GEORGE WASHINGTON STATED

Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty teeth.



First Inaugural Address of George Washington...April 30, 1789

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Abraham Lincoln said:

"In this age, and in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it nothing can suceed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions."

James Madison Declared

The adversaries of the Constitution seem to have lost sight of the PEOPLE altogether in their reasonings on this subject; and to have viewed these different establishments not only as mutual rivals and enemies, but as uncontrolled by any common superior in their efforts to usurp the authorities of each other. These gentlemen must be reminded of their error. They must be told that the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, wherever the derivative may be found, RESIDES IN THE PEOPLE ALONE. (Federalist Papers, No. 46, p.294; emphasis added.)

Friday, December 21, 2012

McHenry County College Board of Trustees...out of it's mind!!

In these dire financial times with the Country itself not knowing how to meet it's obligations the McHenry County Board of Trustees approved a 9.9 percent increase in its levy. Most individuals, families and small businesses are trying how to just survive over the next three to four years.

Trustees Cynthia Kisser, Carol Larson, Linda Liddell and Mary Miller supported the increase; Ronald Parrish and Barbara Walters voted against it.

What this means is that MCC wants about $30,000,000. million (yes that is with an M for million) in added residential taxes for next year; I think that is totally insane. Now is the time to sit tight and not go about and build a monument to county insolvency.

If this continues people and businesses will move out of McHenry County...to expensive to live here not to mention the State of Illinois which is going down the dumper.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Where are we going?

Having reached the age of 69 years one would think that by now I would have a clearer view and more focused image of where the United States would be at the end of this century; I don't even have a vague idea of where we will be at the end of this decade...confusing and frightful.

I was born during the Second World War and brought up during the "Cold War" with the then existent Soviet Union as a constant threat. I spent 21 years being educated in parochial schools and several years developing skills as an orthopedic surgeon while serving with the Navy during the Viet Nam War. After being discharged I worked alone in a private orthopedic practice...then retired.

I am married to the same wife of 47 years, have six grown children (in their 30s and 40s) and seven grand children.

So now you ask...where is the problem... the problem, at least from my perspective, is that the World seems to be more confused, less focused, less moral, less compassionate and the individual completely self-centered on him/herself. It appears to me that darkness (evil) may have the upper hand over light (truth/goodness/love) at least on an interim basis at this time in our history. It worries me because I don't, with my inner eye, see us taking a direction toward the light.

I know, through faith, that there is a Triune God and He will be victorious over darkness and completely remove it from existence...but when and for how long must the innocent in the World suffer? That is how far I have come on my 69 year journey...and that is confusing and frightful to me.

I am left with the words of the late Blessed Pope John Paul II, "Do not be afraid."

Obama Re-Elected by Illiterate Society Says Russian Newspaper

Obama Re-Elected by Illiterate Society Says Russian Newspaper

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thanks

"Thank you" to all the veterans alive and dead who have fought for this country from the Revolutionary War to the current Worldwide War on Terror; and thanks to the families of these veterans who gave so much...some gave all.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

GET RID OF GOD AND RELIGION

 
The pathway to world domination, serfdom, slavery or whatever name you want to call it is the removal of the knowledge that there is a Creator, and a set of natural and created laws given to us by this higher power (God, Creator, First Mover...etc.). Before you can achieve a completely secular world you must extract from mankind his soul which was imprinted with these certain rights that no one can take away from him...Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and the greatest gift of all, the ability of man to know this through natural reason and the world around him...or in other words no matter what lies or propaganda he is force fed he will forever know these "GOD" given rights are his, and these are intrinsic to his nature or in other words imprinted within him when he came into "being".
 
I am confident that as the soul lives for eternity so will the principles that are imprinted in it. They will never end and will always triumph; good (truth) will always win over evil (lies).


Sunday, October 28, 2012

On Election Day consider the following

 
  • Obama was a member of the Board of Directors of the Joyce Foundation, the leading source of funds for anti-gun organizations and "research."
  • Obama opposed all Right to Carry laws.
  • Obama endorsed a complete ban on handgun ownership.
  • Obama voted to uphold criminal prosecutions of people who use firearms in self-defense.
  • Obama voted for a ban on standard-capacity magazines.
  • Obama voted to ban almost all rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting.
  • Obama voted to allow reckless lawsuits designed to bankrupt the firearms industry.
  • Obama's State Department reversed U.S. policy and participated in negotiations on a U.N. anti-gun treaty.
  • Obama wants to re-impose the failed and discredited Clinton gun ban on millions of common rifles, pistols and shotguns.
  • Obama appointed two anti-gun Supreme Court justices.
THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6, 2012. Your future and that of the United States of America may depend on it.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Pres. Obama...take this prayer to heart

"God grant that this religious liberty may be preserved in these states until the end of time, and that all believing in the religion of Christ may practice the leading principle of charity, the basis of every virtue."
 
Charles Carroll
Catholic &
Signer of the
Declaration of Independence


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Vote Obama for ...RADICAL...social engineering?

 
"The people of the United States do not wish to curtail the activities of this Government ; they wish, rather, to enlarge them; and with every enlargement, with the mere growth, indeed, of the country itself there must come, of course, the inevitable increase of expense...   It is not expenditure but extravagance that we should fear being criticized for."

These words sound like they could be taken out of the "playbook" of President B. Obama but they were taken from the 1914 State of the Union Address of the father of modern Progressivism President Woodrow Wilson. Do we really want to swing backward to a time in our history which has proved to be unsuccessful and degrading for most Americans and a period in which individual personal liberty was degraded. This Progressivism is not progressive it is suicidal for our nation. Remember there are no free lunches that last forever; most end shortly after the person promising them gets re-elected.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Concealed Carry....Illinois...Don't Need It...JOKE

We live in the land of Eden, a paradise of peace and tranquility.

Here are some statistics from the FBI.

Violet Crime:
                      Murder
                      Nonnegligent Homicide
                      Forcible Rape
                      Robery
                      Aggravated Assault

Property Crime:
                          Burglary
                          Larceny - theft
                          Motor vehicle theft
                          Arson

Crime Rates          NY,NY          CHICAGO, IL          U.S.A.

Violent Crimes          6                          9                          4

Property Crimes       3                          6                          4


As the numbers increase so does the rate of crime. So tonight when you go out to have a little fun and when you come back to hit the sack you can feel a lot better knowing you live in a really safe state that the politicians believe does not need a concealed carry provision so law abiding citizens can protect themselves and their families. Now don't you feel better knowing the facts from the FBI?....and the fact that many of our legislators just don't give a damn about your personal safety and your 2nd Amendment Rights.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Don't take a knife to a gun fight Pres. Obama

If the current administration in Washington has not learned by now it never will. Many in the middle east, some militant islamists, some regular citizens, some members of the "Brotherhood" and some just members of groups still fighting the "crusades of the middle ages" understand only one thing...POWER. If we can't defend an embassy in a hostile area we should not be there.

Until the governments and people in the hostile area realize that we would rather be respected than loved it will never change. Until they realize that whatever damage or death they inflict on us will be one thousand times greater on the perpetrators of the hostile act against us they will not understand. Power is the mainstay of diplomacy in the middle east followed very closely thereafter by money both above and under the table. Stop taking a knife to a gun fight and don't put our Marines in undefendable situations and if they still inflict damage and death make sure they understand the consequences to them will be a thousand times worse.

Stand with Israel, they are the only nation in that area that understands existential threat and probably the only one we can really count on in all of Europe...and I do understand what I am saying.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What and who really runs this country (U.S.A.)?

MONEY controls this democratic republic; not the people, not the Constitution, not the three branches of government not any thing but MONEY. It sets the direction that this country is going. The political parties may have a minor influence but I trully believe it is only a minor one. What or who then controls, really controls this country; the answer is twofold 1) National monetary policy and 2) and reported in the Chicago Tribune (Sept. 4, 2012) the Bank of Bernanke. He, who works at the pleasure of the President is in reality probably the most powerful and influencial man in this country and maybe (at this time in our history) globaly. The institution he leads, the Federal Reserve, is in reality not a legitimate part of the governemt. It was  created around 1914 to conduct a central banking business but in truth it has evolved or some think devolved into a non-governmental central planning committee to eventually control a socialist state that will control every aspect of your life...freedom as we know it today will have evaporated and only a virtul perception of it will still remain in some minor form to control the masses (units) of people. The freemarket will be a defunct entitiy...lost in some volume of American history on some dusty shelf or floating somewhere in cyberspace.

As F.A Hayak said in his book,The Road to Serfdom we must do away with a all encompassing central planning governement because as history has testified over the centuries one that does will eventually degrade into totalitarianism, loss of individual freedom and often the death of millions of people in order to maintain its agenda. I worry that if we go down the road of a single central system we will extinguish the flame of freedom and free markets and eventually the United States of America...and we will have done it to ourselves...no foreign invader needed.

Monday, June 11, 2012

To Save the U.S......do this

In order to save this country we must:
  1. Elect Mitt Romney
  2. Enact term limits for all elected offices, local, state, national.
  3. End the Federal Reserve
  4. Return to a gold standard
  5. End the IRS and incorporate a consumption tax instead of an income tax
  6. Decrease the size of the Federal Government
  7. Empower States with more power and with less federal mandates
  8. Return to having the members of the Federal Senate chosen by the state legislatures
Enacting the above would be a great start in getting our country back to being a Democratic Republic and it back in the hands of "the people".

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

McHenry County Board...hint..vote for us

The timing is very interesting. In today's Northwest Herald we are being told about how the County Board is maybe going to consider reducing or holding the real estate taxes at the current level for the 2012 tax year. Well that is a year late a couple of thousand dollars too late. Remember that at election time and vote them all out...bye-bye.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day...2012

I was born in September 1943; the war in Europe and the Pacific was still going on and as a newborn I was sparred the horror of the carnage and death that war brings. My father, Ted and my uncle John both served in the south pacific. My father in the Navy on a LST (landing ship transport) and my uncle with the Marines. Thank God both returned home after the war ended without any physical injuries. Neither of them talked much about the war but carried their experiences within them. Both, now, have passed away but are not forgotten. My wife, a year younger than I, lost an uncle who was in the Army fighting in the south pacific...where his final resting place is no one knows...his name was Lawrence (Larry) Spillan, a young man just starting his life. Where his life may have taken him, if he had survived, no one knows.

Many years latter I served in the Navy as a physician and orthopedic surgeon; this was for several years during the Viet Nam War. During this period I was married to Kristina (Tina) and we had four children. I never was sent in "harms way' but I did see the carnage and at times the death that war brings. I cared for the wounded young marines and navy personnel who were returned to the States via Medivac flights. I don't remember names but remember the many devastated bodies and lives that would be forever changed. These are some of the memories that I carry today.

Thank you to all who served our country, in the past, and to all currently serving in any capacity today. God bless the United States of American and all the individuals who have protected her over the decades.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Has Congress Failed Us

Has the Congress and the Obama Administration failed us and brought us to a scenario described by F. A. Hayek in Chapter 5, page 107, paragraph 2 of The Road to Serfdom.

The delegation of particular technical tasks to separate bodies, while a regular feature, is yet only the first step in the process whereby a democracy which embarks on planning progressively relinquishes its powers. The expedient of delegation cannot really remove the causes which make all the advocates of comprehensive planning so impatient with the impotence of democracy. The delegation of particular powers to separate agencies creates a new obstacle to the achievement of a single coordinated plan. Even if, by this expedient, a democracy should succeed in planning every sector of economic activity, it would still have to face the problem of integrating these separate plans into a unitary whole. Many separate plans do not make a planned whole - in fact, as the planners ought to be first to admit, they may be worse than no plan."

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Advice to Pres. Obama...from the past

"The statesman who should attempt to direct private people in what manner they ought to employ their capitals, would not only load himself with a most unnecessary attention, but assume an authority which could safely be trusted to no council and senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it." - Adam Smith

From (Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, ed R. H. Campbell and A. S. Skinner, vol. 1 of The Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith, op. cit., book 4, chapter 2, p. 456. - Ed.)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Pres. Obama read F.A. Hayek

President Obama read F. A. Hayek's The Road To Serfdom and you will understand why the European Union and now we, the United States, are going down the failed road of centralized planning. No country that has ever embarked on a complete centralized planning process has ever sustained itself in the long run. The problem is in our society, which is now becoming even more complex and large (global in nature), that it cannot master the various complexities and constantly changing local, national and global nuances. According to Hayek, a centralized government that tries control all the aspects of that society cannot do so efficiently and eventually grinds itself into the ground as a failed state.

F. A. Hayek, a Nobel laureate in economics is still a strong and reasoned voice to listen too...now 20 years after his death.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Major Win for Religious Freedom

On January 11, 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that affirmed a religious group to choose their own ministers. This decision followed a lawsuit, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC which was brought by an employee against a church-operated school.

The underlying question in this case was "whether the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment bar such an action when the employer is a religious group and the employee is one of the group's ministers."

It is my understanding that ministers of a particular religion are hired to teach the accepted dogmas of that particular religion...that should stand by itself. Now the primary job of a minister of a particular religion is to teach the dogmas of that particular religion for which that minister was hired. The opinion authored by Chief Justice Roberts for the Court was "that both  Religion Clauses bar the government  from interfering with the decision of a religious group to fire one of its ministers."

Now common sense should tell us that if a religious group can fire one of it's ministers for not teaching it's dogmas it should also be protected under the Religion Clauses from HHS (the federal government) telling them which dogmas they must abide by or they will incur a monetary penalty; the federal government fully understanding that this dogma has been promulgated for almost two thousand years. The sanctity of life must be protected from conception until natural death.

Reminder to the U.S. Supreme Court

The Federalist No. 78

"The courts must declare the sense of the law; and if they should be disposed to exercise WILL instead of JUDGMENT, the consequence would equally be the substitution of their pleasure to that of the legislative body."

Thursday, March 22, 2012

STAND UP for FREEDOM

The Obama administration through Health and Human Services on Jan. 20 mandated employers to provide free abortifacients, sterilizations and contraceptives through their insurance plans to their employees. This caused many religious and faith based employers to provide a service or product that was totally contrary to their religious and moral convictions.

This, I believe, is only the first in probably many steps that the Obama administration will continue to promulgate in removing from the U.S. Constitution and it's Bill of Rights most if not all the rights we have currently. If President Obama and his administration has another four years to act in this manner we will not recognize this country and I will not be able to write a blog such as this one. Beware!

Friday, March 16, 2012

America's Greatest Danger

America's greatest danger is not a country but the advancement of an evil principle by certain members of our citizenry. It has become obvious over the last few years that certain factions in this country want to do away with the principles which are inculcated in the founding documents of our country. They want to erase the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution with the "new state religion of secular humanism". They want us to take up and incorporate this "new state religion" into the inner recesses of our souls. By doing this they will be able to abolish even the memories of the fact that this country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles which are unchanging moral truths which are inculcated in the very fabric of our being by nature and nature's Creator. Beware any individual or group who proposes this new modern progressive way of thinking about this "new progressive state religion" because in accepting it's so called modern dogmas you will loose your soul and eventually your country...beware of those who offer you that which they know they cannot deliver...they are deceivers.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Why now President Obama?

The force and coercion of Pres. Obama through his use of the HHS mandate to religious organizations to violate their religious principles by providing sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients is a very strange battle for the Obama administration to want to tackle at this time.

In the first place it violates our First Amendment Rights and secondly it is placing another debt on future generations that they may not be able to pay. The magic number known as the "replacement level" is 2.1 children for every couple. The only thing that is keeping this number from dipping below this level is illegal immigration. I suspect that to keep the U.S. at the needed "replacement level" that this will be used to justify softer immigration policies in regards to "illegal immigration". By somehow, socially engineering this segment of our society they may be able to control the future economy, deficits, taxes and various social segments of our nation.

This type of "central control" will only lead to a totalitarian state with bigger government and more control via coercive forces of this centralized big government. We all know what has happened in countries that have sought to use central planning to "control" all aspects of society....it resulted in slavery, gulags and the death of millions.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Middle East Chaos...Ottoman Empire...Turkey...The Caliphate

The Islamic Empire once stretched from Morocco in northeastern Africa to the Caspian Sea near the mouth of the Volga river. It not only controlled a vast land mass but also a period of time from about 1280 AD to the end of World War I. During these centuries the boundaries changed, the leaders changed and many battles took place. The history and events are very complicated and some not fully understood. Different ethnicities, religions and regions were affected in very ways. I believe that still after all the centuries that have passed the militant islamists dream and plan to return to the control and power that they once had under the Caliphate. From watching and observing Turkey, supposedly pro-west, secular, and a member of NATO I suspect that the major initiative to fulfill this will take place with the full cooperation and aid from Turkey. Watch and wait...I think I will be "right on" this prediction.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Loss of Constitutional Rights for More Security

Woodstock - According to the Northwest Herald, February 15, 2012, "The McHenry County State's Attorney's Office has filed a civil lawsuit against the Latin Kings in an effort to target the gang's presence in Harvard."

"The suit falls under the Illinois Street Gang Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act and aims at the infrastructure of the gang rather than just individual members."

Ever since the Islamist terrorist act that destroyed the twin towers and murdered over three thousand innocent individuals we have seen new laws passed that nibble away at our constitutional rights under the belief that if we do this we will be safer from terrorist strikes. When will this erosion of God given rights stop...if citizens are willing to give up their God given rights for the promise of more safety than they don't deserve either.

Today it is the Latin Kings in Harvard; tomorrow might it be the Catholic Church or the Mormons who are deemed "gangs" and a threat to the stability of the United States and the Obama Administration...I don't know...I just know this is a very slippery slope to eventual tyranny.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Corruption of traditional accounting principles

Over the last decade or two there has been a gradual corruption both on the American and European continents of the traditional principles of accounting as practiced for centuries. In many countries the (IAS), International Accounting Standards have abandoned the traditional principle of prudence and replaced it with the principle of fair value. This was a particularly positive principle, in good economic times, because it highly inflated the bottom line of the financial assets of brokerages, investment houses and in general in all that wanted to see "inflating" book values. Eventually the "bubble" that this practice created because of greed burst and we, economic sector and countries and individuals who bought into this artificial position found themselves holding worthless, non-liquid toxic investments. So instead of bitting the bullet and saying they made a greedy mistakes they, the central banks, the Fed, and semi-governmental institutions bought back this worthless "stuff" through various means including bailouts and creating more and more fiat money. The time now has come to stop the fiat money and create and monetary system not based on "wishing it so" but on one backed by hard assets worth something "in themselves". Will the governments of the world do this or will the "can" be kicked down the road to another generation which will only make the problem more difficult to solve because the hole we find ourselves in will only be much, much deeper?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Central Economic Planning...the end of the Soviet Union

Over the last half century honest rigorous economic analysis and a balanced approach too centralized financial planning has shown that the centralized approach cannot succeed in defining the most advantageous monetary policy for every moment. This policy of centralized monetary planning and policy is one of the primary reasons the Soviet Union is now extinct. If one views the theory of socialism and centralized economic planning and policy making through this lens, which the Austrian economist did, one must come to the conclusion that it is self terminating. Ludwig von Mises and Friedrick A. Hayek discovered this and it can be applied to central banks here and abroad and too the Federal Reserve and to Ben Bernanke in particular. It is impossible organize a complex society by central planning and coercive commands of government; there are too many variables that cannot be know or understood. The free market must be left alone since it alone is usually ahead of the curve of the knowledge that any government can trully understand and plan for in it's rules and regulations which it believes will "control" the economy. Europe will do what it will do but in this country we must END THE FED.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Concealed Carry...saves lives?

Those who say there's no way an armed citizen could stop a potential mass shooting - and may even exacerbate the carnage - should take the following tale to heart. Customers at a Houston, Texas, Denny's restaurant were eating breakfast one morning when two armed robbers brandishing guns burst into the store and demanded money. One of the diners stood up, drew a handgun and opened fire on the men. The robbers fled the scene. No one was injured. (Associated Press, 11/26/11)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Who do you trust?

Well who do you trust? As I get older I trust fewer and fewer people and entities. Call me jaded, call me paranoid or whatever you want....but I trully believe I may have attained the "wisdom" that comes with age and being lied to and screwed by individuals, businesses, politicians and govenments...local, state and national. Does anyone tell the truth or does everyone have their own agenda. So this coming election year I am going to judge a candidate by not only what they say they will try and do but by their past actions, promises and what they have accomplished. I suspect that I will be voting a majority of incombents out of office on local, state and national levels. Can new individuals with firm commitments do any worse that their forebearers...think not. So I think I am going to try and change the entire sltate and trust in providence and the zeal of neophytes to change the way government operates...hoping they will work for the people and not for themselves and their party. Wish me luck...I believe the future of our country depends on the results of this coming national election. Don't vote just for party but vote for the person who understands that they are there to serve you and the best interests of this country.