Category Archives: Reflection on America

Baldwin: My List Of The Ten Worst U.S. Presidents

baldwin_2013People who are familiar with my writings should not be surprised at my list, although many people who read my Facebook post did act surprised. Of course, these could have been people who aren’t that familiar with my writings after all.

At any rate, with my Facebook post I made my list without explanation. I will use this column to share a little bit of the reasoning behind my selections. So here goes: my top ten worst presidents in U.S. history: Continue reading

Bodycam footage ‘proves cop was RIGHT to shoot armed man.

Sylville SmithMilwaukee’s mayor and police chief announced Monday that body cam video supports the shooting of Sylville Smith – which sparked riots across the city.

At least one person was shot as police clashed with protesters during a second night of riots after Smith, 23, was shot dead by a police officer on Saturday.

But Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A Flynn insists the footage makes it clear that the shooting was lawful.

He said that Smith was shot after he turned toward an officer and raised his gun.

Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, speaking at a press conference on Monday, added that a still from the cop’s body camera shows ‘without question’ Smith had a gun in his hand… Smith had previously been charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety for his involvement in a shooting last year but the charges were dropped.  (Read FULL Story)

Nine Major Veterans Affairs FAILURES

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More than a half million veterans still must wait at least a month to see a VA doctor, and even when they do manage to get an appointment, the care they receive is not always up to the standards patients expect to see in the private sector. (Graeme Jennings/Examiner)

The Department of Veterans Affairs has never fully recovered from the firestorm of criticism it received after a whistleblower revealed a nationwide scheme to cover up long delays in healthcare in 2014.

The discovery that 110 VA facilities had used secret patient waiting lists to cover up veterans’ long wait times led to the ouster of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, but only three employees involved in the manipulation were fired. Continue reading

The 14th Amendment Does NOT Grant Citizenship to Foreigners Born in the U.S.

14th-amendmentLiberals and anti-Constitution residents of the U.S. don’t understand the purpose of the 14th Amendment. But the Amendment’s author was pretty clear about its purpose. The inconvenient truth is that the 14th Amendment does not and never has granted U.S. citizenship to foreigners born in the United States.

The 14th Amendment is one of the most misunderstood, and most cited amendment among all of the amendments in litigation in the United States. Its author, Senator Jacob Howard (R-MI), wrote quite clearly the purpose of the law’s scope when he introduced it… Continue reading

Beaman: No Truths Please

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Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!

When I was in high school, several of our teachers lamented the depiction of blacks in movies and television. The reason given was that they were always shown as servants or other degrading roles.

Years later, many blacks called The (Bill) Cosby Show, with the title actor’s character an obstetrician/gynecologist and a successful lawyer for a wife, unrealistic. The family lived in a beautiful brownstone in highly fashionable Brooklyn Heights. Continue reading

FEMA Investigator’s Shock 9/11 Claim: “Vault Contents Emptied Before Attack … They Knew It Was Going To Happen”

911The attacks of September 11th, 2001 will forever be mired in doubt and suspicion by millions of people who saw the events live on their televisions. Almost immediately following the attacks theories began to emerge.

Were the hijackers operatives for a Western intelligence service? How did a passport from one of the terrorists survive completely unscathed, only to be found later amidst the rubble of the Trade Centers? How did WTC Building 7 collapse even though it was never struck by an airplane? Why was President George H.W. Bush meeting with members of the Bin Laden family at the very moment of the attacks? Were the planes that hit the buildings actually commercial airliners or were they remotely operated drones? Why was the entirety of Ground Zero quickly sanitized and shipped to China for recycling before any investigation ever took place? And, what are the odds that on the very day terrorists used planes to attack the Pentagon and World Trade Centers, the U.S. military was holding exercises simulating hijackers crashing planes into buildings, a circumstance that led to total confusion across the United States and a complete failure of national defense?

These questions and thousands more have been the subject of fervent debate for over a decade, and like the Kennedy assassination, may never have an official answer.

But just as has been the case with the investigation of JFK’s murder, new details and evidence continue to emerge surrounding the events of that day. Continue reading

Alexander: Allahu Akbar Orlando — Analysis of the Absurd

BO Gets It Wrong, Again

“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die. … Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble actions. ~ George Washington (1776)

BO gun problemHistorically, the worst in America brings out the best in America. Whether the catastrophic Islamist 9/11 attack 15 years ago, or the devastating Islamist attack in Orlando last weekend, killing 49 civilians and leaving many others in critical condition, first responders, friends and neighbors, and most Americans nationwide, are quick to rally in support of victims and their families. This unity in moments of great tragedy speaks volumes about the combined character of our nation.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about most leftist demagogues and many of their loyal constituents. When a political machine depends on a generationally tried and true “divide and conquer” strategy — one that foments discontent and division based on income, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, education, occupation and the like — in order to achieve its political objectives, predictably their politics of disunity will emerge before the blood on the walls has dried. Continue reading

Farewell Muhammad Ali

Was Muhammad Ali a Slave Trader?

clay_aliI liked Muhammad Ali right from his start as Cassius Clay. I liked him for his blinding speed and his brashness. I liked his penchant for jingles predicting the rounds of his opponents’ defeats which turned out to be accurate and which landed him before a congressional committee investigating corruption in boxing or maybe all of sports. I liked his clowning.

My father was a fight buff & I used to watch the Friday night fights with him in New York City. He didn’t like Clay/Ali because of his politics but he said that he had the fastest hands he ever saw. He had seen Sugar Ray Robinson and said that he’d thought Robinson had fast hands but Ali was faster. Continue reading

Timeline of the Great FRAUD

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bennett_2015This following is ONLY for those who want to know the TRUTH about mass SLAVERY and CONTROL of the American people, including that thrust upon us by Mr. Lincoln – the so-called ‘Emancipator of the Slaves.’ Several comments by myself will be posted in dark blue.~ Jeffrey Bennett, Publisher and Editor of the Federal Observer Continue reading

Jefferson’s Final Warnings

jeffersonPeople remember Thomas Jefferson for the Declaration of Independence, which he wrote in 1776. A few will remember that he served as president from 1801 to 1809, but aside from that, they know almost nothing of his life and work. In actual fact, he lived till 1826, when he died on July 4, fifty years to the day after the ratification of his Declaration.

During those fifty years, Jefferson’s intellectual life bloomed. He was an inventor, a horticulturalist, and especially a philosopher. In fact, he was a brave and excellent philosopher. Continue reading

Flint, Michigan is Drowning

michaelmooreIt is now conceded that the Flint, Michigan water supply has been contaminated, with lead and other toxic materials, for a very long time. Lead leads to brain damage and behavioral disorders, especially when the exposure starts in childhood. Michael Moore was born in Flint. See, there is an explanation for him.

Roderick T. Beaman
January 28, 2016

REDUX: All Over Again

bennett_0608As this nation has unraveled over the past few decades, and more specifically over the past seven years, the time has come to post this video once more. It is too important to ignore any longer.

Trump may or may not be the guy to get ‘er done – but he is right…

“It’s time to make America Great Again!”

Without Apology I am,
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Ross: Would Ya’ll Just Shut Up

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Did I get your attention? Did I offend you; make you mad? Good! It’s about time you know how I’ve been made to feel for quite some time. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the times I’ve been told I need to stop saying or writing the things I do because they are offensive; incendiary. I think I can safely say that I have studied the Constitution; the Bill of Rights; and the writings of the Founders much more than 90% of the rest of you, and I don’t recall anywhere in my reading did I find that you have a right to go through life not being offended.

However, the very first amendment to our Constitution protects the right of the people to speak freely. People still believe that they have freedom of speech; but do they … really? Or, have political correctness and a concern over hurting someone else’s feelings limited your right to say whatever you want? If you want my opinion, it seems Winston Churchill was right when he said, “Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.” Continue reading

Gaddy: Union or Death

“There were two Lincolns – the myth and the man. The man is dead, the myth lives. The war he made was no myth. The War to Prevent Southern Independence is a cancer in the very living marrow of America.” ~ Charles T. Pace, Southern Independence. Why War?

Civil-War-Confederate-Battle-Flag-of-the-37th-Mississippi-Infantry-sold-for-nearl-51000As previously stated, Slavery was not the reason Lincoln unconstitutionally ordered 75,000 troops to invade the states “in rebellion.” As Lincoln said throughout the beginning stages of the war, his purpose was to maintain the Union.

My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union …” ~  Abraham Lincoln to Horace Greeley, August 22, 1862. Continue reading

More than 200 retired generals and admirals urge Congress to reject Iran deal

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The number of retired generals and admirals signing on to a letter to Congress rejecting the Iran nuclear deal continued to swell Thursday, with some 214 of the former high-level U.S. military officers putting their stamp on the document that asserts the “agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous” and “introduce new threats to American interests.” Continue reading

“It’s Morning in America, Again”

“the greatest political document since the Magna Carta.”

Donald Trump Wins Praise From Experts With New Immigration Plan

trumpWhile most of the permanent political class is still aghast that 2016 GOP presidential frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump put together one of most specific, pro-American worker immigration plans of anyone running for public office, he’s winning widespread praise from key experts on the issue.

Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) executive director Mark Krikorian told Breitbart News that he’s pleased Trump is drawing a focus to this issue and his plan is spot on. Continue reading

Americans “Too Fearful to Face” Facts That the Republic is Dead, the Country is Gone

Art by Anthony Frieda. Anthonyfreda.com

Art by Anthony Frieda. Anthonyfreda.com

Editor’s Comment: No matter what happens in the news, most Americans just can’t face it. At ballgames, schools, churches, meetings, jobs and stores, Americans tend to salute the flag, accept b.s. rationales for evil deeds and stupid policies, and shun inconvenient truths that would otherwise inform a thinking person that the game is rigged, that the Republic is dead, and that the country is gone.

Agree or not, the issues raised below are crucial to the arrangement of government, and the power of the people in that government. By all accounts, corruption has become legalized, government has assumed all meaningful power – except that which is reserved to the corporations and banks – and rule of law has been replaced by rule of an elite who make their own rules. Academic studies, Congressman and Federal Reserve chairs now acknowledge that the United States has become an oligarchy… and oligarchies consist mainly of a few noblemen, and a mass population of obedient and powerless serfs. Better face up, because nothing is going to change for the better by ignoring it. Continue reading

Degrading Our Constitution

flaming_constitution_web_67Our Senators and Representatives are sent to Washington by “we the people” to read the bills presented to them. It is then incumbent on them to explain to us, their constituents, the contents of those bills, along with the reasons that they are either good or bad for our country.

Congress recently passed the Trade Promotion Authority bill, in part, for greater transparency and so we can read it. In other words, do their job and read it for them. Continue reading

Baldwin: A Design Evinced

baldwin_2013Can one imagine how difficult it was for America’s founders to actually make the decision to separate from Great Britain? England was the Motherland. The Crown was the central government. For all of their lives, the government of Great Britain was the only government they had ever known. The history of England was their history. Not only that, these men had never experienced any other system of government. Neither was there history to guide them. A monarchical form of government was all they knew. The “divine right of kings” was inculcated into their hearts and minds via virtually every established institution, including the Church, from the time they were born. Continue reading

Patriots’ Day: The Roots of the First American Revolution

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” ~ Samuel Adams (1776)

04.19.12_AUGUSTUS B. SHUTE (American, d. 1910). Colonial Battle SceneOn April 19th, we honor the anniversary of Patriots’ Day and the legacy of Liberty launched that day, which is our inspiration to this day. In doing so, we mark the opening salvo of the first American Revolution in 1775, and the first step toward the establishment of an eternal declaration of human Liberty, subordinating the rule of men to Creator-inspired Rule of Law.

A quick search of the White House website under the current administration reveals not a single reference to this most notable date in the history of our nation. Undoubtedly the statist regime currently occupying the Executive Branch prefers to ignore this formative event, as the historic call to arms ultimately turned back a growing tide of tyranny. Continue reading

Remembering the Politically Inconvenient Malcolm X

XThis year isn’t just the golden anniversary of Selma. It is as well marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Malcolm X.

Malcolm X has been mythologized. According to the myth, there are, essentially, two Malcolms: the “pre-Mecca” Malcolm and the “post-Mecca” Malcolm X. The former, a national minister for Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam, preached black separatism. The latter, in glaring contrast, rejected the Nation and promoted interracial unity.

That this is revisionism at its best (or worst) is understood by the inconvenient fact that it omits: Continue reading

Courage to Face True History

History is philosophy teaching by examples.” ~ Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War

the-true-storyHuman consciousness and the ability to understand that which really occurred in the past, is a skill that many people have little experience with mastering. Scholarship and researching the yesteryear relies upon analyzing accounts of others and is usually based on chronicles written centuries ago. Most of the original evidence used in writing the accounts may be lost, based upon oral myths or accurate translations of vanished languages. Even when the original sources are impeccable in their authenticity or go unquestioned in the ivory towers of academic scrutiny, the crucial question still remains, Was It So? Attempts to provide definitive proof, when it comes to explaining political events, relies more often on the art of understanding the connection among factions, based within the context of their intended agendas than smoking gun documents. Continue reading

Mercer: A Sad Christmas Story

red_ryder_ralphieDescribed by a critic as “one of those rare movies you can say is perfect in every way,” “A Christmas Story,” directed by Bob Clark, debuted in 1983.

Set in the 1940s, the film depicts a series of family vignettes through the eyes of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker, who yearns for that gift of all gifts: the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun.

This was boyhood before “bang-bang you’re dead” was banned; family life prior to “One Dad Two Dads Brown Dad Blue Dads,” and Christmas before Saint Nicholas was denounced for his whiteness and “merry Christmas” condemned for its exclusiveness.

If children could choose the family into which they were born, most would opt for the kind depicted in “A Christmas Story,” where mom is a happy homemaker, dad a devoted working stiff, and between them, they have zero repertoire of progressive psychobabble to rub together. Continue reading

FERGUSON: Thankful for Founding Fathers’ Legal Legacy

mercerGrand-jury deliberations were conducted behind closed doors. The decision was announced at night. It was too dark. Jurors were given too much information to absorb. The St. Louis County prosecuting attorney was not sufficiently involved in the proceedings. The latter, Bob McCulloch, was too “cold” in sharing the cold, hard facts of the case with the public. His remarks were excessively long or redundant. The police were too passive in their response to the pillage that followed the unpopular decision.

These are a few of the complaints voiced by the “Racism Industrial Complex (RIC)” against a grand-jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. A quorum of ordinary Americans has determined that Officer Darren Wilson was not “the initial aggressor,” that the officer “acted in self-defense,” that he “was authorized to use deadly force” in a situation in which he found himself being punched – and then bull-rushed by a demonic-looking mountain of flesh, Michael Brown. Continue reading

Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms

A declaration by the representatives of the united colonies of North America, now met in Congress at Philadelphia, setting forth the causes and necessity of their taking up arms.

If it was possible for men, who exercise their reason to believe, that the divine Author of our existence intended a part of the human race to hold an absolute property in, and an unbounded power over others, marked out by his infinite goodness and wisdom, as the objects of a legal domination never rightfully resistible, however severe and oppressive, the inhabitants of these colonies might at least require from the parliament of Great-Britain some evidence, that this dreadful authority over them, has been granted to that body. But a reverence for our Creator, principles of humanity, and the dictates of common sense, must convince all those who reflect upon the subject, that government was instituted to promote the welfare of mankind, and ought to be administered for the attainment of that end. The legislature of Great-Britain, however, stimulated by an inordinate passion for a power not only unjustifiable, but which they know to be peculiarly reprobated by the very constitution of that kingdom, and desperate of success in any mode of contest, where regard should be had to truth, law, or right, have at length, deserting those, attempted to effect their cruel and impolitic purpose of enslaving these colonies by violence, and have thereby rendered it necessary for us to close with their last appeal from reason to arms. Continue reading

Cliven Bundy And The Origins of the American Abundance Revolution

bundyToday, in the year 2064, as we look back over the last 50 years, it might seem as if the Abundance Revolution was inevitable, since so much wealth was involved. After all, it was wealth just waiting to be unleashed.

Yet paradoxically, on the eve of the Abundance Revolution, many of America’s leaders, on the right as well as the left, were preaching a strict doctrine of overall austerity.

Indeed, as we look back and study the events of 2014, we can see the results of the Green elite’s ideologically-driven effort to squelch even the relatively small amount of prosperity that Americans were then enjoying. That is, it was the Green elites who unwittingly opened the door to the Abundance Revolution and the fantastic increase in wealth that Americans have since realized over the last half-century.

We can point to three events, all occurring in April 2014. Continue reading

Millions of Americans Are Just Itching To Lock And Load

“When a ‘forest fire’ is lit, there is no telling which way it will go. It depends on the ‘wind’, the ‘fuel load’ and the ‘humidity’. The ‘wind’ is about to blow real hard, the “fuel load” is huge and the humidity is dropping rapidly. It just takes the right ‘match’, a lightning strike, or spontaneous combustion. The question is, what (or who) will set it off? Could it be Obama Care, illegal aliens getting amnesty, Cap and Trade, the one-world-order, radical environmentalism, the brainwashing of our kids, trashing the Constitution by politicians, or a confrontation with a maverick rancher in Nevada? Was Jefferson right? Does a society need a revolution every hundred years? Messy, but could it be necessary if freedom is to be defended and maintained?” ~ Ron Ewart

Yesterday it was Bunker Hill. Today it's Bunkerville.

For now, the dust is settling, the crowds are dispersing and the hot passion of open revolt is slowly waning, as the warm winds of the coming summer begin to blow across the Nevada desert and the cows come home to their range, released to their owner by a government that turned tail and ran when the wild American spirit of the west raised its head in righteous anger. Whether Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy was right or wrong under the law, they came by thousands, loaded for bear, to confront what they considered to be a government gone mad with power. Continue reading

You Think You Know Matt Damon, and Then He Gets on Stage and Blows Your Mind!

Our problem is not Civil Disobedience, it is Civil Obedience!” “What we’re trying to do is get back to the principle and spirit of the Declaration of Independence.”

This video changed my entire view of Matt Damon. This is the ultimate speech for those fed up with government corruption.

Sometimes it takes someone famous to speak the truth for the rest of society to actually listen to it. This is that video…

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Goodbye Camelot; Hello Heaven

C.S. Lewis and Kennedy 50 years later

CS Lewis_optOn November 22, 1963, it would seem no one else died that day but President John F. Kennedy—so well-seared into the American collective psyche is that event. Fifty years after the fact, the assassination of our Golden Boy president is so prevalent one would think it happened just 50 days ago. His death—mostly the controversy of it—has inspired decades worth of media on the subject. There is at least one new movie to be released this year, no doubt hoping to join the ranks of films like Oliver Stone’s JFK. More than a handful of books are penned year after year on the charismatic couple, their Camelot-like time in office, and John’s controversial death. This year is particularly flooded. One publishing company alone is releasing eight new books on the topic and re-releasing over a dozen more.

But Kennedy wasn’t the only juggernaut of modern history to die that day. C.S. Lewis—the Irish author, best known for his Chronicles of Narnia books—died (quietly it seems) the same day as our beloved president. Granted, on the one hand, there’s little use comparing the men. One was a president; the other an author. One was Catholic; the other an atheist-turned-outspoken Christian (who joined the Church of England no less). One was assassinated at his prime; the other died at 65 rather uneventfully. But on the other hand, the coincidence of their untimely deaths 50 years later seems anything but. Continue reading