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, March 16, 2009

A Social Singularity

On Friday, March 13th, Glenn Beck's surmise that American conservatives (regardless of affiliation) are fed up with an unresponsive government that marginalizes them was validated as millions tuned in to his live Fox News special, "We Surround Them". Hundreds of gatherings and thousands of gatherers, along with millions of web hits (crashing their Fox News server for 36 hours) reaffirmed that traditional American values are not dead, and the virtues that have made this country great are still thriving, although they frequently get masked by the 'noise' of the popular culture, entertainment and news outlets, and the often divisive and socially corrosive actions of government. The program also marked the launch of a new initiative, The 912 Project, designed to help Americans to get together and work out solutions to our problems.

As the Chicago Mob and its assorted cronies continues its reign in the nation's capital, a new report discloses that an epidemic of AIDS has also hit town. It will be interesting to see how many politicians and government wonks get seen surging to the local clinics.

In one of the most subversive and egregious attempts to gain complete domination of the American people, 40 members of the United States Congress are proposing a bill that would give government complete control over the growing of food "at all levels". Penalties contained in H.R. 875 provide for property seizure and fines up to $1 million for failing to comply with what will certainly be ponderous regulations. It is an eternal truth that "who controls the food supply controls the people." If we weren't already slaves to personal and federal debt, being at the mercy of those doling out our rations would certainly be the ultimate fall of American freedom. If you think that is farfetched, consider that the proposal to create the 'Smart Grid' could be used to limit the amount of energy you use in your home, according to Obama's energy czar energy czar Carol Browner, who until she was tapped by Obama was among the leadership of Socialist International, although her name was purged from their website upon her appointment (Ironically, the former Soviet Union used to do the same thing with party officials who fell from favor - usually accompanied by sudden death). It could be more than circumstantial that the bill was introduced by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn), whose husband, Stanley Greenburg, works for Monsanto, world leader in the production of herbicides and genetically engineered seeds.

The commander-in-chief dropped a bomb on our own troops with his plan to require our servicemen and women to depend on private insurance for service-incurred health problems and injuries. This is a reprehensible disregard for government's responsibility to care for those who sacrifice so much for our country. Of course, such an attitude is not unexpected, considering his total disdain for America's heritage and his own lack of sacrificial service.

Obama's attacks on our own forces continues with huge impending budget cuts in defense, including the elimination of modern weapon systems, at a time when Russia announces it is revamping its nuclear forces, as it continues on a course of resurrecting the Soviet Union. And lest we forget, the Israel/Iran powderkeg may literally explode at any moment, with the potential to drag us into a nuclear conflagration. Unfortunately, thus far, diplomacy has not been a hallmark of this malAdministration.

In my relentless search for some good news, I submit the story about Hollywood liberal icons who are finally beginning to see the faint glimmer of reality.

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