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Sarah Palin: As Freedom Destroys Itself, Laws Can’t Protect a Society That Has Lost Its Way

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Governor Sarah Palin has written a powerful op-ed talking about America’s greatness, and the perils we face today. She reminds America that we have lost our way.

As Governor Palin points out, our Constitution was written for a moral society. Our Founders instinctively understood our Constitution would NOT work in a corrupt, amoral society.

~ Gary

By Sarah Palin

All of us were horrified by the murders at the Washington Navy Yard this week. Once again, in the aftermath of a shooting, a new installment of the debate about gun laws has broken out. But what we really need is a new discussion about what kind of people we are and what kind of country we want to be.

It’s no secret which side I’m on in any debate involving the Second Amendment (or the whole Constitution, for that matter). We call Alaska America’s Last Frontier, and firearms are a big part of our lifestyle here because they are part of our frontier tradition. And, as I tell my daughters, the ability to use a firearm responsibly and to defend yourself is also part of our heritage as American women.

The iconic musket over the fireplace wasn’t just for the menfolk on the frontier. Those stalwart women who crossed oceans and wilderness to settle our country knew how to protect themselves and their families. (One of my favorite scenes in the miniseries John Adams is when Abigail Adams, alone with her children in besieged Massachusetts while her husband is away at the Continental Congress, shoulders the family musket to protect her little ones when she hears the distant sounds of battle. That’s our heritage, ladies.)

Hunting is an integral part of our lifestyle in the 49th state. Using guns isn’t just recreation for us; it’s how many of us get our dinner. Granted, today, with a grocery store on virtually every corner, there isn’t the actual necessity to live a “subsistence lifestyle” that there was a generation ago in Alaska when I was growing up, but my family still lives by the motto “We eat; therefore, we hunt.” We live off the healthy organic protein provided by Alaska’s wild fish and game.

Todd and I have taught our kids how to handle firearms responsibly, just as my dad taught me. In fact, we took our girls for a special hunt on Mother’s Day this year at our cabin looking out at the distant majestic peak of Mt. McKinley, and we had a blast teaching twelve-year-old Piper mounted shooting in warm Montana this summer.

I’m proud of my frontier heritage, and I’ll fight vehemently against anything that would limit the constitutional rights of Americans. But I can certainly sympathize with the many well-meaning Americans who desperately feel the need to find a way to prevent these senseless killings. Who among us doesn’t feel sadness, anger, and even despair after these tragedies?

But we must remember that emotion won’t make anybody safer or protect our rights. Beware of politicians who exploit our emotions in an attempt to pass laws that even they admit wouldn’t have prevented the violence.

CNN’s Don Lemon recently saw the light on this issue and highlighted the Centers for Disease Control study showing that so-called military assault rifles account for a small fraction of gun violence. The overwhelming majority of gun-related deaths are inflicted with handguns, but a ban on handguns is not only politically untenable; it would also hinder the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves (especially Americans who live in troubled urban areas where the police are slow to respond to emergency calls).

Instead of offering real solutions based on facts, reactionary politicians offer us the politics of emotion, which is the opposite of leadership. It is the manipulation of the people by the political class for their own political ends. It is so very self-serving, but, worse, it is destructive.

The first thing politicians ask after these tragedies is essentially: “What can we do to limit the freedom of the people?

And that is the wrong question. The question we should be asking is: “What can we do to nurture and support a people capable of living in freedom?

Earlier this year I spoke at the NRA convention and reminded a conscientious, patriotic audience that our country’s Founders asked themselves that question and knew the answer. They understood that a free people must either nurture morality or lose their freedom. John Adams wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Not coincidentally, he wrote that to the officers of the Massachusetts militia when the young republic was on the verge of war with France. He reminded those officers who were charged with leading armed men that the freedoms secured by the Constitution take for granted a decent and civil society.

This isn’t just a question for American society. It’s a civilizational question for all humanity. Margaret Thatcher spoke eloquently of this co-dependence of freedom and morality. She said, “Freedom will destroy itself if it is not exercised within some sort of moral framework, some body of shared beliefs, some spiritual heritage transmitted through the Church, the family, and the school.”

I’m reminded of that quote every time I see politicians reach for the easy answers instead of asking the hard questions after tragedies like the one this week. When they seek to strip away our Second Amendment rights instead of suggesting that those who hide behind the First Amendment need to act more responsibly, they are helping freedom destroy itself.

When Hollywood glorifies violence with its movies and music, but then underwrites efforts to take away our rights, it is helping freedom destroy itself. When those incorporating virtue into their lives are criticized, mocked, and bullied while pop culture’s kingmakers elevate and celebrate a self-centered “I’ll do what I want and consequences be damned” mentality, those kingmakers and bullies are helping freedom destroy itself. And when We the People shrug our shoulders and duck our heads while society becomes more cynical and our sense of family and community atrophies, we’re all helping freedom destroy itself.

Americans have always had access to firearms. Guns certainly aren’t any more pervasive now than they were back when the Minutemen were stockpiling weapons at Lexington and Concord. But something definitely has changed since then. It’s not the weapons. It’s us.

Instead of rushing to find some magical legislative solution, we need to ask ourselves a few hard questions: Are we creating a culture that can live and thrive in freedom? Do we have bold leaders willing and able to nurture such a culture? Do we have artists whose works reflect and inspire such a culture? Consider the answers to these questions carefully, because, if the answers are no, then we are in much more trouble than any new law can fix.

A decent and moral society is guided by voluntary self-restraint. The less moral we are, the more legalistic we become. But more laws can’t protect a civilization that has lost its way. At most, they’re just tiny speed bumps for a runaway truck.

The solutions we seek won’t be found in the halls of Congress or state legislatures. Might I humbly suggest that we step back from the TV, take a breath, hug our kids, reach out to friends and neighbors, and say a prayer.

Governor Palin posted some photos on her Facebook page to go along with her article

This is the from the Mother’s Day hunt I mentioned in the NRO op-ed:

Sarah Palin Mothers Day Hunt

This is Piper mounted shooting in Montana:

Piper Palin Montana Mounted Shooting

And here I am doing my Annie Oakley thing:

Sarah Palin Annie Oakley

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America, 237 Years Strong and Ready to Grow Stronger

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By Gary P Jackson

237 years ago today, a group of brave men stood up and announced their independence from an oppressive, tyrannical government. This bold act of defiance was indeed, treason. A signer of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin noted: “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately. It was that spirit of comraderie and immediacy that gave their fight purpose.

Even though it may seem dormant, at times, it’s a spirit that lives in all Americans to this day!

Indeed, our founders fought a long and bloody revolution to create what has become the greatest nation this world has ever known. A nation that has been an inspiration, and a force for good the world over.

As Americans we haven’t always seen eye-to-eye on things and even had another, incredibly bloody war, a Civil War, over human rights, and man’s inhumanity to man. In the wake of that war, our nation has matured, grown up, if you will. As this maturation has continued, we’ve seen great things, and done great things, as a nation.

Our people have made countless life saving medical breakthroughs, created countless inventions that have changed the way the people around the world live their lives.

Though he didn’t invent the automobile, Henry Ford’s vision of an efficient system of mass production put the entire world on wheels as he sold tens of millions of his “Tin Lizzy” the Model T. And of course, other car makers around the world adopted, and even perfected Henry’s production system. The automobile has given the world great Freedoms they could only dream of before. The Freedom of movement at one’s own will, the Freedom to travel, explore, and discover …. at one’s own pace, and own route. It’s a Freedom that should never be taken for granted!

From creating a more efficient way to pick and process cotton, to inventing microprocessors so efficient they can do more work than computers that once took up entire rooms and even entire buildings!

In the early 1960s a young and visionary President addressed the nation and announced that man would go to the moon, and return safely, by the end of that decade.

When President John F Kennedy uttered those words, no one had any idea how this could be done. None of the technology needed to do this even existed. The rockets needed to take man into space, were still just as likely to explode on launch as work properly! But on July 20th, 1969 Neil Armstrong took his “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” and walked on the moon.

The amount of new discoveries and technologies created along the way to the moon is simply mind-boggling. And people world wide have benefited from those many discoveries and technologies. THAT is the greatness that is America

In the 1930s, while American’s struggled during government’s gross mismanagement of a fiscal crisis, that turned into The Great Depression, other nations struggled as well, many due to the same wrong-headed Big Government policies. In one of these nations, Germany, a great evil came to power and gripped that country. An evil that threatened to envelop the entire world in short order.

Though many considered America down and out, America’s vast industrial might cranked up. And her people joined the fight. America not only got back to work, we freed the world from the evils of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi movement, and the violence of Imperial Japan. Had America not existed, had her free and resourceful people not existed, Hitler’s “Thousand Year Reich” would have come to pass and the entire world would have slipped into darkness, possibly forever.

After the war, former allies, the Soviet Union showed their true colors, and set out to conquer the world in their own ways, spreading evil Soviet-socialism, communism, throughout the land. America fought against this great evil in many ways, but on January 21, 1981 a man would take the Office of President, who would set the wheels in motion that would see the end of the Soviet Union, and the freedom of hundreds of millions of people restored.

President Ronald Reagan never considered the Soviet Union a legitimate nation, nor did he consider socialism-communism, a legitimate ideology. He considered the Soviet Union an “evil empire” and his policy of peace through strength not only won the cold war, without firing a shot, it again made America a true world power, a power for good.

Yes, America and Americans, have, indeed, changed the world. Made the world a better place.

Today, as Americans, we still enjoy great Freedoms, but we also face many problems. We face problems that some feel are so overwhelming, that there is no cure. Some are so disillusioned they have just tuned out. Others are simply oblivious.

We face a true tyrannical government that no longer respects it’s employers, WE the People. In fact, our government “leaders” no longer consider WE the People, their masters. Today they have become the master, and we the slaves to their will.

We have an out of control President who has no respect for the Separation of Powers set forth in our Supreme Law of the Land, our Constitution. Nor does he respect the Constitution itself.We have a President who uses the full power of Government to outright attack groups, and individuals, who do not agree with his ruinous policies, or dangerous visions for America.

We have a Congress filled with some of the most corrupt, and morally bankrupt human beings this nation has ever produced.

Yes, I know there are also some good and decent men and women there as well, and we should count our blessings for that every single day!

We have a Congress though, whose members engage in all manner of corruption, looking to line their pockets, and the pockets of their cronies, rather than do the work of the American people. These corrupt members of Congress grow rich, and enrichen their cronies, on the backs of the American taxpayer.

Recently a huge majority of the United States Senate committed treason by passing a so-called “immigration reform act” that will give amnesty to tens of millions of criminal aliens from around the world, people who are here illegally, and should be forced to leave.

This amnesty will include violent criminals, thieves, gang-bangers, child molesters, wife beaters, and so on. This legislation, if allowed to advance into law, will give employers incentives to hire these newly pardoned criminals over American citizens. This treasonous legislation would further depress the already stagnant wages of American workers for decades to come. Oh, and it won’t do anything to stop the further invasion of tens of millions of more illegals!

The Senate amnesty bill is a direct assault on the American people, in favor of foreign nationals, that allows even more to flood our shores, unchecked. I should think no better definition of treason exists in any dictionary.

Obviously, the legislation must never be allowed to come into law, and those who created and promoted it must be held responsible: Treated as the traitors to the American people they have shown themselves to be. They should be punished to the full extent a traitor deserves.

Why am I saying all of this on this day, a day of great joy and celebration for the greatest nation the world has ever known? Because this IS the greatest nation the world has ever known, and inhabited by the greatest of people.

America, and her people have grown comfortable and complacent. America’s greatness and strength allows many to take our Liberty and Freedom for granted. American citizenship should be an advanced course in participation, but oft-times our citizens just go about their daily lives not even considering the events surrounding them, and how their very Liberty and Freedom is in grave danger. More in danger now, than at any time in modern history,

On this day of great joy and wonderful celebration WE the People must prepare for a new revolution. WE need not fight a bloody revolution, as our founders found necessary. No, WE the People, are in a much stronger position than our founders. But make no mistake, this will be a hard fight. One that would sap the strength and spirit of lesser men and women. But WE the People are NOT lesser men and women! WE come from a stock like no other on earth.

Even though we have people who have come from around the world, stood in line, and worked hard to join us as American citizens, WE are all indeed brothers and sisters in Liberty and Freedom. It is that melding of so many great peoples that has made Americans so strong, stronger than any other peoples who have ever existed! Even, if at times …. we feel that we are not.

On this day, this day of joy and celebration, this day we celebrate Liberty and Freedom, lets renew ourselves to preserving that Liberty and Freedom that so many died for to create, and have since died to preserve.

WE must all make it our work to save America from this tyrannical and out of control government. WE must all make it our work to inform and enlighten those who have been lulled into complacency. And WE must all make it our work to fight those who stand against us, with every ounce of our souls!

WE must never give up. WE must never surrender.

The Great Ronald Reagan saw America as that Shining City on a Hill. Though that light has grown dim in these dark days of tyranny, WE, THE PEOPLE can make that light glow brightly. Brighter than it has ever glowed before. WE have that power!

Let us all, on this day of great joy and celebration, re-dedicate ourselves to the preservation of Liberty and Freedom, and the defeat of the great tyranny that has infected our nation and our lives. Let us stand with those, both in government, and out, who have pledged their lives to preserving Liberty and Freedom, and the greatness of America. They are our brothers and sisters in arms!

God bless you all, and God Bless America, the greatest nation this world has ever known!

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Please join me and enjoy this most beautiful rendition of “America The Beautiful” preformed by the incredible Ray Charles on the Dick Cavett Show September 18, 1972:

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A Message of Independence From Senator Ted Cruz

By Gary P Jackson

The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, 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; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:

Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:

William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:

Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:

William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:

Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

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Awesome: Ted Cruz Schools Dianne Feinstein on our Constitutional Rights

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By Gary P Jackson

Radical leftist Dianne Feinstein and her party are trying to take away our God given rights. Ted Cruz schools Feinstein on the constitution. As Feinstein prattles on, Cruz asks her if Congress can ban guns, can they also ban free speech.

The democrats work hard here to say none of our God given rights are absolute, trying to muddy the issue.

It should trouble every American that these sort of anti-American views are held by people with great power over all of us. We have stood by as our rights have been slowly taken away from us. We’ve seen our basic human dignity attacked. It’s time we stand up and fight back!

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Sarah Palin Hit’s NYC’s Nanny Bloomberg and Liberals Everywhere: Stay Out of Our Refrigerators!

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At AMC Loews Village 7 theater in the East Village, Saul Farber, 27, called the ruling a “victory for personal freedom” as he sipped soda from a recently purchased 44-ounce cup.

By Gary P Jackson

As you know, New York City’s megalomaniac Mayor, Michael Bloomberg thinks he’s been appointed to run every facet of his citizens’ lives, including what they eat and drink. [Not that this makes Bloomberg any different than any other democrat]

One of the things Nanny Bloomberg sought to do was ban soft drinks larger that 16 ounces. The courts have told him no.

Sarah Palin tweeted this in support of the judge’s ruling:

From the Wall Street Journal:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was dealt a stinging blow on Monday when a state Supreme Court Judge quashed his plan to ban the sale of large sugary drinks in the city’s restaurants and other venues.

The judge ruled the regulations are “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences,” noting how there would be uneven enforcement within a single city block. The regulations didn’t affect the Big Gulp at 7-11 because supermarkets and convenience stores are regulated by the state, not the city.

He wrote that regulations exclude other beverages that have significantly higher concentrations of sugar sweeteners and calories on “suspect grounds.” The regulations don’t limit patrons from getting refills; that provision, the judge said, appears to “gut the purpose of the rule.

Of course, Bloomberg, the hysterical democrat dictator wannabe that he is, had this to say:

It would be irresponsible not to try to do everything we can to save lives,” said Mr. Bloomberg, who earlier in the day called for jurisdictions across the nation to follow suit.

He left out the old democrat standby “for the children” an oversight on his speechwriter’s part, I’m sure!

No word on when Mayor Bloomberg is going to ban abortions in New York City. Pretty sure abortions kill a hell of a lot more people than Big Gulps do! Do it Mayor, that really would be for the children!

Read more of Bloomberg’s liberal idiocy here.

The New York Daily News did it’s editorializing about this victory for Liberty and Freedom right on it’s front page:

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As Shawn and Gus would say:

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Ted Cruz’s Amazing FreePAC Speech

By Gary P Jackson

Ted Cruz is the real deal. This is a man who understands what Liberty and Freedom is all about. This is one of the most inspiring speeches I have seen in some time. Speaking yesterday in Dallas, without notes, to a crowd of some 11,000 or so, Ted Cruz is the very embodiment of both the Texas, and the American spirit. Ted Cruz is the Reagan-Palin Conservative America has been looking for.

Today is the last day of early voting before election day on Tuesday. Savor this incredible speech then get out there and vote, and bring everyone you know with you, to vote for Ted Cruz.

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Dr Gina’s “Ladies and Gentlemen” Hit’s the Bookshelves this Week

By Gary P Jackson

I’m excited to announce that Dr Gina Louden’s new book: Ladies and Gentlemen, Why the Survival of Our Republic Depends on the Revival of Honor hit’s the bookstores this week. Written with Dr. Dathan Paterno Ladies and Gentlemen is a study of how America’s values were formed and virtues maintained. The book not only describes how we came to be, but also talks about the movements that have worked to destroy the values and virtues that make America so great.

From Dr Gina’s website:

ABOUT THE BOOK

Ladies and Gentlemen studies the history of the terms that once elevated the ideal woman and man and illuminates how the structure of Western society established and maintained the virtues. In contrast, the book demonstrates how three movements—atheism, liberalism, and radical feminism—undercut these ideals, especially in the 20th Century.

Rather than a dry history lesson, readers will understand the crucial contributions of government, family, literature/media, and churches in producing a culture that either esteems or debases the best of each gender.

Ladies and Gentlemen draws aggressive battle lines in today’s culture war, pressing Christians and conservatives to value all people, cherish manners, humility, and graciousness, and esteem virtue above self. It directly challenges politicians and media personalities to honor and reflect a culture of honor, as well as calling all conservatives to reward public figures who exhibit these traits, while rebuking or rejecting those who do not.

The book exemplifies several public figures on both ends of the political spectrum who engender the traits of the lady or gentleman, as well as several who clearly fail.

Finally, Ladies and Gentlemen paints a portrait of modern civility, proving that women can be warriors without burning bras and men can be tough without smoking Marlboros on horseback. It instructs parents how to raise their own children to be ladies and gentlemen. Incorporating Biblical principles and an awareness of modern day challenges, it boosts parents’ ability to navigate the murky waters of today’s culture.

WHAT FOLKS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK

Dr. Gina and Dr. Dathan Paterno open a groundbreaking window to a world of chivalry, manners, and decorum that our younger generation has never visited and, indeed, has never even heard described. The feminists have repeatedly manifested a particular animosity toward the word “lady.” But this remarkable book puts male and female behaviors in proper focus, historically, biblically, and in contemporary relationships.

—Phyllis Schlafly, President, Eagle Forum

Drs. Loudon and Paterno have hit a home run! Filled with captivating stories, they take the reader through a journey of history, revealing long-forgotten truths. They warn of the dangers we face by abandoning the virtues and freedoms that took centuries to manifest, and challenge us to rediscover our noble heritage. I highly recommend this eye-opening book!

—William J. Federer, best-selling author and nationally known speaker

Gina Loudon and Dathan Paterno diagnose the political contro- versies of our age magnificently, rightfully perceiving them as symptoms of a much deeper malady. The unique and profoundly perceptive cures they prescribe are right on target. If the analyses in this book are heeded, our country will be on track to regain the position of preeminence that it once won not by force of arms, but by the power of ideas and the ladies and gentlemen who exemplify them.

—Pamela Geller, Author, Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance

America needs the message in this book if we are to win the culture war and reclaim a constitutional culture of “One nation, under God…” Drs. Loudon and Paterno lay out a compelling path to real victory via restored virtue and show us why hope lives for those who know Truth and proclaim it boldly.

—Liz Santorum, Spokeswoman for and Daughter of Senator Rick Santorum

You can order Ladies and Gentlemen from, Amazon.com.

Check out the Dr Gina Show and catch her on PolitiChicks with Ann-Marie Murrell, Morgan Brittany, and Sonnie Johnson.

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Allen West: This Nation Was Founded on the Idea of Individual Sovereignty

By Gary P Jackson

Allen West talked with Neil Cavuto yesterday. His Fourth of July message is about how Big Government is destroying every American’s personal Liberty and Freedom. As West rightly points out, under the American Constitution, the individual is sovereign. We get our rights from God, not government. The Constitution is there to RESTAIN government, and insure it never infringes on the rights of the sovereign.

I talked at length about the sovereign on the Fourth, as well.

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Constituting America: The Federalist Papers: Federalist 3

Federalist 3 is a continuation of the theme John Jay started in Federalist 2. In today’s read, Jay continues to speak to a United States and their combined power, vs separate sovereign nations.

This time we are talking about national security. Jay points out that there are strength in numbers, and a strong United States would, in itself, would deter many actions and invasions. Remember, at the time America was surrounded by foreign territories.

Jay also points to the fact that a United States, with one set of treaties, would be able to conduct coherent foreign policy more effectively than an “every man for themselves” approach Strength through power was the correct recipe for success, according to Jay. This, of course, applies today as well.

Federalist No. 3

The Same Subject Continued: Concerning Dangers From Foreign Force and Influence

For the Independent Journal.

Author: John Jay

To the People of the State of New York:

IT IS not a new observation that the people of any country (if, like the Americans, intelligent and wellinformed) seldom adopt and steadily persevere for many years in an erroneous opinion respecting their interests. That consideration naturally tends to create great respect for the high opinion which the people of America have so long and uniformly entertained of the importance of their continuing firmly united under one federal government, vested with sufficient powers for all general and national purposes.

The more attentively I consider and investigate the reasons which appear to have given birth to this opinion, the more I become convinced that they are cogent and conclusive.

Among the many objects to which a wise and free people find it necessary to direct their attention, that of providing for their SAFETY seems to be the first. The SAFETY of the people doubtless has relation to a great variety of circumstances and considerations, and consequently affords great latitude to those who wish to define it precisely and comprehensively.

At present I mean only to consider it as it respects security for the preservation of peace and tranquillity, as well as against dangers from FOREIGN ARMS AND INFLUENCE, as from dangers of the LIKE KIND arising from domestic causes. As the former of these comes first in order, it is proper it should be the first discussed. Let us therefore proceed to examine whether the people are not right in their opinion that a cordial Union, under an efficient national government, affords them the best security that can be devised against HOSTILITIES from abroad.

The number of wars which have happened or will happen in the world will always be found to be in proportion to the number and weight of the causes, whether REAL or PRETENDED, which PROVOKE or INVITE them. If this remark be just, it becomes useful to inquire whether so many JUST causes of war are likely to be given by UNITED AMERICA as by DISUNITED America; for if it should turn out that United America will probably give the fewest, then it will follow that in this respect the Union tends most to preserve the people in a state of peace with other nations.

The JUST causes of war, for the most part, arise either from violation of treaties or from direct violence. America has already formed treaties with no less than six foreign nations, and all of them, except Prussia, are maritime, and therefore able to annoy and injure us. She has also extensive commerce with Portugal, Spain, and Britain, and, with respect to the two latter, has, in addition, the circumstance of neighborhood to attend to.

It is of high importance to the peace of America that she observe the laws of nations towards all these powers, and to me it appears evident that this will be more perfectly and punctually done by one national government than it could be either by thirteen separate States or by three or four distinct confederacies.

Because when once an efficient national government is established, the best men in the country will not only consent to serve, but also will generally be appointed to manage it; for, although town or country, or other contracted influence, may place men in State assemblies, or senates, or courts of justice, or executive departments, yet more general and extensive reputation for talents and other qualifications will be necessary to recommend men to offices under the national government,–especially as it will have the widest field for choice, and never experience that want of proper persons which is not uncommon in some of the States. Hence, it will result that the administration, the political counsels, and the judicial decisions of the national government will be more wise, systematical, and judicious than those of individual States, and consequently more satisfactory with respect to other nations, as well as more SAFE with respect to us.

Because, under the national government, treaties and articles of treaties, as well as the laws of nations, will always be expounded in one sense and executed in the same manner,–whereas, adjudications on the same points and questions, in thirteen States, or in three or four confederacies, will not always accord or be consistent; and that, as well from the variety of independent courts and judges appointed by different and independent governments, as from the different local laws and interests which may affect and influence them. The wisdom of the convention, in committing such questions to the jurisdiction and judgment of courts appointed by and responsible only to one national government, cannot be too much commended.

Because the prospect of present loss or advantage may often tempt the governing party in one or two States to swerve from good faith and justice; but those temptations, not reaching the other States, and consequently having little or no influence on the national government, the temptation will be fruitless, and good faith and justice be preserved. The case of the treaty of peace with Britain adds great weight to this reasoning.

Because, even if the governing party in a State should be disposed to resist such temptations, yet as such temptations may, and commonly do, result from circumstances peculiar to the State, and may affect a great number of the inhabitants, the governing party may not always be able, if willing, to prevent the injustice meditated, or to punish the aggressors. But the national government, not being affected by those local circumstances, will neither be induced to commit the wrong themselves, nor want power or inclination to prevent or punish its commission by others.

So far, therefore, as either designed or accidental violations of treaties and the laws of nations afford JUST causes of war, they are less to be apprehended under one general government than under several lesser ones, and in that respect the former most favors the SAFETY of the people.

As to those just causes of war which proceed from direct and unlawful violence, it appears equally clear to me that one good national government affords vastly more security against dangers of that sort than can be derived from any other quarter.

Because such violences are more frequently caused by the passions and interests of a part than of the whole; of one or two States than of the Union. Not a single Indian war has yet been occasioned by aggressions of the present federal government, feeble as it is; but there are several instances of Indian hostilities having been provoked by the improper conduct of individual States, who, either unable or unwilling to restrain or punish offenses, have given occasion to the slaughter of many innocent inhabitants.

The neighborhood of Spanish and British territories, bordering on some States and not on others, naturally confines the causes of quarrel more immediately to the borderers. The bordering States, if any, will be those who, under the impulse of sudden irritation, and a quick sense of apparent interest or injury, will be most likely, by direct violence, to excite war with these nations; and nothing can so effectually obviate that danger as a national government, whose wisdom and prudence will not be diminished by the passions which actuate the parties immediately interested.

But not only fewer just causes of war will be given by the national government, but it will also be more in their power to accommodate and settle them amicably. They will be more temperate and cool, and in that respect, as well as in others, will be more in capacity to act advisedly than the offending State. The pride of states, as well as of men, naturally disposes them to justify all their actions, and opposes their acknowledging, correcting, or repairing their errors and offenses. The national government, in such cases, will not be affected by this pride, but will proceed with moderation and candor to consider and decide on the means most proper to extricate them from the difficulties which threaten them.

Besides, it is well known that acknowledgments, explanations, and compensations are often accepted as satisfactory from a strong united nation, which would be rejected as unsatisfactory if offered by a State or confederacy of little consideration or power.

In the year 1685, the state of Genoa having offended Louis XIV., endeavored to appease him. He demanded that they should send their Doge, or chief magistrate, accompanied by four of their senators, to FRANCE, to ask his pardon and receive his terms. They were obliged to submit to it for the sake of peace. Would he on any occasion either have demanded or have received the like humiliation from Spain, or Britain, or any other POWERFUL nation?


PUBLIUS.

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Constituting America: Lesson Four: The Constitution, Article III: The Judicial Branch

Welcome to day four of our ninety-one day adventure. Today we look at look at the Judicial Branch of government. The text is as it was originally written:

Article III.

Section. 1.

The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

Section. 2.

The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;–to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;–to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;–to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;–to Controversies between two or more States;– between a State and Citizens of another State,–between Citizens of different States,–between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.

In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.

The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.

Section. 3.

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

In 1795 the 11th Amendment was ratified, it deals with Section 2, Paragraph 1. It seeks to clarify the scope of the federal courts. This is as good a time as any to remind readers the Constitution is a covenant between We The People and government. The Constitution is not about giving us rights or power, those come from our Creator, or as our founders would say: Nature’s God.

The Constitution, much to the chagrin of Barack Obama, was written to restrain government, not We The People.

AMENDMENT XI

Passed by Congress March 4, 1794. Ratified February 7, 1795.

The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.

Article III is pretty straightforward. It basically allows Congress to set up a Supreme Court that would be the final arbiter in any case where the constitutionality of any action, or any law comes into question.

Article III also provides for the establishment of a federal court system for handling cases federal in nature. It also establishes the right to a jury trial, and defines what treason is (Hint: Disagreeing with the Obama regime is NOT treason…or sedition…no matter what Joe Klein may think)

It’s interesting to note that no real requirements for what it takes to be chosen as a judge on either the Supreme Court, or other federal courts are mentioned. It supposes Congress, and the President, will be of good judgment when choosing people to fill the benches. The only real requirement is once chosen, jurists must remain of “good behaviour.” In other words be of good character, and break no laws.

As a reader pointed out, even though our three branches of government are considered equal, part of the checks and balances our founders set up to keep government restrained, often the Judicial Branch seems “more equal” than the other two.

The job of a Supreme Court justice, or a justice of any court is to interpret the law. Think of a judge as a referee. Doesn’t matter if it’s criminal or civil court, the judge’s responsibility is to look at the facts, bounce that off the law, and judge the case based on their merits. This is further enhanced by the fact a defendant has the right to be judged by a jury of their peers.This serves as a check and balance to the courts themselves.

The problem of course, comes when activist judges are appointed to the bench. These judges get in there and rather than play their roles as referees in the game, decide to make up new rules, or create a completely new game altogether. Nothing good ever comes from this.

Progressives,… Marxists,… are particularly keen on using the courts to make law that would otherwise never see the light of day. America soundly rejects most of the Marxist ideology and the progressive movement, when given the facts. Knowing this, progressives run to the courts.

The list is long, but things like abortion, the removal of pray in schools, and the assault on religion as a whole, as well as gay marriage, and a whole host of other “found rights” came about because the people wouldn’t stand for it, or vote for it, if given the chance. Stand before the right court though, with the right judge, and all sorts of calamity follows.

One such case is gay marriage in California. Even though the people, by vote, banned gay marriage, the California Supreme Court overturned the will of the people, and declared the vote “unconstitutional,” thus creating the “right” to gay marriage. This of course brought about a second vote, this time to amend their constitution. There are still some preparing to use the court to overrule the will of the people.

I use gay marriage as an example, but this sort of activism effects our lives on a daily basis, on a variety of issues. Take energy issues. Just try and develop any natural resources and see what happens. Activists with go “judge shopping” until the find a friend who will help them use the court as a weapon to stop it, often finding new “rights.”

Activist judges, far left extremists, do great damage to our nation, and way of life. This is why, as Conservatives, we must demand that our elected officials only chose jurists of good character who will only serve as referees and not rule makers. Creating rules, the law, is the job of the Legislative Branch.

We are about to witness Barack Obama’s second appointment to the Supreme Court. This is already troubling because he has stated that he is looking for “diversity” on the Court. This is very dangerous. The qualities the President, and the nation should be looking for are an understanding of the Constitution, and the ability to refrain from deviating from it.

Make sure you visit Constituting America’s website here, and join in on the discussion, as well as read the excellent essays by leading Constitutional scholars.

Tomorrow we read the remaining articles to the Constitution.

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