Wish I'd said that!

In recent decades, the ACLU has used its so-called "wall" to fight tooth and nail to prevent government sponsorship of the Pledge of Allegiance, memorial crosses, Ten Commandments displays, nativity scenes, Bible displays, and virtually every other acknowdgement of America's religious heritage.

At the same time, it is worthwhile to note that there have been some instances in which the ACLU has endorsed public displays of religion. For example, When New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani threatened to cut taxpayer funding from the Brooklyn Museum of Art for displaying a painting of the Virgin Mary with cow dung and pictures of female sexual organs pasted all over her body, the ACLU was first in line to defend the display. U.S. District Court Judge Nina Gershon ruled that New York City's elected officials were not allowed to place conditions on the museum's funding.

In another instance, the ACLU offered its support to the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts, after the agency sponsored an art show featuring "Piss Christ" - an exhibit consisting of a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine.

In the ACLU's myopic world, it appears that the only permissible publicly-funded displays of religion are those which blatantly mock or disparage the Christian faith.

-- Indefensible: 10 Ways the ACLU is Destroying America, Sam Kastensmidt, 2006

Monday, February 2, 2009

A New Ethic, A New Assault

As the pundits are prone to say these days, "the bloom is off the rose" already, insofar as the Obama maladministration is concerned. His Cabinet appointees and candidates have become a veritable rogues' gallery, and his underhanded assaults on the American way of life and liberties is becoming the stuff of billboards as his hidden agenda comes to light.

You already know about Tim Geithner, the tax cheat who now heads the IRS and may control the U.S. Census, which would be another gateway to cementing Democrat control of elections and payouts. Geithner - Obama's "indispensible" wonder-boy who was going to solve our financial problems - came out on Tuesday and gave what amounted to an "I haven't got a clue" speech which sent the market into the septic tank.

While we're talking about failures, Geithner has company in the person of former senator and failed Air America talk-show host Tom Daschle, who failed once again; this time to become head of Health and Human Services (i.e., boss of our public medical system). Ironically it was his own tax problems that killed his chance at sitting at the Cabinet table. Still, much of his plan to radically alter (i.e., socialize) our health system was snuck into the stimulus bill, where it can do untold damage to what was once the finest healthcare system in the world. This plan might almost be made palatable if only it would be strictly applied to everyone, including the political elites. I mean, would Daschle, Reid or Pelosi be willing to forego medical care when they becomes more infirm as they get older, and just "be more accepting of conditions that come with age," as his plan asks of us? Yeah, I didn't think so either. Hypocrisy is the hallmark of socialism.

While we're on the subject, the Obama stimulus bill passed both houses of Congress as expected, despite numerous respected critics. Wisely, the Republicans (except for 3 Senate RINOs - Spectre, Snow and Collins) refused to put their stamp of approval on it; if only the party had rediscovered their principles before the election.

The $3 trillion-plus, 1,073-page stimulus (or porkulus, as it has become known among pundits and other clear-thinkers) - the bill designed to reward unions, buy votes, and undermine our freedoms - was presented in the dead of night and pushed to a vote (violating an agreement to allow 48 hours to study it), all so Queen Nancy (Pelosi) could hop a gas-guzzling, ozone-killing megajet to Europe to receive an award from like-minded socialists. Obviously, her own vanity is more important than the welfare of the country. Speaking of welfare, included in the bill are provisions that returns us to the welfare state that destroyed so many millions of families and sapped the lifeblood out of the nation.

In a particularly disturbing development, Florida Democrat Rep. Alcee Hastings has introduced a bill to construct "no fewer than six national emergency centers" on military installations within the U.S. The bill, H.R.645, while ostensibly worded "to provide temporary housing, medical and humanitarian assistance" in national emergencies, contains this ominous catch-all at the end of Section 2: "(4) to meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security." Such vagueness can cover a multitude of possibilities, especially in the hands of those with more love for power than responsibility.

I'm guessing that similar wording may have been used to establish certain large camps in 1940s Germany and its conquered territories. Such Manzinar (or Treblinka)-invoking facilities might prove to be suitable places to isolate political prisoners. Hey, if you want sunshine, read the liberal blogs (Oh, wait, they only see doom and gloom caused by conservatives. Never mind).

Incidentally, our government isn't the only problem we face. We must not forget that radical Islamists still want our blood. Did you know that there are 35 Muslim terrorist training camps presently operating within the U.S., and that the government cannot legally stop them?

If you think there's a lot of doom-and-gloom, you're right. While America has had plenty of trials over the past couple of centuries, we've never been this close to losing the entire American dream. There are forces at work and in power determined to undermine the principles and laws that made this the greatest nation in history. People laugh when I get on a rant about America becoming a communist country; but we are headed down that road at near-full throttle.

Sadly, I believe our biggest problem is that most Americans today don't understand what the hullabaloo is all about. They haven't been taught the difference between American capitalism and communism. In a word, the difference is - FREEDOM. Socialism - and its cruel bigger brother communism - are at their essence a religion (that's right, a religion) in which the State takes the place of God.

In contrast America, which was founded upon Christian, biblical principles, says that God gave His people the right to live our lives with liberty (i.e., freedom to pursue life as you wish, as long as you don't violate the rights of others and give God the honor He is due). He requires that you maintain self-control to accomplish your desires, and provides temporal and eternal rewards and punishments. The socialist State seeks to control every facet of every life, including the ability to control who actually gets to live, and how much or how little freedom you are allowed. It provides sustenance to those it approves of, and punishes or excludes those who don't fit in. What God promises, He delivers. What government gives, it can take away on a whim. Oh, and there's one more difference. God never lies.

If you understand what we're on the verge of losing, and want to participate in getting it back (have no illusion, it won't be easy at this point), check out Glenn Beck's latest effort to save the nation; "We Surround Them". While all the conservative commentators are doing tremendous work to inform us to what's going on under cover of intellectual darkness, in my estimation Beck is the most passionate and most principled of all. Listen to his weekday radio show, watch his smash hit Fox News program at 5 pm weekdays, with a summary on Saturdays at 9 pm. Get informed, with a 'liberal' dose of humor.

Our nation and our way of life depends on us getting involved. Otherwise, in the words of Samuel Adams: "If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

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