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, November 9, 2009

They Live Among Us

We've learned more about Nidal Malik Hasan, the Muslim US Army major who shot dozens of people at Fort Hood last Thursday. We discovered, for instance, that Hasan had reached out to al Qaeda, was very vocal in his disapproval of America's role in Iraq and Afghanistan, and may even have met with some of the 9-11 hijackers. He was so bold and dedicated to that philosophy that he even had SoA (Soldier of Allah) on his business cards. While many in the media and President Obama make excuses and try to avoid using the 't' word, others such as former Lt. Col. Ralph Peters are more candid in their opinions, calling this as it increasingly appears to be: a deliberate terrorist attack - the worst ever on a US military base so far.

Meanwhile, the looney Left is spinning the information about the case released to push their favorite population control and freedom loss agenda items forward, such as the most expected move; positioning for gun control.

Worms in the Big Apple? I'm not a big fan of New York City (or any big city), but my displeasure pales in comparison to the animosity that the Obama malAdministration seems to have for the city. First it was the terrifying low altitude overflight of Manhattan of the backup Air Force One that had New Yorkers screaming and scurrying for cover. (Yeah, of course Obama didn't know.) Now, he wants to bring the 9-11 mastermind and others from Gitmo to stand trial there. This slap in the face not only brings master plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to the city which still bears the scars and memories of his evil and allows him to gloat, it will be a temptation for other terrorists to strike in an attempt to free Khalid or to get his attention and approval. Undoubetedly there will be a crackerjack team of ACLU liars...er...lawyers chomping at the bit to represent this scumbag and score points against this nation, which will be instantly televised to our enemies in Afghanistan and elsewhere. This president has committed one serious blunder after another, and seems to have no empathy or connection to the nation he rules. And that puts all of us at risk.

The 'other' battle front. After a tense and contentious runup to the actual House vote, the Demoncrats (what misspelling?) succeeded in passing - by a mere 5 votes - the most expensive and most dangerous threat America has ever faced. At least when a foreign enemy attacks our country, you can usually count on many of your neighbors to pitch in and help overcome the threat. What we're facing now has become the rough equivalent of another Civil War; except instead of being a shooting war between states, this is a war of strangulation by our own government against our own people. The irony is that so many unthinking Democrats and leftist sycophants will suffer under the same burden as the rest of us (although - as in every tyranny - there will undoubtedly be ranks of gutless, soulless Quislings among us who will suck up to the new regime in return for a few favors).

Case in point: Here's an astute observation from Glenn Beck's newsletter: "Liberals have an interesting pattern they follow. First, they vote in other liberals to office. Those elected liberals proceed to jack up taxes and try to control as much as possible. Everyone (including the liberals who voted for the liberals) gets annoyed at all the taxes and leaves for somewhere with less tax and less control. Then they repeat the process. The New York Times, who has championed progressives seemingly forever, has decided the only way to save jobs is to move them to states with low (or no) taxes. Unbelievable."

Short memories. Monday was the 20th anniversary of the fall of that hated symbol of communist oppression; the Berlin Wall. The wall - built by the Soviets to keep the East Germans from fleeing en masse to the West during the Cold War - was a black spot on the entire German people; an embarrassment to the West Germans, and a deadly reminder to the East Germans that their freedom had been literally stomped upon by the Russians and their East German flunkeys.

But even though the concrete Wall and all its attendant barriers, fences, mines and armed guards has been gone for two decades, so now, it appears, is the truth behind why it was torn down. On the anniversary of German freedom, there was little mention of the real hero - President Ronald Reagan, whose famous "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" speech in June 1987 electrified and inspired the German people on both sides.

This call from the American president told the East Germans they weren't forgotten by the United States, and that knowledge gave them the courage to rebel against the Soviet puppet regime. Twenty years later, however, the crowds chanted instead for "Gorby, Gorby," giving undeserved acclaim and honor to former Soviet Premier Gorbachev, the man who headed the oppressive Soviet Union at the time. I have little doubt that most of the people cheering for him were born after the fact, and that their parents should be ashamed for not passing the truth on to them. It seems to be a pathological human trait that we continually repeat our mistakes, expecting a different result.

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