Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Who Killed the Constitution?

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Who Killed the Constitution?: The Federal Government vs. American Liberty from World War I to Barack ObamaIf you are interested in liberty, then you have to read Woods and Gutzman's Who Killed the Constitution? Taking 12 pivotal points in American history, the authors dissect the decisions and actions taken by Presidents, Supreme Court justices and Congresses to completely kill and gut the Constitution. I won't get into the 12 scenarios dissected so you can read them freshly for yourself, but I will say it was both an enlightening and depressing read.

In the final chapter, the authors posit the question - "Can a written Constitution survive?" - any Constitution, not just ours, but of course ours is the one in discussion. It's an interesting question to pose considering ours has already been killed.

At 202 pages, the book is a quick read - there's also the complete text of the Constitution as an appendix. This book is a real eye-opener and will have you thinking as you read each page.

I strongly recommend you grab yourself a copy, set aside an hour or so and see what those who have sworn to uphold the Constitution have actually done to it.

When you're done, come back here and leave a comment below. And then, TAKE ACTION! Take our country back!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Why Liberal-Progressives Drive Me Mad! (Or, Why I Fight for Freedom)

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I am currently reading a book about the "neverending" expansion of the social welfare net here in the United States. That got me to peruse some books about the Constitution (and Declaration of Independence) on And that got me to the hell can Liberal-Progressivess support the ever expanding Federal government?

If you read the history of the American Revolution, read the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, you can't help but be moved by it all. And see the very scary and ominous parallels between the British government of the 1770s and the US government of the late 20th/early 21st century. They are both tyrants, yet the Liberal-Progressives insist on making the Federal government bigger, more powerful, more tyrannical (mandated health insurance, anyone?).

Why? What exactly is their answer to "How big is too big?" when it comes to the power and breadth of the US government. When and where will it all end? When will the Liberal-Progressives be happy - and our Founding Fathers pemanently spinning in their graves?

I'm too scared to contemplate the answer - but the question is what drives me to stop them in their tracks.

If you're a Liberal-Progressive, feel free to comment below - I'd love to hear your lunancy. Not an L-P? Comment below any way!

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Monday, May 09, 2011

Why I voted for President Obama (and why I probably won't do it again)

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You may have gotten the impression from the various political posts here that I didn't vote for President Obama...and, you'd be wrong.

I wanted to let you into my thought process when I went to vote in November, 2008. But, to do that, we first have to travel back slightly further to 2004. President Bush was running for re-election. While I was never a huge fan of Bush, as a "loyal" Republican, I voted for him anyway. I actually wanted him to win so that the 2008 Presidential field, on both sides of the aisle, would be wide open. We'd have a large group of candidates from which to choose. And, so, as fate would have it, Bush won a second term and 2008 brought us a large field of Presidential candidates.

As the election season wore on, the American system of primaries, caucuses and other oddities winnowed down the large field to two men: McCain and Obama. I wasn't really that happy with either choice. I didn't follow the election rhetoric much - so I didn't know where either man stood on many issues. But, for whatever reason, I wasn't convinced that McCain had what it took to be President. He seemed to have won by default - that is, he ran so many times before he was bound to finally win the nomination (see "Bob Dole" for a similar storyline).

Thus I turned to Obama. In Obama, I saw several things - an historic vote for the first black President (I had only wished that Colin Powell had run years earlier), a baby boomer of my generation (ie, he was on the tail end of the baby boom as I am) and a young man who had the energy and zest to be President (McCain always seemed dead to me).

I also thought Obama would be a great National Healer - for black Americans, he would be a role model, someone to look up to and aspire to. It was heartwarming to hear so many black children say "Now I can be President too when I grow up" I also thought it would help heal the racial divide in this country - that is, if blacks and whites voted for a black man we could show the nation and the world that we had put much (if not all) of our racial hatred behind us.

Of course, it was only AFTER the election did I realize what we actually got - a far Left progressive that's hell bent on spending us into oblivion - and then bankrupting us into socialism.


That's the last time I let me heart into the voting booth with me!

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Monday, May 02, 2011

Birth certificate released, but I still have my doubts!

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His citizenship status, and thus his eligibility for the Presidency, has been swirling around him ever since his 2008 campaign. Is he a citizen or not? Is he a "natural born" citizen, thus fulfilling the Constitutional requirement to be President? Even the liberal New York Times weighed in with several articles, including this one. Yet, my doubts remain - was Senator McCain ever eligible (constitutionally) to be President?

Oh, wait. You thought I was talking about President Obama's eligibility? Doesn't that make you a bit of a racist? I mean, surely, we can't discuss the "birther" issue without being racist? Or can we? Have we become so PC that any discussion that involves a person of color invokes the race card?

It's quite funny with all the nonsense surrounding Obama's birth status that we can't discuss the issue rationally. Black Americans are up in arms calling anyone who mentions the issue a "racist". But yet Black activists have railed against white Presidents for years without whites invoking the race card. Odd that.

We've never had a President who's had a Kenyan father and has (possibly) been adopted by a stepfather in a foreign country. These are important issues to discuss. They can be dealt with civilly - there's no need for rancor on either side.

Back in 2008, the Leftist Liberal Loons questioned McCain's citizenship just as the Right is questioning Obama's citizenship now. Since Obama is a sitting President, this makes the "birther" question a Constituional issue, not a racist issue. Over the years, we've found a few "holes" in our Constitution and have passed amendments to correct them. This may or may not be such a time, but we won't be able to tell unless everyone comes clean - including the President. I'm not saying he's not a citizen, I'm just saying there may be a few issues surrounding his status.

What are your thoughts? Leave your comments below!

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Green 3D Recycle Mug

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A nice complement to the "I Live Green" stamp mentioned in a previous blogpost is this Green 3D Recycle mug:
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Use it at work, on the bus or anywhere you want the world to know that you recycle!

Let us know how you use your Green 3D Recycle Mug by leaving a comment below!

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

I Live Green stamp!

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Do you - recycle? Re-use? Live Green? Does anyone else know? If not, or even if they do, tell the world with the "I Live Green" stamp!

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