Thursday, July 4, 2013

America the Beautiful

Happy Birthday and Good night, America!

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Give Me Liberty...Or Give Me Death!

William Wirt, the biographer of Patrick Henry, says that when Henry took his seat, “no murmur of applause was heard. The effect was too deep. After the trance of a moment several members started from their seats. The cry to arms! seemed to quiver on every lip, and gleam from every eye. They became impatient of speech. Their souls were on fire for action.” 
We once again as a nation have before us a government that does not heed its people's cry for justice; that has long abused its powers given to it by its people; that violates the founding document upon which all of its members have sworn to protect and uphold, the US Constitution and has also violated its people's unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and our rights under the Bill of Rights without any regard to justice and the rule of law. 
So my fellow Americans, when do we too become impatient of speech and cause our souls to be on fire for action?

NO man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen, if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony.
  The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason toward my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.  Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
  I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort.
  I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy in this quarter of the world to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain.
  Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves longer. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded, and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne!
  In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free—if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending—if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon, until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained—we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!
  They tell us, sir, that we are weak—unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?
  Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature has placed in our power. Three millions of people armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, air, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable—and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come!
  It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace—but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! - Patrick Henry
Wirt, William. Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry . 
(Philadelphia) 1836, as reproduced in The World's Great Speeches, Lewis Copeland and Lawrence W. Lamm, eds., (New York) 1973.

Happy Independence Day!

The Star Spangled Banner 
By Francis Scott Key 1814

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

CIA Whistleblower Kiriakou to Snowden: ‘Do not cooperate with the FBI’

The former CIA analyst, John Kiriakou, who spoke out against the CIA's illegal torture program (use of waterboarding as an interrogation tool against suspected terrorists) and for telling the public that torture was official US government policy, wrote an open letter of support just published from behind bars to Edward Snowden.

In a letter dated June 13 and published Tuesday by Firedoglake Kiriakou wrote:
“Thank you for your revelations of government wrongdoing over the past week,” Kiriakou writes. “You have done the country a great public service.”
“I know that it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders right now, but as Americans begin to realize that we are devolving into a police state, with the loss of civil liberties that entails, they will see your actions for what they are: heroic.”

Kiriakou also offered this advice to Snowden:
“First, find the best national security attorneys money can buy,” writes Kiriakou. “I was blessed to be represented by legal titans and, although I was forced to take a plea in the end, the shortness of my sentence is a testament to their expertise.”

“Second, establish a website that your supporters can follow your case, get your side of the story and, most importantly, make donations to support your defense.”

“DO NOT, under any circumstances, cooperate with the FBI,” Kiriakou warns. “FBI agents will lie, trick and deceive you. They will twist your words and play on your patriotism to entrap you. They will pretend to be people they are not — supporters, well-wishers and friends — all the while wearing wires to record your out-of-context statements to use against you. The FBI is the enemy; it’s a part of the problem, not the solution.”

“I wish you the very best of luck,” Kiriakou writes before signing off. “I hope you can get to Iceland quickly and safely. There you will find a people and a government who care about the freedoms that we hold dear and for which our forefathers and veterans fought and died.”

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

For Those Of You Who Buy Into The "Our Government Doesn't Want To And Won't Take Your Guns" Lie

In a series of videos, the National Rifle Association has documented the stunning weapons grab by police in New Orleans, assembling videos that show them physically taking weapons from individuals, including one woman who was stunned when officers threw her against her kitchen wall because she had a small handgun for self-defense.

Herb Titus, a nationally known constitutional attorney and law professor, told WND government’s claim always is that such draconian powers will only be used “in an emergency situation.”
But there are so many “emergencies,” he said, that “all of our rights are in jeopardy.”
“It’s typical of the government to do this, typical of this age. You see the government believes it can make the decision for you better than you can make it for yourself. There’s a lot of this from the Obama administration,” he said.
The result? Government “as our master, rather than servant,” he said. - WND

So my questions to you now are:
1) When will the next "emergency" hit your neck of the woods?
2) What will you do when law enforcement officers are as bad as the thugs and act like gestapo officers and force you out of your home, at gun point when there is no need just because they think that your right against illegal and unwarranted search and seizure and to bear arms is just wishful thinking instead of constitutional rights??
3) Do you really think that it can't happen any where else and that this was just a fluke?
4) Can you connect the dots between this, the government stock piling ammo and tanks, and the rush by Obama, Hilliary, Feinstein, Holder and others of their ilk to pass gun bans and see the agenda of our government?

If not, then when they come for you and yours, and this is done to you, don't complain because you have asked for this.
If you do see, then I suggest that you educate yourself on what the government's true agenda is and make sure to not let them become anymore of a police state than what they already are and join in with others to make sure this never happens again!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Don't Let The Light Go Out

My fellow Americans....
What is the memory that's valued so highly
That we keep it alive in that flame?
What's the commitment to those who have died
That we cry out they've not died in vain?
We have come this far always believing
That justice would somehow prevail
This is the burden, this is the promise
This is why we will not fail

Don't let the light go out
It's lasted for so many years
Don't let the light go out
Let it shine through our love and our tears

Marriage and DOMA

I really see you people's, who disagree with the Supreme Court's decision, position on DOMA very hypocritical. You say that you want freedom and rights for all Americans, yet when it comes to marriage, you want to define that for ALL Americans based upon your own religious belief/faith and then force down everybody's throats and make them swallow it if they don't believe that that is right for them. You are so religiously narrow minded on this subject that you do not see that this decision by the Supreme Court is NOT supporting gay marriage, but supporting the individual's right to decide a very basic constitutional and unalienable right for themselves, whom to marry and how that'll occur, without interference by anyone. 

No one knows the mind of God. There are many religious scripts out in this world and no one can officially stand up and say that they know for absolute surety that they have God's word on matters. All the scripts were written by man, edited, put together, translated etc, by man. Man is flawed and has his own agenda and thus, religious scripts must be taken with advisement. 

Besides, it is GOD who is the judge, not man. Each of us will have to stand before our Creator and answer to Him ourselves. So, if we are wrong here, we'll find that out when we stand before Him. It is NOT your job, or anyone else's here to judge anyone's personal choices about whom they should love and how to express that love. God gave each of us the power and right to choose that for ourselves. And as far as I know, He hasn't abdicated His throne to you, or anyone else here on earth to decide that for us. 

So, you keep and hold dear your religious faith and beliefs, FOR YOURSELF, and leave the rest of us to OUR OWN, thank you very much! THAT my dear fellow American, is what true sovereignty really is. The ability to decide what is best for one's self in one of the most personal of all personal rights, who to marry and how to define that marriage for one's self.

(And BEFORE I get any messages on this, I'm talking about consenting adult people. So all you sickos who want to argue pedophilia, beastiality and any other unnatural arguments to prop up your religious stand on this issue need not message me!)