More On The Confederate Flag & The Civil War
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Awhile back I submitted a letter to the editor containing my thoughts regarding all the recent fuss over the Confederate Battle Flag. I don’t subscribe to the paper but apparently some guy in town took offense to what I said and wrote a lengthy letter rebutting what I had said. I won’t copy his entire letter verbatim but I will quote one line from it to give you a general idea of what he said. In his letter he writes, “This fact, along with Lincoln’s subsequent actions to end both slavery and the Confederate cancer, should be taken into consideration before you assemble your Mount Rushmore demolition team.” His reference being my suggestion that the Lincoln Monument and his image on Mt. Rushmore be demolished.
Let me begin by saying I almost feel pity upon the position that Abraham Lincoln found himself in upon being sworn in as president. Here was a man who found himself at a critical time in our nation’s history, faced with the momentous decision of allowing a portion of the Union to separate and form its own country, or use force to comply it to remain a part of the Union.
The Civil War, or as I prefer to call it, The War of Northern Aggression, (or at least the War for Southern Independence), happened a century and a half ago, yet the wounds left by that bloody conflict have never entirely healed. The Confederate Battle Flag, whether you consider it right or wrong, is a symbol of those from the South, and people of like minds, who believe that the states had, and still retain, the right to secede from a voluntary pact between them and form their own system of government. This is the foundation upon which our Declaration of Independence rests. As the government itself is an entity created by that pact the States alone have to choice as to whether a State has the right to separate, the government itself has no say in the matter. Continue reading
Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? ~ Mark 8:18
Were someone to ask you, “Are you blind” you most likely would say no, unless of course you are actually vision impaired to the point where you honestly could not see. Yet there is another kind of blindness in which people may see things, but then the things they see do not make it past their eyes and register with their brain. It is kind of like the saying that what someone says goes in one ear and out the other only that it refers to what people see not registering with their brain. Continue reading
God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. ~ Daniel Webster, (3 June 1834)
The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought. ~ Samuel Adams; Written under the pseudonym Candidus (14 Oct 1771)
Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives. ~ John Adams; In a letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush (18 April 1808)
After nearly two decades of researching and writing I can comfortably say, that aside from a small percentage of Americans, the people in this country wouldn’t know what freedom was if it came up and bit them in the ass. I have been accused of being harsh in my comments regarding my fellow citizens, but I simply cannot sit back and not call it as I see it. The facts prove that my statement is correct, that most people have no clue what true freedom really is. Most Americans alive today have never been truly free. Continue reading
Neal Ross (in absentia)
Hopefully you can read the text on the above image, as it is relevant to the text I am about to type.
At the title implies on this, I believe that there are very few Americans, probably around 15%, and that may be a generous number, who actually think, and I mean REALLY THINK about things. Take for instance the Bill of Rights. How much thought have you given that document? Be honest now, how much thought have you personally given to what it says?
I’d be willing to bet that many people in this country were not aware that unless those pushing for the new Constitution agreed to include a bill of rights along with the Constitution that the Constitution would never have been agreed to by the required number of states. You see, back then the people in this country were more concerned about protecting their rights than they were with establishing a government that one day would grow into this behemoth that would watch over, provide for, and control almost every aspect of their lives. Continue reading
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. ~ (Matthew 15:8)
Lately it seems as though the frequency of things that piss me off has picked up the pace. It is not just what is happening in the political scene either. Seems like what is going on in society as well is all designed with one purpose in mind…TO PISS ME OFF. Combine them and toss in the fact that I am grumpy due to the inability to use my right arm and it seems I am in a constant state of pissed off-edness.
Have you ever watched a drain empty out in your sink or bathtub. As the water level get’s lower and lower the speed at which it circles the drain increases until the water is all gone. With each passing day I see more and more occurring that makes me wonder if the end is coming soon. I know the Bible tells us “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:36 KJV) But the Bible also gives us a whole list of signs and prophesies that must come to pass before the end comes. It seems like with increasing frequency more and more of these signs are coming to pass. There are the increasing changes in weather and the natural disasters that occur on a more regular basis than ever before. And for those of you who say these are all manmade disasters caused by either sinister men who use chemtrails and HAARP to control the weather, or that they are due to man’s causing climate change due to our carbon footprint, I have but one thing to say to you; God does not tell us HOW these things will occur, only that they will. Continue reading
One of my friends mentioned, not just to me but to everyone, that we should all calm down about this uproar over the removal of the Confederate Flag and focus on the President having been given Fast Track authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Have you ever noticed that almost every time there is a critical piece of legislation coming up for a vote before Congress, or the President is doing something that is questionable or outright unconstitutional that there is also something else going on of lesser importance that focuses our attention? One time I might accept it as coincidence. Maybe even twice, but it has happened more times than I can count and I find it a bit disturbing. Continue reading
If you think about it America has many nicknames. Some call this country the land of the free and the home of the brave. Others see it as the land of opportunity. Then there are those who call us the Great Melting Pot. Like I said, a lot of nicknames. But suppose I were to ask you to pick one word which defined the principle upon which you believe our country to have been founded upon, what word would you pick?
I can almost hear your answers; democracy…liberty…freedom…opportunity. Yet noticeably there is one word missing that I would hope to have heard…JUSTICE. People misunderstand justice. They think justice is when someone robs you, gets caught, then goes to jail. To them, that is justice. But that’s not what justice is all about, or what it means, at least not to me anyway. Continue reading
It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress. ~ Mark Twain
At some point in your life you have probably heard on the news of some scandal involving a politician where accusations, or actual charges, of criminal activity were brought against them. Numerous members of Congress, as well as others within the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been found guilty of evading taxes. Bribery, money laundering, wire fraud, are among the more common crimes found on the rap sheets of these honorable men and women we elect to represent us, and I use the term honorable in the purest of sarcastic sense.
Back in 1921 Justice Louis D. Brandies ruled, “At the foundation of our civil liberties lies the principle that denies to government officials an exceptional position before the law and which subjects them to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen.” In simple terms, the Court ruled that our elected representatives are not above the law, that they have to follow the same rules that we do. Continue reading
You have probably heard me say it a thousand times at least, that you are not really free, that you are a slave. But how can that be Neal when we can just hop in our car and go see a baseball game or take a trip to the coast? How can that be when we can pick where we want to work, what we eat, and the shows we watch on TV?
While these things may be true, they only give you the illusion of freedom, you are not truly free. You see, you are indebted by your labor and the debt you hold. Technically everything you have worked for all these years, and paid for with the money you earn, are collateral on a huge unseen debt held by each and every one of us. What it boils down to is that we are debt slaves. Continue reading
“Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Step rioght up ladies and gentleman to the Greatest Show on Earth!”
Alright everybody get ready, the circus is coming to town. Actually it is coming to the whole country. But by circus I am not talking about Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey, I’m talking about the 2016 presidential election. I’ve already been asked who I am going to vote for and I’ll tell you the same thing I told those who asked me, “I may just sit this one out.”
I have never missed an election, neither presidential or mid-term, I have voted in them all. Ever since I graduated from high school and registered to vote I have participated in every single election, even while I was stationed overseas I made sure I got my absentee ballot and sent it in. So this will be a first, me sitting out an election that is. Continue reading
How many of you reading this have children? How tired do you get when you have to keep repeating yourselves over and over before your children begin to listen to you? As parents, as good parents anyway, your job is to teach your children the things they need to know to be successful in life. You do your best to pass on the knowledge you have acquired and spare them the mistakes you have made in your life. It is difficult as parents to watch as your children grow up disregarding your advice and going through life making the same mistakes as you did. I know for a fact that had I listened to my father more I would have saved myself a world of difficulties and maybe turned out a lot better than I did. But I squandered those days and had to learn my lessons the hard way. Thankfully I didn’t turn out half bad. Continue reading
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what principle this country was founded upon; I mean really think hard and ask yourself what is it that made America different? I have, quite a bit actually. Unfortunately, aside from a few friends I have I don’t think most people have given it much thought.
What makes, or I should say, made America different can be summed up in one word…well two actually; individual liberty. But let’s just boil it down to the basic premise…liberty. That one word, more than any other, is found throughout the writings of our nation’s Founders and its founding documents. Continue reading
If I could take a moment to impose upon your time, I’d like to ask you a question. Before I ask I want to me it perfectly clear that I do not want an off the cuff answer. Instead, I want you to think really hard about the question I am about to ask.
Okay, here’s the question: What do you consider to be your most important right? I’ll give you a few moments to think about this then I’ll be back. Continue reading
I would like to start this commentary off a little differently. Let’s begin by playing a little game shall we? I’d ask you to close your eyes, but then you would not be able to read what I want you to do next, so just do your best to imagine what I’m about to say.
Okay, you are out shopping somewhere. It could be at the mall, at a WalMart, or even at a convenience store picking up a few items. You see a man drop his wallet. When he bends over to pick it up his shirt rides up his back and you see that he has a holstered pistol tucked into his pants. Is that image clear in your mind? Good.
Now I have a two part question for you. What do you do, and why do you do it? Continue reading
Yesterday I had a brief conversation with a friend at work and we were both struggling to find an explanation for why so many people are so completely ignorant of what is happening to this country, and why so few people care. I can understand how so many became ignorant when it comes to what is going on in America, but what I cannot understand is why so few care once they are provided with the facts. That just boggles my mind. Continue reading
“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their President.”
© Steven Michael
The quote above was originally circulated on the internet as having originated in a Czech newspaper. This has proven to be untrue, no one knows where it came from or who said it.
Does that matter?
You could have said it, I could have said it, hell, the guy who drives the truck who picks up your garbage could have said it. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO SAID IT! The important thing is that it is true. Continue reading
I know by writing this some of you are going to be shaking your heads and saying, “I knew Neal couldn’t stop writing.” If you are among those doing so you misunderstood my last article. I never meant to imply that I was never going to write again. Instead I was simply trying to say that I am sick and tired of repeating myself when it comes to explaining our Constitution and Bill of Rights. It was never my intention to do all your thinking for you. What I had hoped was that I could provide you with enough motivation to kick start your own thinking and you would continue researching the Constitution and Bill of Rights on your own. Seeing as how that wasn’t happening, for the most part anyway, I decided to stop writing about those two subjects. But I never meant to imply that I was not going to write again, it is in my blood and will be until the day I draw my last breath.
Now let’s get down to business. Continue reading
You can hardly drive anywhere these days without seeing one of those yellow stickers on someone’s vehicle with the words “Support Our Troops” written across it. As a thirteen year veteran of the United States Air Force it makes me proud to see so many people who stand behind the brave men and women in our Armed Forces who at any moment may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
That being said, I cannot help but be saddened by the fact that so many people in this country do not have the foggiest idea of what principles those brave men and women are fighting for. I would be willing to bet that if you were to stop and ask people what it was our servicemen/women are fighting for, or against, you would probably hear one of three things. Should you conduct such a survey you would most likely hear that they were fighting against terrorism or for freedom or liberty. Continue reading
Awhile back I purchased a book entitled Jefferson & Hamilton The Rivalry That Forged A Nation. I found it interesting not so much because of the views held by these two men in regards to government, but in how their lives forged the views held by both. You see each of us grows up and the things we experience shape the person we are to become later in life.
So while you may know me now and see how I speak and act you have no idea of who I really am and what life events shaped me into the person I am now. This will be the first time I have written anything of an autobiographical nature. I won’t go into my entire life, just the events that I feel influenced me the most and made me who I am now.
So if you have ever been interested in finding out what makes Neal Ross tick, here’s your chance to finally get some answers. But before I begin I want to make it perfectly clear that I do not blame any of the characters in this little drama that I call my life. Each of these people had their own life experiences which shaped them into who they are. I am only trying to show how they influenced me. Continue reading
The other day I mentioned in one of my articles that Senator Ted Cruz had made the statement that if elected he would try to repeal Obamacare. First of all I was wrong by saying that. What Senator Cruz had said was that he would sign legislation sent to him by Congress which repealed Obamacare. So the Senator was not stating that if elected he would bypass his Constitutional authority as president by unilaterally repealing a law. I just wanted to correct my misunderstanding of what the Senator stated.
See, I will admit when I’m wrong unlike many I know. But I’m not quite done yet.
You see, I overheard a couple people discussing/arguing, the constitutional legality of Obamacare. Guess my article might have got someone thinking after all. Anyhow, this one person was arguing that it is perfectly legal for the government to force someone to purchase health insurance. I didn’t want to say anything right then and there because an idea began to take shape and I wanted to see where it went before I opened my mouth without fully thinking it through.
But here is what I came up with… Continue reading
On March 18th Mr. Obama, (it still sickens my stomach to use President in the same sentence with his name), floated the idea of making voting mandatory for all citizens, saying it would change the political landscape in America. I’m sure it would. What mandatory voting WOULD do is ensure that there were more idiots voting than there are now, that’s what it would do.
I’m against this idea for many reasons, all of which I will explain. Continue reading
I know for a lot of people legalize or legal mumbo jumbo is confusing. Believe me, I fully understand because some of it is still confusing to me. But the more I read about it the more I begin to understand it. That being said, some of what I am going to talk about may take repeated readings for you to understand. First, let’s start with some very basics.
Prior to the Constitution being ratified in 1789 we did not have 3 branches of government, there was only the Congress, and they were weak and unable to fully manage the affairs of a young nation. So a group of men got together in Philadelphia and sought to remedy the flaws in the Articles of Confederation. After coming up with this ‘new’ Constitution they had to get the states approval for it to go into effect. Continue reading
Last Friday at work I mentioned to a friend that I as getting a tattoo this weekend of a Minuteman with the word Oathkeeper above him. My friend jokingly said something like it was sure to reserve me a bunk in a FEMA camp. After I got the tattoo I sent photos of it out to some friends via e-mail and one responded that now I am ‘officially’ a terrorist. While I take these comments seriously, I do find them funny to a certain extent. Allow me to explain why I say that.
I fully realize that, with the current political climate in America, that public displays of patriotism, or at least public displays of the Founding principles, are not widely accepted as being politically correct. Self-reliance, limited government, gun rights, opposition to the war on terror, and a whole host of other beliefs can easily get one labeled as anti-social or a threat to the government. My fears about this were confirmed in 2009 when the Missouri Information Analysis Center issued a report listing Ron Paul supporters, people who display political bumper stickers, equating them with hate groups and potential domestic terrorists. I see this trend increasing as more and more people are becoming unhappy with the direction their government is taking this country because the government fears that the people will one day rise up against it so they have to begin labeling us as potential threats to its very existence. Continue reading
Were I to write an article about our system of government and style it after the first chapter of the Book of Genesis I might begin by saying, “In the beginning there was man, and man was without government.” All joking aside, when one considers what is the nature of and purpose for government one must consider that age old question, “What came first; the chicken or the egg?” In this particular instance the answer is obvious, man came first. Mankind existed long before government was ever thought of. Therefore if man existed prior to government, so did man’s rights.
That is why that quote from Locke’s Second Treatise is so vitally important to understand, “To understand political power right, and derive it from its original, we must consider, what state all men are naturally in, and that is, a state of perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and persons, as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of nature, without asking leave, or depending upon the will of any other man.” Continue reading
I know that these commentaries I write may be read by a few people here and there, but for the most part the people who read them are those of like mind and not the folks I was hoping to reach. I’ve yet to hear from anyone who told me that something I had written gave them any sudden insight or changed the way they thought about something. Yet I continue to write them nonetheless because the truth is important and it does not matter if no one reads or heeds it, the truth needs to be told whether people listen or not.
This little missive is going to cover the First Amendment to the Constitution, specifically the religious freedom part of the First Amendment. The First Amendment says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Before there can be any discussion about the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom one thing must be made perfectly clear. The First Amendment is not about God or whether or not you believe in Him. The first part of the First Amendment is about your right to worship, or not worship, as you see fit. It has nothing to do with forcing anyone to believe in God. Continue reading
“When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime you are ruled by criminals.” ~ Anonymous
I find it both sad and humorous that a nation that prides itself on telling the truth is so eager to reject it when it is presented to them. I can understand how this comes about, this unwillingness to accept ideas or beliefs that run contradictory to yours, but if you are unwilling to accept the truth, why then do you go loudly about proclaiming that you seek it? Honestly, if you cannot accept the truth when it is presented to you, no matter how uncomfortable it makes you feel, you should just keep your mouths shut about the truth and continue believing the lie you have believed all these years.
Many people blame our educational system on the fact that so many kids grow up today without the slightest understanding of their system of government and the nature and purpose of their rights. Yet I went through that same indoctrination process and for some reason I was willing to accept the truth when I finally discovered it. Am a genetic mutation because the truth matters more to me than a lie? Maybe so, but I am not alone, there are many more like me out here and we are growing very tired of our government, and your continued belief in the lie that it represents the people of this country. Continue reading
Of all the creatures on this planet man alone has the capability of improving his life on Earth. Whether you believe in God or not is irrelevant, but it is man alone that has been blessed with a brain that is capable of amazing things. All the other creatures on this planet have brains, but theirs are only concerned with controlling the bodily functions of the creature they inhabit, survival, and procreation. Through the use of human brains we have explored the smallest of particles of life, (the atom), and traveled to the stars with rocket ships. No other creature on this planet is capable of the thinking required to perform these amazing feats.
Yet why is it that so many people, blessed with a brain capable of such miraculous things, are incapable of thinking? Continue reading
“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” ~ John Adams
America is not a democracy, it is a democratically elected Republic. We elect those who represent us democratically, i.e. via a majority vote. That’s as far as we go as far as being a democratic society. The power and authority these elected representatives wield while serving the people are limited and defined by a Constitution, with certain rights being placed beyond their reach in a Bill of Rights which they cannot touch.
A republic can only survive as long as the electors, We the People, hold true to the principles that are contained with a nation’s constitution. The moment the people begin to disregard those principles a nation begins to transform from a republic into a democracy. In a democracy the majority always gets what it wants. It has been said that a democracy is two wolves and a sheep discussing what is for dinner. I prefer to think of it as a society in which the rights of any one group might be lost simply because a majority votes them away. Continue reading
It just boggles my mind that people cannot see what is going on in this country with regards to the never ending battle to deprive us of our right to keep and bear arms. How I wish that people had an internal switch that they could flip to turn off their emotions and examine the facts without emotion getting in the way. But unfortunately, Samuel Adams was correct when he said that “Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.” Therefore any argument in support of less gun control is bound to fail because it will be confronted with the argument that you support more public shootings and more children dying. You could provide mountains of factual evidence and have it logically arranged to arrive at a desired conclusion yet you will lose your argument because you cannot defeat the people’s overwhelming desire to be safe and secure from ‘gun toting crazy people.’
Yet that cannot cause me not to try and force feed some logic to your illogical arguments, can it? Continue reading
The other night at work I overheard someone ask when our next holiday is. While even I enjoy an occasional day off from work, and a paid one at that, it got me wondering if people just enjoy the day off without ever giving any thought to the true meaning of the holiday they are getting off work for. I’m sure that there are some who think about it, while for others it may just be a momentary flicker of recognition as to why they are getting the day off. Continue reading
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There was a time, not so long ago, that I had a severe drinking problem. You get more than three beers in me and I’d lose all control, drinking until I passed out or until I did something REALLY stupid. When I first started drinking there was no such thing as Lite Beer. In fact, we used to tease people for drinking it, saying it was just watered down piss.
Why do I bring all this up? Well it seems like this whole LITE thing has taken on a life of its own. You hear about Lite this and Lite that in reference to a more mellow approach to the subject to which the Lite heading was attached. And why do I bring THIS up? Well I have to wonder, with all the hoopla regarding Rand Paul, especially since his announcement of his 14.5% flat tax plan, is he just a Lite version of his dad, Ron Paul? Continue reading
When I was growing up as a kid, way before Man of Steel, before Christopher Reeve’s portrayal of him, there was a TV version of Superman with the title role played by actor George Reeves. At the beginning of every episode was the same voice over that repeated the following words, “Superman – defender of law and order, champion of equal rights, valiant, courageous fighter against the forces of hate and prejudice, who disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.”
What did they mean by the American way? Continue reading
Have you ever heard the word fester? Do you know what it means? It can be used in many connotations, but there is one which I would like to take a moment to discuss. In this connotation to fester means “a negative feeling or problem which becomes worse, or more intense, especially through long-term neglect or indifference.” and for those of you who may not know this, indifference is the same as apathy. Festering is what happens when you get a sliver but don’t remove it immediately; it sits there and fills up with puss and may become infected. Continue reading
On Wednesday January 17, 1979, amidst a group of other young men, I stood in a room in Oakland California and raised my right hand and stated the following words, “I, Neal H. Ross, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…“
I can’t say what was running through the minds of those other young men in the room thirty plus years ago, but I know upholding the Constitution was the last thing on mine. I had recently been laid off due to budget shortfalls in the State of California which caused me to lose a damned good job working for our city’s public works department which had vacation, a pension, and medical. So I was in need of a job, desperate, and running out of options. The military seemed my only option, so I chose the easiest path, the Air Force. As I stood there mindlessly repeating that oath I was thinking more about what I had gotten myself into than about defending a document I had never read in its entirety. Continue reading
head out ass
I know some of the people who read my articles may not be Christian, and therefore some of the things I am about to say may not sit well with them, but these are my views and as long as the First Amendment still retains some of its protection over freedom of speech I intend to keep speaking what’s on my mind. You can take what I say with a grain of salt if you want, but I believe that evil exists, it has a name and a face and it is currently more powerful than ever.
If you have read the Bible what is the first thing you read about man after making their appearance on Earth? It is how the serpent tempted Eve, and how she in turn convinced Adam to eat the forbidden fruit. Their disobedience to God’s command not to eat from the tree of knowledge caused them to be banned from Eden. Whether or not you believe in the Bible as being the word of God literally, the first story, (if you want to call it that), is of how succumbing to evil causes man to lose that which is precious to him.
Fast forward to the Founding of our Republic… Continue reading
Prior to the summer of 1787 the government of these States united was a joke. It lacked any real authority to enforce the laws it passed and the States went about their business disregarding their responsibility to provide revenue to support it. Also, due to no regulatory ability there were so many varied restrictions and tariffs imposed that trade amongst the States, and with foreign nation’s suffered so much that it almost completely can to a standstill. Something had to be done, and done quickly. Continue reading
How many of you, (and be honest), when you go to vote know little to nothing about the candidates you are casting your vote for? How many of you just look to see if there is an R or a D next to their name and vote for the candidates belonging to the same political party you do? Is that a fair assessment of how extensively you check a candidate out before electing them to office? Although there probably are exceptions to this rule, I would bet that this is how most people vote. Sure, there may be some who watch the campaign ads and the debates to help them formulate an opinion among candidates of the same party, but I would venture to guess that there are very few who do any kind of extensive research on candidates from the ‘other’ party, or their own party for that matter. Continue reading
Moments after being sworn in as the first president of these States United under the new Constitution, George Washington stated, “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” I’m going to be blunt, does that mean anything at all to you, or as Andy Dufresne asks the warden in The Shawshank Redemption, “Are you obtuse?” In case you’re not aware, obtuse means slow to understand something. Continue reading
The First Amendment protects, among other things, the freedom of speech. It does not demand that you speak, it only protects your right to do so. It does not require that you obtain a permit to speak nor does it require that you register your speech with the government. It also does not limit how many words you can use when you speak, or write an article or book. Free speech cannot be restricted simply because another takes offense at what you say. However there are some common sense rules that one should apply when exercising their right to speak freely. For instance, one should not burst out with a sudden inspired oration during church or while in a movie theater as it would disturb the others in attendance. One should not speak falsely about the character or actions of another as that is slander or libel. But other than that, free speech is just that…free and unlimited. Continue reading
I know that I am not alone in feeling the way I do about my country. Unlike magnets where opposites attract, human beings tend to gravitate towards those who share similar beliefs. While it is true that there is strength in numbers, one has to be very careful not to fall into a herd mentality and allow others to think for them. From my own experience that is what sets me, and the friends I have chosen, apart from the vast majority of people in this country…we tend to think for ourselves. Continue reading