Deebow over at Blackfive has a good post up. I send you forth to read and learn something you may not be aware of..
Once again, I have to ask “Has the time come?” A bit more than 3 years ago, I asked that very question, and I still don’t know “the Answer.” Go back and read the piece from 2009 and ask yourself the same question.
This is about where our nation is headed. With the recent ruling on “Obamacare,” I now have to ask you this question. If the government can require you to buy health insurance based upon some arbitrary standard (what they say you need versus what you actually need), what is to stop them from dictating/interfering in other areas of your private life? In the market for a new car? How about this one? You can buy that one, but you will pay a “penalty” if you do. Want to buy a new house? Well, we have this one here that meets your needs. Oh, you can buy that house over there, but you will pay a “penalty” if you do. While these examples could be considered extreme, your “needs” will no longer be determined by you, but by some government employee and who knows how those “needs” will be determined. Penalty or tax, it is still money you will pay to the government because you decide to exercise free will. You know, that which was instilled in you by your Creator. Has the time come?
Any regular reader of this little blog, knows in 1985 I took an oath. That oath goes like this:
“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
Read that oath carefully and notice to who or what I and every other service member swore allegiance to. Not the officers appointed over me and not the President of the United States. I and my brothers and sisters in arms swear allegiance to the Constitution of the United States. Presidents come and go. The Constitution has endured for 224 years despite the efforts of those opposed to it. While it has been changed over the years, it still stands.
Even though I have not worn a uniform since 2005, I have not been relieved of that oath. It does not have an expiration date attached. Since I am no longer in uniform, I am no longer subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and no longer required to obey the orders of the President of the United States nor are any officers appointed over me.
Do you have the courage of those 56 men from 1776? Or would you rather be as the sheep led to the slaughter? Freedom or subjugation, the choice is ours. I am on my soapbox, will participate at the ballot box, but don’t forget, I have a bullet box which is my eternal hope will remain sealed. Make your choice carefully as once made, it cannot be unmade. You don’t get a do-over.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. – 1st Amendment, Constitution of the United States
Read those words above again, I’ll wait. Done? Good, now read them again, this time pay particular attention to the first clause. Got it? Read it again. These are the words the likes of the liberals and the ACLU don’t want you to read. Why? Because then you would know they have perpetuated a lie upon the American people. Nowhere are the words “separation of church and state.” The only place the words “separation of church and state” are used are in Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association where he acknowledged that their belief “religion is a matter which lies solely between a man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship…”
Why is this important? Freedom of Religion is one of the cornerstones of this great experiment that is called America. The liberals and the ACLU would have you believe that offering a prayer before a high school football game or graduation is anomalous to passing legislation establishing a religion when in reality it more closely falls under “the free exercise thereof.” Now I will admit my copy of the Constitution of the United States is a bit outdated, but nowhere in it does it say one cannot offer a prayer asking God to keep the athletes safe from harm or provide guidance to new graduates.
We are now engaged in a religious war insofar as can a church practice what it preaches? Or do secular interests take precedence?
God has occupied the thoughts of man. Conscience, the mystery of existence, and the prospect of death challenge every human being to grapple with questions of transcendence and divine reality.
Religious freedom recognizes the right of all people to pursue these transcendent ends. This right is granted not by government but by the Creator. By respecting it, a government acknowledges that such ultimate issues are outside its jurisdiction, and that conscience is answerable to a higher authority than the law of the land. Individuals and institutions should be free to believe and to act in response to divine reality.[i]
Marshall goes on to state “Because religious liberty is the bedrock for all human freedom, it provides a sturdy foundation for limited government.” Take a look at what is happening in places such as Nigeria where Boko Haram Islamists are slitting Christians’ throats. Churches are being marked for destruction in Indonesia, and here in the United States, we have an administration that consistently sides with one religion over any other. We have the authorities in a major American city siding with Muslims who decided it would be appropriate to stone Christians while yelling “Allahu Akbar!”
Friends, we are at war. This is not a war between nations, but a war against all that this nation stands for, most especially religious freedom. This nation, admit it or not, was formed by men of good moral character that believed in a higher power then themselves. The Declaration of Independence refers to this higher power no less than four times. Nature’s God, Creator, Supreme Judge of the World, and Divine Providence. Agree or disagree, that is the truth. Our nation was formed based upon Judeo-Christian principles. Little by little, the left has been eroding those principles. They are it this for the long haul, no matter how long it takes. If you desire to remain a free people, you must take a stand. A stand for religious freedom is a stand for all freedoms for if they can take away your right to worship as you see fit, what other rights can they take?
[i] Marshall, Jennifer A. Why Does Religious Freedom Matter? The Heritage Foundation (http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/12/why-does-religious-freedom-matter)
After all, I am not a card carrying member of the NAACP, the CBC, the NBPP, the ALCU. I am a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Male. All my life I have been brought up to believe that you judge a man by his character, what is in his heart, and not by the color of his skin.
I spent 20+ years in uniform preparing to answer my nation’s call, and don’t regret a moment of that time. I now help train our nation’s warriors to answer that same call if it comes. With very few exceptions, in our line of work, we do not concern ourselves with another’s looks, only that he or she carries his or her share of the load. From pulling comms to pulling guard duty, everyone has a task to perform and we only care the task gets done. We support each other and when needed, step in to help our brother or sister in arms.
I find it interesting that our current president declared that he was the first post-racial president and yet the conservatives are called racists simply for wanting the rule of law to prevail. For example, conservatives support ensuring only those who meet the legal requirements to vote do so. One way to ensure this is to require ID to cast your ballot. All the legislation I have seen in recent time regarding voter IDs has REQUIRED the state to provide ID at NO CHARGE. Cost to the individual? Nada, nil, zilch, in other words FREE! Some states, Georgia for one, even had MOBILE ID stations full up ready to come to a parking location near you. Once again AT NO COST to the individual. Liberals at various levels of government have done their best to defeat these actions. And have succeeded.
The Constitution of the United States does not state who may or may not vote. It only states that a STATE may NOT deny the right of suffrage to someone based on their gender (19th Amendment), on their age, as long as they are at least 18 years of age (26th Amendment), or on race (15th Amendment). Other than that, the qualifications to vote in any election is set forth by each state. States could, if the electorate therein so decided, could require any number of qualifications to register to vote and cast their ballots at the ballot box. They could for example, and this is a bit out there, require that all persons desiring to cast a ballot wear a Led Zeppelin concert t-shirt and be well with in their right under the 10th Amendment to do so. They can also require one to present a valid, government issued identification card to cast a vote. Especially if the government has provided that ID at no direct cost to the individual.
It isn’t racist to require an ID to vote, it is simply ensuring that those desiring to cast a ballot have met the legal requirements for that state to do so. It means your vote counts. It goes to the integrity of the ballot box.
So, because I want my vote to count the same as yours even if we vote opposite of each other, I believe we should have to present valid identification to cast our ballots. Not because I am racist, but because I am an American. No more, no less.
As you prepare to trot off to London for the Games of the XXX Olympiad, please take the time to review the protocol for display of our nation’s flag. Do not disgrace yourself in the eyes of those that have served, fought, bled or died for that flag and what it stands for. It is not an article of clothing, so please don’t use it as such.
Before you get on the plane to London and before you take the field of competition take a look at following:
STANDARDS of RESPECT
The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:
- The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
- The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
- The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
- The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
- The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
- The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.
I wish you all the best that amateur competition offers and a high medal count.
More and more often, I am seeing headlines such as those. The reason being given is “We don’t want to ‘offend’ anyone.” Well, I am looking through my copies of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States and I can not find any reference that protects us from being offended.
According to the Declaration of Independence all men are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. And nowhere in the Constitution of the United States nor its attendant Bill of Rights, is there a right to not be offended. The only place that comes close, in my opinion, is the First Amendment’s protections against Congress making a law abridging free speech.
One reason for the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is to protect that speech that some may find objectionable or offensive.
“In those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call anything his own. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech” – Benjamin Franklin
My friends, with the advent of “hate crime” enhancements to criminal charges and sentencing guidelines, the prohibition of mentioning God in the Town Square, etc, we have crossed the threshold and I fear we will not be able to make our way back. We see it every day, individuals being prosecuted for their thoughts. What is in their mind, not for their actions. What’s next? The police coming and knocking on your door simply because you disagree with the current administration? I hope not.
My friends, before you go off to your BBQs or the Beach, please take a moment to remember those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this great country. Keep the families in your thoughts a prayers.
Let this serve as a warning to those that fail to remember this country was founded on Judeo-Christian Principles. Our Founding Fathers all acknowledged a Supreme Being no less than four times in the Declaration of Independence.
The Constitution of United States and the Constitutions of the Several States all have language that refers to G-d. I don’t care if you are a Catholic, a Baptist, a Presbyterian, Methodist, or any other Christian faith or a Jew, you believe in G-d and have a vested interest in stopping the assault on our faith a beliefs.
Thanks to Joe over at Boiling the Frogs.
For too long We the People have endured attacks from all comers. These attacks are not coming from the likes of Al Qaeda or others of their ilk, but from within. Some of us need to go back to our high school civics class and re-read those words that form the basis for our way of life.
I happen to agree with the Danbury Baptists and Mr. Jefferson (Thomas, not George) the purpose of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is NOT to protect the government from religion, but to protect religion from the government.
It is time for all people of faith to stand up and be counted. As Joe said, I have run out of cheeks.
but this isn’t just about being a Veteran. This is about an entity deciding that $197.00 is more important that being a PERSON. I understand policy, but I have only ever seen this kind of inflexibility one other time, and that entity no longer is patronized by me or my family. Spirit Airlines can now add themselves to that very short list. Sometimes you need to make an exception to policy and while this private business can stick to their guns on this, Veterans can and most likely will stick to theirs. From what I have read, it will be a very cold day before a Veteran takes a flight on Spirit Airlines and I fully support their decision.
While I am not one that usually counsels a private business on how to conduct their private business, this time they need to make an exception to policy. This Veteran followed all the rules for this fare, but unfortunately, his doctor advised him that flying would be detrimental to his health.
Semper Fi! Mr. Meekins