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, October 12, 2009

And the Grand Prize Goes To...

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, has once again shown how much his own ego matters more than the job he was hired for. With no real accomplishments to his name, Obama magnanimously accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, thereby making the prize totally irrelevant. For all the foolishness and pandering of the Nobel committee - which was divided on the decision - Obama could have singlehandedly rescued the prize award from ignominity by graciously deferring the prize to one of the many people who actually have earned such an accolade. Alas, it was not to be.

But Obama has been active on other fronts. In doing his part to reward his supporters in the homosexual activist community, the president attempted to placate increasingly impatient homosexual noisemakers by nominating a lesbian to head the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and hiring the founder of GLSEN (the founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) to be the "safe schools czar". Incidentally, one of Kevin Jennings' stated goals is the promotion of homosexual behavior to schoolchildren as young as 12. Its curious that while liberals can take pot-shots at suspected homosexuals, conservatives are labeled as 'hatemongers' if they even raise the subject of the dangers that deathstyle presents to the culture.

Regarding the economy, there is every indication that the Obama malAdministration is purposely tanking the dollar. Pushing what appears to be the implementation of the Cloward-Pivin Strategy, the Obama malAdministration has - among other things - given a 50 million dollar "stimulus package" to Detroit. This caused (not unexpectedly) long lines of folks waiting for 'free money'. The scene was reminiscent of Obama supporters during the campaign who waited with bated breath for him to pay their mortgages and give them a new G(overmnent)M(otors) Cadillac. I suppose standing in line for a couple of hours is easier than getting a job.

Can't cut it. This past week has had at least two publicized (on Fox News, anyway) stories of school authorities run amok with their holier-than-thou attitude and 'zero tolerance' rules. In my own hometown Matthew Whalen, a 17-year-old high school honor student with no record of trouble, was suspended for 20 days because he had a two-inch pocketknife locked in his car trunk as part of a survival kit, even though it is not considered a weapon under NY State law. This kid is an Eagle Scout workaholic who dreams of West Point and was commended for saving a woman's life when he was only 13. He was initially saddled with a 5-day suspension, but for undisclosed reasons an additional 15 days was tacked on. The school authorities are so far intractable in their decision against the young man. Fortunately, due to diligent citizens, West Point has notified Matthew it will not hold this travesty against him if and when he formally applies.

Meanwhile, a 6-year-old first-grader in Delaware was suspended, and was initially threatened with 45 days in reform school for bringing his favorite camping tool to school; a combination penknife, fork and spoon. Both these kids seem to be a well-adjusted, adventurous youths who now may be saddled forever with a criminal record and the psychological stigma of being singled out and persecuted with the hammer of ill-contrived law by anal-retentive school authorities.

One of the dangers of this New Amerika regime is the ever-tightening grip of the State on individual liberty. Any rule can be abused and misused to deprive or persecute anyone who doesn't fit in. It has always been the peculiar beauty of the American system that society would generally suffer coexistence with those who might have different ideas, even if those ideas were diametrically opposed to sanity and reason - as long as they didn't threaten others.

But that has all changed now. This malAdministration and their ideological sycophants throughout the culture cannot tolerate any deviance from their deviant way of thinking. In their frame of reference, it's OK for schools to indoctrinate kids into a political system that we have been at war with for nearly a century or to teach them to go against the biological imperatives that maintain our species, but woe to those who try to maintain independence from a domineering social and government (one and the same) system. Schools no longer teach American history, they preach global citizenry in a largely successful bid to remove nationalism, patriotism, and a sense of independent individualism.

Another recent example; a patriotic freshman at the University of New Hampshire was forced to remove his American flag from his dorm window because of one semi-anonymous complaint. Perhaps it is time for the Granite State to rethink it's "Live Free or Die" motto.

My take? The letter of the law should never be allowed to supercede the spirit of the law, because it is the letter of the law that makes it such a powerful weapon against individuality and freedom, and it leaves out the variables of circumstance. That is why we have juries of our peers; to make the ultimate decision of which way to go, based upon the circumstances and the evidence. The courts have weakened that constitutional check on justice unchained, but that story's for another day. Schools have been put in the unique position of reducing the authority and influence of the family by training our children not to think, but to obey; not to discern, but to cower; not to be independent, but to be slaves to the new (old) orthodoxy of socialism.

And while I'm on the topic, we shouldn't even speak of it as socialism, because that is only the relatively benign precursor for where this usually wind up: facism/communism. Human nature being what it is, unrestrained political power will always eventually seek to increase its power over others, and that quest for power will always become more forceful and degraded as it succumbs to the addiction of power, and when it meets the inevitable resistance of those who refuse to bow before the self-appointed emperor.

No arguing with success. Glenn Beck's terrific new book Arguing With Idiots is selling like hotcakes. It is currently the No. 2 nonfiction hardcover on the New York Times best seller list (which I'm sure they hate), and is even surprising some critics. Its detailed defense of conservative thought on social issues is causing more and more conservatives to get off the couch and do the unimaginable - i.e., take a stand against an out-of-control (as in "unrestrained"; they are certainly attempting to grab more and more control of) government.

By the way, Beck's previous book, Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, is still No. 1 on the NYT paperback nonfiction list and No.52 on amazon.com, even after more than 15 weeks.

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