It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn. — George Washington
My mother was born in Kansas, my father in Kenya, and I was born, of course, in Hawaii.
That President Obama’s attorneys didn’t show respect for the court, the citizens, the secretary of state, and the statutes of Georgia reveals the true character of the administration as being completely and utterly against state’s rights. The federal government is growing out of control with every administration and this action today is a loud announcement that this administration is going to do what it likes, and you can imagine that their response to this judiciary would be exactly the same if this had been the U.S. Supreme Court.
Everything that is wrong with America is here in this room.
Prof. Walter E. Williams, economist
Between 1787 and 1930, our nation suffered both mild and severe economic downturns. There was no intervention to stimulate the economy, but the economy always recovered. During the 1930s, there were massive interventions, starting with President Herbert Hoover and later with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Their actions turned what would have been a sharp three- or four-year economic downturn into a 10-year affair. In 1930, when Hoover began to ‘fix’ the economy, unemployment was 6 percent. FDR did even more to ‘fix’ the economy. As a result, unemployment remained in double digits throughout the decade and reached 20 percent in 1939. President Roosevelt blamed the high unemployment on his predecessor. … Americans have been miseducated into thinking that Roosevelt’s New Deal saved our economy. That miseducation extends to most academics, including economists, at our universities, who are arrogant enough to believe that it’s possible for a few people in Washington to have the information and knowledge necessary to manage the economic lives of 313 million people. — economist Walter E. Williams
There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. While the first is the condition of a free society, the second means as De Tocqueville describes it, ‘a new form of servitude.’ – economist. Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992)
The gun has been called the great equalizer, meaning that a small person with a gun is equal to a large person, but it is a great equalizer in another way, too. It insures that the people are the equal of their government whenever that government forgets that it is servant and not master of the governed. When the British forgot that they got a revolution. And, as a result, we Americans got a Constitution; a Constitution that, as those who wrote it were determined, would keep men free. If we give up part of that Constitution we give up part of our freedom and increase the chance that we will lose it all. – Ronald Reagan
Everyone on NBC’s Today show payroll ignored foul-mouthed comedian Bill Maher’s $1 million donation to an Obama super PAC — but NBC’s Andrea Mitchell went to extravagant lengths on Wednesday to tie Mitt Romney as closely as possible to supporter Ted Nugent, after Nugent made headlines for controversial comments about President Obama. The lone mention of Bill Maher on the Today show in 2012 was from guest host Sarah Palin on April 3. This manifests a complete partisan double-standard on the part of NBC as they scrutinized the ties between a Republican and his supporter but left it to a conservative guest host to address the rhetoric of the Obama super PAC donor who has repeatedly spewed vile insults at Republican women.
|Paul Revere, Son of Liberty|
What Obama and company chose to ignore it that on April 19th, 1775, a small band of citizens we call Patriots, challenged the authority of the most powerful government at the time. They were the Sons of Liberty, who were a group of Boston “radicals” under the leadership of Samuel Adams, who by performing a simple act of dumping tea into the Boston Harbor in protest against the tea tax, it became an inspiration of a growing movement for freedom and liberty. Sixteen months later, the first Patriot’s Day began with the famous ride of Paul Revere and William Dawes, who just after midnight, raised the alarm that the British were coming to arrest John Hancock and Samuel Adams, as well as seize all firearms from local citizens. The British knew that if they disarmed the citizenry they would be more easily controlled. One of the incentives of including the Second Amendment into the Bill of Rights.
In the first months of the American Revolution, English author, Samuel Johnson, a Tory loyalist, called the Patriots’ movement: the last refuge of a scoundrel. In response, Alexander Hamiltondefined the Patriot foundation:
To grant that there is a supreme intelligence who rules the world and has established laws to regulate the actions of his creatures; and still to assert that man, in a state of nature, may be considered as perfectly free from all restraints of law and government, appears to a common understanding altogether irreconcilable. Good and wise men, in all ages, have embraced a very dissimilar theory. They have supposed that the deity, from the relations we stand in to himself and to each other, has constituted an eternal and immutable law, which is indispensably obligatory upon all mankind, prior to any human institution whatever. This is what is called the law of nature. Upon this law depends the natural rights of mankind: the Supreme Being gave existence to man, together with the means of preserving and beatifying that existence. He endowed him with rational faculties, by the help of which, to discern and pursue such things, as were consistent with his duty and interest, and invested him with an inviolable right to personal Liberty, and personal safety. The Sacred Rights of Mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the Hand of the Divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
Obama had three-plus years to get with Congress to create a budget …
The author of a Republican budget plan said today it addresses the national debt crisis that President Obama and Democrats are ignoring. ‘The president is hunkered down in campaign mode, and seems intent on dividing Americans for political gain instead of offering credible solutions to our most pressing fiscal and economic challenges,’ said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in the weekly Republican radio address. Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, said the GOP budget will reform the tax code and protect such programs as education and Medicare.” (“Ryan touts GOP budget,” USA TODAY, 4/28/12)
In this week’s Republican address, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan accuses President Obama and Democratic leaders of overspending and expresses concern about the nation’s economic future. … Noting that this weekend will mark three years since the Democrat-controlled Senate has passed a budget, Ryan says, ‘This unserious approach to budgeting has dire consequences for American families.’ … In Saturday morning’s address, Ryan says the House-approved budget would produce economic growth and opportunities, ‘with bold reforms to the tax code and a credible, principled plan to prevent a debt crisis from ever happening.’ (“GOP Address: Paul Ryan Slams Democrats, Touts ‘Path to Prosperity,’” ABC News Radio, 4/28/12)
GOPers in Congress, meanwhile, slammed the president in their weekly address for trying to increase taxes to fund bigger government. ‘The President and his party leaders are now insisting that Washington take trillions of dollars from hardworking Americans in an effort to lock in ever-higher government spending,’ House Budget Chair Rep. Paul Ryan said. … Republicans this week have accused Obama of trying to distract the American public from the economy with pushes on other issues. Ryan added to that chorus in his address. (POLITICO, 4/28/12)
In the Republican weekly address, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), author of the House Republican budget, criticized the Senate and President Obama for failing to produce a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. … Rep. Ryan blames the Democratic-led Senate’s inaction on President Obama. ‘Regrettably, this president has failed to lead us, to unite us, and to help us address our defining challenges,’ Ryan said. Ryan promoted his budget plan, which the Republican-led House passed. … ‘It would support safe, responsible energy exploration here at home to address high gas prices and it would repeal the president’s health care law, which is making it harder for businesses to hire new workers,’ Ryan said.” (“Rep. Ryan knocks Obama over Senate budget. CBS News, 4/28/12)
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) focused on the slumping national economy in his party’s weekly address but said ‘it’s not too late to save the American Dream.’ …Ryan claimed that ‘the good news is, there’s a better way forward: a budget, recently passed by the House of Representatives, that would lift the debt and free the nation from the constraints of ever-expanding government.’ … Slamming Obama as being ‘hunkered down in campaign mode’ and ‘dividing Americans for political gain,’ Ryan added that ‘we will get back on a path to prosperity — it is not too late to get this right. But only with the right leadership in place can we renew the American promise of leaving our children a stronger nation than the one our parents left us.’ (NewsCore, 4/28/12)
I leave this segment of the Obama File series with stirring remarks of Samuel Adams, the founder of Patriot Day and the Minutemen:
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands, which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!
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