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

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Frosting the Left, Betraying the Right

I want to open with kudos for Glenn Beck, whose newest flash-point book, "Common Sense" is set to be No. 1 on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists, which has to really hack the NYT off. I'm almost finished reading my copy, and I'll probably wind up buying more to pass around. It is the wakeup call for America, perhaps one of the few we have left. This inexpensive book should be given to every high school and college graduate, and every citizen should read it. Get it, read it, act on it. Now! Go!

Unfortunately, now I have to kill that buzz by noting with regret the debacle surrounding South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's bizarre admission of an adulterous affair with an Argentinian woman. His early claim is that it only recently became a physicial relationship, but that he and his wife (who has known about it for several months) are at least trying to reconcile. Amid a spate of Republican embarrassments in the last couple of years, at least this time it's a woman.

Enemies? What enemies? Last Wednesday on The O'Reilly Factor, Barney Frank told Bill that he wants to take money from F-22 procurement because "we don't need them anymore," indicating that we no longer face a Soviet air threat. Guess again; both the Russians and Chinese are developing fighters with F-22 capabilities, and they intend to market them to our potential adversaries (which are increasing almost weekly). Just a reminder; our enemies never sleep, and they do not wish us well.

Shut up! A report that the EPA suppressed findings that questioned the science behind global warming hype. When EPA analyst Alan Carlin tried to tell the White House that there was a problem with the data, and that it looks like the earth has actually been in a cooling trend for the past 11 years, his supervisor, Al McGartland, refused to forward Carlin's report, reassigned him, stating, "The administrator and the administration has decided to move forward on endangerment, and your comments do not help the legal or policy case for this decision," he wrote, according to the e-mails released by CEI. "I can only see one impact of your comments given where we are in the process, and that would be a very negative impact on our office." He later wrote an e-mail urging Carlin to "move on to other issues and subjects." "I don't want you to spend any additional EPA time on climate change. No papers, no research, etc., at least until we see what EPA is going to do with climate," McGartland wrote.

I don't know about you, but I see this as further proof that this malAdministration is out to silence any opposition to its agenda, which is not based on what's best for the country.

Crap N' Trade. If you weren't like most Americans who were obsessed with Michael Jackson's death, you might be aware that Friday marked the cardiac arrest of the US economy, when the congress passed (in the middle of the night, which seems to be their current modus operandi) the president's climate control bill, alternatively referred to as "cap and trade". It's major effect will most likely be to dry up productivity, destroy initiative and cripple the American family with debt even for the basics of life, including energy, food, and transportation.

The sneakiness carries over to the proposed healthcare blunderbuss bill, which Mad Madam Pelosi and Hapless Harry Reid want to exclude from public scrutiny.

Rad rant. We are rapidly being taken over by a rogue government with utter contempt for the rule of law. There does not seem to be a legal mechanism in place to deal with this threat to our form of government, our economy and our very lives. Oh, certainly, there are laws on the books to deal with the various crimes of malfeasance and suborning of our laws and institutions we're witnessing almost daily, but the enemy isn't just within the gates, it controls the gates, the schools, most of the courts, the media, the FBI, IRS, CIA, NSA, the Fed and even the National Parks Service (which could be used to influence or 'subtract' history in the future). The larger bloc of the public which does not have access to, or interest in, conservative news sources will never hear the whole truth; nor will young people in the future indoctrinated in public schools learn of our actual history or have the knowledge to understand what they've lost.

Who in the FBI will be able to investigate and get a warrant against their own bosses? Who in the courts would swear out a warrant against the President for subversion when the Congress is ruled by his accomplices? How do we vote them out when they are working overtime behind the scenes to fix future elections by gerrymandering and enticing dependent classes as a perpetual voting bloc? Does anyone realize what alternative remains?

If you think this stuff is fun for me, you're totally wrong. I actually try to look for good news. Even the people who are as doubtful as I am don't seem to see this far ahead. Right now, we are moving toward socialist/facist statism. However, human nature being what it is, that condition will eventually degrade into an absolute, totalitarian, Nazi nightmare, because unrestrained power yearns to be unlimited power.

If we don't change things - with God's help - the nightmare hasn't even begun yet.

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