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

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Sheep That Roared

Last time, I mentioned the Tea Parties that occured on September 12. While the no-longer-mainstream media worked hard to ignore them or downplay them, those gatherings have helped to invigorate a large portion of America that had begun to lose hope in their nation's future.

In particular, the Washington, DC tea party was a rallying cry for the renewal of the Founders' dream of a free and independent country in which government defers to the people, instead of the people cowering under the government boot. Ordinary working Americans -- people who are usually loathe to parade in the streets and wave signs -- gained a newfound strength and zeal for what it means to be an American, and what it takes to defend it. The crowd, estimated to be as much as 1.7 million white-, black-, Hispanic-, and Asian-American people, marched, cheered, and voiced their frustrations and their righteous anger at the wholesale betrayal committed by those we sent to protect it. And they did it without any violence, arrests, drug use, gunfire, profanity-laced speeches, or mountains of litter.

It was encouraging to me, because as I look around, I see way too many people who have little or no real conception of what being an American is all about. It's something that has been allbut drummed out of our consciousness. We've become so wrapped up in our own little bubble that nothing else registers; not the increasing theft of our money by taxation without real representation; not the dismantling of our national defense and betrayal of our friends; not the continuous insults heaped upon us by our own leaders here and around the world; not the intentional teaching of our children to loathe our own nation; not even the incremental loss of our freedoms through unnecessary overregulation. What is occuring before our eyes is a much greater tragedy than anything Shakespeare could have envisioned.

No defense. Treason is a word you rarely, if ever, hear mentioned in American politics; or elsewhere, for that matter. Despite the gross insults and harsh epithets bandied about by all sides of an argument, that seems to be the only remaining 'unspeakable' word in the English language. But I think it's time to polish it off and reaquaint ourselves with it.

How would you define treason? My own answer is "to actively betray military and intelligence secrets related to our defense; or to join with or perform acts for the joint purpose of aiding our enemies and hampering our own defenses, or otherwise threatening our existence as a nation of free people." These criteria could be met by high officials in a variety of ways; causing conflicts within the command structure, ignoring experienced advice for the purpose of weakening our capabilities or - in the case of war - our resolve to win and come home. Some, including myself, have come to believe our own president is either grossly incompetent to command, or is willfully pursuing a strategy to weaken us in Afghanistan and elsewhere, which will lead to our ultimate defeat. Additionally, he is doing a full-court press to force cultural and institutional changes in all sectors of America. In my view, that's how President Obama has been conducting the affairs of state since his inauguration. And that puts all of us at risk.

Along that line of thought: President Obama continued his "Trash America" world tour on Wednesday, although this time the rest of the world came here to listen to BHO commit rhetorical treason at the UN. I believe he is trying to walk a fine line, following the typical liberal policy of 'deny (any charge), distract (attention from what they're doing) and defame (their opponents),' favoring a not-so-rhetorical brand of treason in his conduct of our national defense. In addition to gutting our missile defense program, he has marginalized our military effort in Afghanistan, and alienated some of our most trusted allies. He needs to commit to either winning the war and bringing the troops home, or continuing the Vietnam-era tradition of simply pulling out and declaring defeat. His current stonewalling is costing needless lives on both sides, which only strengthens the Taliban. I think he's trying to wait until the American people cry out for bringing the troops home, so he can offically wash his own hands of blame. And that's not only cowardly, it is despicable to cause so much human suffering simply to further his own political aims.

Your children on public education. I've often railed against the state of public education in America (being a product of it myself; which explains a lot). Glenn Beck has been looking into what kind of minds the progressive-laced education - at an unbelievable cost-to-effect ratio - has produced in typical college students today.

But the progressive/socialist begins much, much earlier. Take, for example, the video Story of Stuff, an undisguided attack on capitalism and promotion for government control of our lives that is being shown - specifically geared for 9- to 12-year-olds - in grammar schools (and some churches) across the country. If you care about what is being fed to your children in public schools, try this point by point rebuttal of the Story of Stuff. Memories are incredibly difficult to erase, and the early ones form the basis of our personalities for a lifetime.

The latest outrage is a disturbing video of small schoolchildren being coached to sing praises to Obama. The essence of this piece of Obama-worship and similar events dredges up memories of another charismatic Pied Piper. To forget history is to doom ourselves to repeating it.

"Amazing Grace" indeed. After all the depressing news, it's time to look for the positive and refresh our spirits. Turn the sound on and listen to Il Divo's rendition of this most famous inspirational hymn.

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