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.”
“The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!” ~ Frederic Bastiat, (1850)
I recall when I was taking writing courses, for my high school diploma and then later for college credits, that my instructors would tell me that all formal or official type writing begins with an opening statement. This opening statement is similar in nature to the opening arguments provided by both prosecution and defense attorneys in a criminal trial where the lawyers give an overview of what they hope to prove by the evidence they will provide for the jurors to consider. These opening statements declare the intent of the words that will follow them.
With that in mind, the Preamble to the Constitution is merely an opening statement; a declaration of the reasons why the Constitution itself was being written. It grants no powers in and of itself; a fact affirmed by Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story in his book, Commentaries on the Constitution, “The preamble never can be resorted to, to enlarge the powers confided to the general government, or any of its departments. It cannot confer any power per se; it can never amount, by implication, to an enlargement of any power expressly given. It can never be the legitimate source of any implied power, when otherwise withdrawn from the constitution. Its true office is to expound the nature, and extent, and application of the powers actually conferred by the constitution, and not substantively to create them.” Continue reading
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke
“…or that people ignore the fact that the evil exists.” ~ Neal Ross
There are a great many things which bother me with people today, but at the very top of that long list is the fact that very few people are willing to consider any facts which may shatter the illusion that the government we have is benevolent and has their best interests in mind. When people align themselves behind political parties, or more specifically, agendas, they become blind to the atrocities committed by their party and government as an entity.
Take for instance the endless push to find some proof that the election of Donald Trump was the result of Russian interference in the election process itself. Those on the left who oppose Trump push this as their mantra while the news media gives the story credence by their endless reporting on it.
It’s funny that at the end of the day on 9/11 we knew more about who committed those terrorist acts than we do now after 6 months of investigating the Trump/Russia connection. Yet a great many people still continue to believe that some connection exists, and that Hillary lost the election to Trump due to Russian interference in our election process. I don’t know if these people are simply sore losers or if they are truly upset that the possibility exists that our election process was tampered with by outsiders. Continue reading
Sometime in 2011 my friend, Jeffrey Bennett, suggested I compile four or five articles from each of the subjects I had been writing upon and submit them to him for publication in book form. The result of this project was my first book, Ross Unmasked: An Angry American Speaks Out. When I finally held a finished copy of the book in my hands I was proud of the fact that I had finally become a published author. Now, five years after publication, I look back and find the title a bit misleading as I was not truly angry at the time it was published. However, that was then and this is now; and let me tell you, anger doesn’t come close to describing how I often feel.
The subject matter I write about is not that difficult to understand; at least not if you graduated from high school with a certain degree of literacy. The hard part, at least for me anyway, was in accepting what I was reading when it conflicted with what I had been taught. After all, what good is knowledge if one does not put it to use? If one encounters facts which contradict with their existing beliefs they have but two choices; they can either change their existing beliefs to conform to the facts they have learned, or they can reject the facts they have learned and go on believing falsehoods. Continue reading
Last night I did something I rarely do these days; I sat down and watched an hour of the evening news. During that hour the local news ran a story about how the House Republicans have postponed a vote on President Trump’s healthcare bill due to the fact that Senator John McCain is out for surgery, and they need all the votes they can get if they want this bill to pass.
During the story the seed for this article was planted when the news showed a woman standing on a stage saying, “How dare the Republicans try to take away health care from millions of people.” So many thoughts ran through my head in the seconds that followed that statement that I could write a treatise based on them alone. Fortunately for you I want to keep my thoughts focused on one primary subject; this idea of entitlement to things people in America have today. Continue reading
It has been my experience that there is one thing most people give little thought to; that being the foundation upon which other things are built. Take the foundation of your house for example, it is always there providing support for the dwelling you reside in; but how often do you think about its security and stability? Yet were it to fail your home may suffer all kinds of problems; up to and including a complete collapse.
Or one could take a tree as another example. A tree derives its strength, and sustenance, from its root system. If a tree has a strong root system it will remain healthy and strong. Conversely, if a tree’s root system is weak then it could become subject to disease, and the slightest storm could uproot it.
If you look to the dictionary you would find that the word foundation has two meanings. The first is: the lowest load-bearing part of a building, typically below ground level. The second, and the one I’m more interested in, is; an underlying basis or principle for something. Continue reading
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The other day, while out shopping for our weekly groceries I noticed quite a few people stocking up on meat and beer; presumably for barbecues to celebrate the upcoming holiday on July 4. I wonder how many of those stocking up on supplies, or anyone else for that matter, know what it is that transpired on July 4th that makes it a National Holiday.
I would hope that at least half of the people living in America would at least be able to tell me that July 4th celebrates Independence Day; but even that is not quite true. I wonder how many actually know the timeline of events which led to America becoming a free and independent nation.
Are you aware that in June of 1776 the Second Continental Congress met and a formal declaration was issued by Richard Henry Lee, (Uncle to the yet to be born Robert E. Lee), which stated, “Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.” Continue reading
© Steven Michael
Independence Day is just around the corner and before it arrives I have a few choice words for a certain segment of society; specifically those who deny the truth about the Civil War, those who say the North fought a righteous war to end the evil institution of slavery, and particularly those who are seeking to remove from public view all that pertains to the history of the Confederacy.
Buckle up kiddies, the rides about to get rough!
First of all, how many of you actually know that the formal declaration of independence from England took place not on July 4, but on July 2, 1776? In writing to his wife Abigail, John Adams declared, “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” Continue reading
(A Follow Up To My Independence Day Rant)
Imagine how you would feel if someone were to slander or libel you; that is assuming you know what slander and libel are. Slander is the crime of making a false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation. Libel is the same thing, only in this instance the damaging statement is in written form. While neither are crimes per se; that is a person cannot go to jail for them, they can be sued and damages awarded to the victim if the jury finds the person accused of committing them guilty.
Now imagine that you are very well known and someone does that to you; how fast do you think word would spread; how long before everyone believed you to be guilty of something you had not done? Imagine that you went to your grave without ever being able to repair the damage done your reputation. Or worse, imagine that years after your death someone accuses you of something you hadn’t done and the general public accepts it as the truth. Continue reading
My first exposure to political correctness came many years ago when they changed the name of the people who collected refuse from garbage men to waste management specialists. Back then we thought political correctness was both silly and harmless; I sure wish we had taken it more seriously and recognized it for the threat it posed.
But it was just this morning that I think I heard the pinnacle of politically correct speech when I read the following on a Facebook thread; “Women deserve control of their reproductive rights.” Reproductive rights huh? Boy, that’s a good one; they outdid themselves with that one, that’s for sure. Continue reading
“Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” ~ (Anonymous But Often Attributed to Thomas Edison)
It is a sad reflection of American society today that very few people actually perform the vital task of critical thinking anymore. Everyone thinks, but not everyone critically thinks. Critical thinking is a discipline which must be taught, or at least nurtured for it to become habit. But what exactly is critical thinking?
In researching for this article I found dozens of definitions for critical thinking, but each of them had certain similarities. My definition for critical thinking is as follows: Critical thinking is the unbiased, thorough study of information; facts and evidence, which is then used to formulate an opinion or belief system.
Using that as your definition, how many of you can honestly say that you think critically? How many people base their beliefs, not upon facts, but upon emotional responses to the issues? How many people take as gospel the things said by others in positions of authority, supposed experts in the field, or worse, the comments made by celebrities who support certain causes? Next, how many people can honestly say that they have the courage to examine evidence which conflicts with their existing beliefs with anything close to an open mind? Finally, and probably most importantly, how many are willing to change their beliefs entirely if the facts prove them wrong? Continue reading
On July 5, 1943 the United States Navy got word that the Japanese Navy was making another run, nicknamed the Tokyo Express, to shuttle supplies to their troops in the Solomon Islands.
A task force, consisting of three light cruisers and four destroyers, led by Rear Admiral Walden Ainsworth moved to intercept and engage them.
Among the four light cruisers was the USS Helena, (CL-50). Aboard this ship were two young sailors, Donald Eugene Ross, (my father) and Neal Hampton Rood, (his best friend). Continue reading
If someone were to ask you what defines a nation, how would you respond? If you were to ask me I would say it is the people who define a nation; through their values and beliefs. God may have given us this beautiful country to inhabit; full of an abundance of resources, but it is the people that occupy any country who give it its character; who define it. Simply put, a country is either good or bad based upon the people who inhabit it.
So if it is people who define a nation, then I suppose the next logical question is; what defines the people who inhabit a nation? It is said that a house divided cannot stand; and that is true as it pertains to nations as well. Continue reading
What suffers under political correctness is the free and open discussion of ideas, the exchange of facts and information; because inevitably the truth gets sidelined because it is often considered politically incorrect. ~ N. Ross
On a warm summer evening, just a couple weeks before our nation celebrated its bicentennial I walked across a stage in Oroville, California, and made the transition from childhood to responsible adult. Prior to that evening in June 1976 I was a student, now I was expected to make my way forward with all that knowledge I had been so graciously given by the public school system.
I would love to go back and repeat those last 4 years at high school; knowing what I know now. I’d probably never make it to graduation ceremony; I’d probably be expelled for arguing with my history teachers long before then. But that is neither here or there, or as the old saying goes, germane to the subject under discussion. Continue reading
It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it. ~ Robert E. Lee, (Upon watching a Union charge stopped at the Battle of Fredericksburg, 13 December 1862)
I’d be willing to bet that most people did not know that the Colonists lived relatively peacefully under British rule for 145 years before the British passed the Stamp Act; which ultimately led to the American Revolution. I’d also be willing to bet that most people don’t know that it has been 152 years since the Civil War, (or America’s Second War For Independence as I prefer to call it), ended. Why are those numbers important? Well let me precede my thoughts on the subject with a quote taken from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to William Smith in 1787, “What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
What I’m beginning to believe, and fear for that matter, is that America is overdue for another such rebellion. Continue reading
“A wise man seeks out the truth; a foolish one rejects it, or allows it to be silenced.” ~ Book of Ross; 4:45
There is an evil, a pestilence, which is spreading across America which goes by the name of Political Correctness. According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, political correctness is defined as: conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated. You can call it whatever you want, cloak it under whatever disguise you want, but when all is said and done, it is nothing other than censorship.
Who and what defines what is, and what isn’t politically correct? Is it politically incorrect to say something, or display an image, simply because someone or some group takes offense to it? If being offended is the only guideline that establishes what is politically incorrect then we may as well just pass a law forbidding speech, or the displaying of any images; as there will always be someone who takes offense to something. Continue reading
Imagine for a moment that you have awoken in a strange room. You look around and do not recognize any of your surroundings. You get up and go into the bathroom to splash some water on your face and you do not recognize the image staring back at you in the mirror. You begin to panic because you have come to the realization that you don’t know your own name, where you work, where you were born; your memory is a complete blank.
Although not common, this condition has a medical term assigned to it; amnesia. Amnesia is defined as the partial or complete loss of memory; usually due to brain injury, shock, fatigue, repression, or illness. But what is amnesia if it is not the loss of a part of your history?
Each of us have our own distinct history; from the moment we are born until the moment we die our history is being written by the things we do, the things we learn and the events we witness. What if in one clean sweep all those memories were wiped away; leaving you with nothing to define who and what you are? Continue reading