Praise from Lee Strobel, Phil Robertson,
J.P. Moreland, Sean McDowell and more
"Talk show host Rush Limbaugh is praising former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as the conservative candidate liberals fear the most," reports Newsmax, "and says he hopes her upcoming book sells 5 million copies."
Peter Ferrara writes at American Spectator:
A cherished maxim of self-congratulatory liberals is the notion that diplomacy and negotiation are always the best course of action because "as long as the two sides are talking, they are not shooting."
That was not true on the morning of December 7, 1941.
On that very day, Japanese diplomats were in Washington to continue ongoing talks for peace between Japan and America, as Japanese planes were slaughtering some 2,400 American servicemen at Pearl Harbor.
President Obama now has America, and Israel, on that same course in regard to Iran.
Read the rest of "A Clear and Present Danger," by Peter Ferrara.
Dave Welch, founder of the U.S. Pastor Council, writes at WorldNetDaily:
One of the country's most articulate and credible voices on the threat of radical Islam within our borders stated last week that it is the greatest threat to our nation today beyond any other domestic issues we are addressing. In the strictly national security and geopolitical contexts, this person was right. As she stated, government takeover of health care and other industries are not a concern to those who are dead.
I'll have to admit, however, that my spirit rejected the notion that radical Islam is THE greatest threat to America any more than it was when Muhammad's hordes were sweeping on horseback through northern Africa, the Middle East and into western Europe a millennia ago. Imperialist Islam has been defeated and contained before and certainly can be again.
The question is whether there are as many Christians left in America willing to live and die for our faith, families and freedom as there are orthodox Muslims willing to kill and die for theirs.
The pathetic preaching that has created a generation of shallow, self-focused professing followers of Jesus Christ has done far more damage to our national security than any conspiracies of men of any religion or no religion, any race and any creed could do.
Breitbart TV has this video of community organizers apparently praying to Barack Obama: "Hear Our Cry, Obama . . . Deliver Us, Obama . . ." But is this what they are saying? See update below.
Update -- See the following "Editor's Note" from Breitbart:
We've updated this post with the longer version of the original event. As you'll see in the comments and related links there is a debate over what is actually being said. Does the crowd say, "Hear our cry, Obama" and "Deliver us Obama?" Or are they saying "Oh God?" In the longer version the first two repetitions seem to have a distinct "uh" sound at the end that resonates as "Obama." The later repetitions are a little fuzzier. Did some of the religious leaders present become uneasy? Or was there a mix of what was being said? Read some of the blogger analysis below. What do you think?
"A Christian advocacy group says about 80 pastors have preached partisan political sermons -- daring the Internal Revenue Service to revoke their churches' tax exempt status," reports AP.
Few actions seem more timely, more humane, more liberating, more biblical -- and more patriotic today -- than Americans questioning authority and defying government when it violates the Constitution, shreds the Declaration, and sets itself up as the Creator and source of human rights, including the right of free speech.
And later on -- O Defiant Ones -- when your educated, free, creative, and responsible kids and grandkids full of life and humanity under God ask what you did in the war, you'll have something to say. The blessings of the fathers will be visited upon the children.
Politics From the Pulpit
Joshua Rhett Miller reports at Fox News:
A song about President Obama that was performed by a group of young New Jersey students and has led to charges of indoctrination was videotaped and posted on the Internet without authorization, a district official told parents.
"The performance and the videotaping at the B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, N.J., have sparked a review by school officials, according to a letter to parents from Christopher Manno, Burlington Township's superintendent of schools.
"We are carefully evaluating what occurred and will implement any additional needed procedures to prevent children's images in school from being publicly posted without permission," Manno wrote on Friday. "We will also provide reasonable direction and guidelines so that classroom activities will not give the appearance of promoting a particular political perspective."
Is this an example of one fox videotaped in the hen house -- and other foxes complaining about the videotape?
About the only thing missing from the video were images of the glorious Obama walking among the children and patting them on their heads.
Didn't that glorious leader of Iraq -- what, Saddam Hussein -- do that sort of thing? Ah, don't worry. He was just a guy from the neighborhood.
If parents and neighbors are skeptical, good. That's precisley what they are expected to be as free and independent thinkers created in the image of the God who endows each of us with "certain unalienable rights."
By the way, one more thing is missing in the video: Education.
Read the whole story.
We are pleased to note that in the mail today arrived the Korean edition of Nancy's book The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy, published by SFC Publishing Company.
The Soul of Science was first published by Crossway Books in 1994. At Nancy's invitation, Dr. Charles Thaxton joined the project and "provided scientific expertise and review" (for additional info, please see Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity, Crossway, p. 398).
Here's the SFC website. If you read Korean and see this edition of Nancy's book, we'd love to hear from you.
"Rasmussen Reports has a poll out today showing opposition to President Obama's health plan at 56 percent, and support at 41 percent," writes David Freddoso at the Washington Examiner. "That's the lowest level of support so far this year."
Here is "Support for Health Care Plan Hits New Low" at Rasmussen Reports.
"There's an old saying that there are three kinds of people in the world," writes Herman Cain, whose radio talk show is based in Altanta.
"There are people who make things happen, people who watch things happen and people who ask what happened. The latter group will wake up in the not-too-distant future and ask what happen to the United States of America if they just sit there."
Website: The New Herman Cain Show
"Several Indiana Planned Parenthood clinics are shutting down after losing state funds," reports OneNewsNow.
Exellent move. No entity that preaches, performs, or enables the convenient destruction of preborn human beings endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, including the right to life, ought to receive any financial support whatsoever.
This stand for humanness against barbarism is rooted in simple biology, practical compassion, and the mobilization of moral fact against hard, hard tyranny. Well done, Indiana.
"The nightmare scenario of a Middle Eastern nuclear confrontation may yet come to pass," writes Matt Gurney at Frontpage.
"As President Obama fumbled badly at the UN and G-8 last week, Sarah Palin began redefining herself as presidential timber," writes James Lewis at American Thinker.
"Newly discovered evidence shows the radical advocacy group ACORN has a man in the Obama White House," writes Matthew Vadum at American Spectator.
"This power behind the throne is longtime ACORN operative Patrick Gaspard. He holds the title of White House political affairs director, the same title Karl Rove held in President Bush's White House.
"Evidence shows that years before he joined the Obama administration, Gaspard was ACORN boss Bertha Lewis's political director in New York."
The challenge, of course, is not just the man, but the mentality, a mentality that has little use for Constitutional limits on government or for Declaration norms and content for human liberty.
This challenge concerns not just the mentality of one man, but the mentality of Barack Obama and unknown numbers of ACORN or ACORN-like personnel now occupying positions of power in U.S. government, in the Democratic Party, and in the collaborationist media. Etc.
There is work to be done. A free and dignified people endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights must rise up to resist and replace not just these people but also this intellectually and ethically challenged mentality so harmful to freedom, to each of us, and to our posterity.
Uproot ACORN. Replace it with the Tree of Liberty.
Read the entire article by Matthew Vadum.
Megan McArdle writes:
Atlantic correspondent Wendy Kaminer has a fairly scathing piece noting that ACORN has had problems for a long time -- and that its defenders have always responded by dismissing any problems as "minor" [hmm ... "distractions"?] and complaining that partisan interests are harming all the fine work it does. Are the people who go after it partisan? Undoubtedly, as were the people who exposed problems at Halliburton, etc. But when your workers are caught on tape offering to help you smuggle your illegal underage prostitutes across the border, impugning the motives of the tapers hardly suffices.
ACORN belongs in the woodchipper. And keep the Big Gov't woodchipper handy.
Hat tip: Big Government
AP reports that "President Barack Obama is offering Iran 'a serious, meaningful dialogue' over its disputed nuclear program, while warning Tehran of grave consequences from a united global front."
Well, that ought to put the fear of Allah in Ahmadinejad.
Sunday services may be a bit different this weekend in some churches across the U.S.
September 27 is "Pulpit Freedom Sunday." According to senior counsel Erik Stanley of the Alliance Defense Fund, it is a time when pastors can stand in their pulpits and proclaim the entire truth of the gospel -- even as it applies to candidates in elections.
"It really flows from the fact that pastors have a right to speak freely from their pulpits without fearing government censorship or intimidation -- and that no one should be able to intimidate pastors into giving up their constitutional rights," the attorney explains.
The Creator is, of course, a public figure. He is not stuck somewhere inside a "religious" closet, in obedience to the ACLU or MSNBC.
And He cares about liberating the whole person from sin, death, and decay, as expressed in our relationships as persons across the coherence of our private and public lives -- as fathers and mothers, teachers and students, pastors and politicians, artists and scientists, and all the rest.
The Leader of the Resistance himself could not have been more clear: "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation" (Mark 16:15). That includes pulpits. Even in America. Even on Sundays. And the rest of the week, too. Across the whole of our lives.
Living as a free, dignified, and whole people in community with our Creator has consequences. Among them are what our Founders called "The Blessings of Liberty." This is one reason freethinkers rejoice. And why tyrants with all their god-talk tremble.
"An innovative new campaign to alert Congress of widespread grass-roots opposition to massive new spending plans as well as other objectionable and intrusive legislation is already responsible -- in the first 24 hours -- for the distribution of 500,000 'pink slip' notices to members of the House and Senate," reports WorldNetDaily.
Here's an attractive announcement page for the campaign.
Read more about Send Congress a Pink Slip.
Run Over the Federal Gov't. Twice
Video: Rush Limbaugh on Jay Leno Show
NY Magazine Links Rush, Savage, Bachmann, WND to Murder
Breitbart, Rush, and the Secular Cult of Politics
O'Reilly, Letterman, and the Culture War
Who thinks the American people ought to jump in the Constitution, turn on the ignition, slap it in gear, step on the gas, and run over the out-of-control federal government?
Not once. But twice. Leave Declaration treadmarks all up and down the Mall, Pennsylvania Avenue, and the White House grounds.
If it worked for Rush Limbaugh against AlGore last night on the Leno show, maybe it'll work for the American people against the Washington establishment.
Starting now. Then in 2010. And then however long it takes thereafter to drive oppression from our midst.
Ben Johnson writes at FrontPage:
Barack Obama's UN speech advanced a docrinaire left-wing foreign policy that will hamstring American defense, further sidlines the economy, and leave the nation relying on "law enforcement" to chase down terrorists after the fact. His anti-American statements were offensive, but his substantive proposals could do far more damage.
Read the entire article.
"Two-thirds (67.9 percent) of Americans surveyed think that 'objective and fair journalism is dead,' while an overwhelming 89.3 percent believe the news media played a role in the election of President Barack Obama," reports CNSNews.com.
"That is what a poll conducted earlier this month by the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute showed," says CNS. "The survey, 'Trust and Satisfaction with the National News Media,' polled 800 people nationwide and revealed that only 24.3 percent of Americans believe all or most reporting."
John Ziegler writes at Big Hollywood:
You would think at this point it would be impossible for anyone (especially me) to be stunned or outraged by anything the news media tries to pull when it comes to Sarah Palin.
After all, once you have been exposed to a year-long brutal beating, one tends to become numb to a simple low blow.
However, the news coverage of her Hong Kong speech still managed to spark the senses on several levels. . . .
Let me suggest two strategic points to keep in mind regarding "mainstream journalism" today:
1) It is "far outside" and "even against" the American mainstream (see "Mainstream" Press & the Treason of the Journalists)
2) It is out of touch with the journalist's calling to "test everything" (see Question the Collaborationist Media)
The point is not simply to gravitate to a "conservative" media that loses objectivity and begins singing the praises of Palin -- as if she were the president, and reporters were kids in school.
Rather, the point is to refuse the decline of media, to demand news coverage that is rooted in a passionate search for truth that can be considered and discussed on the basis of facts and evidence available to any person, regardless of one's political passions.
Here from Palin's page on Facebook is an extended excerpt of the Hong Kong speech.
"New York Magazine today implicated WND in the murder of a Census worker in Kentucky," reports WorldNetDaily. "The article also linked Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Rep. Michele Bachmann with the crime. The four are suspected of creating an anti-government climate that led directly to the attack."
This being so, all you pro-freedom, pro-Declaration, pro-Constitution, pro-Bill of Rights, and pro-Creator-who-endows-every-human-being-with-"certain unalienable rights" people may want to contact a law firm. After all, you too may well be implicated in fostering an "anti-government" climate.
And those of you who wear glasses, know how to read, and can think freely for yourselves may want to watch your back, as well.
I recommend the firm of Washington, Jefferson, Patton, Lee, and Madison. Their 82nd Airborne research department is tops. They've done really good work in the past and could well be just the thing for current challenges.
Here's the story from WorldNetDaily.
"House Republicans are seeking a congressional investigation and information from the White House to determine whether the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) pushed politics in a conference call with potential grant recipients," reports CNSNews.com.
Jack Cashill writes at American Thinker:
In his new book, Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage, best-selling celebrity journalist Christopher Andersen has blown a huge hole in the Obama genius myth without intending to do so.
Relying on inside sources, quite possibly Michelle Obama herself, Andersen describes how Dreams came to be published -- just as I had envisioned in my articles on the authorship of Dreams. With the deadline pressing, Michelle recommended that Barack seek advice from "his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers." . . .
Andersen continues, "In the end, Ayers's contribution to Barack's Dreams From My Father would be significant -- so much so that the book's language, oddly specific references, literary devices, and themes would bear a jarring similarity to Ayers' own writing."
One wonders how any self-respecting, truthful person can allow his or her reputation for smarts, much less genius, to be constructed upon the work of others (whether the others are willing or otherwise). And yet there are such people, known people -- here in the Washington area and beyond -- including, to be fair, both Christians and non-Christians.
It's all part of the deception that occurs all too routinely in "authorship," "worldview thinking," column-"writing," radio "commentary," and all the rest.
What, you think these folks so often marked by a culture that doesn't have time to read legislation before they vote somehow have time, energy, and space to write books, columns, etc., etc?
And yet, if these "gods" are to maintain the pretense of having the necessary smarts to save the world from their Washington offices or Washington "ministries," they must create and maintain an image of genius, compassion, humility, "spirituality," and so on.
Hence the necessity of the unseen people doing unseen work, often well-compensated, down in the basement or on contract out in the hinterlands somewhere. Hence ghosted work is parlayed into speeches, retreaded into devotionals, sublimated into training programs, and upgraded in the latest greatest book "written" by Mister Big. And it all goes on the website (bio: "author of 34 books!"), as a humble service for the readers (i.e., potential donors), of course.
If you wonder why secularists laugh at and scorn Christians in Washington, it's partly because the veterans know the score, know the pretense, and are more than happy for ammunition handed to them by which to ridicule, distract, and attack. This pretense, these phonies, and these pretenders hurt many people.
Fundraising machines fueled by Big Names created by PR teams, researchers, and ghostwriters are no way to redeem the culture, folks.
Especially if out of the other side of his mouth Mr. Worldview Expert is telling sinners they need to shape up and accept He who is the Truth. A corrupt political culture is downstream from many things, including a corrupt, secularized, Madison Avenue "Christian" culture.
Fortunately, we can do better and have models available in the likes of a C.S. Lewis and a Francis Schaeffer who demonstrate the authenticity, efficacy, and spirituality of real work by real people.
Until the pretender model of "ministry" is cast aside -- and truth is practiced and not just preached -- it is difficult to see how the God of Truth can bless those who dissemble even while proclaiming on street corners that they move forward under his banner. Claiming the blessing of God -- and having the blessing of God -- are, of course, two different things.
For more on this, you might consult chapter 13 ("Substantial Healing in the Church") of True Sprituality by Francis Schaeffer and chapter 13 ("True Spirituality and Christian Worldview") of Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey.
"During the first nine months of his Presidency," writes David Catron at American Spectator, Barack Obama has accomplished the seemingly impossible: he has proven that a politician can be even less trustworthy than Bill Clinton."
The broken promises of the latter were relatively conventional by Democrat standards.
Clinton ran on a middle class tax cut, for example, and promptly raised taxes. Dishonest, of course, but not terribly surprising.
Obama's policy pirouettes, however, have taken us to an entirely new level of presidential perfidy.
The man has reversed himself on virtually every position he espoused during last year's campaign.
And nowhere have these reversals been more brazen than in the case of health care. On a host of reform issues, including insurance mandates, taxing health benefits and patient choice,
Obama has demonstrated that his campaign rhetoric was utterly disingenuous.
Read the entire article.
"The federal government has suspended door-to-door interviews in the area where a U.S. census worker was found hanged from a tree in rural Kentucky," writes Sarah Netter at ABCNews.
"The FBI is investigating whether Bill Sparkman, 51, was the victim of anti-government sentiment. His body was found near a cemetery in Clay County Sept. 12 with the letters 'Fed' scrawled in his chest," says Netter.
"The only problem with this theory," writes CY, is "lack of evidence, lack of evience, and lack of evidence."
CY suspects "that when they do find a motive, it will have very little to do with politics and quite a bit to do with him stumbling across marijuana farming, meth labs, or moonshining."
That seems fair enough. We await further investigation.
Meanwhile, let us not glide too quickly over the phrase "anti-government sentiment."
Millions of Americans today are pro-liberty, pro-Constitution, pro-Bill of Rights, and pro-Declaration of Independence. They stand at the strategic center of what makes America America.
Theirs is a "yes" that is about respecting choice, self-determination, freedom, and dignity.
But this is also a "no." Not a "no" to "government," but a "no" to tyranny. The "sentiment" is anti-slavery, not anti-government.
As our Founders understood, there is a difference between self-government in community with a Creator who endows all of us with "certain unalienable rights," as opposed to oppressive government that imposes a train of un-Constitutional abuses from an increasingly alien and inhumane establishment whose political headquarters are located in Washington, D.C.
Protect life, protect freedom. Love of neighbor in community with our Creator challenges each of us to do both. Evil-doers and slave-masters may not like it, but let love and justice roll down anyway.
"A recent British report calls for the government takeover of home schooling," reports OneNewsNow.
"The report was released in June 2009 by Graham Badman, who was commissioned to conduct the report by the Children's Secretary of Britain -- England's version of the U.S. Department of Education. Michael Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), says the report is bad news for Britain."
Read the story from OneNewsNow.
According to Jonathan Cheng and Alex Frangos, writing in the Wall Street Journal, Palin
. . . described her political philosophy as a "common-sense conservatism," and said the free-market policies of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher should be guides for how to get out of the current economic situation. "Liberalism holds that there is no human problem that government can't fix if only the right people are put in charge," she said.
This is well and good, no doubt. And yet friends of freedom must ask: If the Cheng and Frangos description of the speech is fair, is Sarah Palin meeting the challenge of tyranny at the crucial point when she describes her political philosophy as "common-sense conservatism"?
Please correct me if I am wrong, but is not the American Founding rather uncommon sense? That is to say, does not that Founding take on rather specific and uncommon content in the Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights?
Thinking of this primarily in the political realm, how can America be refounded, reliberated, and rehumanized without an advance clearly rooted and clearly articulated in terms of the Founders' amazing emancipatory vision, with specific content regarding unalienable rights endowed by our Creator, and so on?
A "common-sense conservatism" consistent with the views of a Reagan clearly is an important step in the right direction. It is a move forward toward the philosophical universe inhabited by the Founders but despised by the likes of Obama, the modern Democratic Party, and elements within the GOP.
And yet one senses that America must purposefully move much closer to her electrifying philosophical home, as it were, if we the people are to throw off the shackles of the Washington establishment and recover that unique balance of governmental form and individual freedom so strategically and revolutionarily advanced by the Founding generation.
We await a transcript of Palin's remarks. Meanwhile, here's one cheer for her willingness to take the heat in attempting to advance the cause of freedom, and another cheer for moving toward the philosophic center of the American experiment. A third cheer awaits a clear, consistent, and practiced emphasis on the Founders' vision and the worldview upon which they and human liberty stand.
* Here are excerpts from her speech in Hong Kong.
Despite alarm bells from the usual reliable sources, Robert Stacy McCain over at American Spectator seems alarmingly unalarmed that this fellow Glenn Beck at Fox remains out and about. Unsupervised, apparently.
Grassroots conservative enthusiasm notwithstanding, the talk-radio host and Fox News personality is under attack this week, with the liberal establishment's favorite weapon, a Time magazine cover: "Mad Man: Glenn Beck and the angry style of American politics." This continues a long tradition of weekly newsmagazine covers demonizing conservative figures like Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich.
Read here to get to the bottom of this apparent lack of concern vis-a-vis Mr. Beck.
"Obama science czar John Holdren stated in a college textbook he co-authored that in conditions of emergency, compulsory abortion would be sustainable under the U.S. Constitution, even with Supreme Court review," reports WorldNetDaily.
Sure. That's what the Founders had in mind. Liberate themselves and their posterity from tryanny so that pregnant women could impose the act of ultimate tyranny upon preborn American citizens endowed by their Creator with "certain unalienable rights."
This overreach, this abuse of the Constitution, this kind of inhumanity imposed upon the American people is one of the reasons for rising resistance to Obama. (Along with the "racism," of course.)
"Today's colleges can make MSNBC seem fair and balanced and give the term 'clinical depression' a sunny and joyful flavor," writes Matt Spivey at American Thinker.
"It's no wonder so many prominent liberal intellectuals are angry, begrudging, and gloomy. They imbibe four to ten years of it during their college studies. And their brethren in the media give them a consistent platform for their gloom."
Brent Baker writes at Newsbusters:
David Letterman, who still regularly ridicules former President George W. Bush -- and has even accused him of committing “war crimes” and lacking “humanity” -- didn't hide his affinity for Barack Obama during his Monday night Late Show interview of the President, while remaining unable to contain his disgust for Bush.
“I can't tell you how satisfying it is to watch you work,” a beaming Letterman gushed to Obama at the conclusion of the program.
In a 9/12 world, the New York Times finds itself on the wrong side of facts, history, and, what else? . . . Oh, journalism.
Or as Ralph R. Reiland at AmSpec puts it, quoting Investor's Business Daily: "When Americans have to turn to the foreign press for truthful reports of the size of popular protests in Washington, it's time to wonder: Are we dominated by 'state-run media'?"
What is it about a California-based Christian evangelist from New Zealand that makes him irresistible to even the most sophisticated secularist?
"You sir, are a fool who could not lie straight in bed. It is beneath me to even address you," wrote an online respondent to Ray Comfort's weblog Friday, "but I was passing by and saw this tripe, I could not constrain myself."
The lively interaction on his Atheist Central blog with scores of atheists and agnostics of all kinds -- from young students to decorated scientists -- has given Comfort unusual insight into the skeptical mind and led him to conclude atheism rests on a remarkably illogical and unscientific premise that became the title of his latest book, "Nothing Created Everything."
"I found over the last year, when I said an atheist is someone who believes nothing created everything, they go berserk and say, 'We don't believe that,'" said Comfort, co-host of "The Way of the Master" television show with actor Kirk Cameron and the head of Bellflower, Calif.-based Living Waters ministry.
Read the entire article.
"House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday that the health-care plan that President Barack Obama is pushing in Congress is now dead and will not pass," reports Terry Jeffrey at CNSNews.com.
Questions to consider:
1) How can Americans be sure the un-Constitutional attempt by Democrats to overhaul healthcare truly is dead? Where is the stake in the heart?
2) Why does this death, or lack thereof, imply for the attempted secular-socialist Big government assault on liberty in America? Where are we now in the struggle to "refound" the American experiment in human freedom and dignity?
Just a few minutes ago, a live Fox News "Studio B" report from the "Values Voters Summit" in Washington, D.C., was interrupted by an elderly gentleman asking the reporter to cease and desist.
In this age of a collaborationist press, Fox News should be commended for its record of fair and balanced reporting and for its practice of allowing commentary and analysis by representatives from a diversity of political views.
Many Americans not in attendance would perhaps like to get a live report from the Values Summit proceedings, myself among them.
While one appreciates that elderly gentleman's spunk, let's hope they wise up at the Values Voters Summit.
Here's a link for a webcast of the conference. Who knows -- perhaps the Fox report would have made that information available to its viewers.
The Facebook page of the former governor of Alaska shows 875,009 supporters as of 1:23 pm eastern standard time.
What does this mean?
It means millions of Americans are looking for answers to how to refound (hat tip: Glenn Beck) the American experiment in Constitutional liberty over against Washington tyranny.
And it means millions of Americans are looking outside of Washington for solutions.
On both accounts: Well done.
The resurgence of a humane and dignified liberty -- rooted in a Creator (and not the secular state) who endows the rights -- is just getting started. But, again, well done thus far.
"While ACORN remains riddled in scandal, lawmakers have voted to cut off federal funding to the group, the U.S. Census Bureau has severed ties to the organization -- and the White House has blasted its behavior as 'unnacceptable'," reports WorldNetDaily.
"But just how extensive are President Obama's personal ties to ACORN?"
Go here for a timeline that may not appear at the website of the White House, MSNBC, or other unapproved media outlets.
If a thug with a knife or gun tries to get you inside his car, don't.
Speak up, speak out, resist.
If a politician with a podium tries to get you inside his tyranny, don't.
Speak up, speak out, resist.
Resistance is exactly what power-grubbers -- thief, thug, or politician -- do not want to see or hear. It's inefficient. It's inconvenient. A distraction. And it may well call attention to malappropriate designs.
Those malappropriate designs may be directed at your beautiful bride. Or they may be directed at the Creator's beautiful gift of freedom. The humane and loving person resists.
"A great many Americans -- a majority, according to recent polls -- are just plain fed up with the direction in which the Obama administration, and its liberal-Dem majority supporters in Congress, are trying to shove this nation," writes Richard N. Weltz at American Thinker.
"But don't speak up or speak out if you are among them," Weltz continues.
"According to former president Jimmy Carter, that makes you a racist. According to current harridan Nancy Pelosi, that makes you an inciter to violence."
Indeed. There's something about socialist, big government tyranny -- red or yellow, black or white -- that does not quite sit well with those who remember something about freedom under God, about a Declaration of inalienable rights, and about a Constitution designed to keep tyranny chained.
"Racist!" is a way of shutting you up and getting you inside the car.
"Violence!" is a way of shutting you up and getting you inside the System.
Resistance, however, is a way of not qoing quietly into the night of tyranny.
Rebelling against the knife, the gun, the thug, and the power-monger is a way to protect yourself, your bride, your God-given freedom.
We your neighors hear you. We hear your voice. Our eyes turn toward you. We see your face. We resist with you.
Thug, put down your knife. We would like to talk.
Thug, put down your gun. We would like to discuss.
You may shout. You may scream. You may warn. You may threaten. Eyes may moisten.
But we resist your tearful tyranny. We know the teeth are not far away.
The United States already allows an abortion barbarism that imposes death and destruction upon millions of preborn human beings.
Meanwhile, this in from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: "I have concerns about some of the language that is being used . . ."
Here she is on video.
* For additional discussion, see these comments at Facebook.
Hat tip: Drudge Report
"Oprah Winfrey's reign as chat show queen may be coming to an end," says the UK Telegraph.
OK. But how about an alternative?
Try this for a little broadcast rebellion: A humane, pro-liberty entertainment hour of guests, talk, etc., that understands the content and norms of Declaration freedom over against the closed-down liberal state oppression.
There might be one or two stories out there -- maybe even hundreds and thousands -- that interests the millions and millions of Americans who have had it with the Springeresque carnival and broadcast hegemony that passes for information and entertainment these days. (By the way, is that Springer thing even on anymore?)
Or is Hollywood too small-minded, too afraid, too weak for that kind of culture shock?
Hat tip: Big Hollywood
Bruce Walker pipes up at American Thinker:
The Silent Majority forty years ago was cowed, afraid, and ashamed.
Its members, the majority of good Americans, felt the sting of being called a racist, sexist, fascist, or whatever casual insult the Left sought to hurl.
The voices of conservative America now include many black Americans, huge numbers of women, lots of Jews, and more Hispanics.
These Americans have seen how the Left mistreats Clarence Thomas and Sarah Palin: they know that any bigotry that exists in American politics is primary on the left.
Human beings were created by God to take this life by the horns and live it to its fullest -- not as self-idolatrous, relativistic inhumane money-grubbers, power-grubbers, or community-organizing-grubbers -- but as free people endowed by our Creator with "certain unalienable rights," to the great consternation of Big Government, Big Tyranny, and Big Secularism.
The rebels of the resistance under our true Creator -- which is not the State or the impersonal, heartless cosmos -- are finding their voice again. That's good for us. Bad for the Statists.
The freedom that chooses love condemns all pretend messiahs.
No self-respecting, free-thinking, rebellious human being created in the image of God and endowed by our Creator with "certain unalienable rights" should fall for such nonsense.
Andrew Cline helps explain why at American Spectator.
For a higher view of the person as a human being called by our Creator to sales resistance and to questioning all things on the basis of the evidence, see "Christmas Spirit in the Dirt."
Julia Duin writes at the Washington Times:
I still remember the first time I saw Frank Schaeffer, then known in the evangelical Christian world as "Franky," the son of revered scholar Francis Schaeffer.
It was 1983, and Franky, then 31, was giving a rousing speech about laying down one's life in defense of the unborn to pro-lifers gathered at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Twenty-six years later, Mr. Schaeffer, 57 -- who changed his moniker to 'Frank' around the time his 1992 autobiographical novel "Portofino" was published -- is unrecognizable. He is now Greek Orthodox, although contrary to the position of his church, he believes abortion should be legal. He does call for the repeal of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, on the grounds that it launched an intractable culture war.
His invective against his former allies has puzzled the evangelical world. The coup de grace was his 2007 book "Crazy for God," where he dumped a load of dirt on his father and Edith Schaeffer, his 90-something-year-old mother, by asserting the couple's world-famous Christian retreat, L'Abri, was a con job.
Pete Winn reports from CNSNews.com:
Rush Limbaugh, who calls himself the man the mainstream media "love to hate," would have created a stir last week -- if the media had actually taken notice.
Arbitron's "Portable People Meter" (PPM) ratings for August show that Limbaugh experienced record ratings in a number of major American radio markets.
According to broadcasting industry analyst Brian Maloney, Limbaugh had "blockbuster success" in some key cities, including Los Angeles -- home to the number one radio station in the country.
But why the huge uptick? Winn quotes Maloney:
There’s no question that the raging debate over Obamacare has many more listeners turning to Rush for answers and support -- and everything they’ve turned to Rush for, for so many years, but in far greater numbers than ever before.
Here's the entire report from CNSNews.
Lloyd Marcus, a human being with black skin pigmentation who was also a member of the Tea Party Express, writes:
I traveled on the Tea Party Express tour bus as a singer/songwriter, entertainer and spokesperson; 16 states, 34 rallies in two weeks. I experienced vicious racial verbal attacks, not from the tea party protesters. The racial hate expressed against me all came from the left, people who support President Obama's [sic] radial socialist agenda.
By the way, this article contains one of my favorite hand-made poster signs: "Lloyd Marcus for President."
Matthew Vadum writes at American Spectator:
America's worst living ex-president, Jimmy Carter, says that Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-S.C.) overhyped-to-the-endth degree "you lie" outburst during the Dear Leader's recent address to Congress, was "based on racism."
My sense is that, unfortunately for Mr. Carter, very few open-minded free-thinking Americans regard his utterances with any kind of weight.
Also, I am aware of no evidence to back up his accusation that an "overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man."
I am aware that Mr. Obama was elected president by the people of this nation whom Mr. Carter now accuses.
I am also aware that it may be possible that opposition to Mr. Obama's policies may have something to do with the un-Constitutional content of those policies and not with the color of his skin.
The possibility of a non-race-based approach to people and ideas may offend members of the KKK and others. Alas.
We respect our elders, and Mr. Carter appears to hold his view with sincerity. But even if sincere, Mr. Carter is sadly and predictably wrong.
It is unfortunate to see a grown man publicly embarrass himself in this way.
Of these two choices, what's the greater threat to Americans today -- An out of control un-Constitutional Congress and White House, or a healthcare system that needs improvement but which is still the envy of the world?
"Two black juvenile suspects are in custody after they allegedly beat a white student on a bus heading to Belleville West, police and school officials said," according to the Belleville News-Democrat.
"We don't tolerate it," said Bob Dahm, the principal of Belleville West. Concerned parents can contact Mr. Dahm at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org (available on the school website).
Hat tip: Drudge Report
How to Have a Race War
George Will explains why "an increasing number of Americans do not believe that [Obama] believes what he says."
"An immigration enforcement organization is calling on President Barack Obama to publicly apologize to Congress, the media, and the entire nation for lying about illegal immigrants not having access to healthcare reform benefits," reports OneNewsNow.
Connie Hair writes at Human Events:
In a move dripping hypocrisy, Democrats in the House are poised to introduce a floor resolution today to condemn Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) for his outburst during the President’s health care speech to a joint session of Congress last week.
Read the entire article.
As the massive protest last Saturday in Washington, D.C., indicates, millions of Americans are reawakening to the calling to take seriously their stewardship of freedom, their stewardship of hard-earned livelihoods, and their stewardship of a nation that challenges history because we and our Forefathers respect the Creator's information on how to found a nation of liberty under God.
Now comes a rather dysfunctional, simplistic, blame-Americans-first counterattack: Racism, racism, racism, racism, and oh by the way, racism. Please.
"Racism" is just another word for nothing else to say.
It's a scare word employed not to communicate but to silence.
It's the reactionary recourse of minds that are empty, power that is threatened, and fear that is palpable.
It's the watchword of dysfunctional demagogues. The voice of impaired ideology. The vein-popping snarl of barking, firehose tyranny.
Those capable of shame will be ashamed of this tactic and flush it down the political toilet. Those not will continue to stink their own house and pollute the community. A course in political-cultural hygiene may be in order.
The rest of us will question authority, maintain a necessary critical distance, evaluate political propositions, and call for a revival of public service on the basis of those Constitutional-Declarational norms and content that form the rulebook of human freedom and dignity.
That's progress. That's human. That's America.
9/12 a Transformative Event
It becomes increasingly clear with each passing day that the establishment press has lost its way.
The 9/12 press "coverage" is another case in point, as Joseph Farah notes at WorldNetDaily:
Why are the major news media, which are supposed to serve as a watchdog on government waste, fraud, abuse and corruption complicit in those things and betraying their mission to maintain a free and open society based on the principle of self-governance?
As an American, I'm proud of the hundreds of thousands of my fellow citizens for getting off their duffs and protesting their government's shameful power grabs. As a journalist, I am grieving at my industry's pro-government, anti-liberty bias.
If, as we should, one defines "mainstream" and "exremism" by Constitutional and Declarational standards, it seems clear that the so-called mainstream press of today is far outside -- and even against -- the liberating and humane framework of thought, government, and political life set forth by our Founding Vision.
This alienation suggests a betrayal of their role as journalists and of their identity as human beings.
Out of touch with their calling and their Creator who alone gives "unalienable rights," it is no wonder they are out of touch with an America who remembers who she is and where we came from.
Where are the reporters who have eyes to see? 9/12 is a day of revolt founded in remembrance.
Read the entire column by Joseph Farah.
Whether one is talking tens or hundreds of thousands or a million, the 9/12 event is Washington, D.C., is a people's broadside of liberty across the bow of the un-Constitutional, Creator-denying federal-centric tyranny headquartered and dysfunctionally defended in the National Swamp.
"Sometimes an event occurs which is transformative in a way that everyone who sees it or participates in it instantly is aware of," writes Clarice Feldman at American Thinker. "Yesterday's demonstration was in Washington DC is one of those rare happenings in my opinion."
And, by the way, don't miss the Sarah Palin factor. As Rosslyn Smith, also writing at American Thinker, notes:
The political class often operates on the assumption that only those people who constantly tell other how smart they are actually are have brains. That if you don't relish life in the artificial confines of the District of Columbia and haven't come by to kiss their rings, you therefore must be lacking in the skills needed to govern.
Last year a young Governor who had been more concerned with raising her family than polishing her resume with the right schools and the right career path let the political class know that she was not in the least impressed with their inside the beltway criteria for leadership.
On Saturday a whole lot of people just like her showed up on their own time and their own dime to say it is time to end business as usual in the fetid, corrupt swamp that is Washington, DC.
Read Clarice Feldman and Rosslyn Smith at American Thinker.
Here is Mark Levin, from Thursday's show:
Our country is under attack from the court rooms to the editorial pages of this country, and we are supposed to be upset about what Congressman Joe Wilson shouted? Especially when he said the truth?
Here are recap and show notes for September 10.
Mark J. Fitzgibbons at American Thinker gets to the point:
In his September 9 address to Congress and the nation on health insurance, President Obama said that under his plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance.
There is no clause in Article I of the Constitution authorizing Congress to craft legislation forcing individuals to purchase insurance.
Fitzgibbons concludes, "Mr. Obama's proposal not only deprives us of a freedom to use our money as we best deem fit, and is therefore authoritarian, but it is unconstitutional as well."
Barack Obama may not be aware of this tragic inconsistency. Or he may not care.
In any case, those who care about Constitutional government and the preservation of liberty upon this planet cannot afford to let this abuse stand.
I, J. Richard Pearcey, agree with President Barack H. Obama.
He vows that he is "not the first president to take up" the cause of universal healthcare, but that he is "determined to be the last."
Mr. Obama, I accept your proposal: You should be the last president to try to pass nationalized healthcare.
Furthermore, I agree with free-thinkers everywhere that no present or future president who favors liberty over tyranny should ever again seek to impose such a regressive, unhealthy, and un-Constitutional program upon the American people.
"MSNBC commentators voiced support for President Obama’s speech and his health care plan shortly after the speech ended," reports Newsmax.
A few quotes:
* Keith Olbermann: "A touch of greatness."
* Rachel Maddow: "He's bringing a lot of ideas from across the political spectrum."
* Howard Fineman: "Good job of making the case."
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"The estate of fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien has reached a settlement with the studio behind the Lord of the Rings movies after alleging it had not received 'even one penny' of royalties from the trilogy of money-spinning films, officials said on Tuesday," according to an AFP story in the Sydney Morning Herald.
"The legal dispute had threatened to disrupt production of The Hobbit, the eagerly anticipated prequel to the Lord of the Rings which is due to begin filming in 2010," reports AFP.
"Just one day after President Obama plans tries to recapture the initiative in the health-care debate debate with a speech to a joint session of Congress, thousands of taxpayers plan to storm Washington, D.C., in a three-day event to take their fight against excessive spending, bailouts, growth of big government and soaring deficits to the front door of the U.S. Capitol," reports WorldNetDaily.
"In a major movement unaffiliated with -- but inspired by -- Fox News' Glenn Beck's 9-12 Project, called the National Taxpayer Protest, thousands of Americans are answering the call and traveling to make their voices heard at Capitol Hill," reports WND. "Sept. 10 marks the kickoff of the three-day march on Washington."
According to Darla Dawald of Grassfire/ResistNet, a group that has helped organize the protest, "Our mission is to present a unified voice of concern over the current administration's policies regarding taxation, our economy, foreign and domestic policy, as well as our individual constitutional rights as American citizens."
Read the news story from WorldNetDaily.
This is not an endorsement, but speaking theoretically, one of the reasons the United States would be better off with a Sarah Palin as president rather than a Barack Obama is that she operates within thought-forms closer to the mission statement and vision statement of our country -- as defined by the Declaration of Independence and as safeguarded by a form of government consistent with the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Now comes the Palin op-ed that appears in yesterday's Wall Street Journal. The op-ed makes several points worthy of discussion. For example, "that the Democrats' proposals would still empower unelected bureaucrats to make decisions affecting life or death health-care matters."
That's good, and the op-ed is a worthy read. But does it miss a crucial point, perhaps the crucial point?
Consider how the former governor of Alaska defines "real health-care reform." She says it is "market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven."
Attractive as this sounds, my friends, I am not so sure. Yes. Big federal-centric government is a devastating problem -- but, at the heart of the matter, on what grounds?
At its strategic core, it seems to me, for those who appreciate something of the historic and principial struggle between liberty and tyranny, real healthcare reform is primarily Constitution-oriented and Declaration-oriented.
Is this not more to the point?
The weakness of the merely "market-oriented," etc., formulation is that it leaves untouched the socialist big government premise that the ever-expanding and mutating federal empire somehow has the Constitutional authority to impose its freedom-limiting will on American healthcare in the first place.
An additional weakness is that it offers a tactical answer to a strategic challenge, an approach that seems ill-suited to win the battle for freedom, much less healthcare. Moreover, it offers solutions that belong to realms beyond the calling of government, especially the federal government.
Far better to get government out of the way of markets, so that ethical people can creatively make their living and provide for their families. Far better to get government out of the doctor's office, so that health is not subject to political calculations and the aspirations of rogue politicians. Far better to see results driven by success, health, and humanity.
But perhaps I err. In that case, if someone would like to make the Constitutional argument for socialized medicine, please step forward. In the process, please note that Democrat Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia has already admitted that "there is 'no place in the Constitution' that mentions health care."
What seems to disturb -- and rightly so -- so many of the Tea Party people is that too many members of both the Democratic and Republican Parties seem not to appreciate the Constitutional crisis at the heart of not just the healthcare debate but so many other issues across the board in American life and political thought today.
My conviction is that there is hope for freedom in America.
A free and dignified people -- who have "read the directions" and who understand they are created in the image of God and thereby endowed by our Creator with "certain unalienable rights" -- do not willingly sell the soul of liberty in exchange for state-controlled hospitals or equalized medical outcomes as rationed by socialists, calculating politicians in Congress, "helpful" federal bureaucrats pulling strings from Washington, or greedy power-grubbers in general.
This is why we begin to resist that growing train of abuses conceived and enacted against our will and against the content and spirit of the Founding vision. We welcome the arrival of public servants who know precisely where to drive the stake.
But is revolution, even violent revolution, Constitutional?
Molotov Mitchell goes "on the record."
From the Rush Limbaugh radio show:
What we have here first up is a conference call between the editorial page's Kerry Picket at the Washington Times, and the spokesman for the National Endowment for the Arts, Yosi Sergant. And the conversation here is about a conference call in which the NEA tried to recruit artists to push the Obama agenda.
George Will: NEW Pro-Obama Calls Likely Broke Laws -- Video
Official Dishonesty From National Endowment for the Arts
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Fireproof: Reel Rebel Upsets Tinseltown Stereotypes
David G. Muller, Jr., argues for a rethink of 20th Century assumptions regarding the left-to-right political spectrum.
"The mental framing device of a political spectrum is not a bad idea in itself. There are indeed relationships among tyranny, liberalism, conservatism, and other political phenomena that lend themselves to depiction on a spectrum. But," he says, "the spectrum must reflect reality."
David Welch, founder of the U.S. Pastor Council, says there's far more at work today in Obama's talk to kids in schools than a simple speech to kids in schools.
That's what the Hollywood director said in Venice, in town at the big film festival to promote his new documentary about Chavez.
"The director has come from making the movie convinced that Mr Chavez does not deserve the description of 'dictator,' despite having survived a coup and having stayed in power for a decade," reports the BBC.
By the way, in a "surprise" visit, Chavez was in Venice too, where he "has been walking the red carpet."
Don't miss the BBC video of a smiling Stone and waving Chavez as together they parade the red carpet in triumphant solidarity.
Neil Braithwaite takes a look at American Thinker:
When Barack Obama told a Missouri crowd last November, "We are five days from fundamentally changing the United States of America," he meant exactly what he said and had a plan to do just that.
What is so striking about that statement is that in order to "fundamentally change" America, Obama will have to destroy the foundation laid by the founding fathers and replace it with one that serves his socialist ideology.
Below is the complete text of remarks President Obama is slated to deliver tomorrow to the schoolchildren of America. Released by the White House.
Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Back to School Event
September 8, 2009
The President: Hello everyone -- how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I’m glad you all could join us today.
I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it’s your first day in a new school, so it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you’re in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could’ve stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.
I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday -- at 4:30 in the morning.
Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, "This is no picnic for me either, buster."
So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I’m here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I’m here because I want to talk with you about your education and what’s expected of all of you in this new school year.
Now I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked a lot about responsibility.
I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.
I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.
I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.
But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world -- and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.
And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.
Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.
Maybe you could be a good writer -- maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper -- but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor -- maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine -- but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.
And no matter what you want to do with your life -- I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.
And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.
You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.
We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that -- if you quit on school -- you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.
Now I know it’s not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.
I get it. I know what that’s like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in.
So I wasn’t always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I’m not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse.
But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn’t have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.
Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don’t have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there’s not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don’t feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren’t right.
But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life -- what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home -- that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying.
Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.
That’s what young people like you are doing every day, all across America.
Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn’t speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.
I’m thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who’s fought brain cancer since he was three. He’s endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer -- hundreds of extra hours -- to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and he’s headed to college this fall.
And then there’s Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods, she managed to get a job at a local health center; start a program to keep young people out of gangs; and she’s on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.
Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell aren’t any different from any of you. They faced challenges in their lives just like you do. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same.
That’s why today, I’m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education -- and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you’ll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you’ll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you’ll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope you’ll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don’t feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.
Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.
I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work -- that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you’re not going to be any of those things.
But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject you study. You won’t click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.
That’s OK. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, "I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
These people succeeded because they understand that you can’t let your failures define you -- you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.
No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. It’s the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust -- a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor -- and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.
And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you - don’t ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.
The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.
It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.
So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?
Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I’m working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you’ve got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don’t let us down -- don’t let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.
Hat tip: Fox News
"During a town hall meeting at the Fredericksburg Expo Center, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) said [to a high school teacher] there is 'no place in the Constitution' that mentions health care or education, or even gives individuals the right to own a telephone," reports CNSNews.com.
"Warner also indicated that the high school government teacher was perhaps suggesting that government-run Medicare and Medicaid should be dissolved," says CNSNews.
Then, quoting Warner, this:
So I take, I take by your question, I take by your question , I take by your question that you would get rid of Medicare and Medicaid? . . . Or would you, are you, let me make sure I understand, you’re advocating doing away with Medicare, right? Because that’s a government program. I just want to make clear that you are suggesting doing away with Medicare.
This smacks of scare tactics. This is a senator trying to scare people into accepting un-Constitutional tyranny because some in America have gotten used to some of the benefits of big government -- benefits which clearly are temporary (watch what happens when the money runs out) and bait for tyranny (watch what happens when all matters of health are subject to government rationing, bureaucratic impositions, and political calculations).
The senator seems to suggest that America is too far down the path of Big Government to correct course and push instead for positive change based on Constitutional content and Declarational norms.
But he is wrong. We are human beings created in the image of God and endowed by our Creator with "certain unalienable rights." We are not locked inside or limited by the machine, the system, the establishment, or the confines of any federal closet.
Here are three additional points:
First, two wrongs do not make a right. And 138 Constitutional wrongs do not make a right, either. Just because America made a wrong turn years ago, it does not follow that we cannot retrace our steps, locate the proper direction, and get back on track. That is, if the destination is freedom, and our cause is that of liberty.
Second, real reform means addressing the challenge at the crucial point -- and the crucial point governmentally is the abandonment of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence by political elites headquartered in Washington, D.C. The status quo of an imposed federal hegemony is unacceptable.
The issue is not: We can have healthcare reform "if it is paid for," for that opens the door to any kind of federal encroachment as long as the money is there (or can be made to appear to be there).
Understand: For tyrants or pretend "messiahs" who want total control, no price is too high to achieve their goals. But for those who prefer neither black or white, red or yellow at the slave auction, no price is worth it to sell our liberty, forfeit our souls, and abuse our posterity.
Third, the senator misses a more germaine question, for those who prefer a humane and dignified liberty over an inhumane and belittling tyranny, namely:
A) Are Americans better off with healthcare overhauled and run by politicians? Or
B) Are Americans better off with politicians and government overhauled by the norms and content of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights?
Our Founding Fathers chose the path of liberty. Their children know what to do.
We Americans have seen this before. We have seen the smiling faces, but also the sharp teeth.
We have refused the bait and faced down tyranny before. And with a "firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence," we can do so again.
Breitbart TV has the video.
Meanwhile: Are there any rebellious, freethinking, anti-status-quo, anti-Establishment, anti-System, Bourgeoisie-and-"The System"-decrying "Rage against the Machine"-challenging artists out there willing to address the question of state-sponsored propaganda masquerading as "art"?
Hat tip: Big Hollywood
"America is in need of a new 'Great Awakening' -- an awakening that some Christian leaders say can only come about if Christians get on their knees," reports CNSNews.com.
That's the view of Rev. William Wilson, who is executive director of the International Center for Spiritual Renewal (ICSR), quoted by CNSNews:
America right now is facing great complexities. We have a financial struggle that we’re in, we’re facing health-care issues that have us scratching our heads. Our place in the world has shifted. We’re a nation that really needs help from beyond ourselves. We feel like God is the help.
ICSR is a member of the Awakening America Alliance, which CNSNews reports is sponsoring "Cry Out America," a September 11 event challenging thousands to "gather at noon [Friday] at county courthouses across the nation in repentance, to pray for the lost, to cry out for God to send another 'Great Awakening.'"
While free-thinking Americans watch, pray, and rebuild, here are three resources we think provide timely and essential content for national renewal:
* Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, by Mark Levin
* A Christian Manifesto (DVD), by Francis Schaeffer
* Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity, by Nancy Pearcey
"More than 1,000 people combined turned out to hear Broun speak mostly on the topic of health care at town hall meetings Wednesday in Madison and Greene County," says the Banner-Herald.
Hat tip: Drudge Report
The "Water Cooler" over at the Washington Times has been hearing things:
The Washington Times Water Cooler reported that we contacted the National Endowment for the Arts's (NEA) Yosi Sergant about an August 10th conference call invitation sent out to artists and other creative influence peddlers.
When asked if the NEA sent the invitation, Mr. Sergant denied the NEA had sent the invitations to any participants for the conference call and refused to send the Washington Times a copy of the invite. AUDIO
More at Water Cooler . . .
Hat tip: Big Hollywood
Arthur Robinson, Ph.D., has written an excellent column, published at WorldNetDaily:
In the 18th century . . . . [w]hile most of the nations of the world chose to continue on various roads to oppression -- roads that led to socialism, fascism, Marxism, dictatorship and other forms of tyranny, the American people chose individual human freedom.
Now, America has retraced her steps to that fateful intersection. Now, she is poised to travel the road of slavery and tyranny. Now, those who still understand her greatness must prevent this. They must turn America back to the road of freedom. . . . [emphasis added]
Both Barack Obama and his press secretary have actually responded to questions about the rightness and constitutionality of certain actions they are taking with the simple -- in your face, I will not discuss it further -- words, "We won!" They consider themselves all-powerful because Mr. Obama received 53 percent of the vote in a national election and because his Democratic Party received majority votes in the majority of the congressional elections. They claim that, therefore, they can do anything they wish to the American people. . . .
This tyranny must be stopped -- soon -- by peaceful means! The alternative is chilling! The Declaration of Independence goes on to say, "That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it."
The necessary exercise of this further right of the people by force in the 1700s resulted in much suffering and death. Its exercise today, with modern technology, would be far, far worse.
Read the entire column by Arthur Robinson.
"President Barack Obama's plans for a televised back-to-school address to students next week are drawing fire from some conservatives, who say he's just trying to indoctrinate them to his political beliefs," writes Nia-Malika Henderson at Politico.
Yesterday on Facebook I wrote:
An event like Obama's presumptive, disrespectful in-your-face "these kids are my kids" speech to the public schools (all for a good cause, of course) may well sufficiently raise the consciousness of parents to begin a mass exodus out of the gov't school thoughtcamps.
Educational authority resides in parents, not in the State. No cause is good enough to sell our souls, forfeit our obligations, or give our kids away to any president, state, or other pretender of the gods.
As the Declaration of Independence makes clear, the American experiment in liberty is about independence under God, not dependence on presidents, Washington regimes, or federally controlled thoughtcamps otherwise known as schools.
W. James Antle III writes at American Spectator:
There is plenty of nonsense in this Newsweek dissection of the "top 5 lies" in the health care debate, but this one takes the cake: "But when fear and loathing hijack the brain, anything becomes believable-even that health-care reform is unconstitutional. To disprove that, check the commerce clause: Article I, Section 8."
Umm, what in Article I, Section 8 gives the federal government anything like the powers contained in Obamacare?
On the crucial issue of the Constitutionality of government-controlled healthcare, here are three questions I raised recently at Sarah Palin's page on Facebook:
1) Where in the Constitution, as written, is healthcare enumerated as a legitimate exercise of the federal government?
2) Are the American people better off with healthcare under the control of the Washington establishment, or are they better off with the federal government under the Constitution (as written)?
3) Insofar as federal control of healthcare violates the U.S. Constitution, let us ask: Are the American people better off with -- or without -- the U.S. Constitution?
Read the rest of James Antle's post at American Spectator.
A newly released report by the Institute for Medicine and the National Research Council details strategies for local governments to combat what it calls an epidemic of childhood obesity, including enacting zoning and land-use regulations that would “restrict fast food establishments near school grounds and public playgrounds.”
On the other hand, try this: Constitutional limits on unhealthy government.
The crazy assumption being, of course, that a free and dignified people do not need tyrannical, micromanagerial government to save them from themselves.
But these sorts of reports, along with the threat of Obamacare, etc., suggest that free Americans may need to organize to protect their lives, families, and freedoms from an increasingly intrusive, overbearing, and anti-Constitutional hegemonic regime headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Are you a rebellious artist longing for transformational hope and change?
Well, note this: Barack Obama loves your creativity, and the National Endowment for the Arts has a wonderful plan for your work.
Go here for an insider's look at an NEA teleconference call encouraging artists to get their pro-Obama groove on.
As this video indicates, Pastor Stephen Broden appears to get it. Big time.
Here's the website of Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas.
If the Obamas have yet to settle on a church to attend, they might look carefully at this one.
We'll pay the gas and airfare.
Better yet, move the White House to Dallas. Get it out of occupied terrority.
On this 70th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland, it occurs to me that appeasement is a defensive tactic that can be applied with inhumane results not just externally abroad but also internally here at home.
What say we therefore stop appeasing tyranny out of Washington, D.C.?
What say we put a stop to the federal-centric invasions of our homes, businesses, churches, schools, and so many other sectors of society that operate properly and Constitutionally beyond the oversight of the power-grubers of Capitol Hill?
Let's show the home-grown totalitarians of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and big government the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. And then let's show them the door.
The head of a Virginia conservative group is asking Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell to clarify his stances on traditional values issues in light of his attempt to distance himself from a master's thesis he wrote for an evangelical Christian school 20 years ago.
Did McDonnell just lose the election?
The U.S. government was once the "God-friendliest goverment in the whole world," writes Joseph Farah. "But as Washington's power and reach grew well beyond its constitutional restrictions, something happened."
. . . U.S. President Barack Obama must lie, lie, and lie again, argues John Griffing in "The Prince of Lies" at American Thinker.
By the way, here are a couple of quotes from Griffing's article, attributed to Vladimir Lenin, who brought change to Russia:
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism.