A Republic, if you can keep it

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Did She Read The Bill?

It sounds to me like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) might have violated federal campaign finance laws that she played a part in passing.(Continue Reading) It kind of makes me wonder. How many times did she read the bill before she decided to vote in favor of it? It seems like all of our elected officials would have seen something like this coming in the future if they read and understood the bill before passing it into law. If I was going to get into a legal agreement with someone I'd read the contract a couple of times before I signed it. If one party wouldn't agree to sign without some changes I'd read the entire revised contract, not just the parts that were changed before signing. I feel the legislation our elected officials vote on is far more important than any contract I'll ever sign. Shouldn't they spend at least as much time reading the bills as I do reading a contract? The folks over at Downsize DC seem to think they should. They are looking for people that will take a little time to help them make our elected officials read every bill that comes before them before voting on it. I hope you will get involved in this worthwhile project.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to;
Downsize DC

Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Memorial Day Message From Aaron Zelman

I hope you will take the time to read this open letter to our Fathers and Grand-Fathers (Continue Reading) from Aaron Zelman of Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership. Aaron works daily to help save our Republic. Please make a Memorial Day stop at his site.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Question Of The Week, 5/25/08

Good morning. I hope all of you are having a Safe And Happy Memorial Day Weekend. Mine will not start until 23:00. I had a tough time deciding what the subject of this weeks question should be. I checked my e-mail and the news, no luck. Then it came to me, something I'd heard about earlier in the week. Some of our elected officials (members of congress) recently tried to attach an amnesty for illegal aliens provision to the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Iraq Supplemental Funding bill. That would have given one piece of legislation two subjects/topics. This weeks Question Of The Week is. Should our law makers (Members of congress) be allowed to attach a provision that has nothing to do with the subject of the bill to a piece of legislation?

I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Friday, May 23, 2008

RICHARD L. GOFORTH, 6th Div. S2/C, KIA 06/19/44

I want to wish everyone of you a Safe And Happy Memorial Day Weekend. I want to thank any of you that have ever served or are now serving in the United States Military.

I'm sure all of you know the meaning of Memorial Day. One of my Uncles, Richard Goforth was Killed In Action on June 19,1944 while serving on the USS South Dakota. The family of one of the ships crew members set up a site IN MEMORY OF THE USS SOUTH DAKOTA AND HER CREW. Thanks to the site I've gotten a chance to meet some of my Uncles crew mates. I never got the chance to meet him. His crew mates have made it seem like I really knew him. A photo of, RICHARD L. GOFORTH,6th Div. S2/C, KIA 06/19/44 can be found on page 3 of the photo pages. Rest In Peace Uncle Richard.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to;
Military .com
The Crew Of Thee USS South Dakota & Everyone involved with the site

Another Glaring Inconsistency Regarding The "War On Terror"

I did like Chuck Baldwins most recent column but I thought a part of it's text should have been the title, "Another glaring inconsistency regarding the "war on terror". (Continue Reading) In case you didn't know I do feel Mr. Baldwin is the best choice we have this presidential campaign season. Leaving your borders wide opened has always seemed like a foolish move to me, especially during a time of war. Chuck seems to feel that wide opened borders and a broken immigration policy is something to be concerned about. (Continue Reading) The other candidates are using the war for a campaign issue and ignoring the border. Do they feel that there is no way a potential terrorist could sneak into the country and carry out an an attack? I don't feel that we're any less likely to be attacked now than I did on September 10, 2001.Since the September 11, 2001 attacks I don't feel our elected officials have done much of anything to make it more possible for us to successfully protect ourselves from another attack.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to;
Chuck Baldwin Live
September 11 News .com

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Obama's Communist Ties

On May 15, 2008 G. Gordon Liddy interviewed Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy In Media. The subject of the interview was Obama's Communist ties. (Turn On Your Speakers) I'd suggest checking it out. I vaguely remember hearing something about the Communist Party saying they no longer put a lot of time and money into getting a candidate on the presidential ballot in the United States because the Democratic and Republican candidates had their platform covered.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to;
G. Gordon Liddy
Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy In Media

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Amnesty Assualt Returns!

I've received a couple of E-mails telling about the Senates latest underhanded way to force amnesty for illegal aliens on us today. (Continue Reading) Adding this amnesty amendment to the Iraq War supplemental spending bill is just about blackmail if you ask me. It's kind of like saying if you want your Sons and Daughters serving in Iraq to have the supplies/equipment they need to survive the war you have to except amnesty for illegal aliens. Please contact your senators and urge them to oppose the amnesty amendment.

This is not the first time our lawmakers have tried something like this. If a piece of legislation isn't able to pass on it's own merits our law makers shouldn't be allowed to ram it down our throats by attaching it to another piece of legislation. especially when the two pieces of legislation deal with completely different issues/subjects. The grass roots organization, Downsize DC is trying to get that practice stopped. (Continue Reading) I contacted my two senators to let them know how I felt about this one.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to;
The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
Downsize DC

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Question Of The Week, 5/18/08

Good morning. I read what I thought was an interesting article the other day. It was on Religion in China. We don't hear a lot about that on our nightly news, "The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is officially atheist, but it has been growing more tolerant of religious activity for the past twenty years." (Continue Reading) It seems that the Chinese Government has become so tolerant of religious activity that it's got the attention of United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, "In March, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recognized these efforts and removed China from the State Department's list of top human rights violators." I've read about religion in China in other publications, this is the first I'd heard of that. This weeks Question Of The Week is in two parts. Has the Chinese Communist Party really became more tolerant of religious activity? Did Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice make a mistake by removing China from the State Department's list of top human rights violators?

I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to;
Council On Foreign Relations

Friday, May 16, 2008

Whatever Happened To Immigration As A Presidential Campaign Issue?

I read a Wall Street Journal on-line article by, Jason Riley, (Keep the Immigrants, Deport the Multiculturalists) that questions the idea of immigration being an issue this presidential campaign season. Riley says he has "a theory, and it is that Americans are basically pro-immigrant but ambivalent about it." (Continue Reading) I kind of agree, I don't think the majority of us are against someone crossing all the t's and dotting all the i's to enter the country legally it's the illegal aliens we're opposed to.Riley goes on to say, "the issue seems to have faded, if not disappeared entirely." If the issue has disappeared it is because the main stream news media doesn't want to report on it or any candidate that campaigns on the issue. In a column titled,"If I Were President" Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party's Presidential Candidate says, "If I were President, I would immediately seal our borders. I would also see to it that employers in America who knowingly hire illegal aliens are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In plain language: any employer who consciously hires illegal aliens would go to jail. They would not pass Go; they would not collect $200; they would go straight to jail. By sealing the borders and by cutting off the money supply to illegal aliens, the problem of illegal immigration would dry up. As it is, we have no idea how many potential terrorists--not to mention violent gang members such as MS-13--have snuck (and are sneaking) through our borders. And speaking of illegal immigration, as President, I would enforce our visa rules. This means anyone who overstays their visa or otherwise violates U.S. law is immediately deported. There would be no "path to citizenship" given to any illegal alien. That means no amnesty. Not in any shape, manner, or form. I would not allow tax dollars to be used to pay for illegal aliens’ education, social services, or medical care. As President, I would end birthright citizenship for illegal aliens. There would be no "anchor babies" during my administration." I think Mr. Baldwin feels illegal immigration is an important campaign issue. He has some more (Continue reading) Our immigration policy is broken, rather we want to admit that or not I feel we all know it is. If a presidential candidate doesn't feel fixing it is important they will not get my vote.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to;
The Wall Street Journal on-line

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

What Are Your Congressmen Worth?

When I first heard the question, "What are your congressmen worth?" I thought it was some kind of joke. The only answer I had was just a smart remark. I had no idea that the Sunlight Foundation had set up a site to help us find out what each of our members of congress are worth, financially. It's interesting. There might be some more smart remarks after you see what your congressmen are worth.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to;
The Sunlight Foundation

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Plot To Throw You Out Of Work And Stick You With Higher Taxes

When I did a Thomas search I couldn't find any thing on the S2131 mentioned by Wes Vernon. I did find a similar bill, S280 sponsored by Senator Lieberman. In the list of co-sponsors to that piece of work you'll find the names Clinton, McCain and Obama. That makes me feel that if one of the main stream presidential candidates is elected in November the plot to throw you out of work and stick you with higher taxes will be carried out.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to;
Renew America

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Question Of The Week, 5/11/08

Good morning and Happy Mothers Day to all MOM's. I miss mine every day, (May She Rest In Peace) but even more on the special days like this one. I remember all the times she told me, "When you get older I hope you have kids that act just like you do now." Well Mom, I did and they do. Then came the Grand-Kids and now the Great-Grand-Kids. Geeez Mom, I'm sorry. Just playing, my Mother was Great. The Kids, Great and Grand-Kids are, well I love them. OH, this weeks question.

I read two articles in my morning paper on the same subject and its not the Presidential campaign although that is mentioned. Chances are there have been similar articles to these two (Here and Here) in your local papers. How are we going to survive these gas prices? That's not this weeks question. Well I guess it is kind of anyway, "Government intervention has helped stop a fuel crisis before. In 1974, lawmakers found a solution that helped Americans conserve gas without taking money out of highway department pockets when it imposed a nationwide 55 mph speed limit." This weeks Question Of The Week is. Should the Federal Government bring back the 55 mph speed limit to help us get through our latest fuel crisis?

I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
The St. Joseph News-Press

Thursday, May 08, 2008

What Happened May 10, 2005 ?

Down Size D.C. sent me an e-mail to remind me what happened May 10, 2005 or I wouldn't have the answer."Saturday is an anniversary. May 10, 2005 was a day that will live in infamy. On that date the Senate passed the REAL ID Act." It had been defeated twice before and the senate said there wouldn't be another vote so how did this piece of work pass? "The White House and the House Republican leadership got around this by inserting the bill into the "Emergency Supplemental Appropriations
Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005."
This bill provided funding for the troops, the war on terror, and
Tsunami reflief -- a trifecta of things no politician would oppose.They might as well have called it the Motherhood, Flag-waving, and Apple Pie Act." Nine senators said it was wrong to combine two pieces of unrelated legislation to get one that had already been defeated twice passed,they voted for it anyway. Is there anything that we could possibly do about that now? Probably not, so lets celebrate it's passage. I think the way to do that would be to offer our elected officials a chance to make sure something like this doesn't happen again. Contact your elected officials and remind them about what happened on May 10, 2005. Urge them to support/pass Down Size D.C.'s "One Subject at a Time Act".

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to;
Down Size D.C.

Let Em Fight

A May 7, 2008 Financial Times Editorial Comment (Obama recovers his momentum) says, "This week’s Democratic primaries in Indiana and North Carolina may not have been the knockout blow Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were seeking. But both contenders are now so bloodied that it is time for the referee to stop the fight and declare the winner. By any reasonable yardstick, that is Mr Obama." (Continue Reading) I'd like to see the fight continue myself, for a couple of reasons. The first being, I don't support either Hillary or Obama. A long tough fight could stop either of them from ever wanting a rematch. My second reason. A long tough primary is sure to take a toll on both Hillary and Obama financially, physically and emotionally. Having the two of them on the ropes could give us a chance to put a Third Party candidate in the White House.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to;
Financial Times

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Now Here's A Frightening Thought

I read a couple of things today that mention the possibility of the United States attacking, or going to war against Iran. The first was an article by Pat Buchanan which ask and attempts to answer some questions, "Is the White House rattling sabers to prod Iran into talks? Perhaps. But the administration has also painted itself, and us, into a corner with the war talk. And there are only three ways out." The second (thing I read) was an e-mail from Down Size D.C. "Quote of the Day:

"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become
the instruments of tyranny at home."

-- James Madison

Subject: Summertime War with Iran?

Is another war brewing? ...this time with Iran?

The administration claims Iranian-backed Shia militias are attacking
U.S. troops in Iraq. Iran denies its involvement. Other reports say
that Sunnis have been responsible for 2/3rds of the attacks in Iraq.
It's also important to note that Al Qaeda is a Sunni group, not Shia.
So who is responsible for most of the killing? Is is really the Shia
Mullah's in Iran?

These Sunni-Shia distinctions confuse John McCain, Bill O'Reilly, and
millions of Americans. General David Petraeus played on this
ignorance in testimony to Congress last month. He blamed Iran's
support of Shia militias for MOST of the remaining problems in Iraq.
He said,

Iran has fueled the violence... with the Iraqi Security Forces, we
have also focused on the Special Groups. These elements are funded,
trained, armed, and directed by Iran's Qods Force... It is clearly in
our national interest to resist Iranian encroachment.

Petraeus' rhetorical performance earned him a promotion, from
military boss in Iraq, to chief of Central Command. His military
responsibility now includes virtually the entire Middle East,
including Iran.

Is this promotion another sign that President Bush wants to attack
Iran before he leaves office? Andrew Cockburn reports,

The administration faced a serious obstacle to action against Iran
in the form of Centcom commander Admiral William Fallon, who made no
secret of his contempt for official determination to take us to war.
In a widely publicized incident last January, Iranian patrol boats
approached a U.S. ship in what the Pentagon described as a "taunting"
manner. According to Centcom staff officers, the American commander
on the spot was about to open fire. At that point, the U.S. was close
to war. He desisted only when Fallon personally and explicitly
ordered him not to shoot. The White House, according to the staff
officers, was "absolutely furious" with Fallon for defusing the

There are other signs of a pending war with Iran. Headlines and
newsclips over the past month tell the story. Here's a partial list:

* Diplomats: Iran Assembling Centrifuges, The New York Times, April
3, 2008

* Iran And Al Qaeda Among Greatest Threats to U.S.: Bush, The New
York Times, April 10, 2008

* Cheney on the War Path Again? By Dan Froomkin, Washingtonpost.com,
April 11, 2008 (The Vice President portrayed Iran as apocalyptic
zealots who yearn for a nuclear conflagration).

* Iran Nuclear Ambitions are Major Gulf Threat: NATO, The Washington
Post, April 24, 2008

* Hawkish Engagement Needed with Iran?, by Michael O'Hanlon,
Brookings Institution (A call for military action).

* Hamas are Iran's proxy warriors: Rice, AFP, April 30, 2008

* CIA Director Says Iran Wants to Kill Americans in Iraq, AP, April
30, 2008

But the evidence isn't limited to heated rhetoric and hand-wringing.
The U.S. government has also taken physical steps to prepare for war.
Just last week CBS News reported that the Pentagon ordered military
commanders to develop new options for attacking Iran. A second
aircraft carrier has also arrived in the Persian Gulf, and a Marine
amphibious force was allegedly sent there Sunday.

Even worse, Republicans aren't the only ones rattling sabres.
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has suggested a scenario where
she could, as President, "totally obliterate" Iran.

Do you want another war in the Middle East? We already have two wars
there that are bleeding us dry.

Do you want your gasoline bill to soar? Bombing Iran would make that

And ask yourself this: would bombing Iran really deter the Shia
militas in Iraq, or simply cause them to increase their attacks on
U.S. forces and the local Sunni population?

Here's something else to consider: The Iranian population is now
pro-American, in opposition to their clerical leaders. Do we really
want to throw away their support? We have done this before. We
squandered the post-9/11 support and sympathy of the whole world,
including even Iran's Shia leaders, by invading Iraq. Do we really
want to repeat this mistake?

President Bush has shown that he really doesn't care what anybody
else thinks. He is going to do what he wants to do. Only Congress can
stop him, by taking firm action to prohibit an attack. But Congress
is too spineless to take this action unless it knows the public is
passionate to avoid another war."

I hope you'll contact your elected officials and urge them to give some serious thought to what a war with Iran would cost us. What effect would a war with Iran have on a barrel of oil assuming we can get a barrel of oil. Worse yet how many more lives would be lost? Some might feel that we have nothing to fear, this would be another Bush war and he'll be gone in just a few months. Or will he. If Bush could get a war started with Iran wouldn't he be able to declare a National Emergency even Martial Law. Suspend the Constitution, and the election making Bush our Dictator for life. I don't really think Martial Law is coming before the election. I wanted you to think about what could be in our country's future if we don't get more involved. Our elected officials can not be allowed to give themselves more power day by day.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
Human Events
Down Size D.C.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Question Of The Week, 5/4/08

Good morning. Or should I say good afternoon. It is now 1:29 PM Friday. I see Blogger has something new, get a message ready and set the time and date you want it published. I want this to appear at 00:01 on 5/4/08, did it work? That's interesting but it's not this weeks question.

An article in my local paper says, "If a person is declared sane enough to stand trial, then he should be mentally competent to represent himself in court. Right?" No, that's not the question either, continue reading.

I had not heard about the case of Ahmad Edwards until now as far as I can remember.I don't know what kind of defense he has planned. I do know that our judges don't want us to use Common Law to defend ourselves. This weeks Question Of The Week is. Could it be that our judges will try to have you declared unfit to defend yourself if you try to bring Common Law into their court room?

I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
The St Joe News-Press

Saturday, May 03, 2008

A Message From Chuck Baldwin

The mainstream news media and local nightly news have been doing a great job of letting us know what Hillary, John and Obama would do if one of them gets elected. It's been just about a week now since the Constitution Party nominated their Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates. I've seen little to nothing about that so far. Their campaign website was still under construction at the time this message was posted, please check back often. In a recent column Constitution Party Presidential Candidate Chuck Baldwin lets us in on some of his plans for after he is elected."Due to my frequent criticisms of President George W. Bush, I am often asked what I would do if I were President of these United States. This column will serve as an attempt to answer that question." Read on.

Some of the things he mentions are things I would expect to hear you say you wanted your President to do. He seems to have covered a good deal of my want list.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
News With Views