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

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Vanishing point?

Take a good look around you. The United States of America - for more than a century the wonderland of the world - is quickly becoming nothing but a hollow mask of its former greatness. The dismantling of everything that made this a great nation is well underway, and by all appearances we may have passed the 'tipping point' where it might be salvaged. Believe me, I hope I'm wrong on this, but...

In the waning days of the 111th Congress, arguably the most corrupt session in our history, more damage has been and is being done to this nation and its future than the attack on Pearl Harbor and September 11, 2001 combined. I say that because during those tragic occurances, despite our differences of opinion we still felt and fought as one nation. We still foolishly believed we had more or less a stable economic system, and most of us were unaware that it has been undermined for a very long time). In our blissful ignorance we still thought our borders were at least somewhat secure because the knowledge of the huge numbers of illegal immigrants and the ease by which it was being done was not so widespread. We still, despite our differences, considered ourselves a nation of free people with at least some control of our own individual destiny, even though we have considerably less freedom than our grandparents had.  That illusion of freedom is fading fast.

Classic Sears & Roebuck ad for
the Thompson Submachine gun
For example, Americans used to be able to legally defend themselves without worrying about being prosecuted simply for doing so. In fact, up until 1934, Americans could even own machine guns and silencers (ahh, the good old days). Now, unless you live in one of the 'red' states, you're lucky if you don't go to prison or get sued if you defend yourself, your family or your home.

We have always been governed by control freaks - what nation hasn't? - but those in the Obama malAdministration are pushing the attempt to stifle our freedoms into hyperdrive. They are trying to mute us by increasing control over the airwaves through dubious FCC "public values tests" and they want to move into our homes through the proposed 'smart grid'.  They are violating our right to privacy in various ways, from being "Gate raped" at the airport to monitoring our cable TV viewing habitsour internet use, and more. With the advent of ever-invasive technology, honest citizens are now the habitual prey of criminals as well as over-zealous bureaucrats, agents and politicians (although sometimes, it also can work against them).

Lacking the ability to break the death-grip that self-serving politicians have on our government, we the people need to begin formulating the means to limit, overcome and circumvent their increasing power over all our lives. Perhaps the biggest obstacle to that end is that if we are to make it all worthwhile, we must find ways to do so which do not sacrifice the principles that gave us so much prosperity in the first place.  If you have or know of any worthwhile ideas, let me know.

Bad DREAM. With the passage of the DREAM (the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act by the lame duck House, hundreds of thousands (at a minimum) of illegal aliens - or more accurately (for now), their children - could get a big break in obtaining citizenship, sidestepping some of the long process that legal immigrants must tread. It is, in the words of one proud Demoncrat, "de facto amnesty," both for "accomplished young people" and eventually for their parents, potentially adding millions more to entitlement rolls and adding billions more to an already-staggering deficit. While the new process would still take years to obtain full citizenship, remember that it rewards those who are here illegally to begin with.

Obama had to make concessions to get DREAM passed in the House, a factor that has deepened the growing rift between him and his base.  It would nevertheless provide a solid framework that they could tweak later on. Currently it is thought that Reid may not have the votes to pass it in the Senate, but he has vowed to pass it regardless of the will of a preponderance of American citizens. With the volatility of politicians over the past year, anything is possible; except, it seems, a return to sanity and reason.

I'm not against legal immigration, and frankly, I believe there are a lot of foreign-born people who deserve a chance to attain the 'American dream'.  But given our current artificially-induced poor economic state, this is not the time to expedite the sudden addition of millions of people to an already-overburdened support structure. This is especially so because so many of the illegals harbor no loyalty to the United States, and in fact many are actively or subversively working against the US.

Who really rules chaos?  Saul Alinsky would be proud; his disciples have brought government-by-reason to the brink of extinction in Europe and the United States. Gangs of street punks are 'wilding' in areas around this country, preying on local residents and occasional passers-by. And it turns out that our own college radicals aren't alone in their pathological antisocialism. Punks in Britain who don't deserve nor appreciate real education are rioting and threatening Prince Charles in his car with chants of "Off with their heads" because the government - not the Prince - is raising college tuition costs. Apparently, none of these ne'er-do-wells' have any idea that it has been their hallowed socialist ideas that have brought their nation (and ours) to this condition. It may be the ultimate self-immolation joke: idiots following self-important fools who dream of stealing the products of others' honest labors, and then fight tooth and nail to destroy the very people who produce the things they benefit from.

Whose side will they be on?  The Pentagon is now wargaming on the downward developmental curve in America, rather than in foreign lands. In the exercise Unified Quest 2011 the Army is developing tactics and strategies to deal with economic attacks, and in some scenarios it is planning on how to deal with potential  food riots. While it is good that our military is trying to keep on top of potential threats (even, apparently, manufactured ones), one has to wonder where this is all leading.  I see on their operational calendar that a "Homeland Operations Wargame" is scheduled in March. I wonder how this fits in with Posse Comitatus. Thus far, the law and the Constitution doesn't seem to be much of a barrier to the usurpation of the peoples' power.

So, with all that is happening around us, how crazy does Glenn Beck sound now?

Air travel update.  If you fly, let me ask you; will you feel safer with the knowledge that is helping to train TSA agents in "sensitivity" toward Muslims?

Ebarassador-in-Chief?  Most conservative Americans and others with at least half a brain have looked at Barack Obama as something of an enigma. But as time drags on (too slowly, since he's still president) he's becoming less of an enigma and more of an embarrassment; an alien to the fundamental ideas this country has historically represented. It really doesn't matter at this point if he was really born in the United States; his nearly-every action and so many of his words - especially off-prompter - shout out loud that he holds neither love, respect nor honor for this country.

His Majesty's latest gaffe took place during his Asian trip in November. Speaking before the University of Indonesia, he proudly compared that country's national motto, "unity in diversity" with our own, "E Pluribus unum ("From many, one")."  Uh, no; our national motto is "In God We Trust."

Obama's continuous string of errors might almost be overlooked if it were occasional, or even his apparent total lack of knowledge about this country's history, or just any semblance of wisdom. But I must say it again; it seems neither he nor his advisors have a single advisor that has a single clue about this nation. Or, there is a nefarious and intricate plan afoot to personally remove every shred of dignity or respect this nation ever had in the world, or among ourselves.

America is and has always been politically diverse, but it has not been this polarized since the onset of the Civil War. At that time, the dividing line wasn't just North and South, it was over the disparity between personal liberty, dignity and opportunity on one ideological side, and slavery, humiliation and degradation on the other. Now, while disguised and showcased as an ideological battle between the "haves" and the "have-nots," it is, at its core, the continuance of that same struggle - between human freedom, responsibility and dignity on one side, and the desire to control others rather than oneself, and to get without giving on the other.

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