I’m usually full of my own thoughts, as any of your regular readers will know. Today, however, I’m quoting exclusively from the newsletter, “The Patriot Post.com/digest”, published today, Sept 20,2010. Many persons are quoted within the newsletter and each is spot on.
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“We are faced today with two different roads, one of which follows the path of liberty set by our Founders in the Constitution, and one of which diverges from that path and leads us down the road to tyranny. There are two different warring camps within our society, and the ongoing battle between those camps has been graphically illustrated in recent primary elections and by the vicious fight over the nationalization of our healthcare system. On one side are those of us, including the members of the Tea Party movement, who work hard to support their families, who love their country, and who understand and revere a document that has stood firm for 223 years to guide us. These ordinary, everyday Americans rightly fear the unprecedented growth in the size and power of the federal government. They are angry over the unsustainable and uncontrollable growth of federal spending and the federal deficit that will inevitably lead to financial ruin. They are appalled over the contempt shown by so many in the other camp for our governing document, the Constitution. … That other camp is made up of politicians who recognize no limits on their power, their liberal activist allies in the judiciary, and members of the media, Hollywood, and academia, who have been stretching, bending, and chipping away at the Constitution for decades. They welcome a tyranny of elites who can govern however they see fit without being checked and limited by what they view as an ‘anachronistic’ document and the parochial views of the American people. After all, they know what is best for all of us. They should control our lives and our economy. … There is a growing movement throughout America to reinvigorate the tree of liberty, a tree whose trunk is the Constitution, whose limbs are the Bill of Rights, and whose leaves are the new sons and daughters of liberty who embody the same spirit that infused our Founders. On Constitution Day, let Americans rededicate themselves to securing ‘the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity’ by actively working to preserve the Constitution of the United States.” –former Attorney General Edwin Meese
“We cannot escape our destiny, nor should we try to do so. The leadership of the free world was thrust upon us two centuries ago in that little hall of Philadelphia. In the days following World War II, when the economic strength and power of America was all that stood between the world and the return to the dark ages, Pope Pius XII said, ‘The American people have a great genius for splendid and unselfish actions. Into the hands of America God has placed the destinies of an afflicted mankind.’ We are indeed, and we are today, the last best hope of man on earth.” –Ronald Reagan
Opinion in Brief
“[One of the] central reasons for the Tea Party’s rise … is the yardstick. … Imagine that over at the 36-inch end you’ve got pure liberal thinking — more and larger government programs, a bigger government that costs more in the many ways that cost can be calculated. Over at the other end you’ve got conservative thinking — a government that is growing smaller and less demanding and is less expensive. You assume that when the two major parties are negotiating bills in Washington, they sort of lay down the yardstick and begin negotiations at the 18-inch line. Each party pulls in the direction it wants, and the dominant party moves the government a few inches in their direction. But if you look at the past half century or so you have to think: How come even when Republicans are in charge, even when they’re dominant, government has always gotten larger and more expensive? It’s always grown! It’s as if something inexorable in our political reality — with those who think in liberal terms dominating the establishment, the media, the academy — has always tilted the starting point in negotiations away from 18 inches, and always toward liberalism, toward the 36-inch point. Democrats on the Hill or in the White House try to pull it up to 30, Republicans try to pull it back to 25. A deal is struck at 28. Washington Republicans call it victory: ‘Hey, it coulda been 29!’ But regular conservative-minded or Republican voters see yet another loss. They could live with 18. They’d like 8. Instead it’s 28. … What they want is representatives who’ll begin the negotiations at 18 inches and tug the final bill toward 5 inches. And they believe Tea Party candidates will do that.” –columnist Peggy Noonan
Faith & Family
“Surrender on gay marriage is surrender on marriage — which is surrender on the family and, ultimately, surrender on civilization. … This unwillingness to fight for the family, on which civilization depends, is another sign of the failure of modern conservatism. The right can win a thousand battles against big government and lose the war for America’s future, if it surrenders on marriage and the family. America’s social traumas — illegitimacy, juvenile crime, drug abuse, female-headed-households — can all be traced back to the decline of the family: which started with the Great Society in the ’60s, accelerated with no-fault divorce in the ’70s, continued with the rise of cohabitation, and reached its culmination with strange-sex marriage. … Unfortunately, many conservative intellectuals have lost sight of a crucial fact: American exceptionalism rests on three pillars — faith, family and freedom. [Italics mine] Remove any one, and the entire structure collapses. … Without the family, it doesn’t matter how many times we defeat socialism (nationalized health-care, government take-over of business, soaring deficits, redistributionism), in the end, we lose — which is why the left has made same-sex marriage its priority, and why it is less tolerant of dissent here than anywhere else. Conservatives who don’t understand this, understand nothing.” –columnist Don Feder
There are so many solid Patriots in our beloved USofA. Their voices are now being heard via TEA party or other involvement. I encourage you to get involved in the future of your Nation. Don’t be apathetic. Praying is good … but try putting some feet on those prayers.
On this day in history: 1565 - Spanish and Portuguese forces clash near Jacksonville, FL; 1806 - Lewis and Clark arrive at first settlement in 2 1/2 years of exploring; 1973 - Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match;
On a positive note: Emily Liebert is the author of “Facebook Fairytales: Modern-Day Miracles to Inspire the Human Spirit” (Skyhorse Publications). Emily’s book features 25 tales of people whose lives were changed because of Facebook. Good on you, Emily, for your positive recognition and good on facebook for its positive impact on people’s lives.