I have heard many words and phrases used to describe Thomas Jefferson but I have rarely heard mention made of how prolific a letter writer he was. It is said that during his lifetime Thomas Jefferson wrote an estimated 19,000 letters. While some of them were just short notes, others were lengthy missives explaining his views on a multitude of subjects. That is quite the feat, especially when you consider that Jefferson did not have a keyboard and a word processing program; he had to sit down and hand write each of them. Continue reading
I’ll keep this short as I don’t want to waste any more time writing something you’re going to ignore anyways. You folks in Sacramento continue to amaze me. Whenever I think you have reached the limits of stupidity, you prove me wrong. Continue reading
Recently the National Football League, or NFL, passed some new rules regarding the actions of the players during the playing of the National Anthem. Apparently, and I may be wrong because I don’t pay that much attention to football, every player on the field MUST stand during the playing of the National Anthem, but players do have the option of remaining off field while it is being played/sang. Continue reading
I find it pretty hypocritical that the majority of the people in this country claim to value honesty, then turn around and shun those who tell them the truth. I hate to stereotype people but I think there are 3 types of people living in this country. There are those who value the truth above all things; there are those who don’t care about the truth; and there are those who seek to silence the truth when it conflicts with their beliefs or agendas. The question is, which of those categories do you fall into?
I cannot count the times I have had to revise my opinions on a subject because I have encountered new information which contradicted my existing beliefs at the time. I also cannot count the times I’ve, figuratively that is, run into a brick wall when trying to change the minds of others with mountains of facts which contradict their positions on a variety of issues. Continue reading
I know there must be some people who think that I am some kind of a nut job extremist, so I want to take a moment to talk about extremes. Is taking things to extremes always a bad thing? I’d be willing to bet that those who follow professional sports don’t condemn their favorite athletes for the extreme level of commitment they put into becoming the best quarterback, or the best running back they could. Do you criticize those who are extremely intelligent, or are extremely good at a particular skill?
Why then are people such as me condemned for going to extreme measures in seeking out knowledge and the truth? Why are we condemned and ridiculed when we attempt to share the knowledge we have found with others? Continue reading
How many of you remember back in grade school when they would give you a sentence with a blank in it, then provide you with choices to fill in the blank correctly? I want to try something similar, except I’ll never know how you answer. So fill in the following sentence with either “federal” or “national”: In the United States the _________ government is located in Washington, D.C.
I’m sure there were a few of you who thought to yourselves that this was a stupid exercise as they both mean the same thing. Well, that’s the entire point of this exercise, because they don’t mean the same thing.
Federalism refers to a system in which distinct sovereign entities form together in a confederation with power shared by the federal and State/local governments. Each has their own distinct spheres of operation in which they exercise jurisdiction and sovereignty. Continue reading
In a recent move the President ordered 4,000 National Guardsmen to the city of Boston, Massachusetts, to work in conjunction with local government and law enforcement officials to restore order after tax protestors engaged in a series of violent protests in response to recent tax laws. These protests have resulted in vandalism, destruction of government and private property, and assaults upon those charged with collecting the taxes imposed by recent changes in the tax code.
Now before you run off to Google this to learn more about it, realize that it did not happen yesterday, it did not happen a week ago, and it did not happen within the past year; it happened in 1768 when King George deployed 4,000 British Regulars, (otherwise known as Redcoats), to Boston to restore order after protests erupted after the passing of a law that imposed taxes on all printed goods – The Stamp Act. Continue reading
“What the hell is wrong with people?”
There’s somethin’ wrong with the world today
I don’t know what it is
Something’s wrong with our eyes
We’re seein’ things in a different way
And God knows it ain’t his ~ Steven Tyler, Livin’ On The Edge
Have you ever been in a room filled with people, yet felt completely out of place, as if you didn’t belong there? If you have, then you’ll at least have somewhat of an understanding how I feel whenever I leave my home and have to interact with the people of modern day America. It’s bad enough dealing with people from my own generation who have allowed emotions and political party allegiance to overrule their ability to think critically and analyze facts; but the youth of this country are something else altogether, and make me fear for the future of this once great country.
When I look around me and see the younger generation that is growing up to assume its place in the world I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of doom and despair. However, that sense of doom is also accompanied by the comforting assurance that I’ll probably be dead within a decade and won’t have to witness what happens to this country when they finally take over. I have to wonder though, from whatever eternal resting place my soul goes to will I suffer as I watch the country I love go down the toilet? If that truly is the case, I can only imagine the anguish the souls of our Founding Fathers must be suffering as they watch all their hard work and sacrifices being taken for naught, and the freedoms they fought to secure for us being thrown aside as if they were garbage. Continue reading
They are coming…
I just watched a video on Facebook that left me almost speechless … almost! This guy was interviewing stricter gun control protesters to describe to him what an assault rifle was and they couldn’t do it. I heard the phrase ‘military grade weapon’ and I heard someone else yell AR-15. Then there was this one woman who could not answer, but she did keep asking the guy if he was stupid.
No bitch, he’s not stupid…YOU ARE! If you had any brains in your head you would realize he is trying to get you to think, trying to get you to explain what characteristics elevate a rifle from being a home defense or hunting rifle to the hated and despised category of ‘assault rifle.’ Continue reading
“If this be treason, make the most of it.” ~ Patrick Henry
In 1765 the King of England decided that the Colonies needed to help pay a portion of the debt that the Crown had incurred defending them in the French and Indian war, so Parliament instituted a tax on printed goods; The Stamp Act. It was his right to tax them for this, and any other reason. After all, they were HIS Colonies, they were HIS subjects, and he could tax them for whatever reason tickled his fancy.
On the other side, the Colonists felt these taxes were unjust, and they reacted, sometimes violently in opposition to them. One of the things they did do, which proved quite effective, was to boycott all English goods sold in the Colonies. This caused British merchants to put pressure on Parliament to repeal the Stamp Act so that the Colonists would once again begin purchasing their goods. So, in 1766 an act was passed in Parliament repealing the Stamp Act, and it was given the royal approval on March 18 where it became official; the Stamp Act was no more. Continue reading
There is this saying that I see from time to time which says, “You can’t fix stupid; not even with duct tape and a hammer.” It’s meant to be humorous, but if you want my honest opinion, there is a lot of truth to that statement. A couple nights ago someone at work asked me why I waste so much time studying and discussing history and politics. I think it was due to their belief that it is a ‘waste’ of time to study these subjects that led me to reply with, “To compensate for your ignorance.” Continue reading
I don’t know how many of you have ever read any Greek Mythology, but when I was a kid my parents bought me a book of some of the more famous myths from the ancient Greeks. Among them was the story of Pandora’s Box. Prometheus and Epimetheus were Titans who had sworn loyalty to Zeus, king of the gods. When Prometheus stole fire from the heavens Zeus took his vengeance on him by creating Pandora and sending her to his brother. Pandora was of exquisite beauty and Epimetheus was stricken and soon married her. As a wedding gift, Zeus gave Pandora a box but warned never to open it. However, Zeus had created Pandora to be naturally inquisitive, and eventually her nature overtook her, and she opened the box; from which all evil and bad things were released into the world. In modern times the myth of Pandora’s Box has taken the meaning of, ‘to start something that has unintended consequences‘, or to use the analogy, ‘open a can of worms.’ Continue reading
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