in all of the recent spending.

From my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back. You have forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot afford to spend on you to bring our concerns to Washington. Our president often knows all the right buzzword is unsustainable. Well, no kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group cost to come up with that word? We don't want your overpriced words. Stop treating us like we're morons.

We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented. You think we're so busy with our lives that we will never come for you? We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work , pay taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone and we are now looking up at you. You have awakened us, the patriotic spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great. They may surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be hundreds more that could not come. Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of office. We have cancelled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We didn't ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us when he will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution.

Democrat, Republican, independent, libertarian. Understand this. We don't care. Political parties are meaningless to us. Patriotic Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution and that is all that matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have brought shame to us. If you are not representing the wants and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to them. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you. If you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole damn congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are coming.

We the people are coming.
If this letter speaks to your patriotic core spread it to those around you. Make this letter just one more thing to rally around. I for one agree whole heartedly and I too will no longer stand by while those we elect work for themselves or some small lobbying group. This writer was one voice. With me we are two voices. With the viral spread of this letter we are millions! STAND UP and let them know that we ARE coming for them.

GOD BLESS AMERICA and those who will continue to fight for the freedoms and ideals this nation was founded upon.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Free? I think Not!

When this nation was struggling with how to stand strong in the world shortly after earning it's freedom at the cost of much blood and sacrifice, there were many differing ideas on how to do this.

First of all, each of the thirteen colonies was a sovereign nation in and unto itself. But it was only through banding together for the cause of freedom that they were able to secure that right for themselves and hopefully their posterity.

What was the single greatest fear of the founding fathers? It was that the individual colonies, now states, would lose the ability to take care of their own and that someone else, heck, anyone else might try and take some of their rights away.

So many many bright men hatched together a constitution. This was a constitution declaring the natural rights that belong to all men. They then painstakingly went through each part of each type of government that had existed on the earth till then and came up with our Nations Constitution.

It simply acknowledged the states as individual entities that would ensure the rights of its people. The Constitution guaranteed the rights of all citizens in these united states and established a system of checks and balances. Benjamin Franklin stated when asked what kind of government they had created, "A republic, if you can keep it!"

There is a misrepresentation out there that we are a democracy. We are a Federal Republic which must ensure the rights of all are not trampled by the majority. In a democracy, 50 percent plus one can vote away the rights of the rest. Our constitution set up rules to ensure that this would not happen. These rules have been stretched.

Every time our glorious government has tried to solve the ills of the people, or the plight of the poor, they have failed miserably. Why is FDR touted as a great president when he not only dragged out a recession but almost single handedly in his presidency started the ball rolling on borrowing on the backs of the people and trying to create a socialist government. Finally capitalism won out as people realized how they could succeed under it.

We ebb and flow under the style of Government. Democrat, republican, liberal and conservative, each presidency and each congress has increased the size of Government and the role it plays in our daily life. When will we as Americans wake up and realize we are the frog? Yes, the frog put in luke warm water and slowly brought to a boil. If 50years ago there had been an Obama and Pelosi trying to push what is going on today, there would have been an uproar the likes of which we have not ever seen. Ronald Reagan was as close as we have come. But even the great communicator had to fight those even in his own party who still wanted some of the power.

It is time for the next revolution! I am not calling us to arms, but if we do not gather under the title of liberty and stand up as a free people, throwing off these bands the government is shackling us with, it will soon be too late.

Are you waiting for someone else to do something? Well, they are waiting for you. It takes all of us to stop whining and tell it like it is. An honest days pay for an honest days work. What;s mine is mine and what's yours is yours. I get to chose what I do with my time, treasure, blood sweat and tears. I fail on my own and I succeed on my own. When I fail, I pick myself up and try again. When I win, I get to enjoy my success, not be ashamed of it.

Be a mouthpiece, when you hear someone saying something that goes against the founding principles, educate them. The schools are not doing it, and they wont do it. We are losing America and will soon be just another model of the European Union. And that is such a wonderful system of government. Socialism in any form is bad for you. The only reason those in power push for it is they want to keep the power. Don't think for a minute that Obama, Pelosi, Reed or the rest intend to live under the socialist agenda they push. It is only for you and me.

The problem is they split us apart. They have programmed us all to think that there is some pet project out there in the govt. that IS good and that we need. Private enterprise will always do better than Govt. will. When this country was created it was a place to come and build your dream. A place to have the freedom to do business and compete. And yet they take away competition by creating webs of regulation meant to stifle legitimate competition. They create more and more regulation needing more and more government oversight and then come the fees, to pay for it all of course.

Take a look around you. It is everywhere, you just need to take a real look. I can almost feel the tears streaming down the cheeks of those who fought and bled for this nation to be free, only to see it today, in chains.

Rise up, and reject the premise that we need more government! Become a son or daughter of liberty today and lets start turning things around.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Nomination can be stopped!

Contrary to what you may be hearing from the liberal media, stopping this nomination does not have to be a "long shot." It would only take a handful of Republicans who have the courage and the backbone to do the right thing.

But first, let's make one thing clear. Obama could have chosen any number of liberals to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the High Court. He could have chosen someone who, like Justice Souter, was simply left-of-center... a garden variety liberal... but he didn't. Obama selected Judge Sotomayor because she's an extreme leftist... because he knows she will likely allow her liberal political biases to affect her decision making on the Court... because he knows she's already disposed to "legislate" a leftist agenda from the bench. But more than that, Obama nominated Judge Sotomayor to send a message to conservatives in the Senate, and the subtext of the message could not be clearer: I dare you to do anything to oppose or stop this nomination.
And how conservatives react to Obama's nomination, will set the tone for everything to come over the next four years. If Obama can place Judge Sotomayor on the Supreme Court for a lifetime appointment without too much resistance, he'll know that he can do anything.

If conservatives don't draw a line in the sand and take the fight to Obama over this nomination, Obama will know that he will be able to steamroll his extreme agenda of government-backed corporate takeovers, socialized health care, wealth redistribution and the advancement of so-called "social justice" down the throats of the American people virtually unopposed. Conservatives in the Senate must be made to understand what is really at stake here. They must be made to understand exactly WHY they must fight.

And you can take that message to them right here and right now.

It Will Only Take Seven Republican Senators to Prevent Judicial Activism on the U.S. Supreme Court. Seven Republicans in the Senate - if they have the guts to do the right thing - can stop the Sotomayor confirmation dead in its tracks.

Senate Judiciary Committee Rule IV states, "... debate shall be terminated if the motion to bring the matter to a vote without further debate passes with ten votes in the affirmative, one of which must be cast by the minority." [Emphasis Mine]

That means if the seven senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee (Jeff Sessions, Orrin Hatch, Charles Grassley, Jon Kyl, Lindsey Graham, John Cornyn and Tom Coburn) stand together, they can prevent Judge Sotomayor's confirmation from being rammed though the Senate by the liberal majority.

If you believe the liberal media, Judge Sotomayor's confirmation is a done deal. But nothing could be further from the truth. The confirmation needs at least one Republican vote to advance out of the Judiciary Committee. Keep that simple point in mind as you watch these senators jockey and maneuver and pontificate and tell you that stopping this nomination is a "long shot."
You've already heard statements from Members of the Senate that they want to be "fair." And, the process should be. But in total and complete "fairness," there are already plenty of reasons why Judge Sotomayor should give us all pause. And, while we are on the subject of "fairness," were liberals like Ted Kennedy and Patrick Leahy "fair" when it came to Judge Robert Bork or Justice Clarence Thomas? What about Miguel Estrada, whose confirmation was denied a fair up-or-down vote because "he is Latino?" Was that fair? Of course not.

Use the link below and send your Blast Fax messages to Barack Obama, the seven Republican Members of the Judiciary Committee and each and every one of the remaining Republicans in the United States Senate. Tell them that when it comes to Judge Sotomayor's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, you don't want any dog-and-pony shows or token resistance. Tell them that the American people expect a thorough examination of her record and fitness to serve a lifetime appointment on the U.S. Supreme Court. Tell them that the American people want judges who will impartially interpret the law, not make laws from the bench.


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