Warning: Contains language which may be found offensive. ~ Neal
I was born in this State in 1958, and aside from the 13 yrs I spent serving my country in the Air Force I have lived here all of my life. I want to tell you something: If I didn’t own a home I would pack up everything that was of any value to me, load it in my truck, and leave this State forever; for it has gone to hell. As it is half the time I’m torn between doing that and setting my home ablaze as I leave; that’s how much I despise living in the place anymore.
It’s not that the land itself does not still have its charms, it does. Rather, it is the extreme liberal idiocy that I encounter almost everywhere I go, and the idiotic policies coming out of Sacramento that I hate so much. Excuse me for the crude language, but what the fuck happened to you people; when did you stop representing America and American citizens and start representing the citizens of countries who have come to America illegally? Continue reading
When our Founders finished drafting the Constitution they then had the difficult task of convincing the States to accept this new form of government they had created. Of great concern to the States was the fear that this new form of government was to replace the confederacy established by the Articles of Confederation and replace it with a consolidation of the States into a single Union under a nationalist form of government. Their fears were well founded.
Although Madison and his cohorts had attempted to maintain a veil of secrecy over the proceedings in Philadelphia, when John Yates and Robert Lansing left the convention in July word began to leak out and opposition to the Constitution began before the finished document was even presented for the States consideration. Continue reading
“A nation that is ignorant of its past, is a nation that is ripe for deception and manipulation. Therefore, it is not what happened, but rather what people believe happened which determines the present actions of a nation.” (From the DVD Warriors of Honor)
I know I’ve repeated this quote before, but I’m going to keep repeating it until people take it to heart. In 1822 James Madison wrote the following in a letter to W.T. Barry, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” However, knowledge alone is not enough if it is not put to use. Is it enough to know that fire is hot if you do not utilize that knowledge by not putting your hand into a fire? As von Goethe said, “Knowing is not enough, we must apply.” Continue reading
It doesn’t matter who you are, when you registered to vote you were asked to choose which political party you wished to be recognized as supporting. The Pew Research Center keeps tabs on a great many things, but one of them is the percentage of registered voters and what political party they affiliate with. According to statistics gathered, from the years 1992-2016, roughly 48% of the voters were registered as Democrats, while 44% were registered as Republicans, with the other 8% spread out amongst the other parties. Continue reading
Once upon a time there was a land where the people understood what liberty was, and they stood ready to defend it from all those who would seek to deprive them of it. They understood that government existed because they had created it; and that government had limits which, when overstepped, amounted to treason against the people who had created government.
These people understood that the responsibility for their success or failure in life rested solely upon their shoulders; it was not the burden of society or government to care for their every needs. Continue reading
In life there are certain things that are known as constants; things that never change. It takes the Earth 365 days to complete one orbit around the sun; that is a constant. In mathematics there are constants as well; one will always equal one is but one example. All things being equal, Newton’s Laws of Physics are also constants. But these are not the constants I would like to talk about; there is one other that I have yet to mention–the truth. Continue reading
In 1773 Benjamin Franklin published an essay in The Public Advertiser; a local newspaper run by Henry Sampson Woodfall. Franklin’s essay was a work of satire and a companion piece to another he had written; An Edict by the King of Prussia. Taken together, the two works were designed to show the fallacy of the Crowns views towards the English Colonies in America.
Three years after Ben Franklin published the piece I speak of, America declared its independence from Great Britain. Seven years later a treaty of peace was signed, relinquishing all claims to the Colonies held by the Crown; recognizing each of them as free and independent States. That was 1783 and the America of 2017 would be unrecognizable to those who fought for and obtained their independence in 1776. Continue reading
…just a small portion thereof
According to rumors circulating on the internet, on November 4 the radical group Antifa is planning nationwide protests in most of the major cities in the U.S. Among the cities that are supposedly going to be hit by these protests are: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and of course, New York City.
I’ve never met a supporter of the Antifa movement, or at least I’ve never met someone who has openly admitted to supporting what they stand for. Since that is the case I cannot truly state what it is they stand for, and what it is that they want.
Now I can only speak from my own perspective, but up until the Primaries which led to Donald Trump obtaining the Republican nomination for President, I’d never even heard of Antifa. I’m not saying they haven’t been around; only that I’d never heard of them until then. Continue reading
People tend to think of themselves as individuals, but are they; really? I think the only time we are truly individuals is the moment we take our first breath of air outside the womb; from that point forward we begin being susceptible to the influences of others who shape and mold us into what we will become as adults. But what sets us apart from all the other creatures of the Earth is our brain; our ability to think, to reason, and come to conclusions based upon a careful examination of facts. We may be a part of the great teeming mass of society, but we don’t have to have a herd mentality to survive; we can still strive to be individuals. Continue reading
And now, the end is here
And so we face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
We’ve lived a life that’s full
We’ve traveled each and ev’ry highway
And more, much more than this, we did it our way
Regrets, you will soon have many… (with apologies to Paul Anka)
America is/was more than just a stretch of land populated by people who one day chose the name Americans for themselves. America was an ideal that all men are created equal; that they are bestowed with certain rights; that government was instituted to protect those rights; that government derives its authority from the people; and that when government ceases to serve the purpose for which it was established the people can alter it, or tear it down.
If anything, America was a grand experiment in self-governance. Our system of government was not like some mechanical device that you install and then forget about; it requires our constant attention to ensure that it is functioning according to the plan which established it. the philosopher Plato once said, “The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
But there is something just as bad, if not worse than simple apathy, that being participating in what you like to call the democratic process; the choosing of people to represent you in government, based upon a misunderstanding of the purpose for which government was established and the relationship between its authority and ours. Continue reading
I think one of the most misunderstood words is the word equality. If you type equality into Google and hit enter, the very first definition you’ll find is: the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities. While I agree wholeheartedly with the last two, I’m divided on the idea of equality of status. Some are born into abject poverty while others are born into wealth and affluence; but at the same time we are all human beings and should be treated equally based not upon our status on the social ladder, rather, we should be treated equally by how we live our lives; by our actions and deeds.
When each of us makes our entrance into this world we are unaware of whether we are born into a life of poverty or wealth; so in that we are all equal. Also, unless we are born with some form of birth defect, we all come into this world with two arms, two legs, two eyes, a nose, two ears, and most importantly, a brain; so in that we are equal as well. Continue reading
Americans will tell you that they have a deep abiding love for justice, for law and order, so why is it that they refuse to accept that most of the people they elect to office are guilty of violating the law? Why is it that so many people in this country stand ready to condemn injustice in other countries, but close their eyes to it in their own?
I remember when Saddam Hussein was captured and then hung, and when Gaddafi was deposed, beaten, sodomized, and then shot; the reaction of some in this country almost bordered on orgasmic. Yet were someone to even hint that any member of our government be hung, let alone beaten, sodomized and then shot, the outrage would be instantaneous and cause for condemnation; and this is doubly true where that to apply to a sitting president.
While I’m certainly not suggesting we form up a few lynch mobs and begin dragging elected officials out of office to be hung, I am wondering why people refuse to see that most elected representatives are guilty of violating the law. Continue reading
(I’m A Stickler For Facts)
The year was 1770 and for the last two years British Regulars had been sent to maintain order and enforce the Kings law upon the unruly Colonists in Boston. In early March a single sentry was guarding his post when an angry crowd assembled and began verbally and physically harassing him.
Eight other soldiers came to his aid and they too were subjected to the same treatment; being verbally assaulted and hit with clubs, rocks and snowballs. Whether they were justified or not, shots were fired and when the musket smoke cleared 3 people laid dead in the streets with others injured.
The Bostonians, particularly Samuel Adams and John Hancock, used this ‘massacre’ to further fan the flames of discord between the Colonists and the Crown. A trial was to be held and 8 soldiers, 1 officer, and 4 civilians faced charges of murder in what had quickly become known as the Boston Massacre. Continue reading
(Yes, But I Doubt That We Will)
Liberty and freedom sat on a wall
Liberty and freedom had a great fall
And all the people’s hopes and all of their desires
Couldn’t restore Liberty to the wall once again
(Remake of Humpty Dumpty)
Although there is always the possibility that America could once again become a true Constitutional Republic as our Founders intended; it is a very remote possibility. Even if there were to be a revolution and the corrupt government we have now was overturned and ousted from power, it is my honest belief that within a very short time the people of this country would soon be clamoring for things to return to the way they are now. It saddens me to say it, but I think American’s are going to have to hit rock bottom; suffer the full blown effects of their negligence and ignorance, before there is any hope that they will realize the errors of their ways and fight for a truly constitutionally limited government which also respects their rights. Continue reading
Respect is something everyone believes themselves to be entitled to, but something which many people refuse to show for others. Some people believe that respect is something they are owed, while others believe it to be something that is earned. Respect is also kind of funny in that you can respect a person’s skill or abilities, but not respect the person.
My beliefs on respect are that people deserve a certain degree of it in the daily interactions between individuals; you don’t need to be rude or purposefully offensive from the get go; but true, deep abiding respect is something which can only come after you begin to know a person and the traits they exhibit. For instance, you can be respectful of someone you just meet, but then if you find out they are a thief or a habitual liar, then you are entitled to lose respect for them; at least that’s how I see it. Continue reading
“A nation is not defined by its borders or the boundaries of its land mass rather, a nation is defined by adverse people who have been unified by a cause and a value system and who are committed to a vision for the type of society they wish to live in and give to the future generations to come.”
The above quote was not made by any of our Founding Fathers; it was not made by an American for that matter. The above quote was made by a Nigerian woman; a lawyer and the founder of House of Tara International; a makeup and bridal directory. Yet, although that quote was not made by an American, this woman gets what I’ve been trying to get across to people for quite some time; that America was founded upon certain principles and beliefs, and that unless we return to those principles and beliefs things are not going to improve for the better. Continue reading
You might be asking yourself why Neal is suddenly sounding so angry in his articles. The answer is quite simple actually, and comes in two parts. First off, it is because whether it is intentional or unintentional, the people of this country are attempting to take something from me which is not theirs to take; my freedom. Secondly, no matter how hard I try I cannot get people o see that what they are doing is, not simply violating my rights, but flat out illegal. Yet people like me are the ones who are called crybaby terrorists, or who they say we should just give up and let the younger generation take over.
OVER MY DEAD BODY!!!
Well y’all have done it, y’all have pushed me past the point where I no longer care if what I say insults or offends you. I’m tired of dealing with those who refuse to deal solely with facts; instead relying upon emotions to support their belief system. My friend Michael Gaddy is fond of saying, “You can’t make chicken salad out of chicken shit”, which I take to mean that no matter how hard you try, you can’t make a stupid person smart.
Looking back on things I think that in the back of my mind I knew that eventually this day was going to come. I think I realized that there would come a time when I became so frustrated with people that I simply gave up any hope that they would have some sort of epiphany and see the truth that has been staring them in the face for most of their lives; the America which was based upon the principles of freedom and liberty is dead and it ain’t coming back. Continue reading
Have you ever stopped to think about how certain things take on a life of their own? Sometimes this is a good thing, as it pushes something to the forefront of public discourse which needs to be addressed. Other times it gives credence to something that isn’t worthy of a second of our time.
As an example, the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s brought a very real problem in this country to the forefront of public discourse. Today although a great many in the black community may still argue for their civil rights, I wonder how many actually know how and when the Civil Rights movement began. The Civil Rights movement had always been an issue that lay just below the surface, simmering away; but it did not gain any real traction until a woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the ‘White’s Only’ section of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1965.
Although much progress has been made, there still remains a lot of prejudice in this country; and this is true in regards to how both sides in the issue view and treat the other. Once again though, the issue or racism and prejudice has reared its ugly head with a large portion of society taking the position that any monument or statue honoring those who fought on the side of the Confederacy be torn down because they represent racism and hatred. Continue reading
Just a few moments ago I hung up the phone from some guy who calls about once a year asking me to donate to some fund to support law enforcement officers across the country. Usually I simply tell them that I cannot afford to contribute at this time, and that ends it. This time, however, I decided to be an asshole about it.
When he began his spiel I interrupted him and said, “I will begin supporting law enforcement when they begin protecting my rights.” There was a moment of silence on the phone, and then he said “What do you mean?” I then said, “If I were to walk outside my home with a pistol strapped to my side, I would be accosted by the first law enforcement officer who saw me. If I did not have a permit I would be arrested; am I not correct in this?” He then said, “Of course, it’s the law.”